Scuba Diving At Sipadan

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Scuba Diving At Sipadan - these are several photos of underwater beauty at Sipadan island, Semporna. This is why they call Sipadan as heaven on earth for scuba divers. Photos by Ah Man, a local dive guide at Semporna.

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Life At Pom Pom

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Life At Pom Pom - photos shared by Krisztina Filep during her time as volunteer for Tropical Research And Conservation Centre or TRACC for short at Pom Pom island, Semporna, Malaysia.

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Having Fun At Kapalai

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Having Fun At Kapalai - this is how it looks like spending holiday at Kapalai and Mabul island, Semporna. Yup.. this is Kapalai and Mabul. Not Maldives. Photo by wanderlust.sabah . Click or tap on the photo for larger view.


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Poor But Happy

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Poor But Happy - life of Sea Bajau or Bajau Palauh people at Tatagan island, Semporna. Kids play happily on the boat and on the sea!

They are poor, no nationalities, in fact very poor without any basic necessities - but they live free without boundary. Photo by evans0707.

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Mesmerized By The Sea

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Beautiful view at Mabul island resort - so calm, so peaceful, mesmerized by the beauty of the sea. Photo by evans0707

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Try To Make A Living

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Try To Make A Living - a Bajau Palauh women trying to find raw seafood near the beach of Mabul island, Semporna, originally by terencelimtl.

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Heading Home

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Palauh Girl And Her Grandfather - time to head back home after finish catching fish.

This is a photo of young Palauh (also called Sea Gypsy, sea Bajau or Bajau Laut in Malay) girl with her grandfather on the boat on their way to place they live.

Most Sea Gypsy make a living by catching fish and other seafood and then selling it to public at the market or to the resort nearby. Sea, boat and fish is their life. They not do anything else.

You will see scene like this if you stay at resort near Mabul island or at Kapalai resort. Photo by terencelimtl

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Beautiful View At Sipadan Mabul Resort Jetty

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Beautiful view at Sipadan Mabul Resort - What you see here in this picture is the entrance jetty to Sipadan Mabul Resort located at Mabul island, Semporna.

To go to Sipadan Mabul resort, you will need to take a boat ride from Semporna town center (malay: Pekan Semporna) to Mabul island.

The journey will take about 30 minutes to 40 minutes depending on the weather and speed.

The best thing about spending holiday at Mabul island is it's beautiful view, crystal clear clean sea water (you can see clearly up to 5 meters to the bottom on day time) and plenty of turtles also other exotic macro underwater creatures for scuba diving enthusiasts.

The world's first ever oil rig converted into PADI dive center is also located near Mabul island, it is about 700 meters from the island's ground to be exact.

Travel to Mabul island and Sipadan Mabul Resort in 2018 and beyond is always safe, thanks to the strong enforcement by Malaysian Royal Police around the island, patrolling the area 20 hours a day especially at night. Photo by aku_dwan

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Spending The Day At Mataking Beach

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Spending The Day At Mataking Beach - see the beauty of Mataking island beach from these pictures, taken near Mataking island resort.

It's like enjoying vacation at your own private island because not so many people around here.

Mataking is lesser known location compared to Mabul, Sipadan and Kapalai but you still can enjoy a really breathtaking view especially at evening time during sunset.

Click or tap on the photo for larger view. Photos by eanjoseph

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Sun Kissed At Mabul

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Sun Kissed At Mabul - the moment when the sun shines its light to you at your own personal moment, in a place where no one will gonna disturb you.

Photo by alice_inwonderland58

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Amazing View At Bukit Tengkorak


Amazing View At Bukit Tengkorak - Bukit Tengkorak also called as 'skull hill'. This place becomes an archaeological site and the first ever at Semporna.

Bukit Tengkorak is located at Jalan Tampi-Tampi, about 10 km south of Semporna town.

It is on a hill about 600 feet above sea level.

Many tourists from other places will miss out this amazing spot.

You can enjoy amazing view at the top peak like you see in the pictures. All images by keithwk1601



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Tanjung Parapat

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The beautiful view at Tanjung Parapat, Semporna - This place is about 20-30 minutes drive from Semporna town center.

Tanjung Parapat is actually a small muslims village with shallow sea area. All of them are Bajau people.

The bottom of the sea near the land at Tanjung Parapat is sandy and flat.

No reef and corals. Just sand and stones.

The fisherman build this long jetty so they can park their boat in deeper water which is about hundred meters from the land.

Most people come here to enjoy the beautiful view during weekend with their friends and family members.

No cafe or restaurants and no hotel or other good accommodation nearby, most tour guides not bring tourist here.

Most people who came here are locals.

