When it comes to finding some of the world’s most iconic dive sites, places like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or Ras Mohammed in Egypt are among the most well known and popular. However, Sipadan Island, which is located in the Indo-Pacific waters and lies within the Coral Triangle has been making waves as keen divers from around the world are literally diving into experience the sensation of swimming with the green sea turtles and schools of fish. National Geographic calls it the Amazon of the deep.
Sipadan Island is unique as it can offer a romantic, family, resort or a general getaway experience. For diving and photography enthusiasts, they have the chance to capture nature in all of its glory and catch the glimpses of clown fish that may be reminiscent of finding Nemo.
What diving location options should people consider at Sipadan?
The wonders of Sipadan are easily accessible from the town of Semporna. A treasure chest of natural underwater beauty awaits with some of the most iconic reef systems in the world. An online research study classed Sipadan as being home to 75% of coral species that is known to science.
The different locations around the island offer the chance to see different aquatic wildlife. Travel closer to Mabul or Kapalai Islands and you will get the chance to see pipefish nudibranchs. If you are looking to go home with a story about seeing sharks, turtles and schools of fish, then Sipadan is the right place for you to go.
There are special offers available from Asia Diving Vacation to the different areas of Sipadan and that give you the best ‘value for your money’ for resort accommodation and the different diving options. There are savings of up to 17% should you decide to opt for a package. Furthermore, you can have ‘peace of mind’ knowing that your trip has been conveniently organised and managed for you.
Diving considerations for Sipadan.
Sipadan is an amazing place to dive, however you need to have diving certifications to take part in any full dive experiences. The required certifications are usually an Open or Advanced Open Diver certification with a minimum of 20 dives. If you don’t have the certifications, you can still opt to do snorkeling around the dive sites and relax on the beaches. Alternatively, you can speak to the dive centre to see if there are any other options available.
Capture the entire experience with your camera!
Capture your underwater world adventure and relive the experience again by capturing the images and video on your underwater camera. GoPro’s are an easy and popular option. Youtubers Mohd Sorian and MsQinger captured their Sipadan experience at their resorts and underwater and were able to publish their adventures on YouTube, which can be seen below.
In the video, you can clearly see the turtles, fish, underwater environment and the reef system that you will be diving through. Nothing beats the experience of the real thing. Reliving that experience is one moment that you can definitely recapture.
Current concerns from the international community.
There have been calls from the international community to increase tourist safety in Sipadan following a series of abductions. The Malaysian government is committed to improving the security in the region, as Sipadan is one of the most popular tourist spots for the country. This has been proven through an increase in maritime enforcement from both Malaysia and the Philippines.
For travellers that are interested in doing dives in Malaysia and getting close to nature, Sipadan is a place that can offer an incredible experience. If you are looking to tell an amazing dive story, book a diving vacation to Sipadan today!