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Dive Review of Kapalai Dive Resort in
Malaysia

Kapalai Dive Resort, Aug, 2013,

by Sy Rabins, FL, US ( 2 reports). Report 7312.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Food was average. The place is loaded with Chinese but contrary to other opinions they were not any impolite. 90% of them do not dive. It appears they go there to relax and snorkel. Snorkeling within the confines of the village is cool. Looking out your balcony, which no one else has the ability to see in, you see star fish, trumpet fish turtles and the occasional shark. If you are out there you might want to stop in SIngapore an amazing city and worth 2-3 days say.

There is no AC in the huts but after sundown it cools off. The view is amazing. Try to stay on the sunrise side so the hut does not get extremely hot in the pm when you are there. They spray for mosquitos regularly but that did not interfere with our accommodations. Everything is included except drinks which they have beer and it is relatively cheap.

Dive operations were very good. The ride to the dive sites are only minutes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100-150 Ft/ 30-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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 Great diving, lots of critters big and small. Turtles were amazing with sizes reaching 5-6 feet. Sharks and schools of fish amazing at Sipadan. You have to have a permit to dive Sipadan which the resort obtains. We were able to dive it twice in 1 week. Diving just off the dock is amazing, Mandarin fish, nudibranchs, sharks etc.
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