Scuba diving in White-Tip Avenue
This site, situated on the east side of Sipadan, features a coral reef and a vertical wall. The wall is full of terraces, crevices, rock formations and vertical chimneys where divers will find colorful sponges of all shapes, colonies of black coral, large barrel sponges, sea whips, feather stars and gorgonian fans. Depth of the site ranges from 17m/55ft to 50m/164ft before plunging into a 600m/1968ft vertical abyss. Novice divers are not encouraged to venture into the deepest part of the descent.
When to go
The best time for diving is between April and November with the sea reaching its perfect temperature from April until early June. The annual water temperature fluctuates between 26C/78F and 30C/86F. Visibility exceeds 30m/100ft.
What to see
The site is known among the local and visiting divers for its large population of grey and white tip sharks that can be met at a depth of 30m/98ft and below. There are also lots of mantas, turtles and bigeye trevally divers can observe. Hammerhead sharks, gigantic bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, groupers, cowfish, emperor angelfish, scorpionfish moorish idols and triggerfish can be spotted here as well.