Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 meters (2,000 ft) from the seabed. It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem.
Normally, rare diving scenes are frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan: schools of green and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, schools of barracuda and big-eye jacks in tornado-like formations.
A turtle tomb lies underneath the column of the island, formed by an underwater limestone cave with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers that contain many skeletal remains of turtles that become lost and drown before finding the surface.
Sipadan. Guest who wants to go to Sipadan should make your booking with us at least 3 months in advance since permits are limited.
The flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus and bobtail squids are just a few of the numerous types of cephalopods to be found on Mabul's reef.
The sight of harlequin shrimp feeding on sea stars and boxer crabs waving their tiny anemone pompoms are just a small example of the endless species of crustaceans.
Many types of gobies can be found including the spike-fin goby, black sail-fin goby and metallic shrimp goby. Frogfish are everywhere- giant, painted and clown frogfish are regularly seen along with the almost the whole scorpion fish family. Mabul Island is located approximately 40 minutes away by speed boat.
Kapalai Island is at the edge of the Ligitan Reef and is little more than a sand bank. It has a shallow reef on the protected north end, sloping from just beneath the surface to approximately 20 meters, teeming with fish life in all the colours of the rainbow and more!. The sharp eyes of our dedicated dive masters can help you spot such incredible critters like clown frogfish, mandarin fish, nudibraches, flamboyant cuttlefish, mantis shrimp... the list goes on!
At the southern end of the reef a slope runs down to just about 12m where a long but narrow sandy area is a favourite hiding place for sting rays. Turtles can be found resting at coral formations on both sides. By venturing further out to the deep end, sightings of white tip reef sharks are also common. Kapalai Island is located approximately 45 minutes away by speed boat.