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Sipadan, Far East & Australia

Sipadan offers an outstanding liveaboard and diving holiday location. Situated in the east of Malaysia off the north coast of Sabah on the island of Borneo it is around 45 minute fast boat transfer from the mainland. Living corals formed on top of the extinct volcanic cone to rise up some 600m from the Ocean floor, making it Malaysia's only oceanic island and top of the list for divers heading to south east Asia. It is reknowned for being a favourite with Jacques Costeau who put it on the divers list of 'must do'.

Diving
Sipadan diving is characterised by the big pelagic fish and outstanding underwater scenery and unbelievable number of different marine life. Swirling, tornado-like tunnels are created by Barracudas, big-eye Trevallies and thousands of silve jackfish. There are dozens of turtle encounters, mantas, eagle rays, tuna, plus reef sharks, hammerheads and wahte sharks, in fact over 3000 species of fish. The scenery is just as dramatic. Enjoy dramatic pinnacles and wall diving to  gentle sloping reefs and colourful, coral gardens, cave and drift dives. To make the most of this regions we recommend joining a liveaboard and experience Malaysia's diving at it's best in Sipadan.

Location
Sipadan is a protected marine habitat so there is no accommodation on  the island but perfect to visit by liveaboard which means you can then also dive on neighbouring islands of Kapalai, Si Amil and Mabul, which is one of the best muck diving sites in the world. The islands are idyllic  tropical, palm covered islands with the whitest sand beaches and jungle clad interiors. The waters surrounding the islands are beautifully clear, with diving now controlled offering uncrowded sites and calm waters ideal for photographers

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

Boat Diving Liveaboard

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

Best Time: Year round but April to December

Average Air temps: 28ºC (tropical). 

Average Water temps: 27 -29°C

Visibility: 10m to 40m (10-130ft)

Top Dive Sites: Barracuda Point, Coral Gardens, White Tip Avenue, Mid Reef,Turtle Cave, South Point, Hanging Garden. Mabul Island
(Froggie's Lair, Lobster Wall & Paradise), Kapalai (The Jetty & Mid Reef) and Si Amil included in the liveaboard itinerary.

Great Reasons to Dive in Sipadan, Borneo

  • Large Schooling Pelagics
  • 3000+ species of marine life
  • World Class walls, reefs & muck diving
  • Hawsksbill & Greenback  turtles (July-Nov)
  • Famous 200m Turtle Tomb Cave System
  • Reef, Hammerheads & Whale Shark

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.