Borneo - Sipadan Island Scuba Diving 12.09.2011
Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 metres from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, East Malaysia (which is on the island of Borneo). It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan has been rated by many dive journals as one of the top destinations for diving in the world.
The description I grabbed from Wikipedia above doesn't do Sipadan justice, this island was outstanding for diving and has been voted one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world. The array of sea life and coral was incredible, turtles, sharks etc and is suppose to be the only place in the world where you can dive with 1000+ giant barracuda! This place is a must see if you like diving.
I was lucky enough to dive here for 3 days and passed my Padi Advanced Open Water dive course which included Deep Diving to 30m, Underwater Videography, Underwater Navigation, Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) and Drift Diving.
Photos were taken on two different cameras so you will see a difference in quality. I also took a huge amount of video footage which I wish I could post here for you all to see but unfortunatel I don't know how to :(
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