School of jacks in Sipadan. (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
School of jacks in Sipadan. (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)

Sipadan underwater in pictures

# Borneo #Malaysia

  Borneo: Indonesia + Malaysia - July 2013

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Sipadan. Three mythical syllables for divers in Asia! Sharks, turtles, barracudas and trevallies ...

Fish swirls

July 2013. This is my 3rd trip to Sipadan. To pronounce "if no donkey" ... ????

This small island off Borneo, in eastern Malaysia, is one of the most renowned diving spots in Southeast Asia. Cousteau is the first to have explored it in his time. Today it is a protected site that attracts divers from all over the world. I put it in my little top 3 staff of the best dive sites in the Indo-Pacific area, with Raja Ampat and Komodo.

As for the neighboring islands of Mabul and Kapalai, the dives have nothing to do with the big show offered by Sipadan, but they remain very interesting for the muck-dive and the small fauna. What mix photo macro and wide angle with happiness ...

I already talked a little about this new trip and my impressions under water in the previous posts:

→ A video, a shark, a minute
→ Diving in the blue of Borneo

New compared to my previous dives in 2006 and 2009: I have this time my Canon Eos 7D with me. A beautiful toy acquired in 2010, with the waterproof box that goes well to take him under water ...

I knew I was going to have fun with ... ????

Among the highly appreciated divers, this spectacular school of jacks. (Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
Among the highly appreciated divers, this spectacular school of jacks. (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
The school of fish is incredibly dense. (Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
The school of fish is incredibly dense. (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
Sometimes the jacks start spinning, forming a ball of silvery scales. (Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
Sometimes the jacks start spinning, forming a ball of silvery scales. (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
The school of jacks is just below the surface, shallow. (Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
The school of jacks is just below the surface, shallow. (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
Great show! (Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)
Great show! (Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013)

I gave myself to my heart, question photos, with this impressive whirlpool of jacks. The bench is easy to see, as it usually stays at about the same spot in the shallow area near the reef.

It's a show I do not get tired of. See this mass of silvery scales split in two, regroup, stretch, reform, roll into a ball and start again is absolutely fascinating. I was able to photograph and film this big school of jacks on each of my trips to Sipadan, in July 2013. And it gave me the impression of being even bigger than in previous years ... ????

Barracudas of Sipadan

We also regularly meet a barracudas school, playing hide-and-seek in the blue or near the reef. The meeting is more random, however. Sometimes we do not find them at the site they are supposed to be, Barracuda Point ... But sometimes they come up unexpectedly, during another dive. A little preview in the video below:

I had the chance to meet him three times during my dives this summer. But there, the bench seemed to me less spectacular, less fat and less dense than the years passed ...

Would it have diminished, or is it just a part of the bench, or was I more impressionable at the time? Hard to say.

An exceptional dive spot

Anyway, in Sipadan, dives are always exceptional. Really. We take our eyes full. Impossible to get in the water without crossing dozens of sharks and turtles! ! !

It's so huge that it's become a joke, and some divers pretend to be jaded at the end of the day. ???? "Yeah, well, still sharks, it's completely overrated. We already saw that yesterday, no? And then the day before yesterday too. And all these turtles, there are really everywhere ... It's a bit boring, we do not even pay attention ... " 

I marvel, endlessly, heart pounding with each new immersion. A similar abundance of turtles and sharks, concentrated in the same place, it's magic!

Turtle in Sipadan. Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013.

Sharks in Sipadan. Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013.

Shark and jacks. Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia. July 2013.

Solitary Barracuda. Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia. July 2013.

Batfish. Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia. July 2013.

Shark. Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia. July 2013.

Shark in Sipadan. Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013.

Thanks to one of my diving companions, Vicente Garcia, for the picture above, where I'm seen in action, filming a white tip shark! (And the video that goes with it is here.)

This third trip to Sipadan delighted me. I would be ready to go back a fourth time ... (And it will surely happen.) I am very pleasantly surprised to note that despite its popularity, the site has not deteriorated over the years. I really feel that the funds are as spectacular as when I first visited in 2006.

See also → All my articles on Sipadan

This incredible underwater wealth is due to the particular geological situation of the island, as well as the measures taken to preserve the site, by limiting in particular the number of divers and visitors to 120 per day ... A quota that seems to bear its fruits.

I tell you this in the next post, read here → Divers under supervision in Sipadan

  Borneo: Indonesia + Malaysia - July 2013

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