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Dive Review of Kapalai Water Village in
Malaysia

Kapalai Water Village, Aug, 2008,

by Gregg Witkin, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4617.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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