Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort
A few minutes by boat from Sipadan but a full world away from it
lies the exhilarating Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, sitting on its
sturdy stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs. Planned
and built in full style as an airy, comfortable, sunny water village
with no land in sight, it boast a mile-long sandbank of powdery
blindingly white sand where one can suntan at complete leisure.
A macro paradise!
The Resort offers great food, surprisingly roomy and elegant twin-sharing
wooden chalets with huge private balconies and attached bathrooms
and a couple of miles of walkways for those who like to take their
morning jog while looking at thousands of fish just a few inches
beneath their feet. Meals are served in the terraced, open central
structure, while a big western sundeck allows divers to have an
evening drink or an after-dive chat with a background of fabulous
tropical sunsets. Diving around Kapalai is exceedingly easy and
shallow but quite spectacular: the sandy bottom and the sparse coral
heads host an amazing array of small, often yet-to-be-classified,
shamelessly colorful subjects, making the diving here an unforgettable
experience for any discerning photographer. The Resort offers three
dives a day plus, if requested, day trips to Sipadan.
Images courtesy of Andrea & Antonella Ferrari
Text by Pulau Sipadan Resort & Tours Sdn Bhd
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