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The wall at Whitetip Avenue is one of the best diving spots to see many white tip reef sharks.

Name Dive Site:Whitetip Avenue
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Located along the south east edge of Sipadan island, Whitetip Avenue is a wall dive where you will see lots of white tip reef sharks, but then you will see lots of whitetips on most dive sites around Sipadan. This dive site could just of easily been called Barracuda Avenue or Turtle Avenue. Still it's nice that a dive site really does live up to it's name, most of us have dived at a "Shark Point" and not seen a single shark. White tips are very placid and cruise past slowly giving divers time to focus their cameras.

Divers should keep one eye on the deep blue though because it's not uncommon to see hammerhead sharks or other large species. Grey reef sharks are common and there is always a chance to see big schools of barracuda and jacks. Hard coral species are healthy on Whitetip Avenue with plenty of acropora corals. Orange gorgonian sea fans are impressive. Sea whips, feather stars and sea squirts add some more color. Reef fish include triggerfish, parrotfish, grouper and wrasse. This is a good dive site to hunt for some smaller species like long nosed hawkfish, or fang blennies. Turtles can be seen feeding here.

Currents are normally mild and visibility is good. Less experienced divers should watch their depth gauges carefully as the clear water can fool divers into thinking that they are shallower than they actually are. This dive site, like the rest of Sipadan Island, drops off to 600m.

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