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The island of Sipadan lies five degrees north of the equator in the Sulawesi Sea (Celebes Sea). Lying 35km south of Semporna, on Sabah's mainland, like many tropical islands it is thickly forested and surrounded by sandy beaches. Sipadan is an oceanic island and was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano, which rises 600m from the seabed.

The geographic position of Sipadan puts it in the centre of the richest marine habitat in the world, the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin. More than 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystems. Sipadan is well known for its unusually large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles which gather there to mate and nest. Another unique feature to divers visiting Sipadan is the turtle tomb, an underwater limestone cave that contains many skeletal remains of tribes that became disoriented and then drowned.

It is not unusual for a diver to see more then 70 turtles on each dive. If you stop the boat for almost 10 minutes you could see many turtles that deeply breath on the surface.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:hundred fishes and many turtles: a paradisa for divers.
  • Cons:you can't sleep there because of terroristic, ecological and politic reasons
  • In a nutshell:Sipadan is so full of underwater animals that You'll be bored by fishes and turtles!
  • Last visit to Pulau Sipadan: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 1, 2005
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