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SCUBA DIVING

EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO

Pulau Kapalai Island - Sabah

 
 

PULAU KAPALAI ISLAND

SCUBA DIVING : SABAH

 

Between Sipadan and Mabul island lies a sand bar known many years ago as Kapalai Island. Unfortunately, erosion has taken its toll and now the sand bar sits on top of the reef known as the Ligitan Reefs, a very extensive stretch bordering the deep and vast Celebes Sea.

 

 

Sipadan-Kapalai Resort is actually a water village style resort built above the water. All structures are erected on water and guests are able to observe the antics of squids and needle fish from from their chalet balcony.   Pulau Kapalai is another muck-lovers' paradise.

 
 

In fact, this little island is rated by many diving journalists as one of the best macro-diving destinations in the world. Lying about 45 minutes from the gateway town of Semporna, Kapalai is small enough to be discovered by shore diving. It is not actually an island; rather a large sandbank where a resort has been built on stilts. The diving, indeed the best of it, is right beneath you! Below the main jetty, blue ringed octopus have been spotted many a time. It is difficult to sub-divide the well-endowed Kapalai into dive sites but three distinctive ones have been noted and named.

Scuba Diving In East Malaysia or Borneo - Pulau Kapalai, Island Of Semporna, Sabah

 
 
Mandarin Valley
 

Off the main jetty, is a circus of manic fish life.  Jaw fish, leaf fish, cuttlefish and gobies are but a few to attract your attention.  A grey frogfish or ghost pipefish might chance upon your path.

 

 

 
Gunard Ground
 

Ribbon eels and moray ells will add to the crowd.  Finally, Stingray City derives its name from the obvious.  These are the blue-spotted stingrays, which lurk on sandy bottoms.  In these calm, shallow waters, dragonets, octopus and shrimps are commonly found too.

 
 
Getting There
 

It can be reach by flight from the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, then a connecting flight to Tawau, followed by a 2? hour drive to Semporna and finally a 30 minutes fast catamaran boat transfer to the island.

 
 
 
 

Pulau Kapalai Island - Sabah

EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO

SCUBA DIVING