Set between Maldives and Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Sipadan was once ranked as the world’s most beautiful dive spot in 2009 by CNNgo.com. This internationally famous island is famous for its vast numbers of Green and Hawksbill turtles, which feed and breed within its waters, before the females climb ashore to lay their eggs above the white sandy beaches. Like many tropical islands, it is thickly forested and surrounded by sandy beaches. Sipadan is an oceanic island and was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano, which rises 600m from the seabed.
More than 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystems. Aside from the large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles for divers to see on each dive, another unique feature would be the turtle tomb, an underwater limestone cave with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers that contain many skeletal remains of turtles. The diversity and abundance of marine life found at Sipadan gives its reputation of being one of the 10 best dive locations in the world!