Day 6-10: Mabul & Sipadan Island
While River Junkies is one of the best addresses to explore Kinabatangan, Scuba Junkies is one of the best to experience Mabul & Sipadan Island.
In Mabul you get to see the small stuff and at Sipadan Island the big stuff. If you’re into macro diving, Mabul will fascinate you. You got the chance to see all sorts of colorful nudibranchs and flatworms including the blue dragon and the pikatchu. Further on you can see transparent crabs, cattle fishes, hermit crabs, porcupine fish, blue spottet stingray, spider crab, devil fish, black/red/yellow ghost pipefish, crocodilefish, peacock mantee shrimp, yellow and white frog fish, turtles, scorpion leaf fish, catfish, boxfish and the juvenile blue ribbon eel.
On the other hand Sipadan is perfect for people who love big animals. You got the chance to see white tip reef sharks, day octopus, barracudas, napoleon groupers and an entire tornado of jacks. Sipadan is a carefully protected natural reserve and a military base as it marks the border of Malaysia. There used to be a resort on the island but when pirates from Mindanao kidnapped some tourists they decided that it would be smarter to close it down.