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Dive Review of Sipadan Kapalai in
Malaysia/Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai

Sipadan Kapalai: "Sipadan did not disappoint", Mar, 2017,

by Jana Johnson, NC, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9543 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Philippines, Caribbean
Closest Airport Lahad Datu Getting There New York to Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions I hired a private guide so I could photograph. Groups were only 4-5 divers, usually. No depth limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Neither the resort nor the boats are set up to accommodate photographers. There is no clean room or anywhere to keep gear. I hauled ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments We spend 6 days at Sipadan-Kapalai resort and went to Sipadan island twice during that time. The other days we went to dive sites around Mabul island, and once dove the Kapalai house reef. Sipadan was all that I had expected and more. Spectacular schooling jacks, schools of bumphead parrotfish, longfin bannerfish, many whitetip reef sharks. The visibility in this are ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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