Sipadan, off the northeast coast of Borneo, is well-known for turtles. There are also many whitetip reef sharks, bumphead parrotfish and many other species. The wall offshore drops straight off to two thousand feet from chest-deep water, a great place for a beach dive.


Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas

turtle Charlotte and a turtle turtle turtle silhouette

We saw turtles on just about every dive. People told us the number of turtles had declined and there used to be more, but for us they were really easy to find and photograph. The third photo shows Charlotte moving in for a shot.


Whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus

whitetip reef shark whitetip reef shark

We saw plenty of sharks but they did not get too close. The exception was on our checkout dive where a shark swam in with a school of jacks. The jacks rubbed against the coarse skin of the shark to remove parasites. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take our cameras on the checkout dive.


Bumphead parrotfish, Bolbometopon muricatum

bumphead parrotfish bumphead parrotfish

These huge bumphead parrotfish, Bolbometopon muricatum, were sleeping in nooks in the wall just in front of the resort. They were there for several nights and then they were all gone.


Clark's aneomonefish, Amphiprion ckarkii, and closeup with eggs

clownfish in anemone clownfish with eggs

False clown anemonefish, Amphiprion ocellaris

clownfish clownfish

More clownfish with their anemones.

More Fish

coral heads

Six-banded angelfish, Pomocanthus sexstriatus


Bigeye trevally, Caranx sexfasciatus


Titan triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens

titan triggerfish

Island goatfish, Parupeneus insularis


Common lionfish, Pterois volitans


Spotfin lionfish, Pterois antennata


Pyramid butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys polylepis

pyramid butterflyfish

Bignose unicornfish (dark phase), Naso vlamingti

unicorn fish

Anthias, Pseudanthis sp.


Blue and yellow fusilier, Caesio teres


We saw butterflys, triggerfish, lionfish, and many more around Sipadan.


Chromodoris dianae


We found nudibranchs like this one along the wall in front of the resort.

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