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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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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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Sipadan Borneo diving – best in the world? Loved Semporna Archipelago!

Sipadan in the Semporna Archipelago was the best SCUBA diving I’ve ever done; it’s often rated by many as one of the top dive destinations in the world. The whole Semporna Archipelago was amazing!

Jacques Cousteau referred to Sipadan in the Semporna Archipelago as ‘an untouched piece of art’ – the crown jewel of the diving is Sipadan. Lucky for you, I rented an underwater camera to capture some of the experience, including lots of sharks! Here’s some of my underwater photos from Sipadan.

I was still learning how to dive (buoyancy, breathing, equalizing, etc) when I added underwater photography to the mix, so there’s much improvement to be made in future dives, but this should give you a feel for the experience.

To get there from KL I flew to Tawau, on Malaysian Borneo. Then I took a road trip to a sleepy fishing town called Semporna, and the next morning I took a boat out to Mabul, my home base foor SCUBA diving on the Semporna Archipelago. Some areas in Borneo take quite a bit of time effort to get to, but this was worth it.

Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
I saw plenty of these Whitetip Reef Sharks in the Semporna Archipelago
I saw plenty of these Whitetip Reef Sharks in the Semporna Archipelago

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.

About Sipadan (from Wikipedia):

Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 metres (2,000 ft) 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.