Originally known as Siparan, this island was named after a local group of the same name. The Siparan people would often come to the island to collect turtle eggs and named the island after themselves. Over time the name became Sipadan, however, the local Bajau ethnic group continues to call the island by its original name.
Although Pulau Sipadan (Sipadan Island) is known for its diving the island itself is well worth exploring. The Pulau Sipadan Lighthouse was built by the Malaysian government in 1962 and is still standing today. The lighthouse helped Malaysia gain sovereignty over Sipadan in a dispute with Indonesia that was finally settled by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Today Sipadan’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems are appreciated throughout the world and the island could soon be considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Comparing and choosing which resort to stay for your next dive trip to Sipadan is time consuming. Hope you will find this useful when choosing your resort for 2015/2016.
In this infographic, it’s the only liveaboard in the area. Here is the criteria to help you choose:
- How long you have to stay before you get to dive Sipadan Island
- Which resorts offer Voodoo Gasses (EANx Nitrox)
- Resort price category
- Single travellers friendly
- Family with young children friendly
- Group booking discounts
- Wi-Fi availability
- and our thoughts on these resorts