Sipadan-Kapalai Resort


Kapalai (overview) A few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul but a world away sits Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, atop sturdy stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs.

Built around a mile-long bank of powdery white sand the resort is surrounded by water offering views out to the miles of brilliant turquoise sea stretching into the horizon. Kapalai’s chain of chalets is all linked by miles of wooden walkways with thousands of fish swimming just a few feet beneath.

Broadband internet access, satellite phone, fresh water from mainland, no mosquitoes and no flies are some of the things you can experience here.

Enjoy a sumptuous meal served buffet style in the open air dining room. A spacious sundeck 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 dive.


All 59 wooden chalets offering twin and triple accommodation are attached with a cleverly thought-out balcony which offers total privacy open to the sea. From the windows of the comfortable and spacious rooms, one can spend endless hours looking at the ocean while fish and rays pass beneath you.

Chalets are also equipped with bathrooms with shower and bathtub, basic toiletries, coffee and tea making facilities and 220 volts electrical outlets.


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.

The onsite Dive Center provides diving, snorkeling and kayaking gear for hire, souvenir shop, game room and internet access. For those who are yet to venture into diving but would love to PADI Dive Instructors offer a variety of PADI courses at Kapalai.


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