Sipadan Island is one of the best destinations for scuba diving thanks to the great number of ocean species that live in the area. From barracuda to manta rays to scalloped hammerhead sharks and more, Sipadan Island attracts thousands of tourists every year thanks to its plethora of sea life. Turtles in particular are plentiful around the shores of Sipadan Island and especially at a place known as Turtle Patch.
Turtle Patch is located outside the southest area of the island which is surrounded by a giant coral reef. Scuba divers are taken to the edge of the reef where they can access some of the most stunning spots for diving around the island. Turtle Patch itself lives up to its name as a place many turtles can be found swimming about just off the coral reef.
Turtle Patch was created in some ways artificially when teams of biologists with the assist of the military created a small turtle hatchery on the island and set free the small turtles off Turtle Beach. Naturally, these turtles found their way to what is now known as Turtle Patch where they feed on the algae that grows on the coral.
What Scuba Diving Experience is Needed at Turtle Patch:
The most part of the diving around Turtle Patch is excellent with good visibility and an abundance of ocean life that makes this a prime location for scuba diving. This dive site is well suited for divers of virtually all experience levels with the currents being a concern, but not so much that it detracts from the enjoyment of being in this location.
Sipadan Island itself enjoys warm, tropical temperature year-round and offers excellent diving opportunities as well.
What Makes Turtle Patch So Unique?
The sheer number of turtles and the amazing ocean life in the area make diving off this part of Sipadan Island one of the most unforgettable during your stay. The adventure begin just a few meters down and as you progress even further the myriad of sea life only increases.
Overall, Turtle Patch is one of the most stunning places to scuba dive, offering warm, inviting waters and turtle that are oblivious to your presence, allowing you to photograph them up close as they feed, swim and play in the ocean.
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.