Sibuan Island


Famed for its beauty even before Sipadan was discovered, Pulau Sibuan is a tear-shaped sand cay situated about 30 minutes from Semporna.

Located next to Church Reef, it is known as one of the most picturesque islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park, due to its largely untouched conditions.

Whether you choose to come here for snorkeling, diving or a picnic, you’ll find that Sibuan Island is truly hard to beat as far as beauty and underwater splendor is concerned.

Things To Do

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Pulau Sibuan’s crystal clear waters are a sight for sore eyes in any beachgoer’s book, making it truly a snorkeling haven that is second to none.

Sharing the same Alice Channel as Sipadan, Sibuan Island is bestowed with abundant marine life. It is home to plenty of pygmy seahorses and the beautiful mandarinfish, a number one sighting on many a diver’s bucket list.

Several dive operators organize their PADI Open Water diving courses here, including Scuba Junkie (link) and Sipadan Scuba (link).

The large sandbank over here is a favourite spot for lunchtime picnics.

Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) Village
There is a small, friendly community of Bajau Laut living in and around Pulau Sibuan.


There are no hotels or resorts on Pulau Sibuan or any of the other islands within Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Most visitors to the island stay in the coastal town of Semporna, where hotels and dive packages are generally cheaper.

Alternatively, visitors also stay in Mabul, Pom Pom, Mataking, Singamata or Bum Bum, where day tours to the marine park are frequently organized.

Check this list for hotels and resorts that organize day tours to Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Getting Here

Sibuan is located ±30 minutes by boat from Semporna, ±25 minutes from Pom Pom, ±35 minutes from Mataking and ±1.5 hours from Mabul.

More Information

Pulau Sibuan is a triangular-shaped sand cay located in a reef that stands alone to the northwest of Bodgaya. Covering an area of approximately 15.13 hectares, it appears to be built entirely from the eroded remains of adjacent coral reef.

It has an elevation above sea level of about 1-2 meters. Limestone beach rock has formed in several places, particularly at the northern end of the island.