While we only had one full day of diving at Sipadan island itself (Only 120 permits are allowed each day. More info here), it’s safe to say that any dive site at Sipadan is going to be incredible.
You want to see a shark? How about 10?
Turtles? You’re bound to come across a dozen or more a day.
Diving in Sipadan was an amazing experience and the only downside to the lush underwater life is that it is so strikingly different from what you will see at most other dive sites around the world. The dives were a beautiful, but sad reminder of how our ocean continues to be polluted and depleted. I can’t even imagine what diving a decade or more ago must have been like!
Regardless, Sipadan is amazingly well protected and worth every flight and boat ride to see for yourself. In addition to sharks and turtles, we saw schools of tuna and barracuda, giant groupers, eels, lobsters, bump heads and lionfish.
We also did several days of diving at nearby islands.
Skip. This is a muck dive that features an artificial reef outside one of the local resorts, but doesn’t have much to see. We saw a crocodile fish, pipefish and a turtle, but I wouldn’t dive this site again.
Another dive that’s just so-so. We saw a crocodile fish, scorpion fish, some nudibranches, a green sea turtle, and of course, garden eels.
Definitely worth the dive. Amongst our sightings on our first dive– 2 blue spotted ribbon tail rays, a large crocodile fish, a giant frogfish, multiple moray eels and a turtle. On our second, 3 turtles, 3 blue spotted ribbon tail rays, moray eels, a seahorse (!), shrimp, nudis, crawfish, crocodile fish, and school of red toothed trigger fish
Another good site. Wildlife included — octopus, blue spotted ribbon tail rays, green sea turtles, and moray eels
Seaventures House Reef
This is the house reef at the nearby Seaventures dive shop/hotel. It’s actually a refurbished oil rig and was just near the Borneo Divers Mabul resort. A nice shallow dive. Sightings included – box fish, school of red snapper, school of needlefish, pipefish, moray eels, lionfish, shrimp, and nudis