Sharks, Sea Turtles, Barracudas, & more!

SCUBA Diving in Sipadan in the Semporna Archipelago in Malaysian Borneo — It was my first time swimming with sharks – they were everywhere, and didn’t seem to care much about us swimming a few feet away. Sipadan dive photos below, including sharks, sea turtles, harlequin sweetlips, school of jackfish, surgeonfish, purple antihas, big eye emperors, yellow mask angelfish, triggerfish, butterfly fish, parrotfish, unicorn fish, and more!

Whitetip Reef Shark
surprise visitors during our dive – sharks!

school of Jackfish

1st underwater SCUBA Diving photo of me
1st underwater SCUBA Diving photo of me

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Harlequinn Sweetlips

A graceful Sea Turtle swims next to us during our SCUBA dive

A graceful Sea Turtle swims next to us during our SCUBA dive

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Borneo diving

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Sea Turtle
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-002.jpg]60Whitetip Reef Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-003.jpg]601st underwater photo of me SCUBA diving
1st underwater photo of me SCUBA diving
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Sea Turtle
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-005.jpg]80school of Jackfish
school of Jackfish
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Tabletop Coral
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-007.jpg]50shark! Whitetip Reef Shark
shark! Whitetip Reef Shark
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-008.jpg]50Harlequin Sweetlips
Harlequin Sweetlips
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[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-010.jpg]40Lionfish (very poisonous)
Lionfish (very poisonous)
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-011.jpg]50Sea Turtle swimming
Sea Turtle swimming
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-012.jpg]40Big Eye Emperor
Big Eye Emperor
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-013.jpg]40Purple Antihas
Purple Antihas
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-014.jpg]50Whitetip Reef Shark - named for the tip of the fin
Whitetip Reef Shark - named for the tip of the fin
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-015.jpg]100Bat Fish
Bat Fish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-016.jpg]40Big Eye Emporer swims
Big Eye Emporer swims
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-017.jpg]40Yellowmask Angelfish
Yellowmask Angelfish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-018.jpg]40surgeon fish
surgeon fish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-019.jpg]30Unicorn Fish
Unicorn Fish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-020.jpg]50Parrotfish
Parrotfish
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[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-022.jpg]40Butterfly Fish
Butterfly Fish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-023.jpg]40Harlequin Sweetlips
Harlequin Sweetlips
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-024.jpg]30Purple Antihas - bright purple!
Purple Antihas - bright purple!
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-025.jpg]20Wrasse on the bottom - Ugliest fish in the sea?
Wrasse on the bottom - Ugliest fish in the sea?
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[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-028.jpg]20Harlequin Sweetlips 3
Harlequin Sweetlips 3
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-029.jpg]20Sea Turtle 3
Sea Turtle 3
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[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-031.jpg]10Whitetip Reef Shark - they like to hang out near the ocean floor
Whitetip Reef Shark - they like to hang out near the ocean floor
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-032.jpg]30Bat fish
Bat fish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-033.jpg]20minous storm coming our way - fortunately we were going underwater and it stopped raining by the time we surfaced
ominous storm coming our way - fortunately we were going underwater and it stopped raining by the time we surfaced
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[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-038.jpg]00shark!
shark!
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[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-040.jpg]00Big Eye Emperor
Big Eye Emperor
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-041.jpg]00Triggerfish
Triggerfish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-042.jpg]10Damsel Fish
Damsel Fish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-043.jpg]00Damsel fish and coral
Damsel fish and coral
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[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-045.jpg]10Titan Trigger Fish
Titan Trigger Fish
[img src=http://www.Visit50.com/wp-content/flagallery/borneo-diving/thumbs/thumbs_borneo-diving-046.jpg]10Parrotfish
Parrotfish

Taking (good) photos underwater is really challenging!  You’re aiming at a moving target in less than optimal lighting conditions. At this point I’m still very much a beginner diving, still getting comfortable equalizing and improving my buoyancy, so I couldn’t really focus on the photography as much as I would have liked.

See the full Sipadan slideshow of my Semporna Archipelago diving experience in Borneo (Malaysia), including more photos of white tipped reef sharks and sea turtles, as well underwater photography of Yellowtail Barracudas, Harlequinn Sweetlips, Sea Turtles, Lionfish, Jackfish, Parrotfish, Yellowmask Angelfish, Vlaming’s Unicornfish, Big Eyed Emperors, Triggerfish, and more. I loved diving in Sipadan!

Below is the slide show with captions on the fish:

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