Often have we heard about Sipadan and its majestic underwater realm that has always been rated as one of the best dive sites in the world yet little do we know of the hidden gems of Semporna and today we are going to give you a small instruction of several islands that has fascinated us.
Sibuan Island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands of the Celebes Sea. It is part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park (also known as Semporna Islands Park) and there are no resort on the island and a few sea gypsies live on the island. Don't forget to bring enough sunscreen, water and snacks with you when you visit the island. A visit to Sibuan Island is usually part of a day trip from Semporna. Sibuan is especially great for snorkeling and a perfect place for learning scuba diving and its dive sites are home to numerous species of anemonefish.
Bohey Dulang Island is a mountainous island formed by the remnants of an ancient volcano. The name Bohey Dulang is derived from “Bohi” which means water and “Dulang” which means pools in the “Bajau” language, one of the ethnics in Sabah. This may have been taken by series of rock pools along the small waterfalls and main freshwater stream on the island. Bohey Dulang offers breathtaking sea-view at the top of its peak; the sea-view is clearly one of the most beautiful in Malaysia. This island is also a natural habitat of some species of birds and the Giant Clams & Marine Invertebrate Hatchery is based here. Underwater, Bohey Dulang is slightly murkier and visibility is lower as compared to the other islands which makes it perfect for muck-diving.
Bodgaya Island is the largest island in and forms part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. Bodgaya, together with Boheydulang Island and the surrounding reefs are remnants of an extinct volcano. Unlike the other islands, there are no coral sand beaches here. There’s an abundance of flora and fauna in the sheltered slopes and valleys of the island, where the richest vegetation and tallest trees in the area are found. Bodgaya Island is home to the "Bajau Laut"; the native sea gypsies. Most visitors to the island come to catch a glimpse of the Bajau Laut water-village set amidst the majestic backdrop of the mountainous Bodgaya and Bohey Dulang islands.
Mantabuan Island is the smallest island in Tun Sakaran Marine Park and the island is mostly submerged. The island is home to a small community of friendly sea gypsies. Mantabuan boasts of an unsurpassed underwater visibility in its area and its dive sites abundant in healthy and growing hard corals. Mantabuan underwater is vivid and colourful and is home to the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle. Sighting of the spectacular Blue spotted stingray is virtually guaranteed here in our amazing little Mantabuan.
The diving season for 2017 has begun and here we have for all our readers, our best and newest selection of underwater photos taken in SIPADAN and its surrounding islands of Semporna.
CONTACT US today and join us as we embark on a grand underwater adventure in Sipadan and the many islands of Semporna.
Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 metres (2,000 ft) from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia.
It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of 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.
Check out the amazing and diverse corals of Sipadan from our collection of photos below. Come join us!
Now is the best season for diving in Sipadan!
Although Sipadan is accessible for diving all year round, we would definitely recommend diving Sipadan with us during the months of April to November. The visibility is fantastic now (25 meters in average visibility overall) with 29 to 30 degrees Celsius in water temperature.
Now's the best time to be diving with turtles, reef sharks, the massive resident school of Jacks, schooling Batfish, the amazing vortex of Barracudas and the herd of Bumphead parrotfish.
Check out the photos taken by one of our professional photographer and dive instructor Allister Lee.
Come and experience fantastic diving with our dive crew this season at a price of MYR 900 per person inclusive of:
*Three guided boat dives in Sipadan
*Conservation fee/Entrance permit
*Refreshment & Lunch on Sipadan Island
*Return boat transfers from Semporna to Sipadan
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Greetings to our fellow divers, snorkelers, sea lovers and to all our visitors of sipadanvacations.com
It has been a fantastic year for us and we've had so many kick-ass dives together in Sipadan but the winner of the most epic diving moment in Sipadan this year would have to be that massive Whale shark circling with the school of Jacks in Barracuda Point.
We took numerous photos of this gentle giant and we even made a video of this magnificent encounter and the video went viral on Facebook. Check out the video here!
