December 2006

The dive mecca of Sipadan has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. Located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern-most state, and lying on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, Sipadan is the world's third largest island. In the surounding waters of this legendary island, the diversity of marine life never ceases to amaze. Just as well, diving off the nearby islands - Mabul and Kapalai - is a privilege for underwater photographers. Wonderfully hidden is a wealth of macro life and fish species that is often overlooked due to the other bigger attractions vying for attention.

For this trip, the absence of a spiralling vortex of barracudas and herds of massive marauding Hammerhead sharks was not unexpected - December is generally not the month for such sightings. The venomous Blue-ringed octopus and the Flamboyant cuttlefish sighted, on the other hand, made up for that.

Photos: flickr.com/photos/serene_e/sets/72157600367738085/

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