When you think of Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort you need to vision floating cabanas, blue water, diving, sunsets & fun.  Noted as one of the top diving destination in the world.  What a perfect tropical adventure holiday in Borneo, Malaysia.  First, learn to dive then your adventure travel will begin.

 

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort sits along the shallow Ligitan Reef with its airy water village.  Dive locations are nearby in the turquoise blue water all accessible by dive boats.  Here you will find Macro Diving along with big fish and turtle diving at Sipidan.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Our accommodations at the Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort…

Adventure Packing for Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

I was so excited to go and just pack swimsuits, cover-ups and dive gear, which is all a girl needs.  Then I thought oh, I need clothes for a stop in Singapore & Bangkok before we get there. The surprise came, when I saw my husband drag the underwater camera hard cases out and 2 dive gear suitcases completely filled. My next question was how were we going to travel with 2 suitcases of dive gear an underwater hard case, and 2 more checked bags plus carry-ons.  I knew this would be an adventure.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Wonderful Deck Chairs to watch the sunsets every evening.

Adventure Continues – Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Well, the adventure started trying to squeeze all the luggage in the SUV to get to the airport, then came the surprise at the check in counter.  The airlines wanted us to pay for the extra 2 bags of dive gear.  This was only at their end we still had to go through 3 countries and different airlines.  Then the idea came to me…Dive Gear is a sport and that is what we have in the 2 extra suitcases so why not call it Sports Equipment.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Turtle at the cleaning station seen while diving Sipadan. Sorry for the poor quality underwater photos 🙂

Tip 1:  Yes, dive gear is classified as a sport equipment and it was allowed on with No any extra fees.  That worked for all airlines except for Air China which charged an outrageous about of money.

Now we arrive at our pick-up spot for the boat to take us a few minutes to the Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort.  The excitement built as we were shuttled onto the boat and not once have to touch all our suitcases.  Look out here we come! Let us see what Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort has to offer.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Transportation – Sipadan-Kapalai Resort 

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort can be accessed through Semporna, Sabah Malaysia.  Instructions and an address is given where to meet the boat when you book.  With our booking we arranged for the hotel to send a van to pick us along with others at the airport to meet the boat.  Once on the boat it is just a few minutes to the resort.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Our open air room at the Sipadan Dive Resort. Cozy!

Accommodations – Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

The accommodations were wonderful. Light and airy bungalows where the ocean wind provides your breeze through your room.  Nice wood paneled rooms the open on to a balcony to lounge chairs to relax.  Sit outside and watch the stars and night and leave the doors open to keep you cool in the evening.  The bathrooms with the spa tube is nice treat.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Check out our room deck and a view of the beautiful turquoise water.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Good size tube/shower where the shutters open out into the room and one can soak and look at beautiful ocean.

Meals – Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Meals are included with the Package for Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort.  The meals are served Buffet Style at set times of the day.  Always a BBQ Meat and Fish for Dinner along with Rice at every meal.  The meal was a little plain with chicken every day for lunch along with rice but after 3 dives a day and your starving it all tastes good.  The fresh fruit was wonderful.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Sunset from our Room Deck.

Diving – Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Diving at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is fun.  I decided to be fearless, not afraid if there was a strong current or shark and just sit back and enjoy the Dives.  Yes, I became fearless.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

The Dive Center is wonderful, they catalogue all your dive gear and they are put in baskets for each person.  Wet suits are hung to dry and ready for your next dive.  When making Reservations you state how many dives a day you want to take and if you need to rent any gear.  Since we came will all of our gear except for tanks, that is what we rented.  We were still diving at the time with O2 so the after effects of diving all those dives was exhaustion.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Ball of fish under the dive boat at Sipadan.

Tip 2:  Do not leave your dive computer in your dive baskets.  Always check your gear and make sure your regulator and dive compass are there before each dive.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Parrot Fish…not so colorful or pretty

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Turtles floating in and out of the cleaning station.

More on Diving – Spiadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

To dive Spiadan it is done by a Lottery.  The resort is allowed so many people to dive a day or week there.  We were there 8 days and we were scheduled to dive Spiadan 1 time.  It was low season and when we saw other divers going more than once we were able to dive it one more time.  Everyone wants to see Sipadan with its huge ball of barracudas, turtle cleaning stations, sharks and so much more.  Make sure to dive there but look out of dynamite blasting from the local fishermen.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Ball of Barracuda that typical forms here at Sipadan. A huge ball that kept taking Mr. 1AdventureTraveler away in the current.

*Sorry for the poor quality of underwater photos.  Mr. 1AdventureTraveler was having problems with his camera light strobes and the ocean current was really ripping most days and his camera case seal started to leak.  Thank goodness the company replaced the housing and camera but we lost lots of underwater photos.  

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

Beautiful turtle heading into a fish ball that is rotating.

Other – Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort was a wonderful and fearless experience for me.  This part of Boreno is Muslim and the women are required to try and keep covered up when not diving.  Also, no alcohol is served here.  Minus all that the sunsets were wonderful and the experience is one I will never forget seeing the Barracuda Ball, Turtle Cleaning Stations, Sharks and let us not forget the nudibranchs while macro diving.

Fearless at the Beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort with 1AdventureTraveler | Sipadan, Malaysia

My favorite a Nudibranch.

To have the ultimate adventure learn to dive makes the best adventure travel.  Make sure to look for my next diving adventure in Wakatobi Indonesia, Malaysia, Roatan in the Caribbean  and Puerta Galera Philippines.  For other adventures visit me at 1AdventureTraveler.

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