Kapalai Island

If you have been you dreaming of a vacation in a place with clear waters, a deep blue sky and picturesque chalets just above the sea, Kapalai Island located to the East of Sabah, is probably the best diving spot in the world. The lovely experience you will get there will bring you the memories of a lifetime.

Kapalai is not actually an island, but a sand strip close to Sipadan and Mabul, other two magnificent islands. In the outstanding scenery, where the sun seems to be literally rising from the waters, locals have built chalets and restaurants for the tourists to benefit from the beauty of the place. It is a wonderful spot for relaxing and forgetting a little about business and day-to-day problems.

Pulau Kapalai History

Kapalai IslandA couple hundred years ago, Pulau Kapalai was a real island, with a thicker soil and larger surface. However, due to a strong erosion process, it quickly transformed into a sand bar, where only a thin layer of sand appears over the waters of the Celebes Sea. Kapalai is standing over the Ligitan Reefs and the sandy soil only appears during a low tide period. After that, the whole resort seems to be appearing directly out of the waters, since the chalets are elevated on pillars.

How to get to Kapalai Island

Kapalai Dive ResortKapalai is located between the islands of Mabul and Sipadan, so you need to take a speedboat ride from Semporna to get there. Of course, before that, you will need to fly to Malaysia and you could try visiting the capital city as an exciting opening to your Malaysian adventure.

Kapalai Island Diving

Kapalai Island DivingKapalai, as well as its closely related Sipadan Island, is one of the most outstanding diving places in the world, for professionals as well as for beginners. The underwater life that you will encounter here will leave you breathless, as marine creatures peacefully swim around you. You will get the chance to see rare species of fish, octopuses and turtles in the waters of the Kapalai Island, as well as an extraordinary view of the corals from the Ligitan Reefs.

The Kapalai Resort

Pulau KapalaiIf you have fallen in love with Kapalai diving or the fantastic view in Kapalai has simply astounded you, then you have the chance to stay there for a couple of days and enjoy the beauty of nature. After all, Kapalai is a magnificent holiday resort standing in the waters of the Celebes Sea. There, you will have the opportunity to relax under the sun or have a truly romantic dinner with you loved one.

We are living in a high-speed world, where everything revolves around working hard and earning money. Nevertheless, if you want a break from all this and you are wishing for some valuable memories that will last for a lifetime, then the Kapalai Island is the right place for your vacation.

If you wish to stay on Kapalai Island:

Sipadan Facts

  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit approx 4MYR to 1USD
  • Language: Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese, although you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't speak English.
  • Food Prices: In Semporna a seafood platter for 4 people can cost under 100RM(approx 23USD). Resort prices may vary
  • Alcohol Prices: 3 bottles of beer can cost under 30RM(approx 7USD) and a bottle of wine starts from 60RM(approx 14USD) in Semporna. Resort prices may vary
  • Sipadan Island:Got its name from the word Siparan which refers to a person who has been found restless on the island's beach.

Latest Comments

  • Susan

    Hi Would you have any rooms available 18-22 Feb, including a Sipidan dive, and if so what are the costs etc? [...]

    Posted: Nov 11, 2016
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