A Hawksbill Turtle off Sipadan © Jnpet
This mushroom-shaped island is known among divers around the world for its unique seascape and exceptional beauty. Something like 3,000 varieties of fish, hundreds of coral species, and numerous rays, sharks and turtles populate its translucent waters. Sipadan Island certainly tops the Malaysian itinerary for serious scuba divers, given that it's located in the world's most bio-diverse marine habitat. The famous underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau once described it as 'an untouched piece of art'. Indeed, the Malaysian government has taken measures to preserve the fragile ecosystem. That is, it's ordered dive resorts off the island, limited the daily number of divers allowed in the water, and banned night dives.