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“Sipadan Island got it name from the word SIPARAN, which refer to a dead body of a person namely PARA (Si Paran) whom had been found restlessly on the beach of the island”
Sipadan Island is a tiny island is Malaysia’s only oceanic island, rising 700 metres from the ocean floor. The diversity of marine life here is apparent. There are many dive sites around the island which serve as home and transit points for a wide variety of marine life, including fish, turtles and sharks. It is no wonder that it continues to attract a growing number of underwater enthusiasts. Located in the Celebes Sea east of the major town of Tawau and off the coast of East Malaysia on the Island of Borneo, Sabah. Sipadan island formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop, for this Sipadan is one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem.
Diving in Sipadan Island is for many, a once in a lifetime experience. Avid divers and snorkelers from all over the world are willing to spend precious time and money to immerse themselves in the waters off Sipadan Island.
With the remote location of the Sipadan Islands, the list of marine attractions here is quite impressive and fascinating as it gives every scuba diver a chance to come across bigger sized fish like a whole circulating large school of barracuda, containing so many fish in it that even the sunlight gets blocked out. Some divers claimed Sipadan it’s like a ‘Aquarium’….rare scuba diving scenes are frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan, schools of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, schools of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado like formations, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks and more.
- Also a mysterious Sipadan Turtle Tomb lies underneath the column of the island
- April through October is the best time to visit Sipadan Island. The rainy season is November to March. The water temperature ranges from 79 to 86 degrees (26C to 30C) year round.