Explore the Exceptional Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort Sabah Malaysia

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is a unique water village built on poles over a sandbank that gives you a great experience of treating your sight with the beautiful fishes swimming in the water underneath your chalets while on your stay on the resort. If you are looking for the best destination to spend your holiday or wish to make your honeymoon the memorable one, Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is the best place to be in.

Overview of Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

In 2010, Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort won ‘Dive Resort of the Year’ award. This resort is situated on the mile along sandbank of the Ligitan Reefs sited in the Sulu Sea. This resort offers great sun tanning days at the beach or while relaxing on your chalet’s balcony. The day’s trip to the Sipadan Island is very refreshing. The good cooked food and delicious snacks at the end of the day or after diving makes your day complete.


Kapalai Island, Mabul Island & Sipadan Island offer some of the world’s best diving sites for the tourists and if you are in for trying some new ways of diving, then this is the best place to surprise your senses. If you are a macro diving for the first time, diving here at Kapalai Island is the best thing that will would have ever happened to you.

The best part is, you don’t have to pay for diving at the Kapalai Island. If you are a marine life fanatic then you will love snorkeling from Kapalai. The beautiful and colorful mating mandarin fish and other mesmerizing creatures are a great sight. To put it in simple words, you will fall in love with the marine life underneath along with the macro diving itself once you are here and have experienced it.

The shallow depths of water under the Kapalai Resort make the diving exceptionally easy and safe. The resort also gives its visitors the exciting opportunity of boat diving in their speedboat trips to the neighboring Islands of Sipadan and Mabul Island. Diving around Kapalai is exceedingly easy because of the generally shallow sites.

Timings for Diving

You may be allowed to have 3-4 dives per day, for except the day on which you have arrived, that only permits for 2 dives and no dives on the day of departure from Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort. These Sipadan dives are usually observed in the morning and between each dive, refreshments are served. While, in the lunch time, the boat returns to the resort. Alternatively, it will be a 3 dive day around Kapalai and Mabul Islands.

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Construction and Interior

The Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, built on stilts with almost 41 discrete chalets, is a charming wooden water village; each chalet has a private balcony and en-suite bathroom. To be more specific, all the chalets have their own fan cooling, a beautiful balcony with chairs that offers the perfect sea view, fully equipped bathrooms, and all the required bedroom furniture, a cozy and spacious seating area.

The dive boats are the most contemporary ones with twin engine and can contain as many as 10 divers per boat. Not only do these dive boats offer snacks and refreshments between the dives, but unlike the boats belonging to other resorts, this one returns to its resort in the lunch time. This entire boat journey takes up to 15 minutes in total.


You will get an opportunity to experience all the night dives and day dives, all free of cost, even if you have a dive buddy, so you only need to pay for your accommodation at the resort which is quite afforadable.


The resort also has some great cuisines to offer in their buffets, lunch and dinners. Usually served in an open area, which is more like an open air wooden terrace. This is an amazing atmosphere to relax and have dinner while chatting with your partners or friends.

From Buffet to a La carte, that comes in a variety of cuisines, from Chinese and Seafood to Western and salads. There is a bar that sells liquor. Like any other five star hotel in the world, this resort too, has a generous and lavish complimentary breakfast to offer to its visitors. The items on the menu are breads and toasts, cakes and pastries, tea and coffee, eggs and sausages, rice and noodles.

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Precautions and Measures

To ensure the diver’s safety, each dive boat comes with a dive master and sufficient supply of oxygen. For emergencies, other than those related to scuba diving, there is a hospital in Semporna nearby. Moreover, while you are away, the resort has made secure boxes in the reception where you could store your valuable belongings, while you are away enjoying the diving sessions. And as for the Police services, there is a helpline for you to reach them whenever need be, they are active service 24/7.

All in all, Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is an ideal place to be for enthusiastic divers as well as for non-divers. It is an exotic place found few minutes away from the island of Sipadan.

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