Written by NURSYAFIQAH BINTI ZAMANI
Located 8 hours away from the main town of Kota Kinabalu, Sipadan Island has become a dream diving destination for divers from all over the world. Sipadan is called a world-class diving spot for a reason- it houses hundred species of marine life and corals!
Though Sipadan has been popular among the divers, it is not easy to visit Sipadan. To maintain the beauty of the Island, strict regulation has been imposed to those who wishes to visit Sipadan. Visitors must apply for permits to enter and to dive in the Island and they can only stay at the surrounding islands in Mabul or Kapalai. Therefore, it is very important for the visitors to apply for their permits beforehand. Worry not because the island is totally worth it! The only place where you can see barracudas, reef sharks, large school of jacks and bumphead parrotfish- all in one place and in a large numbers! And of course, our favourite sea creature- Mr Turtle!! They are everywhere in Sipadan. Sipadan’s ecosystem is unlike anywhere else in the world.
Apart from the amazing Sipadan Island, the other activity that any visitor should partake in is to hike the Bohey Duland Island. Situated not too far from Semporna, the fishing village and the gateway to Sipadan. The hike to the top will take around one and a half hour depending on your stamina but the view at the top is definitely rewarding. Clear blue sky, clear blue water and tropical scenery sounds like a great definition of a perfect holiday.
From scenic view and rich underwater ecosystem, Sipadan has it all. You will definitely enjoy the variety of seafood they have to offer. A unique experience like no other.