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Si­padan Is­land, Sabah Though Malaysia is a coun­try of two parts: Penin­sula Malaysia to the west, and Sarawak and Sabah on the north­ern half of the is­land of Bor­neo, to the east, it is known across the board for spec­tac­u­lar, re­mote off­shore is­lands and reefs.

Si­padan Is­land is a very spe­cial ex­am­ple of such a re­mote is­land, though it al­most fell vic­tim to its own suc­cess.

The is­land sits on the edge of the con­ti­nen­tal shelf and the wa­ter around is 600-me­tres deep, mean­ing that it is fre­quented by large pelagic crea­tures – sharks and rays are fre­quently seen very close to shore.

This, and the fact that the is­land is home to around 300 nest­ing tur­tles makes it an ob­vi­ous div­ing mecca.

Un­for­tu­nately, with three re­sorts on the is­land it sim­ply be­came ‘over-dived’, and fi­nally a de­ci­sion was taken to close the re­sorts and al­low per­mits for only 120 divers per day to visit. The is­land has

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