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Reef top at Hanging Gardens, Sipadan dive site - courtesy of Carina Hall
Reefscape at Hanging Gardens, Sipadan dive site - courtesy of Carina Hall
Bumphead parrotfish at Hanging Gardens, Sipadan dive site - courtesy of Carina Hall

Scuba Diving at Sipadan Island, Borneo

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Dive Site: Hanging Gardens

Location: Sipadan Island

Description: Reef


Visibility: 30 metres (100 feet)


This is definitely one of my favourite dives at Sipadan as it is so beautiful. I spent the first half on my dive on the reef wall and then the remainder up in the shallows. The reef wall is so colourful, covered in seafans, soft corals and large barrel sponges, just this with the great viz make it unique alone. Then add the 50 + turtles that swim right up to you and can literally be found all the time in all directions along with the herding 50 + family of Bumphead parrotfish who bombarding past you at various intervals throughout your dive just makes it all a touch more special! Nearly forgot to mention grey reef and white tip sharks passing by frequently. I found the shallows really tranquil and enjoyed watching the sunlight beaming through the surface of the water with the coral reflecting off it. This is my ideal dive setting and I just loved it. The coral is in great condition and gives home to a variety of smaller reef fish including chromis, damselfish, sweetlips and clownfish.

Carina Hall

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