In pictures: Malaysia’s heaven on earth
LOCATED in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia.
Formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop, the island boasts one of the richest marine habitats in the world.
Approximately 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been found on this majestic island such as scorpion fish, devil rays, lion fish, mandarin fish, manta rays, batfish, eagle rays, yellow-back fusiliers, red-tooth triggerfish, parrotfish and other miraculous fish species.
It is without a doubt that dive enthusiasts will be enthralled by the distinctive varieties of colorful sea creatures in the paradise of Sipadan.
Additionally, 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. Dark, but just as fascinating nonetheless.
Due to its amazing diversity and rich marine habitats, Sipadan was listed as one of the top 10 diving spots in the world and in Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List as the “Top Dive Destination in the World”.
Take a look at the many wonders this heaven on earth has to offer:
Visiting Sipadan Island requires a permit issued by Sabah Parks, a Sabah Government agency. There are a limited number of 120 permits available each day.
From 2020 onwards, Sipadan will be closed to visitors every December to allow the island’s marine environment and ecology to recover.