Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai
Sipadan “An Untouched Piece of Art”:” said Cousteau who is one of the first ones to dive into these waters in 1989 when he shot the Movie ” Ghost Of The Sea Turtle ” in the famous cave cemetery of marine turtles.
Sipadan is definitively a place that joins the Top 10 worldwide dive site . It is not rare to observe during one dive about twenty green marine turtles, so many reef sharks, tornados of barracudas and snappers, jackfish, batfishes and Humphead parrots fishes feediing on the coral reef ….
The dives are made along a wall surrounding the island in 90 %, which falls as deep as 600 meters. The visibility extends from 15 to 30 metres, but can suddenly change. The temperature is of an average of 29 ° all year round. Dives here are accessible to all divers, some of them are drift dives, but you’ll love the marine show.
En 2004, Malaysian gouvernment asked all resort and diving operators to leave the island. This decision was taken to preserve ecosystem of Sipadan and surroundings
Sipadan is one of Famous diving destinations for the abundance of its underwater fauna. Indeed, the diving area is protected, no more than 120 divers are allowed in the water per day, and only 14 divers per day and per resort are authorized to dive….Diving in Sipadan is possible either in liveaboard or in resort stay. The cruise is the best means to dive mostly to Sipadan. A minimum of 4J / 5N is recommended during stay resort, to optimize to dive twice to Sipadan.
Around Mabul, the topography is different from Sipadan. Few walls, but rather dives in shallow water along reefs which slide gradually towards a sandy bottom for Mabul. Kapalai shelters artificial reefs on a sandy and slightly muddy bottom (Muck Dive), that provide shelter for the strange creatures of the area: dozens of species of Nudibranchs, Shrimps, Crabs, Eels and Fishes, Blue Ring Octopus, Flambouyant Cuttlefish and Mandarin Fish can be found in the area. Also present are several species of Sea Horses and Ghost Pipefish.
Diving at Kapalai is easy and rather surprising. Dive Sites especially consist of shallow sandy bottom and coral heads which hide incredible creatures. It’s paradise for microscopic fauna, from flamboyant cuttlefish, different species of frog fishes, leaf fishes, nudibranches, shrimps, to Blue Ring Octopus and mandarin fishes… Dives at Sipadan can be organized to enjoy a pelagic fauna.