If I sum up Sabah diving in one word, it is diversity. Whether you are into muck diving, diving in Sipadan, or exploring colorful coral, this region of Malaysian Borneo will leave you speechless.

Most travelers have only heard about Sipadan Island and its resident barracuda tornado.

While Sipadan diving is reason enough to visit, the state of Sabah has many other gems.

In fact, some of my favorites lie outside Sipadan!

Photo credit to Layang Layang Island
Photo credit to Layang Layang Island

Think massive schools of hammerheads, reef sharks, dolphins, Manta rays, whale sharks, and other pelagic species within a five to ten minute boat ride away.

As such, all of them are rated 5 out of five stars by most experienced divers.

Read the full story at Maria Alexandra Laborde's page.