The remote Malaysia island of Sipadan lies in the Celebes Sea, between Malaysia and the Philippines. The island is the only Malaysian island that lies in an ocean and was formerly part of Indonesia.
Rising up 600 metres (2,000 ft) from the seabed, the island was formed over millions of years by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcano. More than 400 species of fish and hundreds of coral species can be found in the waters around the island, making Sipadan one of top diving destinations in the world.
Located 5° north of the equator in the Celebes Sea, Sipadan island is 35 kilometres offshore from the city of Semporna, a city in Sabah, Malaysia.
This video was taken three years ago by a fellow diver – Philipp Heinle – during a few days of incredible diving on the island of Sipadan in Malaysia. I’m the diver sans wet-suit.
The easiest way to reach Sipadan is by flying into Tawau Airport. The following airlines offer regular connections:
- AirAsia: flies to/from Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
- Malaysia Airlines: flies to/from Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
- Malaysia Airlines (operated by MASwings): flies to/from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tarakan
From Tawau, you can take a bus to nearby Semporna, then a boat to the island of Mabul (Pulau Mabul) where you’ll will find plenty of accommodation options, restaurants and dive companies which operate daily trips to Sipadan.
You might also be interested in my article on diving on Palawan (Philippines).
Author: Darren McLean
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