Scuba diving in Turtle Cavern / Tomb

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Access
From Boat
Diver level
Advanced
Depth
Average: 45.92 ft
Maximum: 72.16 ft
Current
Low
Visibility
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft
Turtle Cave site is known for its incredible geological formations and scattered turtle skeletons. Its entrance is located about 18m/59ft deep, where the cavern opens up into a 10m/32ft wide space. The cave goes down in a bell shaped descent tunnel and brings divers to its second chamber. If divers decide to follow the descend deeper down, the cavern will lead them to the tunnel, that connects Turtle Cavern with Turtle Tomb, a small cave system which contains many turtle skeletons. Worth mentioning that divers have to be certified in cave diving when registering for this dive, otherwise they won't be able to go inside. However, without the certificate divers can still swim near the entrance of the cave which is a thrilling experience, as the view of blue waters framed by the cave walls can be astonishing.

When to go

While diving is possible all year long, diving conditions are considered the best between April and October/November. The average water temperature throughout the year stays within 26-30C/78-86F range.

What to see

While on this dive, visitors can see green and hawksbill turtles and schools of bigeye trevally who like to hang out within just 100m/328ft from the mouth of the cave. Inside the cave divers can spot a barracuda, a few passing white-tip reef sharks, shrimp, moray eels, spiny cave lobsters and large snappers. Along the cave there is a great number of turtle skeletons and even some remains of a dolphin. According to a local theory turtles haven't found their way out and died there.

Reachable from

Semporna, Sipadan

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