Sipadan Island ~ MidreefPosted on Nov 16 in Diving, Diving in Sipadan, Malaysia Exploration, Sipadan, Slideby ShelynPrint
I have blogged about Barracuda Point and South Point in my previous post so I will move on to the rest of the dive sites.
The third day in Sipadan, we made our way to Midreef early in the morning. The boat took us to the southeast of Sipadan and we descended to 20m depth down the vertical wall that forms Sipidan Midreef, then we just drifted along with the current. The slopes around 20 to 30 meters offer some of the best soft and hard corals that formed immaculate underwater gardens.
Drifting along the wall, I saw giant clam, pink anemone fish hiding in the beautiful colony of orange anemone, dotty triggerfish but wasn’t aggressive at all, unicorn fish roaming in groups feeding on algae, Moorish Idols that are always beautiful and elegant. Gobies and shrimps are in abundance here also.
We spotted few big green turtles here but wasn’t excited about it as we had seen so many of them in Barracuda Point and South Point. An exquisitely patterned fish, the giant yet gentle Napoleon wrasse is regular visitor here too.
Blue nudibranch and notodoris nudibranch are the macro life that we spotted here.
The 6 meter wide hard coral flats on top of the reef make an ideal safety stop. I paused to marvel at the view of hundreds of damselfish and colourful anthias circulating merrily around gorgonians, black coral and plate, table and staghorn coral.
Depth: 10 – 40m
Visibility: 10 – 25m
Currents: Moderate – strong
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Water Temperature: 26 – 30°C
Diving Season: All year round
Distance: 13 km (26 minutes) south from Mabul and 11 km (19 minutes) southwest from Kapalai
Access: Borneo diving at Sipidan from Mabul and Kapalai scuba resorts