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Kapalai Resort - sand island in foreground - reception and restaurant to left side
Kapalai Resort  - sand island in foreground - reception and restaurant to left side

The Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is in fact a water village. It is built on a sand bar only 15 minutes from the infamous Pulau Sipadan. The sand bar was many years ago the island of Kapalai, but erosion must have taken its toll on what was surely a very beautiful island. It is on what is known as the Ligitan Reefs, a very extensive stretch bordering the deep and vast Celebes Seas.

Special Offer

20% off all bookings for stays at Kapalai Resort until the end of 2016

Indicated rates (below) reduced by 20% for diving and non-diving packages

Bookings accepted until mid-December 2016. At these prices, space will fill quickly. Accommodation subject to availability - get in quick!

Chalets and boardwalk at Kapalai Resort
Chalets and boardwalk at Kapalai Dive

Arrivals area with fast boat and Restaurant
Arrivals area with fast boat and Restaurant at Kapalai Dive

Restaurant area at Kapalai
Restaurant area at Kapalai Dive

Above water, it is a totally different world. All structures are erected on water and the guest is able to really enjoy the serenity and peace of the unique resort anytime of the day, especially early morning and sunset. Even from above the water, the guest is able to observe the antics of the squids, or the never ending raids of the needlefish and halfbeaks into shoals of silversides and anchovies. Sit on your private verandah and watch the turtles swim past. A truly unique place and unforgettable experience.

Chalet Accommodation at Kapalai
Accommodation at Kapalai Dive
Chalet bathroom
Chalet 51 bathroom with view to the sea

Accommodation is in well appointed twin sharing chalets with extra-hot baths and a sundeck/verandah. In total, there are currently fifty-one individual chalets. Each chalet is about 9 metres wide. The resort caters for divers and non-divers alike. Avid snorkellers can generally join the dive boats as they go out to the various dive sites located around Kapalai, Mabul and Sipadan.

Kapalai Resort - Restaurant in foreground
Kapalai Resort

Note that Kapalai will no longer arrange snorkelling at Sipadan due to the lack of dive permits which are issued. We would suggest that if you would like to snorkel at Sipadan, you should stay at one of the other nearby resorts (again, there is no guarantee that you will get to Sipadan).

The resort is equipped with wireless internet which can be accessed at reasonable rates (payable at the resort)

Kapalai Resort - view over part of the resort and boardwalks
Kapalai Resort - view over part of the resort and boardwalks

Make sure that you have a look at this short video showing different aspects of the resort.

Video provided by Kapalai Dive Resort

Packages starting at 3 Days / 2 Nights (please refer to note below regarding the 3 day/2 night package) are available, and include:
  • Return land and sea transfers from Tawau,
  • Accommodation on Kapalai on a twin/triple sharing basis
  • 3 meals per day plus afternoon tea and snacks.
  • 3 boat dives daily around the island and unlimited beach dives just in front of the Resort. (except on arrival/departure day - no diving permitted within 24 hrs of departure flight)
  • Equipment provided : tank, weights/belt. Limited gear available for rental at reasonable price at the Resort.
  • Diving around the islands/reefs of Sipadan (except 3 day/2 night package - see note below), Mabul and Kapalai.
  • Guided Night Dives directly in front of the Resort subject to weather conditions.

Chalets and boardwalk at Kapalai Resort
Chalets and boardwalk at Kapalai Dive

DurationDiver/Non Diver1 Person2 People3 People
3 days/ 2 nightsDiver$1,305$1,005$955
 Non Diver$1,045S$805$765
4 days/ 3 nightsDiver$1,815$1,395$1,325
 Non Diver$1,450$1,115$1,060
5 days/ 4 nightsDiver$2,370$1,820$1,730
 Non Diver$1,895$1,4551,385
6 days/ 5 nightsDiver$2,925$2,250$2,135
 Non Diver$2,340$1,800$1,710
7 days/ 6 nightsDiver$3,480$2,675$2,545
 Non Diver$2,780$2,140$2,035
Extra nightsDiver$635$425$405
 Non Diver$440$340$325
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

The Sabah Government has introduced a fee on all people using the jetty in Semporna. The jetty fee is currently set at $A4 per person for each use of the jetty ie $A8 for the return trip. All dive operators must use the Government run jetty.
Please be aware that it is not possible to arrange for a Sipadan dive permit if you are only on a 3 day/2 night dive package at Kapalai. For a package of this duration, your diving will be limited to the Kapalai dive sites and the Mabul dive sites.
Dive rates include the pass issued by Sabah Parks for access to Pulau Sipadan. Every effort is made to arrange the pass for you, but diving at Sipadan cannot be guaranteed due the the limited number of passes available to foreigners each day (120 passes only). There are no refunds if diving at Sipadan cannot be arranged.

Note that it is not possible to snorkel at Sipadan if staying at Kapalai Resort - all Sipadan permits are reserved for divers.
Photographs courtesy of Phil Youdale and Pulau Sipadan Resort and Tours Sdn. Bhd.

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