Kapalai Island

Kapalai map

Where is it: Semporna, Sabah, East Malaysia

Number of Dive Sites: 22

Type of Diving: Guided – boat, deep, drift diving

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Main Diving Attraction: Macro life (common findings include: frogfish, mandarin fish, blue ring octopus, mimic octopus, orangutan crabs, spider crabs, various species of nudibranchs)

* Not to mention its close proximity to the world famous Sipadan and Mabul islands

Average Water Temperature: 27°C (80.6°F) to 30°C (86.0°F)

Seasonality: All year round (ideal time to visit between April to October)

Typical Visibility: 5m (16ft) to 15m (49ft)

General Current Conditions: Mild to Strong

Family / Non-Diver Friendly: Yes

Availability of Other Leisure Activities: Snorkelling, sea kayak

Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau: None

Availability of Medical Facility: None

Availability of Other Facilities: None

Nearest Jetty: Semporna Jetty

Address: Pekan Semporna, 91308, Semporna, Sabah

* Approximately 45mins boat ride to Kapalai Island

Nearest Airport: Tawau Airport (IATA: TWU)

Estimated Travel Time to Jetty:

From Tawau Airport (by car): 1hr 15mins (average taxi fare ~RM100 one way)

From Tawau Airport (by bus/minivan) via Tawau Town: 35 mins by airport taxi (~RM50) to Sabindo Square (Tawau), thereafter a 1.5hrs bus/minivan ride to Semporna (average bus/minivan fare ~RM15 one way)

From Kota Kinabalu (by car): 8hrs or 10hrs by bus (average fare ~RM80 one way)

Seaventures Dive Rig

Where is it: Mabul Island, Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island)

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star IDC, PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

Borneo Divers Mabul Resort

Where is it: Mabul Island, Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island)

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

ND Divers (Semporna)

Where is it: Bum Bum Island (Semporna), Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island, Mantabuan Island, Sibuan Island, Mataking Island)

Type: Dive Centre (Homestay)

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

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