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Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

Exquisite water chalets on stilts above the shallow sandbanks of Ligitan Reef that spans almost a mile long stretching into the horizon offering the purest image of natural serenity.

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is a charming water village built on stilts over the sandbanks of Ligitan Reef, and located only a few minutes from Mabul and Sipadan Island.

Popular for honeymooners, the resort’s 50 elegant and spacious wooden chalets each offer balcony ocean views with total privacy perfect for sunbathing or watching the marine life just a few feet below. There is only 1 type of chalets (various designs, but are of the same class), and each are furnished with ceiling fan, mini bar, coffee maker, ensuite bathrooms, and a spacious balcony.

While the underwater scenery may not be as spectacular as Sipadan Island, Kapalai’s reefs are world famous for macro diving. Note that the diving packages with Kapalai do not guarantee Sipadan permits. Should availability arises, divers and snorkelers will be whisked to Sipadan at no extra cost. Your chances of securing Sipadan permits are higher if you stay 3 nights and above.

Type

Dive Resort

Affiliation

PADI

Languages Spoken

English, Malay, Mandarin

Number of dive instructors

2

Number of divemasters

5

Able to cater to physically challenged

Sorry, not at the moment

Fan chalets

Beautifully designed with hot showers too

Wi-Fi

Stay connected, and it’s free!

Housereef

Unlimited housereef dives! YAY!

Restaurant

Indulge in a variety of asian and western cuisine

Bar

Carbonated and alcoholic beverages to quench that thirst

Sundeck lounge

Get a 360˚ panoramic view of the sunset along the Celebes Sea, with an artificial beach too!

Fish ID and training books

Reference materials available to identify that fish you spotted

Equipment charging station

Keep your devices juiced up

Convenience and souvenir store

All stocked up with snacks and essentials for your vacation

Games room

Pool table, board games, ping pong table, to keep the fun going

First aid kit

Located at the dive center, resort reception and in all boats

Emergency oxygen

Located at the dive centre and all boats

VHF radio

Located at the dive centre and in all boats

Maritime Police

Frequent ESSCOM patroling

Resident doctor

None. Dive crew are trained first responders

Clinic nearby

At Semporna town

Diving type

Boat dive, shore dive

Dive courses

Discover scuba • Scuba Diver • Open Water • Advanced Open Water

Specialty courses

Deep • Wreck • Peak Performance Buoyancy • AWARE • Search and Recovery • Drift

Instructor to student ratio (max)

1:4

Instructor to discover diver ratio (max)

1:4

Dive guide to scuba diver ratio (max)

1:6

Dive equipment rental

Available – BCD, regulator, fins, mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, dive computer

NITROX / Enriched Air

Unavailable

Equipment servicing

For light repairs, and do not extend to overhauls

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Packaged Rates

The prices below are for references only. We will quote you the best available rates

Packaged rates below are based on a minimum of 2 guests in a twin share chalet.

Price Per PersonDiver PackageNon-Diver Package
3days/2nightsRM 2862RM 2290
4days/3nights
• 1 sipadan dive permit
RM 4181RM 3265
5days/4nights
• 1 sipadan dive permit
RM 5400RM 4240
6days/5nights
• 2 sipadan dive permits
RM 6719RM 5215
Extension nightsRM 1219RM 975

** Special rates are available for Malaysian citizens. Please enquire within **

Please note:

  • All packages above include (free) scheduled return Tawau Airport transfers, boat transfers, full board meals, Semporna jetty fees, free snorkeling around the resort, and lodging at the resort
  • Rooms are allocated on Run-Of-House (ROH) basis (there will be no choosing of room numbers)
  • Diving excursions include dive guide services, tanks, weights and weightbelts
  • Dive packages include 3 daily guided boat dives (around Mabul and Kapalai Island) except on arrival and departure day, and unlimited house reef dives (unguided and premised on buddy system)
  • Sipadan diving day trips features 4 guided dives, and are subject to permit availability and approvals
  • 5% off for 3 sharing adults in a chalet
  • 50% off non-divers package for children aged between 2-11 years
  • Solo travelers are subject to single supplement for own chalet at an additional 30% from the above-packaged rate
  • Price excludes mandatory tourism tax of RM10/room/night for non-Malaysians
  • Solo traveler? No problem. Just send us an enquiry, and we’ll get you the ideal single traveler packages.
CourseMin. DurationPrice Per Person
PADI Open Water3 daysRM 1300
PADI Advanced Open Water2 daysRM 1100

Please note:

  • Courses include course materials, instructor fees, dive equipment usage
  • Rates above are subject to change without prior notice
  • All candidates/students must be in good physical health, and be water confident
  • Price rates excludes taxes, transfers, and lodging at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

ItemsPrice Per Day
BCDRM 35
RegulatorRM 35
MaskRM 15
SnorkelRM 6
Wetsuit (shorty)RM 30
FinsRM 12
BootiesRM 11
Dive computerRM 38
Torch lightRM 25/dive
Kayak• RM 35/hour

Please note:

  • The pricing acts as a guideline and is subject to change
  • Rental is available, and payable at the dive center
Check-In Time :
1400hrs
Check-Out Time :
1200hrs
Fixed Boat Schedules :
• Semporna Private Jetty to Kapalai Resort: 1000hrs, 1230hrs, 1500hrs
• Kapalai Resort back to Semporna Private Jetty: 0630hrs, 0930hrs, 1330hrs
Accepted Payment Methods Onsite :
• Mastercard • VISA • Cash
Booking & Payment Terms :
A 30% non-refundable deposit is required for booking confirmation, balance must be paid 30 days before scheduled check-in date.
There will be no refunds on unutilised dives/services included in the package.
Changing of packages midway is not allowed. Divers have to decide between diver and leisure package throughout their stay.
Booking Amendments :
• Changing of packages midway is not allowed.
• Divers have to decide between diver and leisure package throughout their stay.
• Amendments to packages are subject to availability and much be made 14 days before the scheduled trip.
• Additional charges (if any), must be settled in full once the amendment is accepted.
Cancellation Policy :
• Initial deposit of 30% is non-refundable
• 50% of full payment will be forfeited for cancellations made 15-30 days before the scheduled trip
• 75% of full payment will be forfeited for cancellations made 8-14 days before the scheduled trip
• No refunds for no-show or cancellations within 7 days of scheduled trip
Force Majure :
We will not be liable in whole or in part by any cause beyond our control due to fire, flood, weather, strikes or other labour disputes, shortage of materials, transportation difficulties, accident, war, riot, acts of God, or change of laws.
How To Get There :
The nearest airport is Tawau Aiport, which is a 2-hour car ride to Semporna, thereafter a 45-minute boat ride to the resort.
We’ll handle the logistic arrangements for your convenience. Just make your way to the jetty/airport.
Transfers :
• From jetty to resort – included in the package
• Tawau Airport transfers to jetty – Available, at a surcharge
Flight Timing Guide :
• Arrivals: Ideally to arrive in the morning, or latest by 1330hrs, in order to make it for the last boat in to Kapalai.
• Departure: If you decide to stay at Kapalai up till last boat out at 1330hrs, best book flights after 1700hrs.
Important notice :
If you are taking a flight on your departure day and have been scuba diving the day before, it is highly recommended to book the afternoon flight after 1500hrs to ensure sufficient surface interval before flights.
Don’t forget to bring :
Dive certification card, dive logbook, passport/ID, spare cash for personal spend, and a smile 🙂

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