In his film Borneo: The Ghost of the Sea Turtle (1989, Jacques Cousteau said: "I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art”
In 2009 it was declared a National Park and only a certain number of dive permits are granted each day – no permit – no dive! So if you wish to dive Sipadan, you need to find a dive company who have permits to dive here and book yourself a place. We chose Scuba Junkie on the island of Mabul, who are not only an exceptional dive school with an amazing resort but also have permits to dive Sipadan.
What you can see on an average day are a profusion of turtles, schools of jacks, bigeye trevally, bumphead parrot fish, sharks and of course barracuda, plus stunning coral formations teeming with literally thousands of fish – it is truly stunning.
So, without further ado, I have pleasure in showing you a small sample of some of the amazing dives we have had in Pulau Sipadan.
This next section is dedicated to the many schools of fish you find in Sipadan. Notice I have said "schools" and not "shoals", let me explain the difference between the two! They are both large quantities of fish that swim grouped together, but a school of fish means they all move in unison and swim in the same direction in a co-ordinated manner. Do you remember the scene in "Finding Nemo" where Nemo's Dad asks a School of Jackfish for directions and they all form a big arrow? Well the next few photos are those very fish!
It's Turtle Time!
In our pictorial blog Diving in Borneo - Always Awesome, many of you said that you could never get fed up of seeing Turtles, so this next section is dedicated to some of the turtles we saw! Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed diving with them!
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