[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Jacques Cousteau, the Godfather of Scuba Diving (and my idol), described Sipadan as “an untouched piece of art.” Also rated as one of the “Top Ten Dive Destinations in the World”, Sipadan is a much-raved-about dive destination in Southeast Asia that many scuba diving enthusiasts have on their list of must-visit dive destinations within this lifetime.
Here are three fun facts about diving in Sipadan that you probably want to know!
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]1. The origin of the island’s name came from a dead man
The name, “Sipadan”, came from the word, “Si Paran”. A man or person (Si) named “Paran”, was unfortunately found dead on the island’s beach when the first batch of explorers first set foot upon the island. Not the most optimistic of all names, but I guessed it does not really matter. Thanks to the ingenuity of the name-giver, Sipadan is an impressionable name all around the world now. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]2. There is no resort operating on Sipadan Island
In 2004, all operating resorts were instructed to shift out of Sipadan Island. Thereafter, the island was to be managed by Sabah Parks Authority. All resorts are currently mainly situated on Mabul and Kapalai Island. Also as part of the conservation efforts at Sipadan, each diver requires a diving permit to enter Sipadan and a diving permit at Sipadan is only guaranteed with a minimum of four nights of stay at your chosen resort! If you are super lucky, the resort might have extra diving permits for Sipadan, be sure to grab it then!
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]2. There is a different type of diving around Sipadan
Sipadan Island offers what most divers yearned for – the Barracuda balls and Jackfish swirls, which is a rare underwater phenomenon. And of course, dotted with regular appearances of reef sharks and turtles. (These two creatures show up almost every five minutes!) However, as there is a limited quota of the number of divers in Sipadan in a given day, the other few days of diving are done at neighbouring islands, Mabul and Kapalai.
Diving at these islands will allow you to see macro-creatures mostly, which is vastly different from the big stuff that you see at Sipadan. Amongst the finds are Pygmy Seahorse, Stonefish, Frogfish and the likes. We knew we got lucky when we saw the Flamboyant Cuttlefish during the night dive at the house reef! And if you are lucky, maybe even the elusive Mandarin fish! Some dive sites are a good mix between macro and the big stuff where you’ll still be able to see turtles and schooling fishes like Barracudas, Sweetlips, giant Groupers,Trevally, etc.
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]And of course, the magic that only Sipadan diving could bring you..