Enjoy the Slideshow!
Indonesia has recently gained infamy for the big-ass forest fires that have destroyed forests on an epic scale. Widely believed as a humongous man-made destruction instead of natural causes, the recent forest fire has caused severe air pollution and thick haze surrounding Southeast Asia and it's becoming an international crisis now. Sipadan is not exempted.
The boat ride from Semporna to Sipadan has become a pain in the ass for boat captains to navigate and it's not a pleasant sight. The journey would normally be very enjoyable and the boat ride from Semporna to Sipadan enables us to catch awesome views of the islands surrounding Semporna, amazing reflection of the sun on our crystal clear waters and fantastic clear blue sky.
Fortunately, the visibility underwater is not affected and divers get to enjoy the dives in Sipadan like they normally would. Although the school of barracudas been acting like a b*tch playing hide and seek, the dives are still amazingly colorful with a massive school of jacks and countless sea turtles and White-tip sharks swimming with us on every dive. Well let's hope that the haze will disperse by December.
Here are some recent photos of how good Sipadan is despite the sh*tty haze. Come join us!
Photos taken by: Allister Lee
We had an epic encounter with a wild whale shark in Sipadan's Barracuda Point and Hanging Garden on the 25th of February 2015! It turns out that he was just as curious as us and swam very close to our divers and snorkelers moving slowly at a very shallow depth of five to ten meters. We all had an unforgettable memory with countless selfies with this gentle giant.
The Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving pelagic filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species. An average adult whale shark is 10 meters in length and weighs 20 metric tonne but much larger ones have been reported; with lengths of 14 meters and a weight of at least 30 mt. The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate.
The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea, with a lifespan of about 70 years. Whale sharks have very large mouths and as filter feeders, they feed mainly on plankton. The whale shark also feeds on school of small fish and the eggs and sperm of mass spawning fish shoals.
Despite its size, the whale shark does not pose significant danger to humans. Whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to catch a ride, although this practice is discouraged by shark scientists and conservationists because of the disturbance to the sharks. Younger whale sharks are gentle and can play with divers.
The whale shark shark is seen by divers in many places. Besides whale shark sightings in Sipadan, they are also seen in the Bay Island in Honduras, Thailand, Oslob and Donsol in the Philippines, the Maldives, the Red Sea, Western Australia (Ningaloo Reef, Christmas Island), Taiwan, Japan, Panama (Coiba Island), Belize, Tofo Beach in Mozambique, Sodwana Bay (Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) in South Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Isla Mujeres in Mexico, the Seychelles, islands off eastern peninsular Malaysia, Layang Layang in Malaysia, islands off Semporna in Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Oman and Puerto Rico.
The whale shark is classified as a vulnerable species and due to irresponsible human actions like sea pollution, shark finning and illegal fishing, the population of whale sharks have dwindled significantly over the past years. The whale shark is protected by law of various countries around the world but they are continued to be hunted in remote parts of Asia as a source of food and souvenirs. We can play our part in helping to protect and preserve the whale shark population by participating in shark awareness and conservation programs, by refusing to purchase whale shark products and by diving and fishing responsibly.
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It's September already and pretty similar like last year, the weather is not the best here in Sipadan right now. It's been cloudy and rainy especially after midnight and heavy downpours have caused a drop in visibility underwater.
Despite that, the dives are still quite good (although clearly not the best) and since there are no strong winds and waves, none of the trips to Sipadan were cancelled.
We advice those of you who will be visiting Sipadan this month and the next to bring extra clothing, towels and hot drinks to keep yourself warm and comfy. For does doing underwater photography, it's a good idea to bring along extra or stronger underwater lighting since it's slightly darker underwater now. And since visibility underwater is not as good as previous months, it's prudent to stay close to your dive buddy, stay with your group and follow the instructions and plan given by your dive guide.
We've got our latest photos to share with you and we hope you'll have a better idea of the conditions right now.
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