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SIPADAN > DIVE > SOUTH POINT
 

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LOCATION:
This dive site is not exactly to the south of the island, but slightly to the southeast. To get your bearing right, the only boat jetty in Sipadan is facing just about north. Access to South Point dive site is by boat for about 15 minutes from the main beach at Sipadan. Dive depth is between 15-20 metres.

DESCRIPTION:

Overall, I found that the dive was somewhat less spectacular compared to Midreef or Barracuda Point. The visibility was also poor at slightly less than 10 metres.

Just as I descended to a depth of 15 metres, I was greeted by a large school of gold-band fusilier (Caesio caerulaurea) and longfin bannerfish (Heniochus acuminatus). Along the slope of the reef crest were a number of white-tip reef shark (Mano lalakea) which frequent the area. As usual, there were about two or three green turtles (Chelonia mydas) grazing for coral polyps on the sea floor.

There were a few spots where I could see the giant black-spotted moray eel (Gymnothoras javanicus). When it comes to tropical marine fish, South Point did offer some decent varieties, such as blue-faced angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon, also known as yellowface angelfish), a rare humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus, or also known as Napoleon wrasse), spotted unicornfish (Naso vlamingii, also known as bignose unicornfish) with the male one having distinguished elongated caudal rays, black-tail butterflyfish (Chaetodon austriacus), sleek/black-tongue unicornfish (Naso hexacanthus), horned bannerfish (Heniochus varius), redfin lattice soldierfish (Myripritis violacea), gold saddle rabbitfish (Siganus guttatus), etc.

The coral variety too was rather subpar. The bulk of the reef scenes was made of hard corals from Acropora sp., Montipora sp., Millepora sp., Bennett's feather of stars (Oxycomanthus bennetti), spiral wire coral of Cirrhipathes sp., some dendronephthya soft corals, sea fans, etc.

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