For Divers & Snorkelers, Ocean Lovers
Sipadan – Kapalai Dive Resort
We have stayed at many resorts in the area and without doubt our first choice of residence is Kapalai.
Once a vegetated Island, Kapalai is now a sandbank on Litigan Reefs and home to the stilt village of Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort.
The resort comprises 40 wooden double, twin and triple sharing chalets.
Each has an ensuite bathroom with a shower and bathtub, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities.
This is true style at a very affordable price and you really do get a lot for your money.
Reminiscent of the Maldives, the accommodation huts are build over the water with shutter doors opening to reveal breathtaking ocean views.
The soothing sound of the water laps beneath you and water reflections dance across the high ceilings.
There are no sand-flies or mosquitoes and no need for air conditioning
Fresh bathing water is shipped from the mainland and rubbish is disposed of correctly.
The resort is perfectly located to get the most from your diving.
World class macro sites are just a giant stride from the dive station.
Sipadan Island is a 20 minute speedboat ride away and Mabul about 10 minutes.
With such a variety of dive sites within easy reach, it’s possible to complete 4 or 5 dives a day if you wish (bottom time permitting).
Having said this, non-divers are also fully catered for.
Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and soaking up the sun are equally pleasurable pastimes for those not wishing to dive.
We have put together an album of images showing Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort.
Surrounding dive site information can be found by visiting the Scuba Diving Sipadan & Scuba Diving Mabul pages.
Should these images tempt you into visiting, please contact us for reservation enquiries.
Kapalai Resort is under Downbelow’s Price Promise:
if you find a quote lower than ours, supply us the genuine quote from another company and we’ll beat it by 2%!
Scuba Diving at Kapalai
Kapalai was once a vegetated tropical island, but over the decades the island sank to little more than a sandbar.
A sand bar that supports a wealth of strange and wonderful critters that is.
Kapalai is home to Muck Diving at its best. There are many named sites in the region and to list them all would be somewhat repetitive.
Instead we hope to entice marine enthusiasts with a brief introduction.
Generally shallow with a maximum depth of about 18m, but an average of about 12m, the area around Kapalai is made up of sandy substrate with various coral blocks, patches and sloping reef systems.
Visibility is usually quite limited at 5m – 15m.
But this isn’t a problem as one spends the majority of time head down searching for the very small inhabitants of the region.
Flamboyant, Reaper and Papuan Cuttlefish all hang out around here.
Ghostpipefish, Frogfish, Crab Eye Gobies plus a number of family members, Blue Ringed Octopus, Wonder Octopus, Mandarin Fish and a long list of others are all to be found around Kapalai.
Before visiting its a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the marine life found in this area as these creatures are particulary cryptic and hard to see even when pointed out.
Please peruse our Marine Biology pages to learn more about the creatures you might encounter.
All Sipadan- Kapalai Dive Resort & Lankayan Island Resort bookings are protected under our PRICE PROMISE, which means that if you can provide us with a bona-fide quotation from elsewhere we will beat that quote by a further 2%!
Also, save $$$ by booking Two Centre Packages – visit both resorts or combine a resort with 2 days on Gaya Island and receive additional discounts.
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