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

Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle
Whitetip Reef Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
1st underwater photo of me SCUBA diving
1st underwater photo of me SCUBA diving
Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle
school of Jackfish
school of Jackfish
Tabletop Coral
Tabletop Coral
shark! Whitetip Reef Shark
shark! Whitetip Reef Shark
Harlequin Sweetlips
Harlequin Sweetlips
Lionfish (very poisonous)
Lionfish (very poisonous)
Sea Turtle swimming
Sea Turtle swimming
Big Eye Emperor
Big Eye Emperor
Purple Antihas
Purple Antihas
Whitetip Reef Shark - named for the tip of the fin
Whitetip Reef Shark - named for the tip of the fin
Bat Fish
Bat Fish
Big Eye Emporer swims
Big Eye Emporer swims
Yellowmask Angelfish
Yellowmask Angelfish
surgeon fish
surgeon fish
Unicorn Fish
Unicorn Fish
Parrotfish
Parrotfish
Butterfly Fish
Butterfly Fish
Harlequin Sweetlips
Harlequin Sweetlips
Purple Antihas - bright purple!
Purple Antihas - bright purple!
Wrasse on the bottom - Ugliest fish in the sea?
Wrasse on the bottom - Ugliest fish in the sea?
Harlequin Sweetlips 3
Harlequin Sweetlips 3
Sea Turtle 3
Sea Turtle 3
Whitetip Reef Shark - they like to hang out near the ocean floor
Whitetip Reef Shark - they like to hang out near the ocean floor
Bat fish
Bat fish
minous storm coming our way - fortunately we were going underwater and it stopped raining by the time we surfaced
minous storm coming our way - fortunately we were going underwater and it stopped raining by the time we surfaced
shark!
shark!
Big Eye Emperor
Big Eye Emperor
Triggerfish
Triggerfish
Damsel Fish
Damsel Fish
Damsel fish and coral
Damsel fish and coral
Titan Trigger Fish
Titan Trigger Fish
Parrotfish
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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