3D2N Sipadan - Kapalai Dive Resort
The mere name conjures the image of crystal-clear waters and a floating paradise like no other. A 45-minute trip from Semporna by speedboat, Kapalai island is one of the many beautiful diving havens in this part of the world. However, Kapalai is truly unique because it is not quite an ‘island’, it is a sandbank in the middle of the Celebes Sea.
The 40 chalets are built on high wooden stilts in the middle of the ocean. Visitors can enjoy the sights of marine life in action as they stroll along the boardwalk, a sturdy construction that connects the various sections of the floating resort.
All rooms are twin-sharing and fully air-conditioned along with an attached bathroom, hot and cold shower, bathtub, and fresh water from the mainland for daily use, you may have your own private balcony too.
For guest traveling with family, you may request for a Family room where Kapalai Dive Resort is able to arrange a family room with 1 double bed and 2 single beds.
You will have a breathtaking view of the Celebes Sea no matter where you turn! The restaurant is a wooden deck, where diners can eat indoors or al fresco. There’s even a viewing area in the middle of the restaurant which allows you to see the myriad of marine life passing below. The sundeck, a popular favorite, is a great place to enjoy your novel, work on a tan, or indulge in an afternoon siesta.
The Dive Centre provides diving, snorkeling, and kayaking gear for rent. Can’t dive but would love to? No problem! The center offers a variety of PADI courses, including Open Water and Introduction to Night Diving. After enjoying your underwater paradise, explore other facilities offered by the resort including the souvenir shop, games room, and broadband access.
Fresh food cooked by a chef on buffet style. Afternoon snacks are served after 3rd dive, and tea and coffee, cold water, and cordial drink are served thru out the day.
Land Transfer Time
- Tawau Airport to Semporna - 8:00am or 10:30am
- Semporna to Tawau Airport - 12:30pm or 2:30pm
- Semporna town to Kapalai Island - 09:30 am or 12:30 pm (boat journey takes 40 minutes)
- Kapalai Island to Semporna town - 11:00 am or 1:30 pm (boat journey takes 40 minutes)
- An additional fee will be charged for unscheduled transfers.
Flight Timing Guide
- Arrival :
Book the earliest flight to arrive in Tawau.
1st boat into KAPALAI is at 9:30 am, earliest flight to look for is to arrive Tawau around 07:00 am.
Book any flight from 10:00 am onward.
To stay up to the last departure boat at 13:30 pm from KAPALAI, the earliest flight to look for is anytime from 17:00 pm.
** Resort provide land & boat transfer on the check‐in and checkout day only.
Check-In / Check-Out Time
Check-In Time into Chalet – 02:30 pm
Check-Out Time from Chalet – 11.30 am
Meals And Timing
Breakfast: 7 am - 9:30 am
Lunch: 12:30 pm - 2 pm
Dinner: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
** Strictly no outside Food & Drinks allowed into the Resort
2023 - 30 June 2024 Price Table:
International price table
|3 Days 2 Nights||4 Days 3 Nights||5 Days 4 Nights|
Adult: MYR 2325
Adult: MYR 3385
Adult: MYR 4445
Malaysian price table (LOCAL MALAYSIAN, MM2H, AND EXPATRIATE with valid Malaysian work permit)
|3 Days 2 Nights||4 Days 3 Nights||5 Days 4 Nights|
Adult: MYR 1985
|Adult: MYR 2855 |
Child: MYR 1430
Infant: MYR 285
|Adult: MYR 3730 |
Child: MYR 1865
Infant: MYR 375
Difference Between Diving and Vacation Package:
|Vacation Package||Diver Package|
|Land Transfer (Tawau Airport to Semporna PSR Jetty) 70 Minutes||Return Way||Return Way|
|Boat Transfer (Semporna PSR Jetty to Kapalai Dive Resort) 40 Minutes||Return Way||Return Way|
|Accommodation||Twin Sharing Basis||Twin Sharing Basis|
|Fresh Buffet Meal||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Afternoon snacks||Served Daily||Served Daily|
|Coffee/Tea, Cold Water , Cordial||Serve throughout the day. (Daily)||Serve throughout the day. (Daily)|
