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Dive Review of Kapalai in
Malaysia/Sabah

Kapalai, Sep, 2002,

by Michelle Ginsburg, FL, USA . Report 288.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Yap, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Red Sea, Florida, Bonaire, Caymans, Bahamas, Mexico, Irian Jaya
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco diving, come back with 300 PSI air or in about an hour (but not rigidly enforced)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Enthusiatic dive guides very good at finding requested subjects. All cameras handled with care,good rinse tanks provided, no E-6 processing. Between my buddy & I, we took over 9500 digital & slide images.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Kapalai is a beautiful water village, built on piers with no island. It offers great macro opportunities. Boat dives around the resort & at neighboring Mabul island yielded frogfish, coral gobies, pygmy lionfish, nudibranchs, mimic & blue ring octopus, tiny cuttlefish, ghost pipefish, seahorses & many other exotic critters. Shore dives were great for mating mandarins & fabulous night dives. 3 boat dives a day & unlimited shore diving was available. If bigger fish were your passion, you could take a 15 minute boat ride & spend the entire day at Sipadan where endless turtles, barracuda, sharks & jack schools could be seen. Accomodations & service at Kapalai were outstanding & far surpassed the crowded, buggy conditions on Sipadan. Food was tasty, fresh & plentiful. Dive boats were in very good condition, the dive crew helpful & professional. Divemasters were alert to your experience level & treated you accordingly. Those that needed handholding got it & advanced divers were allowed to dive their own profiles. This was our 2nd visit & we stayed a month this time. We'd go back in a heartbeat. Need I say more?
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