The Kapalai Dive Resort is in fact a water village. It
is built on a sand bar only 15 minutes from Sipadan Island. 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.
|Mabul Island as seen from Kapalai
The underwater scene is completely different compared to that found at Sipadan. It is a
macroworld of great interest, featuring rare subjects ranging from mandarin fish, dragonets,
fire gobies, partner & sleeper gobies, wasp or leaf fish, gurnards, the strange "little
dragonfish" or seamoth, the tame crocodile fish, giant frogfish of different colours, eels,
rays and much much more. This is a truly magnificent macroworld where interesting and rare subjects
need to be located by the discerning diver, where you can see things others cannot. It is a
place where your skills at spotting small and well camouflaged oddities are to be well rewarded.
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. A truly unique place and unforgettable experience.
|Kapalai Dive Resort
Accommodation is in well appointed twin sharing chalets with extra-hot baths and a western sundeck. The
resort caters for divers and non-divers alike.
|Accommodation at Kapalai
Packages starting at 4 Days / 3 Nights 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)
- Equipment provided : tank, weights/belt. Limited gear available for rental at reasonable price at the Resort.
- Diving around the islands of Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai.
- Guided Night Dives directly in front of the Resort subject to weather
|Sipadan Island as seen from Kapalai
Thanks to Pulau Sipadan Resort for photographs and assistance in compiling the above information.
Last Update: 24/04/2005
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