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Sabah : : Crown Jewel
 
   Pulau Sipadan located on the East Coast of Sabah is the only oceanic island rising out two thousand feet on a limestone pinnacle that mushrooms out near the surface.
   It's birth began million of years ago as layers upon layers of coral formed an oceanic pillar and with the constant upheaveal of earth's natural forces, thrust itself above the water level. It would take another 10,000 years and more before Sipadan would live out it's destiny as one of the best dive destinations in the world.
   Sipadan strategic location in the Celebes Sea has afforded it the unique distinction of being in the centre of marine biodiversity in the Indo-pacific Basin. More than 3000 spesies of fish and hundreds of coral spesies have been classified in this richest of ecosystems. Gigantic schools of jacks, baraccudas have become synonymous with diving in the waters around Sipadan as are the bumphead parrotfish, sharks, turtles and myriad species of tropical fish.
 
   Sipadan is well known for its unusually large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles which gather there to mate and nest and it is not unusual for a diver to see more than 20 turtles on each dive. Another unique feature is the turtle tomb, an underwater limstone cave with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers that contain many skeletal remains of turtles that become disoriented and then drowned.
   Gigantic schools of jacks, baraccudas have become synonymous with diving in the waters around Sipadan as are the bumphead parrotfish, sharks, turtles and myriad species of tropical fish.
 
 
   In 1988, the late Jacques Costeau made that now chisselled in stone observation, " I have seen other places like Sipadan - but 45 years ago - but now, no more, now we have found again an
"untouched piece of art".......
 
 
   "No other spot on the surface of the planet has more marine life than this island." - World Wildlife Fund.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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