Sipadan Island

What else need we say? As we know it, this is the world’s number one diving spot. Best suggestion from us to you? The Barracuda Point. Turtles, whitetip sharks, batfish, jacks, barracuda, etc; you name it, this place has it, and you can see them all most likely in just one dive. It’s just that good. You will do your wall dive here along a cliff which is 600m down to the sea bed. The impressive thing is, daily visitors to the island is limited to 120 individuals.

Access
Located off the coasts of Semporna, Semporna Jetty is the departing point for fellow divers and travellers. For some reasons, the island is highly protected by the Navy and there are no resorts on the island.

Season
Nevertheless, the island is open to public all year round.

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With strict measures in place, marine ecology here is very well protected for all to indulge. Want the best sight for your dive? We recommend Sipadan Island.

Layang Layang Island

A truly oceanic island where one can easily find a thriving pelagic marine life. The surrounding sea level is approximately 2000m deep and the island is located merely 300km from Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. Now, everyone can fly to the island with a private flight from Kota Kinabalu. Hence, kick start your adventure by catching some sleep and get up early the following morning.

Access
Being located close to the heart of South China Sea, expect limited access to elements from anything beyond the shores. As most will be utilizing a private flight from Kota Kinabalu, a vacation in town before or after your dive trip is always an option.

Season
The island is open to public from March to August annually.

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However, you’ll stand a high chance to meet schools of hammerhead shark in month of April during their mating season. Looking to get the best value out of your money? Come as close to April as possible!

Lankayan Island

Apart from diving, many depart for this island for one main reason – turtles. Yes, this tiny little island has given birth to countless hatchlings of baby turtles.

Access
You can have access to this island from Sandakan Jetty. This paradise is covered with tropical plants, and that’s about it with regards to the local population. Whale sharks encounter in the open water is another draw here. Sights of these gentle giants are fairly common in this part of the world.

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The best time to visit? Try June to September; that’s when the turtle hatchlings come to life. The itinerary is easy, come watch them take their baby steps now, and go diving next!

Kota Kinabalu City

Curious about Borneo? Consider Kota Kinabalu as your first option as this is probably the most scenic city in Malaysia. With more tourists’ arrival on an annual basis, this city is thriving; evidently, holiday resorts have sprung throughout the neighbourhood in recent years.

Access
This city serves as the capital of Sabah, situated in the north-west coast of Borneo facing South China Sea. It’s also a famous getaway among the locals and foreigners. The highest mountain in South East Asia, Mount Kinabalu towers majestically over the city. If climbing is your thing, be sure to book your potter and accommodation in advance. The mountain is extremely popular worldwide.

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If you just want to chill, relax, and enjoy the city in a different way, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is one place you can look into; rain forest exploration is also another relaxing option. The friendly locals are well versed in these relaxing yet exotic wildlife adventures. This city has plenty to offer and should be a serious option to island travellers beyond the shores of Kota Kinabalu. It’s the Land Beneath the Wind, they said. Be sure to make a proper stopover before you hop on to those islands out there.

Mabul Island

200 hectares of reefs. Yes, it’s an enormous one; and this island sits on top of it. Ever heard of oil rig being used as resort? Yes, this island has it. Want to indulge yourself in a water bungalow with a local Bajau Village situated next to you that has all the convenience you need? Yes, this island has it too.

Access
What’s more, it’s just 15km from Sipadan Island. Similar to Sipadan, main access point to the island is from Semporna Jetty.

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Due to the size of the reef, we expect you to find huge array of macro marine life, with the rarest ecological species you can name. This island easily make every underwater photographer’s dream destination.

Season
Come over anytime for your next photoshoot. The island doesn’t close!

Kapalai Island

An alternative to the more popular Mabul and Sipadan Island, you visit this island for the same diving reasons as the former and the latter. However, if you’re considering something more romantic, this island has to be it. There’s a water bungalow for accommodation here.

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The icing on the cake here is – you’ll find the white sandy beaches during the low tide, which also happens to form romantic paths for you lovebirds. Reefs and marine life aplenty. Just as stunning as Mabul and Sipadan, this island is no flop.

Season
It’s open all year round, so hop in now!

Semporna Town

Similar to Kota Kinabalu, this city serves as a stopover and a departing point to the islands by the shores of Borneo in Celebes Sea. One way or the other, this city attracts youthful travellers from around the world. They have come to experience the unique Borneo culture and most of all, to hop onto the number one diving spot in the world, Sipadan Island. Tun Sankaran Marine Park can be a refreshing stopover spot before one moves on to the one of the many islands out there.

Access
The city is just an hour’s drive away from Tawau Airport, Sabah. Sibuan, Kapalai, Mataking, Sipadan, and so on are all paradise like islands which you should highly consider during your stay in the city.

Mataking Island

This island possesses areas which are becoming to be one of the most famous diving spots off the east coast of Sabah.

Access
This paradise is accessible via Semporna Jetty. Marine life encounter and sightings are as common as it gets, while divers can expect a combination of slope and wall diving.

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Wildlife conservation is also a big thing here. Be vigilant you fellow divers. The island is open 365 days a year, we welcome all. Swim over now!

Mantanani Island

Mantanani Islands are a group of three isolated islands located northwest of Kota Belud, about an hour’s drive from the state capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. These islands are approximately 55 minutes boat ride by speedboat from the mainland Kuala Abai Jetty.

Mamutik Island

Mamutik Island Kota Kinabalu is a less crowded island, then the rest of the lot and approximately 3 kilometers away from the main city of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The Pulau is about 15 acres in size. 

Mamutik Island Kota Kinabalu also has a long 200 meter stretch of white sandy beaches that offer privacy due to less tourist activities. The tourist generally prefers Sapi Island & Manukan Island as both are well developed and offer rich marine life experience.