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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

Just 15 minutes from Sipadan, Kapalai is a total contrast, being one of the best ‘muck diving’ areas in the world. It is well known for diverse macro life, featuring rare subjects from fire, partner and sleeper gobies, dragonets, wasp or leaf fish, gurnards, sea moths, tame crocodile fish, giant frogfish of different colours, eels, rays and more – the area is a mecca for macro connoisseurs and photographers with an eye for cleverly camouflaged oddities.

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

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: giant frogfish, green turtle, ornate ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, flamboyant cuttlefish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Kapalai & Lankayan

This itinerary takes you to one of the world’s best ‘muck diving’ areas – Kapalai , and then onto the small paradise island of Lankayan. Both offer fantastic macro photography, with plenty of rare subjects on offer.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kapalai Dive Resort

Sitting on stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs, Kapalai Dive Resort is a secluded water village connected by wooden walkways offering excellent views of the reef and its inhabitants.