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Dive Review of Kapalai Water Village in
Malaysia

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gregg Witkin, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4617
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Costa Rica, Channel Island, Monterey
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco Diving, no solo diving  
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
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Dive boats were cramped so all gear must be held in lap, no fresh water
tanks on board, but plenty of camera help back at the resort.  The only
problem we encountered was too many photographers on one dive boat, made
the entry exit very very difficult due to all the equipment (I contributed
to this clutter though).  It was manageable and it worked out alright, but
it could be a bit tough for those not lugging cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The Resort was amazing, safe, friendly and all about diving.  There is only
one problem that is a glaring one and that is the permit system that is now
implemented.  We were lucky to have 2 dives per day at Sipidan (I believe
Kapalai gets a majority of the permits) while we heard of other divers who
had been there for a week and had only one dive.

Food was relatively bland, but there were always great breakfast selections
to get ready for a full day of diving.

One divemaster was not very knowledgeable and took us into a very unsafe
current dive (tried to make us swim up current) and we had to hold onto our
regs in order not to lose them.  At one point, I had to gather very scared
other divers and then swim up to the head of the group to tell the DM we
were turning around to find shelter behind rocks as teh currents threatened
to wash several divers down current and seperate the group.  He seemed to
not be cognisant of others.  We did not see or dive with him at all the
rest of our trip (thankfully).

One thing they could have done better was to let those who have not dived
big walls in on how to not get swallowed up by a big down current (there
were several dangerous ones we encountered).  But it is the diver's
responsiblity to be well trained.  
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