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 Palau Sipadan Marine Reserve

Malaysia, Sabah

English (Traduisez ce texte en Français): Sipadan ('Border Island' in Malay) is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from seabed; it is formed by living corals that grow on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin (22 miles South of Semporna, off the South-East coest of Sabah), which puts itself at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and few hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystems.

Rare diving scenes such as school of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, school of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formation, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks could be seen here.

A mysterious 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.

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about the diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves big fish encounters, something very rare in Asia these days - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracuda, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

English (Traduisez ce texte en Français): Sipadan ('Border Island' in Malay) is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from seabed; it is formed by living corals that grow on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin (22 miles South of Semporna, off the South-East coest of Sabah), which puts itself at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and few hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystems.

Rare diving scenes such as school of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, school of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formation, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks could be seen here.

A mysterious 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.

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about the diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves big fish encounters, something very rare in Asia these days - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracuda, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

Sipadan ('Border Island' in Malay) is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from seabed; it is formed by living corals that grow on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin (22 miles South of Semporna, off the South-East coest of Sabah), which puts itself at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and few hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystems.

Rare diving scenes such as school of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, school of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formation, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks could be seen here.

A mysterious 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.

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about the diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves big fish encounters, something very rare in Asia these days - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracuda, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

English (Traduisez ce texte en Français): Sipadan ('Border Island' in Malay) is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from seabed; it is formed by living corals that grow on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin (22 miles South of Semporna, off the South-East coest of Sabah), which puts itself at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and few hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystems.

Rare diving scenes such as school of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, school of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formation, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks could be seen here.

A mysterious 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.

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about the diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves big fish encounters, something very rare in Asia these days - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracuda, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

Sipadan (« ile frontière » en malais) est une île océanique Malaise ; qui passe émerge à 600m au-dessus du niveau de la mer. Elle est formée par les coraux d’un cône volcanique éteint qui a eu des milliers années à se développer.

Sipadan est situé au cœur du bassin Indo-Pacifique (22 milles de sud de Semporna, la côte sud-est du Sabah), qui se localise au centre de l’une des plus riches habitats marins du monde. Plus de 3 000 espèces de poissons et quelques centaines d’espèces de coraux ont été classés dans ce les écosystèmes.

Des scènes de plongée rares tels que des maternités de tortues vertes et des tortues imbriquées, groupes de barracudas ; de requins, d’espèces pélagiques telles que les raies mantas, raies aigles, requin-marteau halicorne, et des requins-baleines pourraient être vu ici.

Un tombeau mystérieux de tortues se trouve dans une grotte calcaire sous-marine avec un labyrinthe de tunnels et de chambres qui contiennent de nombreux squelettes de celles-ci.

Depuis que le célère Jacques Cousteau a souligné la diversité de la vie marine, cette Mecque de la plongée est sans conteste la plus célèbre destination de plongée en Malaisie. L’ile est située sur la côte est de l’état de Sabah, et se trouve à l’angle nord-est de Bornéo, la troisième plus grande île du monde.

La légendaire qualité des plongées à Sipadan est connue de la communauté mondiale de plongée, dans la mesure où tous les plongeurs qui s’intéressent à plonger les meilleurs sites dans le monde, ont cette petite île au haut de leur liste de souhaits.

L’île de Sipadan a été en haut de la liste d’or de « Rodale Scuba Diving Magazine» pour être des « Top The Dive Destination dans le monde ». En effet l’île partage sa première place avec deux autres destinations connues pour l’incroyable diversité de leur vie marine - les îles Galápagos et le Truk en Micronésie.

La liste des attractions est tout à fait stupéfiante et le plus exceptionnel c’est qu’elle implique des rencontres avec de gros poissons, quelque chose de très rare en Asie ces jours-ci. Au site Barracuda-Point vous pouvez trouver vous-même entouré d’une spirale tourbillon de barracuda, si grande que la lumière du soleil est souvent obscurcie. À South-Point, il y a des dizaines de requins de récif, des grands bancs de caranges de passage et les troupeaux de poisson perroquet en maraude . Lors d’une plongée à Sipadan, partout où que vous plongerez, vous verrez des tortues, grignotant les éponges et les algues, ou se reposant sur les rebords de tombants. Si vous prenez le temps d’examiner attentivement les murs, vous verrez une multitude d’espèces de poissons et de la vie qui foisonne, assez pour rivaliser avec la plupart des destinations.

English (Traduisez ce texte en Français): Sipadan ('Border Island' in Malay) is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from seabed; it is formed by living corals that grow on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin (22 miles South of Semporna, off the South-East coest of Sabah), which puts itself at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and few hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystems.

Rare diving scenes such as school of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, school of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formation, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks could be seen here.

A mysterious 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.

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about the diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves big fish encounters, something very rare in Asia these days - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracuda, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

English (Traduisez ce texte en Français): Sipadan ('Border Island' in Malay) is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from seabed; it is formed by living corals that grow on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin (22 miles South of Semporna, off the South-East coest of Sabah), which puts itself at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and few hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystems.

Rare diving scenes such as school of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, school of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formation, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks could be seen here.

A mysterious 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.

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about the diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves big fish encounters, something very rare in Asia these days - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracuda, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

English (Traduisez ce texte en Français): Sipadan ('Border Island' in Malay) is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from seabed; it is formed by living corals that grow on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin (22 miles South of Semporna, off the South-East coest of Sabah), which puts itself at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and few hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystems.

Rare diving scenes such as school of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, school of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formation, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks could be seen here.

A mysterious 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.

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about the diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves big fish encounters, something very rare in Asia these days - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracuda, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

English (Traduisez ce texte en Français): Sipadan ('Border Island' in Malay) is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from seabed; it is formed by living corals that grow on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin (22 miles South of Semporna, off the South-East coest of Sabah), which puts itself at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and few hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystems.

Rare diving scenes such as school of greenback turtles and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, school of barracuda & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formation, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks could be seen here.

A mysterious 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.

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about the diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves big fish encounters, something very rare in Asia these days - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracuda, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

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Air temp.   32°C
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Water temp.   28°C
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Barracuda Point 15 / -
15 m 65 m CMAS ** / AOW
Coral gardens - / -
10 m 45 m CMAS * / OW
Drop Off - / -
20 m 30 m CMAS * / OW
Hanging Gardens 2 / -
18 m 65 m Tous niveaux
Lobster lairs - / -
25 m 60 m CMAS ** / AOW
Mid Reef - / -
20 m 45 m CMAS * / OW
North Point 1 / -
25 m 65 m CMAS * / OW
South Point 5 / -
20 m 65 m CMAS ** / AOW
Staghorn Crest - / -
20 m 65 m CMAS * / OW
The Jetty 6 / -
3 m 65 m Tous niveaux
Turtle Cavern 10 / -
18 m 21 m CMAS ** / AOW
Turtle Patch - / -
20 m 65 m Tous niveaux
Turtle Tomb 2 / -
17 m 23 m CMAS *** / DiveMaster
West Ridge - / -
18 m 65 m Tous niveaux
Whitetip Avenue 3 / -
18 m 50 m CMAS * / OW

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Trip: MALAYSIA - Sipadan & Borneo
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Van mrt 22, 2010 tot mrt 27, 2010
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