Kapalai Dive Resort

Kapalai Dive Resort is a floating resort consisting of 59 purpose built chalets on top of high wooden stilts in the middle of the ocean. The innovative design keeps in touch with a traditional Malaysian Kampung (village in Malay) and looks absolutely stunning on top of the crystal clear turquoise waters of Kapalai. The chalets are linked together with miles of wooden walkways which make it great for those who would like to have their morning jog while gazing out to the miles of brilliant turquoise stretching into the horizon.

The Kapalai Dive Centre provides a vast selection of kayaking, snorkeling and diving equipment to rent as well as offering a large range of PADI diving courses including Night Diving and the ever popular Open Water course for those who would like to learn to dive. Kapalai Dive Resort’s other facilities include a games room, broadband internet and a souvenir shop.

Kapalai Dive Resort’s location is ideal for those who want to dive Sipadan, it’s the closest to the island out of all the resorts which means you can spend more time diving and less time in boats to and from Sipadan; it also raises your chances of receiving a Sipadan dive permit. Kapalai Island spends most of the day underwater and by itself is one of the best “muck” diving sites in the world, perfect for those macro shots. Although not the cheapest resort for Sipadan diving, its location and facilities are top notch.

Facilities & Services

Kapalai Dive Resort

  • Broadband Internet Access
  • satellite phone
  • fresh water from mainland
  • no mosquitoes and no flies
  • bathrooms with shower and bathtub
  • basic toiletries
  • coffee and tea making facilities
  • 220 volts electrical points
  • big western sundeck
  • dive centre
  • souvenir shop
  • game room

Sample Itinerary (4D/3N)

Day 1
  • Meet by Kapalai staff representative at Tawau Airport upon arrival eta 0745hrs via MH2121 from Kota Kinabalu
  • Overland transfer to Kapalai Private Jetty in Semporna (70 minutes) for boat departure to Kapalai at 0930hrs
  • Boat journey will take about 40 minutes
  • Arrived Kapalai, check in
  • Diver will have one orientation dive & one boat dive in the afternoon
  • Lunch, dinner & overnight in Kapalai
Days 2 - 3
  • 3 boat dives daily
  • Unlimited jetty dive + night dive for Advanced Level Diver only
  • Non Diver will be free at leisure for the whole stay
Day 4
  • Breakfast
  • Check out from Kapalai via 1030hrs boat transfer
  • Proceed to Tawau Airport for next flight


Diving in Sipadan informationPrices stated are in Malaysian Ringgit (approx 4 to 1USD) and are per person based on 2 people sharing a room. Malaysian citizens rates are available upon request, please notify us during the inquiry process. PADI diving courses, equipment rental and group booking rates are available upon request.
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Prices Include:

  • Meet and land transfer from Tawau Airport to our Private Jetty at Semporna (70 mins) & return transfer.
  • Boat transfer to Kapalai Island & return
  • Accommodation on a twin/triple sharing basis on the Resort
  • Provide 3 boat dives daily except on arrival and departure days
  • Unlimited dives in front of Kapalai Dive Centre
  • Fresh Food Cooked by resort’s Chef on buffet style
  • Afternoon snacks served after 3rd dive
  • Tea/Coffee, Cold Water and Cordial served throughout the day
  • Tanks, Weight and Belt are provided
  • No extra charge for night dives in front of dive centre for advanced diver or diver with night dive experience
  • Limited dive gears are available for rental
  • Guests staying in Semporna or Tawau on the last day will only be provided with one (1) dive

Prices Exclude

  • Sipadan permit
  • Equipment
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • Anything not stated


  1. Vanessa (January 23, 2017)

    Dear Friend ,
    We Plan to visit SIPADAN end of This Jan 31st to Feb 3 totally for 4 days .We already booked Air Asia flight will arrive Kuala Lumpur on 29th then stay two nights for sightseeing. I would like to know if it is possible to get accommodation on that periods? Plz give me best quote for Non-Diver 2 adults n 2 kids (age: 11 & 13). Another one is Kids and me willing to learn snorkeling courses during staying at your resort. We dont have full set equipments. So Id appreciate you send me including snorkeling for one adult n two kids.
    So Thanks!
    Best Wishes,

  2. Sipadan (November 3, 2016)

    Hi Carrie,

    Thank you for the comment. Teh quptation has been emailed to you.


  3. carrie (November 1, 2016)


    would you pls quote for 4d3n nondiver package for 2 people from nov.9-12,2015? tks!

  4. Sipadan (October 28, 2016)

    Hello Norman,

    Thank you for the comment :-)

    Please check your email inbox for the full details.


  5. norman (October 27, 2016)

    Appreciate you can quote for diving certification course for 2 pax. ETA tawau 6/11/14.

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

  • Vanessa

    Dear Friends, we are two adults n two kids (age 12 n 13) non diver. stay there for 3nights 4days [...]

    Posted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Vanessa

    Dear Friend , We Plan to visit SIPADAN end of This Jan 31st to Feb 3 totally for 4 days .We [...]

    Posted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Dan

    Hi can u please let me know what u charge for a twin room per night and 3 days diving(3dives [...]

    Posted: Jan 17, 2017
  • 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