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Pulau Sipadan Warnings and Dangers: 3 reviews and 3 photos
As you know Sipadan island is actually closed to tourism, in fact all restaurants, pubs, bars are closed. As a result only a limited number of divers can go to the island and if you go to Sipadan you can dive, snorkel but you can't stay on the land of the island excluded 100 metres between antiterrorism army and ecological guard. There are 2 reason about this limitation: ecological protection (to save turtles eggs) and in particular for terrorism reasons. Sipadan made headlines in 2000, when rebels from the southern Philippines kidnapped a group of 21 people from the island, including 10 foreign tourists maybe because of Sipadan (that is located half way from Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia) is the closer land to a petroleum spot.
A Muslim separatist group in the Philippines has said it was responsible for the kidnapping of 20 people from the remote resort island of Sipadan in eastern Malaysia.
The claim was made by Abu Ahmad, a spokesman for the Abu Sayyaf group, in a telephone interview with a radio station in Zamboanga, in the southern Philippines.
But the authorities said they needed more time to determine whether the group really was involved because the area is well known for piracy.
Anyway Sipadan is actually quite safe and sheltered because amry is always there but it still remains the closer island to a petroleum spot.
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