Sipadan Island

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan) Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan)

Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan)

Sipadan, located 30 km off Semporna on the East Coast of Sabah is rated as the world's top dive sites. For the true diving enthusiast, the island needs no introduction. Praised by the internationally renowned oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau as one of the best diving spots in the world, it is unique as the only oceanic island in Malaysia. Its geographic position puts Sipadan in the centre of the richest marine habitat in the world, the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin. Sipadan rises 600m from the seabed to provide spectacular wall dives and underwater garden. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystem.

Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan)

Sipadan is also renowned for its unusually large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles, which gather there to mate and nest. It is not unusual to see more 20 turtles on each dive. Another unique feature to divers is the turtle tomb that contains many skeletal remains of turtles. The residential schooling barracuda and big-eye trevally are one of the highlights on every diver's Wish-list, which often gather in thousands forming spectacular tornado-like formations. Mantas, eagle-rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks may also be seen, as well as an abundance of macro life. For sustainable-conservation purpose, Sipadan is presently, open to only 80 guests at any one time. There are six resorts on Sipadan.

Sabah - Getting There

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah's state capital, situated on the West Coast, is the eastern gateway to Malaysia's attraction of magnificent beaches, islands, fascinating culture, unique nature parks and more.....

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and other major airlines run scheduled aircraft services from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Bandar Sri Begawan, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. International connections from the rest of the world are available from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila. MAS operates to the major towns within Sabah.

You need to pay an airport service charge of RM40 for international flights, or RM5 for domestic flights. This Figure is usually built into your airline ticket cost.

Bookings can be arranged through the offices of Malaysia Airlines or through any local travel agent.

Taxis from the airport operate under a controlled system. You purchase a coupon from the counter for your destination, and hand it to the taxi driver. You need not pay him in cash at all.

Sabah - Major City Distance

Kota Kinabalu (km)
Kuala Lumpur

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