A few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul but a full world away from them lies the exhilarating Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, sitting on its sturdy stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs.
4 days from approx USD $1000.
Guests may 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.
It is also the perfect place to share your underwater images and videos after a dive. Others enjoy reading while basking in the cooling sea breeze of Kapalai.
Innovative in concept with a touch of traditional Kampung (means‘village’in Malay Language) design; Kapalai’s chain of chalets are all linked by miles of wooden walkways for those who like to take their morning jogwhile looking at thousands of fish swimming just a few feet beneath.
“Broadband Internet Access, satellite phone, fresh water from mainland, free from mosquitoes & flies”. All 59 wooden chalets offering twin and triple sharing accommodation are attached with a cleverly thought-out balcony which offers privacy for sunbathing and sun tanning.
Chalets are also equipped with bathrooms with shower and bathtub, basic toiletries, coffee and tea making facilities and 220 volts electrical points. From the windows of the elegant and spacious rooms, one can spend endless hours looking at the sea as if it has a life on its own just dancing to its never ending tune just a couple of feet below.
Diving around Kapalai is exceedingly easy and shallow but quite spectacular: the sandy bottom and the spare coral heads host an amazing array of small, often yet-to-be classified, shamelessly colorful subjects, making the diving here an unforgettable experience.
Other resort facilities includes a dive centre which provides diving, snorkeling and kayaking gears and equipment for rental, souvenir shop,game room and internet access.
For those who are yet to venture into diving sports but want to learn; PADI Dive Instructors offer a variety of PADI courses at Kapalai, including: PADI International Resort Association - PADI Dive Instructors offer a variety of PADI courses at Kapalai,as follows. 1. Discover Scuba Diving 2. Open Water 3. Advanced Open Water 4. Introduction to Night Diving
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 one can suntan at complete leisure while gazing out to the miles of brilliant turquoise sea stretchinginto the horizo.
Dive spots are extremely close and can be reached in just a few minutes by speedboat and some of them, actually, just by swimming from the dive center pier. For those who are ready to explore more than the tiny marvels of Kapalai’s macro life, 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 experiences and opportunities to the lovers of "muck diving").
With a combination of sun and water in a unique and serene setting with friendly staff, Sipadan-Kapalai is an ideal destination for diver and non diver alike seeking a great holiday experience. Though diving is the highly commended activity in Kapalai, there are other water activities one can indulge in such as swimming, snorkeling as well as ocean kayaking while looking at the many colorful fishes swimming freely just a few inches beneath.
"Sipadan Kapalai Dive resort is really a nice resort, my husband and i love it very much. The crystal clear water attracts our attention. You can see the lovely corals under the sea water. The room is spacious, have a big balcony, you can lie down to see stars and enjoy the sea breeze. And if you are lucky, can see the turtles pass by. Small, medium and big fishes are jumping and swimming around. I love everything of the room, but no air-con. If no sea breeze, might be very hot and my husband couldn't have a good night sleep. The resort will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not many choices of foods because one of their objectives is do not waste food, but i'm ok with it. You wont get hungry because they provide bread, coffee and tea for morning till night. Besides that, is a good place for snorkeling if you are not attached with dive package." SienMun, Ipoh, Malaysia
"Right now in sitting by the balcony of this resort, and all I can say is, I don't wanna go back! the room exceeded my expectation, food was not bad, service is good, the sea water is crystal clear! To all those reading this review right now, don't think twice, just make ur way here. I will definitely make a trip back here :) BUgirL, Selangor