Sipadan is one of the best diving spots in Malaysia and ranked in the top ten throughout the world. This small island no longer has any resorts on it, now you travel over from the nearby Islands of Mabul and Kapali. Diving Sipadan you can often find large schools of barracuda and trevally swimming in group formations, schools of green Turtles and hawksbill turtles mating and nesting, large pelagics such as manta rays, eagle rays as well as hammerhead sharks and the ever graceful whale shark. Pulau Sipadan (Sipadan Island) has over 10 dive sites to explore of which Barracuda Point dive site you'll find large spiralling vortex of barracudas and at South Point dive site there are plenty of reef sharks, large schools of trevally and massive bumphead parrotfish travelling in groups. If you want to see BIG fish Diving Sipadan is for you.
In order to maintain the island, the Malaysian government has now closed its resorts so the best way to dive Sipadan by staying on the islands of Mabul or Kapalai which are fairly close by and travel to Sipadan Island by boat some 25 minutes away. You need a Permit to dive here and most tour operators can arrange them for you.
Sipadan rises 600m from the sea floor and is located in the Celebes Sea east of Tawau off the coast of Sabah in the Indo-Pacific basin. The Indo-Pacific basin is one of the richest marine habitats in the world with over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of species of coral with more being discovered. Sipadan Island was formed by coral growing on top of a now extinct volcanic cone, the whole process taking thousands of years.