This 40 acre island is surrounded by a pristine reef that plunges dramatically into the abyss nearly all the way around. The vertical topography and rich currents provide perhaps the best wall diving in the world! On an average day of diving, you’ll see 50 turtles, a dozen sharks, enormous schools of jacks and barracuda, and an abundance of reef fish and macro life.
Just 20 feet from the shore, the wall plunges a staggering 2,000 feet down and is encrusted with a wide variety of corals and sponges. This site is rated as one of the top 5 beach dives in the world, and for good reason. Soon after entering the water, you’ll be swimming with a school of several hundred jacks. You’ll also encounter bumphead parrotfish, whitetip sharks, grey reef sharks, green turtles, lionfish and a multitude of smaller reef fish. Don’t let all of this distract you from exploring the wall’s nooks and crannies, though, as there are plenty of small creatures to discover.
This wall consists of terraces covered in overflowing yellow, lavender, and pink soft coral. Hawksbill & Green Turtles live on the ledges at this site and the current is usually quite calm. Search the coral and gorgonian fans for a variety of photogenic microlife. Look for coral groupers, sweetlips, gobies, hawkfish, emperor angelfish and moray eels in and around the cracks and crevices along the wall. Turtles, ribbontail stingrays, and a variety of sharks are also common here.
This site is home to a large number of Hawksbill & Green Turtles. It is rather barren in comparison to some of the other sites, but there are some impressive staghorn coral stands, leather corals and small table corals and some colorful anemones with resident anemonefish. You’ll come across spotted sweetlips, pufferfish, lionfish, morays, triggerfish and even leaffish if you’re lucky. Many reef sharks also frequent this site.
As you make your way along the wall, you’ll find a multitude of corals and sponges teeming with life. Look for groupers, nudibranchs, angelfish, triggerfish, grunts, shrimps, and gobies. Many huge anemones with resident clownfish can be found here as well. There is usually a very strong current here, but experienced divers may opt to venture out toward the open ocean where large shoals of pelagics feed. Barracuda, leopard sharks, fox sharks, jacks, turtles, mantas, and hammerheads may all be spotted.
As the name suggests, Barracuda Point is where a large concentration of barracuda, jacks, and grey and white tip reef sharks converge to feed. The current is strong here, ensuring an exciting dive. You’ll also see schooling bannerfish, triggerfish, and dogtooth tuna. Along the wall, look for bumphead parrotfish, yellow-margin triggerfish, Napoleon wrasse, and turtles.
Virtually every species of marine life found in the waters of Sipadan can be seen here, in this garden atop a wall. The coral growth is colorful and healthy, and numerous featherstars add depth and movement to the scene. Dozens of green turtles feed at the edge of the wall, while clown and titan triggerfish take center stage. This is a macro photographer’s dream!
Known as big fish capital, South Point features coral heads and a steep wall and attracts hammerheads, thresher sharks, and schools of bumphead parrotfish. This site is only for advanced divers as the current is usually strong and the water can be choppy.