Sipadan Island to close for a month for conservation

Oct 30, 2023

Despite the closure of Sipadan Island resulting in lost tourism revenue, Sabah Parks has chosen to provide a "recovery" period for this precious gem.

Sabah Parks director Dr Maklarin Lakim said that this closure marks the first time since the island's reopening after the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added that the world-renowned diving destination will be closed for the entire month of November and will reopen on Dec 1.

"The one-month closure aligns with the decision of the Management and Supervision Committee of Sipadan and Ligitan Islands. Its primary goal is to support the health and recovery of the island's ecosystem and marine life, reducing human disturbances, particularly those caused by scuba divers," he added.

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