Sipadan claims to be the world’s best dive site. While this is a big claim, the diving here is certainly world class. Sipadan used to have resorts but to protect the environment these were closed around the year 2002. To dive on Sipadan you have to stay somewhere nearby, such as on Mabul, Kapalai or in Semporna, and take a boat onto the island.
Airport: Tawau Airport (TWU)
Trip Duration: 5-10 Days Trip
Intermediate to Advanced Diver
What to see
One of the highlights of diving in Sipadan is the famous spectacular tornado– like formations of the schooling Barracudas and big eye trevally. There is a possibility of spotting hue pelagic like Manta ray and Whale Sharks!
Day 2.Pick-up & transfer to Semporna Jetty. Speedboat transfer to resort. Check-in to resort, unlimited shore dives at house reef
Day 3-5.Up to 3 guided boat dives at Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai
Day 6. Check-out. Speedboat transfer and land transfer to Tawau Airport.
Dive Site Information
- Best time to visit: April till October.
- Water Temp: 27-30°C,
- Air Temp: 30-32°C
- Visibility: 15-40 meters
- Current: mild to strong
Health & Insurance
- Dive Insurance compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered then we recommend DiveAssure for single trip policy cover.
- Dive Computer compulsoryon this trip.
- Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
There is diving year-round at Sipadan (there are no monsoon or typhoons) but conditions vary with the time of the year.
Conditions are best between Mid-February and July or September till November when the visibility is best and conditions are settled. Visibility during these months ranges between 15 and 30 meters. The seas are usually calm, at times even glass-calm. The days are usually sunny and hot and the temperatures of the water are reliably bath-warm.
Nesting for hawksbill and green turtles usually happens from April through to September. Anyone visiting at this time can expect to see greater numbers of turtles, however they are always around. In fact, the island has a higher proportion of local marine life than it does visitors. The white-tip sharks, barracuda, jacks and bumphead parrotfish are all residents of the reefs around the island.