Turtle tomb is a special dive site that every cave diver must see once in his/ her life!

Turtle Tomb is a cave system located after Turtle Cavern. The mouth of the cave is located at a depth of 20 meters from the surface. Inside is an intricate maze of chambers and corridors filled with fine white sand and dust composed of numerous turtle skeletons.

Turtle Tomb Cave. Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013.

Inside, you will find several turtle skeletons, making it an eerie sight deep within the reef. These unfortunate turtles entered the cave to rest, hide from predators, or out of curiosity. Once inside, they get lost in the labyrinth of the tunnels and died from asphyxia. Turtles weren’t the only air-breathing animals that were found in the cave. In another corner of the cave, there was even an intact skeleton of a dolphin.

The chilling graveyard was first spotted by legendary ocean explorer Captain Jacques Yves Cousteau in the 1980s.

Solitary Barracuda. Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia. July 2013.

Take note that this dive site is only for dive masters and experienced guides who know the caves very well.

Images by Corinne Bourbeillion