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Dive Review of Kapalai in

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Michelle Ginsburg, FL, USA
Report Number 288
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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

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no deco diving, come back with 300 PSI air or in about an hour (but not
rigidly enforced)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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