Postmark: Lahad Datu, Sabah
Location of Lahad Datu and Pulau Sipadan (Sipadan Island)
Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan) is located in the Celebes Sea (Laut Sulawesi) off the east coast of Sabah, 35km south of Semporna. Sipadan is an oceanic island which rises 600m from the seabed.
The amazing diversity and abundance of marine life found at Sipadan makes it one of the top world's top diving spots and without doubt the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. Sipadan island is regularly featured in the world's top 10 dive spots along with other destinations sich as the Galapagos Islands.
Frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan are green and hawksbill turtles. Declared a bird sanctuary in 1933 by the Colonial Government of North Borneo and re-gazetted in 1963 by the Malaysian Government, the dense vegetation on Sipadan Island supports a large variety of tropical birds which include sea eagles, kingfishers, sunbirds, starlings and wood pigeons.