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.

Recommend
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.

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.

Recommend
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!

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.

Recommend
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!

Bohey Dulang Island

Bohey Dulang is the second-largest island among the Tun Sakaran Marine Park archipelago. Bohey Dulang is a trekkers’ and birdwatchers’ favorite, offering fantastic views from its 353m peak. Birds are aplenty on the island. Is it possible to walk around the island at low tide on the beach.

Access
The island is 23km away from Semporna and has a superficy of 313 hectares.

Timba Timba Island

If you are thinking you are done with diving the Mataking Island, think again. For everything you can see around Mataking Island, you can find it here. Island setting and view should be extremely similar as well. So, what sets this place apart from its bigger counterpart? Crowd will be fairly less compared to the more commercial site in Mataking. However, you’ll have to charter a private boat. Rest assured, you get to indulge yourself with more dives a day for the premium you pay.

Access
Access to the island can be a day trip from Mataking Island. Departing point to this region is Semporna Jetty.

Recommend There’s no monsoon to hinder your travel. As we have pointed out, this region is and up and coming tourism spot. Hence, before this gets consumed by capitalism, charter a boat now!

Pom Pom Island

Access
Pom Pom Island is around 45 minutes by boat from Semporna, Borneo’s coast; it has rich tropical vegetation and is surrounded by white sand and the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea. It is on part of this beautiful island that Pom Pom Island finds it home.

Recommendation
This little atoll, which takes about an hour to walk around, is often a shelter for both Green and Hawksbill marine turtles that during the night return to the beach to nest. During your vacation, if you are lucky, you might witness the hatching of the eggs and release of baby turtles to the sea.

Sibuan Island

Sibuan Island is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Celebes Sea. It is part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park (also known as Semporna Islands Park), which contains the following islands besides Sibuan; Bodgaya, Boheydulang, Tetagan, Sebangkat, Selakan, Maiga and Mantabuan. There are no resorts on the islands, and also no public facilities. A few sea gypsies live on the island; unfortunately clearly noticeable by the rubble they often leave behind on the island. Fortunately diving schools in the area organize occasional reef and beach cleanup sessions. 

Don't forget to bring enough water and snacks with you when you visit the island. A visit to Sibuan Island is usually part of a day trip from one of the other islands (like Mataking), or part of a day trip from Semporna (at Sabah's southeast coast). Sibuan is especially great for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling and sun bathing.