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The Hanging Gardens is one of the top locations for spotting soft coral and sea fans.
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Located on the northwest side of Sipadan Island, Hanging Gardens dive site is named after the mythological hanging gardens of Babylon. A ridge at 2m below the surface drops off to 70m where there is another ledge which the drops off into the deep. Soft corals of several colors hang from the ledges and down the wall. Gorgonian sea fans and sea squirts also cling to the wall.
The wall itself is full of life including moray eels, scorpionfish, lionfish, gobies, shrimps, crabs and other crustaceans. Reef fish include yellow tail snapper, fusilier, wrasse and coral grouper. There are also parrotfish, titan triggerfish, clown triggerfish and sweetlips plus a myriad of smaller fish like anthias and damsel fish. Look in sea fans for long nosed hawkfish and ornate ghost pipefish.
Green turtles and white tip reef sharks are usually seen here and ribbon tail rays are occasionally spotted. Keep one eye out in the blue for chance encounters with scalloped hammerheads and thresher sharks.
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