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Borneo is located in the Coral Triangle which is home to over 3,000 species of fish and almost 500 coral species.

Many scuba divers and macro-photographers come to Borneo for its amazing variety of macro-life underwater species.

Diving in Sipadan

There are a number of destinations around Borneo which will be of interest to divers – whether experienced or novice. Some are well known, others perhaps not so well known, but all offering their own attraction to the diver.

Whether you are looking for macro marine life or large pelagics such as barracudas, turtles and reef sharks, Borneo is the place for you.

World class dive sites include:

  • Sipadan Island
  • Layang-Layang
  • Mabul island
  • Kapalai
  • Mataking
  • Lankayan
  • Labuan
  • Derawan

Places of interest include the Sipadan area on the North-East coast, the Layang Layang off the North-West coast of Borneo in the South China Sea, the wreck diving areas in the vicinity of Labuan, also on the North-West coast and the Derawan area to the South of Sipadan.

The Sipadan Island – is located within the Indo-Pacific and offers one of the richest concentrations of marine-life in the world. The island of Sipadan is actually a rocky outcrop which rises dramatically from the ocean floor. The island has a perimeter of less than 1600 metres, and an area of about 12 hectares. The fringing reefs are in all about 10-15 times the size of the island. From the edge of any part of the reef, the drop-off is up to 600 metres.

The Layang Layang Resort is about 300 km NW of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. The resort is a mere speck in the ocean, however, it is perhaps one of the best diving spots in the world. The island was formerly a sand spit on a remote ocean coral reef, but is now a man made island. The atoll itself rises over 2000 metres from the ocean floor, and sheer walls surround the reef. The water is generally exceptionally clear with visibility up to about 60 metres, with vibrant coral growth. The deep water and pristine walls attract big fish such as Wrasse, rays humphead wrasse, hawksbill turtles, dogtooth tuna and schools of hammerheads.

Shark watching is best around Brunei Patches, Ampa Patches and Iron Duke Shoals. Greytips and Whitetips are common sights in the area. Through rig diving, one can discover new dimensions to diving. These approximately 50 metre long triangular oil rig jackets were placed strategically on the seabed at Two Fathom Rock to foster marine life. The result is a breathtaking sight of soft corals, Groupers, Sponges, Featherstars and other colourful organisms. Schnapper, Barracuda, Sweetlips and schools of Jacks are among the inhabitants of these man made reefs. Whale sharks can sometimes be seen on the reef. Louisa Reef is Brunei’s most remote territory. There are immense underwater cliffs where the reef falls into the blue abyss. Sharks such as Hammerheads, Whitetips and Leopards are among the many great marine species which dominate the reef.

The Lankayan Island is a virtually uninhabited island, located deep into the Sulu Seas off Sabah in Malaysia. Lankayan has been created as a truly beautiful resort, not only for discerning divers but for anyone who appreciates the serenity and tranquility of a paradise island – white sandy beaches, swaying casuarina pines, beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Whether you are looking for more Sipadan permits or a stay on a private island, our dive experts will help you choose the right diving resort.

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