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Sipadan and Mabul are undoubtedly the best diving spots in Malaysia!
Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 metres (2,000 ft) from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea east of the major town of Tawau and off the coast of Sabah, East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem.
Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. Sipadan has been rated by many dive journals as one of the top dive destinations in the world. Normally, rare diving scenes are frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan. Schools of green and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, schools of barracuda and big-eye trevally in tornado-like formations, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks.
A Turtle Tomb lies underneath the column of the island, formed by an underwater limestone cave with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers that contain many skeletal remains of turtles that become lost and drown before finding the surface. Scuba dive with the swirling tornado-like formation of Barracudas, the big-eye trevallies, the thousands silver jack fishes, the giant size parrot fishes, the numerous turtles and many others such as mantas, eagle rays, tunas, scalloped hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and 3000 more species of fish.
Sipadan, Malaysia’s only oceanic island, is frequently among the top 10 diving sites in the world. Be awed with its spectacular drop-off, going down 600m straight to the ocean floor. Sipadan is home to thousands of turtles, reef sharks, and swirling barracudas. You will be amazed with the diversity of corals and sea life. Mabul, meanwhile is called “The mecca of muck diving” by some diving magazine. Macro-photography enthusiasts will have a field day diving here.