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Dive Review of Borneo Divers/Kapalai Resort in
Malaysia

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Tracey Bennett, NV, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 2765
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Fiji, Costa Rica, French Polynesia, Honduras, Belixe, Grand
Cayman, St. Vincent, Bahamas, Hawaii, PNG
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
45   to 85    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth restricted.  Dives ended promptly after 45 minutes.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Designated rinse tanks on dock.  Staff experienced at handling cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The resort is casual and very comfortable, a creation of boardwalks and
bungalows stemming out from a tiny sandbar in the middle of nowhere. All
the rooms are the same with 2 twin beds, double ceiling fans,large bathroom
and balcony. Each private balcony has a floodlight that is switched on at
night.  I spent hours gazing at blue spotted stingrays, trumpetfish,
lionfish and anenomes from the window near my bed.  Meals are buffet style
with a nice variety of choices.  Beer and wine available. They ran out of
diet coke and could not replace it during the 4 days of my stay.

Diving was organized and the divemasters and staff were super friendly. 
You are assigned a boat, and most days do 2 dives in Sipidan and a 3rd dive
in Mabul or Kapalai.  Night dives on the house reef whenever you want as
long as you have a buddy.  If there are a minimum of 6 divers you can do a
5:30 am Sipidan dive to catch the schooling bumphead parrotfish.  Each
morning as I walked to the dive shop, I was greeted by a smiling crewman
who took my camera, placed it in a laundry basket padded with a life
vest,wrapped a damp towel over the top, and placed it in a shady spot on
the boat.  The fact that there was no rinse tank on the boat was instantly
and permanently foregiven.

On the first day, when we arrived at the Sipidan guardshack to pay the
newly imposed US$10 levy, the guard turned us away saying that there were
already too many people diving. We angrily circled around for a bit then
went back to give it another shot.  Our divemaster was able to convince him
to let us dive but it could have been a disappointing day.  We saw
schooling barracuda and walls of jacks, as well as 10 - 12 reef sharks on
one dive.  Huge sea turtles swam out with the current over walls and into
the blue.  Muck diving around Mabul and Kapalai was great, although the
guides didn't seem to be as experienced in spotting critters compared to
the guides at Sipadan Water Village. The only thing that disappointed me
was the strictly enforced 45 minute, including the safety stop, dive time. 

See Sipidan Water Village report for additional diving info.
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