All Year – Dependant on weather
The name of Sipadan is simply legendary in diving circles, conjuring images of twirling tornados of barracudas and jacks, patrolling hammerhead sharks, millions of technicolored reef fish and, above all, dozens of sea turtles swimming peacefully everywhere.
Sipadan is considered one of the the two or three top diving destination in the world. This small, rainforest-covered tropical island rising from a 700 meter abyss in the Celebes Sea is a destination the committed diver cannot miss. No longer able to stay on the island we have built Kapalai.
Dive Resort on Kapalai Island
A few minutes by boat from Sipadan lies the exhilarating Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, sitting on its sturdy stilts on shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs. Planned and built in full style as an airy, comfortable, sunny water village with no land in sight – but boasting a mile-long sandbank of powdery blindingly white sand where one can suntan at complete leisure – 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 sun deck allow divers to have an evening drink or an after dive chat with a background of fabulous tropical sunsets.
Diving around 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 colourful subjects, making the diving here an unforgettable experience for any discerning photographer. The Resort offers three dives a day plus, if requested, day trips at Sipadan & Mabul. Combine diving in Sipadan and the macro paradise of Kapalai.
For those wanting a less dive orientated island experience we have Lankayan. It’s where we go to hide!
A jewel like tiny island in the Sulu Sea, an hour and a half boat rides north of Sandakan; Lankayan has been declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area to adopt the eco-tourism concept.
Unpopulated and covered by thick tropical island vegetation on its topside, this peaceful, untouched little bit of paradise is ringed by an endless pure of white sandy beach, offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation in all 16 wooden, roomy and perfectly appointed seafront double-occupancy chalets and 2 bungalows which consist of 4 and 5 units of standard room respectively.
While the ideal destination for those who search for tranquillity and relaxation in a virgin natural setting and for families with children, Lankayan Island is also becoming one of the hottest diving destination on the map today: its dive sites – all just a few minutes away – boasting unbelievable colorful macro, fauna, fascinating wrecks and in season from March to May, regular sightings of gigantic and harmless whale sharks, the “dream date ” of every diver in the world.
Quick Thank you
We are just back and had a amazing trip, it was all so smooth and you booked the perfect trip for us, and the bit of adventure makes the luxury all the better. All the people we met along the way from Jeffary and Edwin who were a pleasure to spend time with and looked after us so well together with all the staff in the Seploic and Kapali resorts.
We Will definitely recommend you to anyone heading Sabah way
Brilliant thanks again
Niamh & Ronan
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