Location: Kapalai Island, Semporna, Sabah
Price: From MYR 2,269.00
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Reminiscent of the Maldives, the accommodation huts are built over the water with shutter doors opening to reveal breathtaking ocean views

Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) Malaysian Airlines MH 2121 0725 hrs 0815 hrs
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Tawau (TWU) Air Asia AK 5744 0700 hrs 0950 hrs
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) Air Asia AK 6260 0900 hrs 0950 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Malaysian Airlines MH 3094 1800 hrs 1950 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Malaysian Airlines MH 2665 1825 hrs 2110 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Air Asia AK 6267 1710 hrs 1800 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Air Asia AK 5741 1855 hrs 2140 hrs

Note Travelling from Kuala Lumpur requires a transit in KK, so it’s advised to stay 1 night in KK before flying the next morning on the flight details above.

Ex-Semporna Once a vegetated Island, Kapalai is now a sandbank on Litigan Reefs and home to the stilt village of Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort. The resort comprises 40 wooden double, twin and triple sharing chalets. Each has an ensuite bathroom with a shower and bathtub, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities. This is true style at a very affordable price and you really do get a lot for your money.

Reminiscent of the Maldives, the accommodation huts are built over the water with shutter doors opening to reveal breathtaking ocean views. The soothing sound of the water laps beneath you and water reflections dance across the high ceilings. There are no sand-flies or mosquitoes and no need for air conditioning. Fresh bathing water is shipped from the mainland and rubbish is disposed of correctly.

The resort is perfectly located to get the most from your diving. World class macro sites are just a giant stride from the dive station. Sipadan Island is a 20 minute speedboat ride away and Mabul about 10 minutes. With such a variety of dive sites within easy reach, it’s possible to complete 4 or 5 dives a day if you wish (bottom time permitting). Having said this, non-divers are also fully catered for. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and soaking up the sun are equally pleasurable pastimes for those not wishing to dive.

Scuba Diving at Kapalai

Kapalai was once a vegetated tropical island, but over the decades the island sank to little more than a sandbar. A sand bar that supports a wealth of strange and wonderful critters that is. Kapalai is home to Muck Diving at its best. There are many named sites in the region and to list them all would be somewhat repetitive. Instead we hope to entice marine enthusiasts with a brief introduction. Generally shallow with a maximum depth of about 18m, but an average of about 12m, the area around Kapalai is made up of sandy substrate with various coral blocks, patches and sloping reef systems. Visibility is usually quite limited at 5m – 15m. But this isn’t a problem as one spends the majority of time head down searching for the very small inhabitants of the region. Flamboyant, Reaper and Papuan Cuttlefish all hang out around here. Ghostpipefish, Frogfish, Crab Eye Gobies plus a number of family members, Blue Ringed Octopus, Wonder Octopus, Mandarin Fish and a long list of others are all to be found around Kapalai. Before visiting its a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the marine life found in this area as these creatures are particulary cryptic and hard to see even when pointed out.

Other Activities Available:
Limited snorkeling gear available for hire
Snorkeling & swimming
Ocean Kayaking

Tour Highlights

  • Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort
  • Idyllic Water Bungalows
  • Closest Location to Sipadan
  • Stunning Ocean Sunsets
  • World Class Scuba Diving
  • World Class Snorkeling


Day 1 – Arrival Day

Pick up upon arrival at Tawau Airport and transfer overland to Semporna Jetty (approx. 70 minutes drive) for boat departure to Kapalai Dive Resort. Upon arrival at the resort, check in at your accommodation and free at leisure. Overnight at Kapalai Dive Resort.
Note: For divers, you will be able to do an orientation upon arrival at the resort but this will be depending on the diving schedule, which is set by the dive centre at the resort. Strictly NO fly policy within 24 hours after the last dive. Unlimited jetty dives can be carried out within the resort’s reef with a buddy after the orientation dives.

Day 2 – 3

Daily Diver Package at the resort and overnight at Kapalai Dive Resort.

Day 4 – Departure Day

Breakfast at the resort. Free at leisure until check out. Upon arrival at mainland, drop off at Tawau Airport for flight departure.
Note: Boat transfers to Kapalai Dive Resort are based on scheduled transfers.

From To Departure time
Semporna Kapalai Island 1000hrs, 1230hrs & 1500hrs
Kapalai Island Semporna 0630hrs, 0930hrs & 1330hrs
  • Meet-and-greet at Tawau Airport / Tawau hotel, Return transfer from the airport / hotel to private jetty in Semporna, Return boat transfer from Semporna to Kapalai Island, Accommodation at Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, Diver Package: 3 daily boat dives (excl. arrive & departure days; Diver Package: Unlimited dive in front of Dive Centre (for certified divers only); Diver Package: Tanks, weights and belt; Full board meals freshly cooked by the resort chef served buffet style, Afternoon snacks, Tea, coffee, water and cordial available throughout the day, No extra charge for night divers in front of Dive Centre (strictly for advanced / experienced divers only).
  • Flights, diving equipment, beverages and meals not specified, laundry, room service, airfare and items not mentioned in the itinerary above.


Important Information

Diver Package: This package is for for certified divers, and all dive programs are run by the resort.
Our all inclusive packages include tanks and weights, but do not include equipment rental (see rental charges below), as many guests prefer to bring their own equipment.
As an all inclusive package, 3 x boat dives plus unlimited jetty dives are included, but there are no refunds for unused dives.
Minimum diver qualification required is PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.
Note: Purchasing a diving package with us does not guarantee guests will dive at Sipadan, but we will apply for entry permits to this restricted area on behalf of guests. Should approval be granted for the guest during their stay, they will dive Sipadan at no extra charge. The chances of approval are highest if guests stay for a minimum of 3 nights.
Non-Diver Package: Snorkellers are permitted to snorkel around the resort at leisure. Snorkel equipment is available to rent or you can bring your own.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving is available at an extra charge and conducted in front of the dive centre with a qualified diving instructor. Should a guest or a non-diver be a certified diver and wish to dive, they may do so with a buddy around the House Reef or from the jetty. Certified Diver must base their entire stay on either the Dive Package or Non Diver Package. Combining a few days as Diver and a few days as Non Diver is not allowed.

All single travellers will be charged a Single Supplement Rate with their own room. The Single Supplement Rate is the package rates plus 50%. Our Triple Room Sharing option is a 5% discount from the package rates if all 3 people sharing are adults. We also have a Group Travel option where 1 person stays free for every 10 paying guests. The Group Travel option applies to 11 people in a group arriving and departing on the same dates.

Equipment Rental at the Resort (subject to change without notice)

BC Jacket RM31.80/day
Regulator/Gauges/Octopus RM31.80/day
Torch w/ Batteries RM21.20/dive
Mask & Snorkel RM15.90/day
Fins RM10.60/day
Wetsuit RM26.50/day
Booties RM10.60/day