Sibuan Island

Famed for its beauty even before the days of Sipadan, Sibuan Island is a tear-shaped sand cay situated about 30 minutes from Semporna.

Located next to Church Reef, Sibuan 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 diving, snorkeling 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
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.

Bestowed with abundant marine life, Sibuan Island is home to plenty of mandarinfish, number one on many a diver’s list, as well as pygmy seahorses.

Several dive operators organize their PADI Open Water diving courses here.

Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) Village
There is a small, friendly community of Bajau Laut living in 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 accommodation and dive packages are cheap.

Alternatively, visitors also stay in hotels/resorts in Mabul, Pom Pom, Mataking or Singamata. Resorts on these islands frequently organize day tours to Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Getting Here

Sibuan is located about ±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 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 1-2m. Limestone beach rock has formed in several places, particularly at the northern end of the island.