The view is so mesmerizing and so refreshing especially in early morning and in evening during sunset. Photo by Zuliani Mansur.


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See You Again

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Nothing More Beautiful Than This - an evening view at Mabul island resort. Saying "see you again next time" to the sea. Hard to say goodbye. Photo by shenshenxixi

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Sea Gypsy Life Story


Sea Gypsy Life Diary - In these 3 photos you can see life of Sea Bajau, also called "Palauh" and what they do most, everyday.

Their didn't do anything else other than catching fish, finding raw seafood to sell to the market and to the resorts nearby then spend most of the day being at the sea under the warm tropical sun - jumping into the water, swimming, laughing, enjoying life as "sea people".

It's like living in water world. The sea, the boat and other else in between is the color their life because that are most important things to them.

These three photos are taken at a location near Mabul island, Semporna. Photos by husnah.hussin



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Sun, Ocean, And You


Sun, Ocean, And You - enjoy the happy feeling being in the beautiful, calm and amazing surroundings at Mabul island, Semporna. Photo by Aimi Ruzelan.

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Mabul Sea From Above

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Mabul Sea From Above - Aerial view of a boat at Mabul island, Semporna. Look at crystal clear sea water. You can see the what's down below, like seeing trough a mirror. Photo by parkertehoais

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Holiday at Mabul Resort

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Holiday at Mabul Resort - beautiful view at Mabul island resort.

Photos by ann5632

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Maldives? No, This Is Mabul

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Maldives? No, This Is Mabul - beautiful view from a resort at Mabul island, Semporna.

Mabul and Kapalai has been called as 'Maldives' of Semporna. No big waves. Soft strong wind. And not so many people around. This place is quiest.

Perfect for your holiday, honeymoon or personal getaway far from the city.

No need to go thousands kilometers away to Maldives you can have the same feel here in Semporna, Malaysia. Photo by travelpicpost

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Sunset From Dive Rig

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Beautiful Sunset From Dive Rig - photo taken at Seaventures Dive Rig, a retired oil rig that converted into PADI dive center standing about 1000 meters from the beach of Mabul island.

Sipadan is about 30 minutes boat ride from here. Photo by saein_song

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Sipadan At 6AM

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Sipadan At 6AM - This is the view around 6AM in the morning in a dive site at Sipadan island.

There's nothing. Only you and the sea.

Photo by saein_song

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A Diver, A Shark, A Turtle All In One Photo

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A Diver, A Shark, A Turtle All In One Photo - rare moment while scuba diving at Sipadan island.

A scuba diver at the top chasing shark to take photo at that shark and then you can see a turtle sleeping on the seafloor.

Not so many people have a chance to document this moment in one single picture.

Very rare!

Photo by saein_song

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Meet Turtle At Sipadan

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Meet Turtle At Sipadan - Sea turtles and white tip reef sharks can be seen on almost every dive, everyday.

Sipadan is the heaven for avid scuba divers who want to witness wild white tip reef sharks and other big fish such as jackfish, barracuda and large schools of bumphead parrotfish swimming softly nearby.

Only 120 divers are allowed daily at Sipadan island. To witness beautiful underwater scenery like you see in this picture, you need to apply for a permit to dive at Sipadan.

All photos by saein_song

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Life As A Sea Gypsy


Life As A Sea Gypsy - photo of a sea gypsy men on his boat near Mabul island.

For a sea gypsy or 'Bajau Laut', the boat is their home.

That is the place to sleep, eat with family and to rest after long day hard work.

Photo by afiq.instadrone

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Saw Shark At Sipadan

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Saw a grey shark while scuba diving at Sipadan island - What you saw in the picture above is real.

Sipadan is home to sharks and when a shark saw you diving nearby, it tends to ran away.

Most sharks at Sipadan tends to avoid scuba divers.

Sipadan island is heaven for scuba divers who come to Semporna for their personal travel journey.

Some wanna know what's waiting for them in Sipadan underwater and some just wanna explore new experience diving in a new exotic, world class environment at Sipadan island.

Seeing wild shark like this underwater will scare you at first sight especially when you are newly certified open water diver and has recorded less then 20 dives in your log book.

Scuba diving at Sipadan island will give whole lot of pleasure, enjoyment and satisfaction.

You can even dive in the middle of big group of fish!

There are 12 popular dive sites around Sipadan island.

Here are the names of dive sites at Sipadan island:

  • Sount Point
  • Turtle Patch
  • Mid Reef
  • White-tip Avenue
  • Coral Garden
  • Barracuda Point
  • Turtle Cave
  • Drop-Off
  • West Ridge
  • Hanging Garden
  • Lobster Lair
  • Staghorn Crest

You can see more photos of Sipadan scuba diving below. All photos are by rossie.yu

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