The late Jacques Cousteau, a world-renowned oceanographer, once described Sipadan Island as an untouched piece of art while divers around the world have voted it as one of the top five dive sites in the world. Rising 700m from the sea floor and at only 12ha., Malaysia's sole oceanic island is very small in size. A 25-minute walk is all that is needed to circle the island on foot, but the huge amount of diverse marine life it attracts from the blackness of the open sea is simply mindblowing.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, this crown jewel is a treasure trove of some of the most amazing species out there. Declared a bird sanctuary in 1933 by the Colonial Government of North Borneo and re-gazetted in 1963 by the Malaysian Government, the dense vegetation on Sipadan Island supports a large variety of tropical birds that include sea eagles, kingfishers, sunbirds, starlings and wood pigeons. Exotic crustaceans including the amazing coconut crab roam the beaches and scurry among the undergrowth. Encounters with turtles, resident schools of jacks, bumphead parrotfish and barracudas are almost assured when diving around the tiny coral island.
The jump-off point to Sipadan Island is Kota Kinabalu or Tawau. Thereafter, continue the journey with a 1-hour drive to Semporna town. A 30- minute speedboat will take you to Mabul, which is the jump- off point for Sipadan Island explorations.
Who To Contact
Sabah Tourism Office
Phone: +6088-248 698/ 211 732
Visit website: http://www.sabahtourism.com/