Sibuan Island

Dive Map Sibuan Island Semporna Sabah

Sibuan Island Semporna Sabah

Description :
Sibuan is probably one of the most beaufitul islands in the Celebes Sea, with its unspoilt condition, sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms, silvery sand, and crystal clear waters. Similar to Mabul Island, Sibuan is a macro heaven without the muck. There are no resorts and public facilities here. A visit to Sibuan Island is usually part of a day trip from one of the neighbouring islands.
Where is it :
Semporna, Sabah, East Malaysia
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – boat, deep
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Macro life (pygmy seahorses, mandarin fish, frogfish, porcelain crabs, nudibranchs), wall diving up to depths of 40m.
Average Water Temperature :
27°C (80.6°F) to 30°C (86.0°F)
Seasonality :
All year round
Typical Visibility :
10m (32ft) to 20m (65ft)
General Current Conditions :
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
None in Sibuan. Available at Semporna.
Availability of Medical Facility :
None in Sibuan. Available at Semporna.
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Left Shoulder :
• Maximum depth: 30m
• Currents: Moderate
A treasure throve for macro lovers. You first start out on a sandy patch which slopes to a gentle reef reaching the seabed at 30m. Home to all sorts fo critters, such as nudibranchs, porcelain crabs, juvenile frogfish, squat shrimps, peacock mantis shrimp and more! Snake eels can also be found with their eyes and mouth sticking out of the sand. As the current picks up at its southern point, keep an eye out for green and hawksbill turtles paying a visit.
Mandarin Bay :
• Maximum depth: 40m
• Currents: Mild
Named for the shy and colorful mandarin fish, Mandarin Bay is protected from the outside currents. One of the real treats is hammerhead nudibranchs, which sticks out like a sore thumb in the white sandy bottom. Clouded moray eels are commonly seen swimming out in the open, with loads of mating mandarin fishes around.
The Dropoff :
• Maximum depth: 40m
• Currents: Moderate
Dive alongside a steep wall which goes beyond 40m. If you’re a macro-lover, the entire dive can be spent exploring the little nooks and crannies of the wall for nudibranchs, shrimps, crabs, scorpionfish, lionfish, crocodile fish and so on. Don’t spend the dive pressing your nose up against the wall, for you may miss the eagle rays that frequent the site. Triggerfish, parrotfish, moorish idols, banded sea snakes, butterflyfish all swimming along with you. Note that good buoyancy control is a must, and do keep an eye on your depth gauge at all time.
Froggie’s Boulevard :
• Maximum depth: 40m
• Currents: Moderate to Strong
Dive down a gentle reef slope which descends beyond 40m, and you the things you find will always surprise you. Currents can be strong here, and thermocline makes a noticeable difference in water temperatures. A highlight of the dive here is the ghost shrimps that make their homes on brilliant stinging hydroids and soft sponges. Blue-spotted rays are almost a certain sighting, and eagle rays can be seen when the visibility is good. There are also nudibranchs everywhere, adding even more color to a site that is already spectacular.
Nearest Jetty :
Semporna Jetty
* Approximately 40mins boat ride to Sibuan Island
Address :
Taman Bandar Semporna, 91308, Semporna, Sabah
Nearest Airport :
Tawau Airport (IATA: TWU)
Estimated Travel Time to Jetty from Tawau Airport :
1.5hrs (by car), with average one way taxi fares of ~RM100
Estimated Travel Time to Jetty from Kota Kinabalu :
8hrs (by car), or 10hrs (by bus) with average one way bus fare of ~RM80

Price reference based on 4D3N diving packages

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