|Snorkel around the resort||Included||Included|
|3 Guided Boat Dive (Daily) |
**except on arrival and departure day with no dive allowed within 24 hours prior to departure flight time.
|Tank ,Weight, Weight Belt||Not available||Included|
|Unlimited house Reef Dive in front of Kapalai Dive Centre. |
**unlimited dive are unguided , must be accompanied by dive buddy
|Night dive in front of Kapalai Dive Centre |
(For experienced night divers)
**Night dive are unguided, must be accompanied by dive buddy
Equipment Rental Price at Kapalai Dive Centre
|BC Jacket||38.00 / Day|
|Regulator/Gauges/Octopus||38.00 / Day|
|Mask||16.00 / Day|
|Snorkel||7.00 / Day|
|Wet Suit||32.00 / Day|
|FIns||13.00 / Day|
|Booties||12.00 / Day|
|Kayak||35.00 / Hour|
|Kayak Transparent||50.00 / Hour|
-Payment for PADI Course and Discovery Scuba Diving (DSD) will be made at the resort.
|Open Water Course||4 Full Days||Only guest without diving license can book.||1750 |
(2 Pax & Above)
|Advance Open Water||2 Full Days||Must be a PADI Open Water Certified Diver||1170 / Pax|
|Referral Course||Depends on the Certificate of Completion. (What has covered)||For diver completed any part of the Open Water Course from other location.||1250 / Pax|
|Refresher Course||None||Open Water or Advance Open Water Certified DIver.||450 / Pax|
Discovery Scuba Diving (DSD) For Non-Diver
Price : MYR 510 / Pax
To Dive At Sipadan
-The cost of one permit is MYR 450 to enter Sipadan and this is NOT included in the package above.
-Please notify us upon booking if you wish to apply the permit. Only a minimum of 4D3N stay are allowed to apply the Sipadan dive permit.
-Minimum diving certification level of Advance Open Water (AOW) or equivalent to dive at Sipadan. One dive permit is allowed to do Two (2) dives.
We recommend that if you intend to go scuba diving, make sure you have an insurance policy that covers this
activity. We strongly recommend that all guests take out adequate travel insurance covers accident, loss
caused by cancellations, loss of luggage, personal property, medical expenses, medical evacuation and
weather disruption / cancellations (including activity cancellations). Guests intending on participating in diving
activities must ensure their insurance covers them for SCUBA related activities and has appropriate 'depth '
Itinerary* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.
Pickup Time & Transport Fee
How to Pay
Pay on travelling day
No advance payment is required, simply pay cash in Ringgit-Malaysia to tour guide. However, you still need pay in full for any cancellation made 1 day prior to tour date.
Accep Visa and MasterCard credit card, Malaysian bank transfer, Paypal, FPX, Alipay. 2.3% surcharge apply. Please be noted that 2.3% processing fee is non-refundable in case there is cancellation 3 days after the payment made.
Min. Participant(s): 2 Persons To Go (child does not counted)
Tour location / Depart from: Tawau (Semporna) . To reach Tawau city, you have to take a domestic flight or bus express from Kota Kinabalu or Sandakan. There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport too.
Recommend to book: 6 month(s) in advance
To book at least: 30 day(s) in advance
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Not refunable for any cancellation made.
Tour Type: Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. Please notify us upon booking if you are looking for private tour, surcharge might be applied.
Insurance: Tourist transportation insurance included. Please contact your insurance agency for personal travel insurance.
Pickup Service: Pickup service will be provided from the hotel/hostel/lodge that you are staying. Please wait at lobby while the tour guide will find you when he/she arrive. Dropoff service will be provided after travelling, please notify us upon booking if your dropoff location is differ from pickup location.
Specialities: You may decide the joining date, no compulsory tips (If you are happy and satisfied with the journey and the tour guide service, it's always a nice way to express your appreciation with tipping, OR words of thanks is good enough).