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LOCATION:
This dive site is located to the northeast of Sipadan. To get your bearing right, the only jetty in Sipadan is facing just about north. Access to Barracuda Point is by boat for about 2-3 minutes from the main beach at Sipadan. Dive depth is between 15-20 metres. Some noticeable yet mild currents, but occasionally could be strong.

DESCRIPTION:

The name should conjure what this dive site is all about. Yes, the world-famous barracuda by the hundreds, if not thousands. If you are lucky, you can also witness the much-coveted barracuda tornado which is endemic to this area. Unfortunately, I did not see any barracuda tornado, but I did ran across more than a number of great barracudas (Sphyraena barracuda) lurking a few feet, or sometimes inches, before me. Usually, when you see one of this kind, you will probably see more. Just get your view around, most likely you will witness a school of them trooping like stealthy soldiers to a certain congregation point.

Enough of barracudas. There are more of this dive site than one particular species. Oddly, I only saw one green turtle (Chelonia mydas) here, but honestly, I couldn't be bothered because I had seen dozens of them just from snorkeling at the Jetty Drop-Off as well as from diving at Midreef and South Point.

The variety of soft and hard corals here are quite good, comparable to those of Midreef, I must say. I spotted stinging lace hydroids (Gymnangium gracilicaule, avoid any contact with these, I learnt it the hard way!), variable bushy feather of stars (Comanthina schlegelii), gorgonian whip fans, pale green feather hydroids (Aglaophenia sp.), crinoid of Comantheria briareus species, antler coral of Pocillopora sp., tube sponge (Theonella swinhoei) surrounded by Heteroxenia sp. soft coral,
black corals (Antipathidae sp.), as well as the most common of Acropora sp. and Montipora sp. hard corals.

How could I forget the sharks? I spotted about 3 or 4 black-tip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) here. They were basically just frolicking on the sea bottom at about 15 meters. According to my Japanese dive master, the area is known as a "shark cleaning station" which body cleansing is done by small cleaner fish of Remora sp. Generally, the sharks were rather timid but getting close to them was quite easy to a certain point. If you have a camera, take as many photos as your heart please when you are approaching the sharks because you will never know when they would decide to swim away.

The fish variety was also very good. I saw stocky anthias (Pseudanthias hypselosoma, pink-red-silvery, very spectacular when seeing a school of them), pyramid butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys polylepis), a moray eel of unidentified species, a big school of orbicular batfish (Platax orbicularis), clown triggerfish (Balistoides conspicilum, quite rare to find one!), an elusive six-banded angelfish (Pornacanthus sexstriatus), etc.

Apart from the rather poor visibility (at most, 10 metres I think), it was a very fulfilling dive!

MY RATING:

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