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Sipidan Island - Scuba Diving at its Best

03 Nov 2015

By many divers and official dive publications Sipidan Island is heralded as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Being the only oceanic island in Malaysia located in the Indo-Pacific basin, Sipidan is unique in way that it is an island that formed over thousands of years by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that rises approximately 600 meters from the seabed.


When you first see Sipidan it looks like any other little island covered by a pristine rainforest surrounded by a little bit of white sandy beach. But what lies underneath the clear waters is a most stunning underwater scenery with hundreds of coral specials and abundance of 3000+ fish species. This natural beauty and diversity catapults Sipidian Island to the most famous dive spot in Malaysia. Being the only oceanic island in Malaysia located in the Indo-Pacific basin, Sipidan is unique in way that it is an island that formed over thousands of years by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that rises approximately 600 meters from the seabed.

When you first see Sipidan it looks like any other little island covered by a pristine rainforest surrounded by a little bit of white sandy beach. But what lies underneath the clear waters is a most stunning underwater scenery with hundreds of coral specials and abundance of 3000+ fish species. This natural beauty and diversity catapults Sipidian Island to the most famous dive spot in Malaysia.


Who can dive on Sipidan Island?
There are dive sites that cater to everyone from a beginner to advanced divers with only the 200 meter cave dive reserved for divers with Divemaster qualification. It is ok if you are a newly certified diver, as this is the perfect place to add to your dive hours and expand your PADI certifications. The underwater world of Sipidan is one of the best places to complete an Underwater Photography Course due to its underwater landscape and abundance of marine life. Just look at these images which were taken from around Sipidan Island.

What type of dive sites can be found around Sipidan?
Sipidan offers a range of amazing dive sites. Because Sipidan is on top of a volcanic cone, the majority of dives will be wall and reef dives walking off the beach. Coral Gardens, Hanging Gardens, the Jetty, Turtle Patch, West Ridge and Whitetip Avenue are all sites ideal for Open Water divers. All other sites require an Advance Open Water diver certificate. The diving depths ranges from 5 to 40m, the visibility can be anywhere from10 to 40m with a mild to moderate current. The only stronger current will be at North Point where you can enjoy a drift dive, maybe even with turtles. Water temperature is 27⁰-29⁰C with scuba diving offered year-round. Best time to go is between April and December.

What kind of marine life will you see?
There are too many different species to name, but besides an abundance of tropical fish and coral species, you will see large schools of barracuda, big-eye trevally, bump-head parrotfish, manta rays and you are guaranteed to see green and hawksbill turtles.

Where to stay on Sipidan Island?
There is no accommodation on the island, however, nearby Mabul and Kapalai islands provide plenty of quality accommodation and dive centres.
Whether you are a keen diver or a beginner with an interest to explore the best dive site in the world, Sipidan is a MUST on your list of places to dive. Your friendly team at Malaysia Holidays will assist you with a tailored dive package to enjoy this marvel of the world.


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