Located in Southeast Asia, Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 meters from the seabed. Sipadan is located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia. The iconic Sipadan Island is home to many species of marine life.
Formed by living corals on top of an extinct volcanic cone that looks thousands of years to develop. It is home to more than 400 species of fish and hundreds of corals species classified in this ecosystem.
Sipadan Island is one of the top destinations for divers around the world. The island is a home of the beautiful species like green and hawksbill turtles, enormous schools of barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, and many more.
Sipadan Island is known for its paradise-like nature for divers. The weather is great year-round, especially for divers
but conditions vary with the time of the year.
Conditions are best between Mid-February and July or September until November when the visibility is best and conditions are settled. Visibility during these months ranges between 12 and 30 meters.
The days are usually sunny and hot and the seas are usually calm. Experienced Sipadan tourists and divers claim that March through June are the best months for diving.
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How to Get to Sipadan Island
Sipadan is reachable only by boat at the end of a journey involving air, land, and sea. The nearest airport from the Sipadan Island is the Tawau Airport in Sabah, Malaysia, and the other airport is Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
From either of these two airports, you have to travel to Semporna Island. You can take buses, minivans, and personal cabs waiting at the airports, a drive from Tawau Airport to Semporna Island will take up to 90 minutes. And from Semporna Island, you have a changeover to ferry boats that will get you to Mabul Island.
Where to Stay?
Staying comfortably in a resort is a great experience during your stay in Sipadan Island. Here is the list of resorts which
you can pick one that offers great service and hospitality.
1. Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort
Occupying chalets in wood stilts built over the best view of the sea, this laid-bak resort with a dive center sits on the
edge of the sandbar of Kapalai. A breakfast buffet is served in a rustic open-air restaurant. There’s also a furnished
sundeck. The on-site dive center offers trips, gear, and courses.
2. Sipadan Water Village
The luxurious beds and private spa pools, the resort is one of the best resorts on Sipadan Island. Spending someday in
Sipadan Water Village will leave you the best memories, the best place to chill and unwind.
3. Sipadan Mabul Resort
The iconic resort has provisions of water bungalows and chalets. Well equipped to give tourists the best satisfaction while on the island. The resort has an eye-catching ambiance and decors in beautiful surroundings. The wooden bungalows are a bit wider than the duplex chalets with a great view.
Things to do in Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island will bring you an unforgettable experience of adventure activities like water sports that you can indulge in. Here are the things you can do during your stay at Sipadan Island