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Easy to reach from the east coast of Malaysian Borneo and just a short boat ride away from the world-class diving of Sipadan and Mabul, the Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is the perfect place to embark on your underwater adventures. It is an extremely comfortable and a very high quality dive resort.
The Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is perfectly placed to dive Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai
A few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul lies the beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, sitting on its sturdy stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs. Planned and built in full style as an airy, comfortable, sunny water village with no land in sight, it boasts a mile-long sandbank of powdery white sand where you can suntan at complete leisure while gazing out to the miles of brilliant turquoise stretching into the horizon offering quite a view!
Dive spots are extremely close to the resort and can be reached in just a few minutes by speedboat and some of them, actually, just by swimming from the dive centre pier. For those who are ready to venture away from the tiny marvels of the macro life of Kapalai can, in just a few minutes, dive in Sipadan (where big fish and turtles abound) or in Mabul (where silky and muddy bottoms offer different and equally pleasant experience and opportunities to the lovers of "muck diving"). The Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is well-placed to access all three islands so the perfect place to stay.
Kapalai's chain of chalets are all linked by miles of wooden walkways for those who like to take their morning jog while looking at thousands of fish swimming just a few feet beneath. All 59 wooden chalets offering twin and triple sharing accommodation are attached with a cleverly thought-out balcony which offers the total privacy sought by the lovers of sunbathing. Chalets are also equipped with bathrooms with shower and bathtub, basic toiletries, coffee and tea making facilities and 220 volts electrical points.
As for dining, you can enjoy a sumptuous meal served in buffet style under the terraced, open central structure. A big western sundeck with sitting area allows divers to have an evening drink or an after-dive chat with a view of Kapalai's fabulous tropical sunset.
Why we love it
The Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is built entirely on stilts over a turquoise lagoon with world-class diving nearby… sounds good to us!
Louisa, Original Diver