Sipadan Island or Pulau Sipadan in Sabah is the only oceanic island in Malaysia. It means that the island was originally part of the ocean floor but due to some geologic phenomenon, it has risen to the surface. Sipadan Island has been consistently included in lists of top dive destinations in the world along with Galapagos Islands.
It all started with a Cebu Pacific seat sale I accidentally came across due to an unhealthy sleeping habit. I was looking for new destinations that seemed unfamiliar but still within my visa-free limit. I was booking for two but my supposed travel buddy challenged me to go solo for a change (this happened way before the incidental Apo Reef). So I did. I cancelled on the one-way ticket to Brunei and re-booked a one-way solo flight to Kota Kinabalu instead.