Seven Wonders No More For Sipadan

The panel of experts has chosen 28 Official Finalists for the New Seven Wonders of Nature, eliminating 49 other sites, including Sipadan Island. Below is the screenshot of those which made it to the final stage of voting to choose the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

List of 28 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of Nature

List of 28 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of Nature

The 28 finalists are: The Amazon, Angel Falls, Bay of Fundy, Black Forest, Bu Tinah Shoals, Cliffs of Moher, Dead Sea, El Yunque, Galapagos, Grand Canyon, Breat Barrier Reef, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeita Grotto, Jeju Island, Kilimanjaro, Komodo Park, the Maldives, Masurian Lake District, Matterhorn/Cervino, Milford Sound, Mud Volcanoes, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Sundarbans, Table Mountain, Uluru, Vesuvius and Yushan.

The 28 were chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. Unique beauty of the nominated site
  2. Diversity and distribution (accounted for in 7 groups)
  3. Ecological significance (in terms of either stand-alone eco-systems and/or their significance for human beings)
  4. Historical legacy (relation that human beings and/or indigenous populations have or have had with the site)
  5. Geo-location (even distribution of the 28 Official Finalists between all continents)

We are disappointed… but still, Sipadan is a wonder of its own. Kudos to the Sabah Tourism and Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun for a hugely successful campaign during the first round of voting.


  1. Tadpole says:

    The Taiwan’s Yushan Mountain is a joke coz it enters the final. It is not even a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is lower than Mt. Kinabalu!

  2. Oh no!!

    Sipadan did’nt make it.

    I am really sorry to hear that. I admit there were some real beauties like the Amazan for example but I am disapointed Sipadan did’nt make it.

    I just saw this link to Panarama 7 wonders. I hav’nt got QT so I can’t look myself..whispers..I don’t like QT lol

  3. Jaxon S says:

    I guess the panel of expert took the geo location too seriously, thus eliminating a jewel in the process.

    I think, the Amazon will be one of the new seven wonders of nature. Or else, something is really wrong with the selection process. As for Sipadan, advancing into the final would have been something…

  4. The organiser approached the 77 finalists before the announcement of top 28 finalists, asking them to “bid” for the award presentation venue. It will cost a lot so the ministry declined. Then we didn’t make it to the final. Smell anything fishy?

  5. Fishy indeed…

  6. I phink the modern natural wonders are;
    Grand Canyon
    The Great Barrier Reef
    The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro
    Mt. Everest
    Northern Lights
    Paricutin Volcano
    Victoria Falls

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