Apart from being friendly, the turtles seem to give off a majestic air. It is an incredible experience to find yourself swimming quietly around these large, magnificent creatures as if one of them. Their eyes are small, yet warm, soft and incredibly wise. Throughout the year, it is not uncommon to occasionally find turtles mating underwater. During the months of August, September and October, several turtles can be found on the beach at night laying their eggs in the soft sand. Although this is a year-round occurrence, the above three months represent peak-season.
Sipadan is a long way from the United States, but is easily reachable via Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS) or other major airlines flying into Kuala Lumpur. After arriving in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, you will then need to connect to Kota Kinabalu, where Sipadan is located. From Kota Kinabalu you will need to fly to Tawau and from there proceed to the coastal town of Semporna, where an overnight at the Dragon Inn is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. The next morning, a one-hour boat ride will take you to the Island.
Sipadan is quite a distance to travel, however. If the vast distance is a drawback, it is also an adventure, taking you to a virtually uninhabited domain and fascinating out of the ordinary destination where the quality of diving far outweighs the luxury of a five star hotel.
There is something to be said for the feeling of excitement when one travels and explores new environments and cultures, such as Sipadan. Active travel, such as dive travel, helps to restore a sense of physical well being as a result of proper exercise, rest and diet in preparation for performing a series of dives, as well as mental balance that is experienced in the quiet, serene and peaceful setting of the underwater world. Scuba diving and dive travel promote a healthier lifestyle for those that become passionate for this tranquil pastime.