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About Sipadan

Sipadan is a must-see place on any diver's bucket list. It is known worldwide for its pristine reefs, rich underwater biodiversity, and sudden drop offs into the deep blue. Because Sipadan is now a protected site, only 120 divers are allowed per day. There are lots of excellent dive sites to choose from.

 

Most popular dive sites

Among the most popular dive sites are the Barracuda Point, South Point, Turtle Cave, Mid Reef. At Barracuda Point divers can find themselves drifting by shoals of barracudas, so large that the sunlight is often dimmed out. South Point is another well-known site where scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and massive marauding bumphead parrotfish can be seen.

When to go to Sipadan

Sipadan is a year-round destination with a tropical monsoon climate. The rainy monsoon season is from November through March. The high season is between April to November, when surface conditions are normally calm. The air temperature varies from 22/71F to 32C /90F The water temperatures stay between 26C/78F and 30C/86F. The visibility varies from 15-40m/49-131ft. The currents are generally mild.

 

What to see 

Over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of species of coral are found along its 600m/2000ft steep wall that jets out of the floor of the Celebes Sea. This is one of the world's capitals of the big fish. Huge schools of jackfish, barracudas and tuna along with large schools of trevally are always hovering over the reef wall. Sea turtles, manta and devil rays, white tip reef sharks, and also on occasion - hammerhead and leopard sharks can be seen. Divers will find a wealth of macro life such as pygmy seahorses, mandarin fish, flamboyant cuttle fish and others.