A barge on the reefs of Sipadan. May 2006. Photo: Alex Mustard.

The funds of Sipadan damaged by a barge

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Info unearthed on Plongeur.com. Read the full description in English here on Wetpixel. To sum up, a barge loaded with construction materials destroyed a portion (fortunately limited) of the Sipadan Reef ...

The mythical site of Cousteau! A site called "protected"! Exit the "Piece of inviolable art"... But what was this barge doing in Sipadan? I thought it was forbidden to build?

A barge on the reefs of Sipadan. May 2006. Photo: Alex Mustard.

It gives me comfort in the idea that I do well to go diving in Sipadan without waiting. Despite this incident as strange as disastrous, the funds are still preserved, and certainly much more than they will be in a few years ...

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  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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  1. Ooh there ... yes, hurry up quickly before the sea bottom is devastated !!!

    I also see that you have looked a lot more on your itinerary, that you have revised downwards ...
    I look forward to your departure so you can follow your journey online and you make me travel and you disguised a little !!!!

  2. Sad news. 💡 Try Derawan on the Indonesian side. You will be (almost) on your own there. From Tarakan or Balikpapan, then Tanjung Redeb. Congratulations on your blog.

  3. The news is not very fresh, since it is more than two years old. I plunged two months after this sad incident in Sipadan, where fortunately there are beautiful preserved, beautiful corners. I can say, without exaggeration, that I made the most beautiful dives of my life.

    I did not see with my own eyes the damage done to this place of the reef. But it seems to me that any construction project was happily stopped.

    It's funny that you were talking to me about Derawan ... It's a place that has been in my head for a while. This may be my Asian getaway project for next summer!

    Thank you in any case for your little message, which allows me to discover the Afrase website. I will take the time to explore it further.