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Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Sulu Sea, Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo's Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort comprises a collection of wooden over-water bungalows located just minutes from some of the most famous and stunning dive sites in Asia - the diverse and pristine underwater world of Sipadan.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are currently advising against all but essential travel to all islands of the coast of eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau, including (but not limited to) Lankayan, Mabul, Pom Pom, Kapalai, Litigan, Sipadan and Mataking. Please phone our specialists for alternative options.

At a Glance

  • Set at the heart of some of Asia's best dive sites

  • Being more remote means that you might be the only divers on the reef

  • Bungalows are clean and comfortable and perched over the turquoise waters

  • Dive spots are extremely close and can be reached in just a few minutes by speedboat and some of them, actually, just by swimming from the dive center pier

  • Built as an airy, comfortable, sunny water village - there is no land in sight


Insider's View

In the morning and evening, watch the turtles grazing on the reef in the shallows just below your deck.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Some sundowners on the sundeck each night are a must. With no land in sight, the views are phenomenal and the sunsets are amazing!

Victoria Hogg

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo


Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is located on a wide sandbank offering a mile long white sand beach with the majority of the resort built on sturdy stilts over the clear, blue waters. Each simple but comfortable wooden bungalow is built in a Kampung (village) design, traditional to this area of Borneo.

There are incredible dive sites here, considered to be among the top five dive areas in the World, some of which you can swim to straight from the beach. Sipadan is just minutes away with amazing number of rare and colorful species including the techni-colored cuttle fish. Alternatively, should you wish for a different underwater experience, the Mabul dive area offers muck diving.

Please note that a stay here can only be booked through Scott Dunn as part of an itinerary with at least 7 nights accommodation in total.


Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort has 59 twin and triple en-suite wooden chalets with private balconies all linked by wooden walkways over the clear blue water.


Children are very welcome to come and stay at Sidapan-Kapalai Dive Resort. However, there are no specific facilities available for children. Due to the over-water nature of the resort and as diving is the main activity for a stay here, it may well be better suited to older children.


Freshly prepared meals are served on the terrace of the buffet style restaurant. There is a full PADI Dive Center offering a variety of courses for all levels of experience and snorkeling and kayaking equipment is also available.


Activities at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Center are obviously geared towards diving, which is exceptional in this region, but for non-divers, snorkeling and kayaking are enjoyable and the beach is idyllic, an ideal spot for doing very little.

Location & Directions

Sulu Sea, Borneo, Malaysia

A few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul. Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is located on a sand bar called Kapalai, in the middle of the celebes sea.

When to go

Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo

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