After spending a week on the small Island of Lankayan at the northeast tip of Malaysia, I moved to the half island of Kapalai close to Sipadan. It's a city on stilts that's on a sand bank under water half the day.
Sadly, the island is under water more than half the time due to damage made by fishermen that were doing dynamite fishing before it was both forbidden and strictly enforced (hence the small contingent of army in that village too), in turn causing reduction of fish, sand, and erosion.
There is the small price to pay of getting up at 04:50 for the 05:30 boat departure to the Island of Sipadan and its reefs, but the diving is spectacular: I get 3 dives by noon, and another one or two in the afternoon. Choice picture are below:
working hard on my laptop :)
beautiful cleaning shrimps on that moray eel
Every just after sunrise, we were treated with a load of giant humphead parrotfish
lots of big turtles
zzz, zzz... :)
to fish fighting
Barracuda Point had loads of barracudas in the morning
money shot, too bad it was with an old camera :)
big turtles :)
Sipadan was awesome, I barely had 50 dives by the time I was there, and it sure set a high bar for places I went to after that :)