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Kapalai Dive Resort is a secluded water village offering 59 wooden chalets, sitting on stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs.

The chalets ae connected by wooden walkways, offering fabulous views of the reef and its inhabitants. Each is comfortably furnished and equipped with modern amenities, and has a balcony boasting spectacular views - an ideal place to relax watching the sun set over the reef.

Please note the UK foreign office advice currently relating to this region. Please speak to our dive team for further advice and information.

Dive Centre

Diving around Kapalai is shallow and spectacular with an amazing variety of macro life. The PADI affiliated dive centre offers courses and daily local boat dives. A great place for divers and snorkellers.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Honeymooners
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Dive boat: Speedboat

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Sipadan & Layang Layang

Mabul offers excellent ‘muck diving’, with an incredible variety of crazy critters. Combine this with Layang Layang’s pristine conditions and famed pelagics, and you have the perfect dive holiday.

  • When to go: Mar-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Sipadan & Orangutans

A classic combination, with a week exploring the astonishing island of Sipadan and its unrivalled diving opportunities, before heading inland for two days of face-to-face encounters with Borneo’s orangutan.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Once an island, natural forces have shaped Kapalai so that all that remains is a beautiful sand bar, perched on the Ligitan Reefs In contrast to Sipadan, just 15 minutes away, Kapalai's diverse macro life is a mecca for divers and photographers with an eye for cleverly camouflaged oddities.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant frogfish, green turtle, ornate ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, flamboyant cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Muck diving


Rising from the depths of the Celebes Sea, Sipadan is a must for all divers: the varied topography makes it an astonishing place. Turtles are regular inhabitants, as are schools of barracuda and bumphead parrotfish, reef sharks, mantas and hammerheads.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, bumphead parrotfish, white-tip reef shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, black-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Reef diving