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KAPALAI

Kapalai is a fantastic diving destination . Although called an island, it is actually a large sandbar on the Ligitan reef with a very exclusive resort with beautiful villas built on stilts.
Kapalai used to be a real island with vegetation, but in the last few hundred years it has come under water due to erosion and rising sea water. There are no beaches, although you can walk on the sandbank on the circular artificial beach during low tide and sunbathing. In Kapalai everything revolves around snorkeling and diving, non-divers can have fun on Mataking Island with its beautiful beaches.
Immediately around the resort there are fantastic snorkeling opportunities and also some very nice dive sites. The best time to visit Kapalai is between April and September.
On Kapalai there are fantastic snorkeling opportunities around the resort and also some very nice dive sites. The best time to visit Kapalai is between April and September. Tourists who visit Kapalai usually come here to relax, to snorkel or to dive.

There are numerous fantastic diving sites directly around Kapalai. Another big thing is the unlimited house reef that the resort offers its guests. Diving facilities are great at the resort. Experienced diving teachers bring divers to nearby locations. Most diving enthusiasts visit the area to have a chance to dive at Sipadan, where accommodation options are limited. Sipadan is only about 15 minutes by boat from Kapalai.

 

If you like muck diving, you are best off on Mabul Island, the macro paradise of the world. Muck diving is literally: mud diving. That does not sound very attractive, but you still see underwater animals that you have probably never seen during muck diving. What does muck diving actually stand for, well for diving at the bottom of black volcano sand where you are looking for one weird creature after another, also known as the "critters" as we call them. The underwater animals are hard to find because some are tiny and hidden in mud or even in garbage, so a guide is a must, they ensure that you get so much more out of the dive than when you search alone.
There is a monsoon season between November and February, although the visibility is still good.

There is only one resort on Kapalai Island: the Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort. It is a beautiful and exclusive resort with 30 chalets on stilts with a private balcony, along the reefs. Rooms only have a fan, because the resort does its utmost to minimize the negative impact on the vulnerable environment. Positive is the fresh water (which is then recycled and not dumped into the ocean). There is WIFI internet (free in the lobby, RM20 per day in your chalet) and there are no mosquitoes, meaning you can leave the balcony doors open throughout the day / night for extra coolness (north-facing balconies the best view and the most privacy). The prices are quite high, but you get 3 daily boat dives (including diving at Sipadan) and unlimited diving at the house reefs.

 

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