Diving in Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island is known with many names. It has been called the world’s best dive site, Top 5 World Class Dive Sites and many more, all of which makes it synonymous with scuba diving and resonates very well with divers across the world. Because of this, the government of Malaysia has heightened its effort to preserve the island from contamination and pollution, enforcing a law that limits only 120 divers per day. So what makes Sipadan such a gem and what you should know about diving here?
What is Sipadan Island?
As a dive site, you can expect a myriad of beautiful sea creatures and coral reefs around its vicinity. In fact, images you have about beautiful islands with clear, blue skies and pristine water would most likely be taken from here. From one point of Sipadan Island, you can see some of the most scenic seascapes ever imagined. From within the waters, you will encounter small fishes in large schools and groups to the larger ones of barracudas, bumphead parrotfish and even turtles all within the natural habitat of one of the largest fish capitals you can ever find.
Where to dive?
Hanging Gardens – This is basically a wall dive which goes about a meter down and then down into quite a deep end. Very popular with seasoned divers who like the terraces if sealife along the way.
Barracuda Point – As the name implies, this is where you will most likely find barracudas and is among the most popular dive spots among the experienced divers.
Coral Garden – A common spot for those who like underwater photography, the reefs here are simply breathtaking while you will most likely find almost every type of species in the water here.
The Drop Off – This name speaks for itself. It is very near to the beach area which makes it ideal for beginners.
Midreef – Known to house the green turtles and they come in droves.
South Point – If you can take deep dives, then South Point is your forte where you might spot hammerhead and thresher sharks.
Staghorn Crest – Not for the beginner where it starts off quite easily before going deep.
Whitetip Avenue – The spot to go if you are looking for some whitetip reef sharks.
When to dive?
You can practically come here throughout the year for diving. However, April to September would be the best months to come with July and August being the ideal when waters are calmest with the least likelihood of rain. If possible, try not to come here in the year end which is the rainy season or if you are planning to see the hawksbill turtle, the months are April all the way to September. Another issue which you must consider is getting a permit which can be quite difficult during the peak seasons.