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.

Accommodation & day tours

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

Nearby hotels and resorts with day tours to Tun Sakaran Marine Park

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.

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

Lunch picnics
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.

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 info

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 just 1 to 2m. Limestone beach rock has formed in several places, particularly at the northern end of the island.


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