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Sipadan Dives

Sipadan is one of the top dive sites in the world, legendary for reef sharks, hammerhead and whale sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, and manta rays. It's suitable for beginner to advanced divers. You need to obtain a permit to dive here so do book your dive in advance.
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How do I get there?
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The closest transport hub to Sipadan Island is Semporna. To get to Semporna you need to arrive overland either from the Tawau airport which is about an hour away (and can be reached by flight from a few major city airports in Malaysia) or overland from within Borneo by bus transfer. The Sipadan dive sites (and accommodation, where provided) are reached via boat transfer in less than an hour from the Semporna jetty. The providers will provide water transfer from Semporna jetty.
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Do I need to go with a guide?
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Sipadan is one of the more challenging places to dive due to the strong currents and depth. Having a divemaster along ensures that you are well taken care of when you dive, so you are able to focus on the abundance of underwater life around you. The divemasters also know the best hidden spots in the area!
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Do I need to train up?
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Because the currents can be quite strong in this area, you should be a strong swimmer and have at least achieved your Open Water certification. If you have any questions, please let us know and we will be happy to address your concerns!
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What's the best time to go?
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The best months to visit are April, May, June, July, August, September, October
We recommend the above period because you would have better visibility.
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Any tips for what to do in the area?
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The Celebes Sea is home to the Bajau Laut people, also known as the Sea Gypsies. Their seafaring lifestyle is a unique sight to see. Look out for them as you travel to the dive sites and perhaps learn more about their disappearing way of life.
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