Dive Site: Barracuda Point, Sipadan, Sabah

Curtain of barracuda at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Volcanic pinnacle island with massive diversity from pelagics to nudis
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 17MBottom: 30M
Location: The northern most point of the Sipadan’s fringing reef on the eastern side.

Description

Barracuda Point: There’s usually a clue in the name, and we were not disappointed. The site, on the reef point very close to the jetty, is known for the ‘tornado’ of swirling barracuda often encountered there. We dropped into the water between the reef edge and what can only be described as a curtain of barracuda.

Curtain of barracuda at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

On the reef you’ll see the larger reef fish: Tangs, Surgeonfish, Angelfish and Hawkfish

Tang Surgeon Angel and Hawkfish at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

There are lots of Unicornfish too, including the unfortunately named Bignose Unicornfish

Bignose unicornfish diving Barracuda Point at Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

You will find turtles on almost every dive around Sipadan, and they are reasonably accustomed to divers.

Turtle at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Look out for cleaning stations too; here a Bignose Unicornfish checks it’s OK before he leaves the cleaning station.

Bignose unicornfish leaves the cleaning station at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

There are Titan triggerfish, but also the slightly more colourful, Yellow margin Triggerfish

Yellow margin Triggerfish at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Your safety stop will be on the reef where you can enjoy a scenic reef with anthias

Scenic Reef with anthias at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

You would be unlucky to dive Barracuda point and not see the barracuda. Keep an eye out in the blue for a foreboding dark mass.

Curtain of barracuda at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

On one dive starting at Barracuda point we ended close to Coral gardens and were graced with the presence of a host of Golden Spadefish

Host of Golden Spadefish diving Barracuda Point at Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

On another, we ended at White Tip Avenue. This White-Tipped Reef Shark was probably on his way there.

White-Tipped Reef Shark passing close by diving Barracuda Point at Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

At White Tip Avenue you will see many White Tipped Reef Sharks resting on the bottom surrounded by garden eels.

Resting WTRF with garden eels at Barracuda Point diving Sipadan Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit