Blame it on Jacques Costeau. On a visit to Pulau Sipadan, the renowned French oceanographer famously observed: “I have seen other places like Sipadan – but 45 years ago – but now, no more, now we have found again an untouched piece of art.”
That was in the early 1980s. Word has spread around the diving community, and now Sipadan, with its unsurpassed variety of marine life, is recognised as one of the top diving destinations in the world. The only oceanic island in Malaysia, Sipadan rises some 600m from the seabed, at the heart of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. The list of attractions is quite staggering – greenback and hawksbill turtles, barracuda and big-eye trevally, manta rays, hammerhead and whale sharks, etc.
Other notable dive destinations include Mabul Island, with luxury chalets on stilts and shallow reefs; the three islands of Pulau Tiga National Park surrounded by a crystal-clear sea; Turtle Islands Park; Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a group of five beautiful islands with good facilities, beaches and snorkelling just a 10-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu.
Continue reading at: A Boost for Eco-Tourism in Sabah