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Dive Review of Borneo Divers/Kapalai Resort in

Borneo Divers/Kapalai Resort, Jul, 2006,

by Tracey Bennett, NV, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 2765.

No photos available at this time

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
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.

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 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 45-85 Ft/ 14-26 M

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
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
UW Photo Comments Designated rinse tanks on dock. Staff experienced at handling cameras.
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