Pulau Sipadan in World Top 10 Dive Sites 2013


Pulau Sipadan has been listed in the World Top 10 Dive Sites for 2013 by Lonely Planet. This compilation was announced on the 13th April by the Lonely Planet writers where Sipadan Island is listed at number five in the list. In other words, this makes Sipadan top 5 dive spots in the world and adding another feather to the cap for Tourism Malaysia as the country was recently listed as 4th Best Shopping City in the World by CNN and also the 9th Most Visited Place in the World.

The excerpt from Lonely Planet states:

"No.5 - Pulau Sipadan - Slow things down to turtle pace as you take to the seas off the Malaysian island that invariably figures in all lists of the world's top dive sites, Pulau Sipadan. Green and hawksbill turtles abound; there's even a so-called turtle tomb, 22m underwater, containing the skeletal remains of vast numbers of turtles. For a marine adrenalin rush, try Barracuda Point, where the eponymous barracuda often gather in swirling, tornado-like formations. No diver will want to leave without witnessing the famous Drop Off where, just a stroll from the shore, the ocean floor drops away 600m. Night diving typically costs around MYR150 per dive for one to three divers, or MYR50 if there are four or more. Book early as permits are restricted to 120 per day."

Diving at Sipadan Island - School of Barracudas

Malaysia is also preparing for Visit Malaysia Year 2014 or VMY2014 where the Tourism Ministry of Malaysia is carefully planning and preparing for the official launching. A lot of focus has been put into many genres of tourism found around the country where Eco-Tourism and Diving is one of the popular choices. Shopping, food and general sightseeing is still one of the top attractions in Malaysia.

With this new international status for 2013 and issued by Lonely Planet, many tourist and travelers will be heading over to Sabah's east coast for island getaways and also to experience the amazing scuba diving offered here. Even I have been here about 6 times to date as I regularly go with Explorer Lifestyle to dive here.

The east cost of Sabah boasts of some of the best islands to relax and dive namely Mabul Island where Sipadan Island is only a 20 minute boat ride from there and it is probably best to book ahead due to the limited diving spots at Pulau Sipadan since being named in the World Top 10 Dive Sites for 2013.

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