Sibuan is a beautiful island in the Celebes sea, about 45 minutes by boat from Semporna. Long and narrow, it has a triangular shape if viewed from above. At the southern end there is a long narrow strip of sand, which gets flooded at high tide. In the center of the island there is a small forest and the beaches are lined with coconut trees. At the northern end there is a small military base staffed by Malaysian soldiers, necessary to guarantee protection against pirates. There are no hotels or other accomodation on Sibuan and in fact all tourists come here on day trips. On the island there is a small village of sea gipsies. The beaches are all beautiful and consist of (almost) white coral sand. The only area suitable for swimming is the southern end, because elsewhere you have to wade through the coral banks before being able to reach the sea. The sea water is crystal clear, but underwater visibility is limited to less than 10m.
01 Side view of island 02 Beach and coconut trees 03 Beach and coconut trees
04 Beach and coconut trees 05 Beach and coconut trees 06 Beach and boat
07 Southern tip of island 08 Beach, boat, sea and sky 09 Beach, boat, sea and sky
10 Beach, boat, sea and sky 11 Western beach
12 Sand bar at southern end 13 Sea and coast of Sabah
14 Sea and coast of Sabah 15 Western beach 16 Sand bar at southern end
17 Sand bar at southern end 18 Sand bar at southern end
19 Sand bar at southern end 20 Side view of island
21 Sea and sky 22 Side view of island 23 Beach with coconut trees
24 Beach and coconut trees 25 Beach and coconut trees 26 Beach and coconut trees 27 Beach 28 Western beach
29 Western beach and northern tip of island 30 Southern tip of island
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