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Sipadan is constantly rated in the top 10 dive sites worldwide and many argue its number 1, everyone who is lucky enough to dive in the area wants to come back to experience it again, with its beautiful crisp clear blue waters and spectacular underwater wildlife it’s no wonder. One of the reason why Sipadan diving has become so popular in the past few decades was largely due to the famous French adventurer Jacques Cousteau who decided to make a documentary based on footage taken while scuba diving in the area.

Tens of thousands of people every year have flocked to the area and things were getting out of control but since the year 2000 new limitations have been imposed on Sipadan island by the Malaysian government in order to help protect the ecosystem which means only 120 dive permits are given every day on a first come first served basis. Other restrictions means no one is allowed to stay on the island itself as it is now a wildlife and marine life sanctuary, so people mainly stay on the two closest islands on Mabul and Kapalai.

Sipadan Island Diving

There are many things that Sipadan is world renowned for, one of which is the extraordinary diving conditions that it offers. Apart from its 12 special diving spots, the island provides you with trained instructors and top quality equipment, everything you need in order to dive safely in the clear waters of the ocean. Even more, the spectacular view of underwater life will make Sipadan Island diving feel like the adventure of a lifetime.

Dive Map of Sipadan

Sipadan Dive Map

Sipadan Diving Vacation

Feel free to post a question below about anything you wish and we will answer you as soon as possible. We are dedicated to making your diving vacation as pleasurable as possible, we will give you free unbiased advice on the best package to suit your needs as well as the cheapest prices. We are always on hand to help answer your questions and tailor a package for you. We have also listed all the favorite resorts in the travel guide.

Underwater Pictures of Sipadan

Travel tips

Feeling inspired and raring to go? Check out our Sipadan travel guide and start planning your next diving trip!

Dive Sites Reviews in Sipadan

Schools of large chevron barracuda are the reason many divers flock to Barracuda Point off the Sipadan Islands. This exhilarating, ...

This dive site gets its name from its unique topography. The wall reef begins with a drop off that starts ...

This is a dive site is well known as a site for seeing turtles, mantas, and of course, white tip ...

Turtle Tomb is a fantastic Sipadan dive site that provides divers with a truly unique dive experiences. The site is ...

Turtle cavern dive site article goes here.

This dive site was once named the fifth best dive site in the world and offers divers a fantastic mix ...

This is a great wall dive and the site is famous for the coral formations found on the wall as ...

This is considered one of the best shore dive sites in the world, and so is definitely one of the ...

This dive site is often overlooked by visitors to the Sipadan area and so is less busy than other sites. ...

This is a fantastic and vibrant dive site found on Sipadan Island that is home to many turtles giving the ...

Liveaboard Reviews in Sipadan

MV Celebes Explorer is the best option if you really want to enjoy the Sipadan area, being not only the ...

Susan August 31, 2017

Nothing in this world can truly compare the extraordinaire beauty of Sipadan – a place of paradise situated in the Indo-Pacific basin. Known for its rich underwater ecosystem, the place houses more than 3,000 fish species as well as hundreds of colorful coral species.

The alluring beaches of the island compelled me to grab a great vacation in Sipadan. My first and second diving experiences on the island were fantastic where I did three, and eventually, four dives each day. There were times that diving was unfavorable due to upset weather conditions of the island, but the water adventure, however, still remained great! Even though the activity starts as early as 5:30 am, the amazing experience paid the price. The chance to swim with a number of turtles and sharks, as well as some uncommon fish like Bump-head Parrot fish, Barracuda, and other normal reef fish gave me a different feeling of ecstasy and excitement. Diving at Kapalia and Siamil Island was also great where I saw Nudibranches, more of the unusual Crocodile fish and frog fish, many turtles and a lot more!

Aside from the charming view of the island, I also enjoyed the tasty meals. A video of the trip was also viewed in the evening showing all the fun and unforgettable adventures in Sipadan Island. If you want to take with you a wonderful souvenir, buying those great videos would be worth it.


Sandra February 05, 2020

Hii I am thinking about doing an open wáter course in sidapan, is there any spanish speaking instructor? Thanks


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