Writers at Australia’s The Age newspaper had an unusual assignment recently – one that I myself would love to do – that is, to strech out on some of the world’s most unusual beaches and write a thing or two about the beaches.

Gardner Bay beach at Isla Espanola, Galapagos Islands, seems so far away from where I am; so is Pendine Beach in Wales or Cenito in Naples and their distance make the unusualness even more more profound.

Closer to home, however, is Sipadan Island, a place I have visited on many occasions, which The Age considered as one of the world’s unusual beaches.

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

Writer Andrew Heasley wrote in the newspaper’s very recent edition that:

As you wade into the warm Sulawesi Sea from the white sands of Malaysia’s Sipadan Island, off the east coast of Borneo, an abundance of tropical fish flit in front of your snorkelling mask.

Get into chest-deep water and they grow in size - rainbow-coloured trigger fish, angel fish and parrot fish.

But it’s beyond this point that Sipadan, touted as one of the top 10 diving spots in the world, is unique. Within about eight metres of the water’s edge, swimmers are confronted by an inky-blue line. This is the “drop-off”, where the sea floor drops almost vertically to a depth of 600 metres. Local dive operators say there’s another shelf beyond this, with a further two-kilometre drop. [Source]

He also wrote about what he described as one of the most spectacular sites in Sipadan, namely the “turtle graveyard” where a yawning cave entrance opens into a labyrint of caves, with “big shells are all that remain of turtles that once swam in, ran out of air and drowned before they could find their way out.”

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