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Sipadan Kapalai Resort

Unique staying experience on water.

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  • Dive Sipadan

    One of the best scuba diving destinations in the world, Sipadan offers remarkable beach, night dive sites and excellent steep walls and drop-offs formed from its volcanic past.

    Located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world, Sipadan inhabitats over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species and has constantly been rated by many dive journals as one of the top dive destination in the world.

    Sipadan‘s most treasured dive sites includes the Barracuda Point where schools of barracudas and jacks swirl around as the strong currents brings food to their midst, Coral Garden for the perfect underwater photography with its abundance of colourful marine life, and the South Point and Whitetip Avenue dive sites which Whitetip Reef Sharks and the Hammerheads are frequently observed.

  • Best Time to Dive Sipadan

    You can dive in Sipadan all year round. Generally, diving at Sipadan is best from April to December, especially July and August. January to March may have some unsettled weather and a decrease in visibility however plenty of guests are still diving around this time.

  • Getting there & around

    • Your Country to Dive Sipadan
    • Air Transfer to Dive Sipadan
    • Dive Sipadan Kota Kinabalu Airport
      Kuala Lumpur / Kota Kinabalu Airport
    • Air Transfer to Dive Sipadan
    • Sipadan Tawau Airport
      Tawau Airport
    • Land Transfer to Dive Sipadan
    • Sipadan Semporna Jetty
      Semporna Jetty
    • Sea Transfer to Dive Sipadan
    • Sipadan Dive Resorts
      Sipadan Dive Resort

    Sipadan is located along the northern beachfront of Mabul Island. It is a 40-minute speedboat ride from the port of Semporna. Return transfers from Tawau Airport to Semporna and Mabul are usually included in the dive packages provided by dive resorts.

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    The following table lists down the flights arrival at Tawau. For the air transfers’ rates between Tawau and the country of origin, you may visit and check out the list of flights available and their respective rates.

    Tawau arrival flights
    AirAsia, AK5595, 10:40 to 13:00 from Johor Bahru
    Malaysia Airline, MH1038, 8:50 to 17:40 from Johor Bahru (via Kuala Lumpur)
    AirAsia, AK5740, 15:40 to 18:30 from Kuala Lumpur
    AirAsia, AK5748, 12:25 to 15:15 from Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia Airline, MH2664, 14:50 to 17:40 from Kuala Lumpur
    AirAsia, AK6268, 09:00 to 09:50 from Kota Kinabalu
    AirAsia, AK6262, 13:50 to 14:40 from Kota Kinabalu
    AirAsia, AK6266, 18:40 to 19:30 from Kota Kinabalu
    AirAsia, AK6264, 20:30 to 21:20 from Kota Kinabalu
    *NOTE: You will have to wait at Tawau Airport for the transfer if your flight arrives to Tawau less than 1 hour before the next flight. Boat departures from Semporna to Resort are at 0930 and 1400. Diving on arrival day is only possible if you arrive to the resort on 0930 boat schedule. Please be ready at Seafest hotel’s lobby at least 30 minutes before the scheduled boat departure if you transfer to Semporna overland from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan or Lahad Datu.
    Tawau departure flights
    AirAsia, AK5597, 13:45 to 16:20 to Johor Bahru
    AirAsia, AK5745, 10:15 to 13:00 to Kuala Lumpur
    AirAsia, AK5749, 15:40 to 18:30 to Kuala Lumpur
    AirAsia, AK5741, 18:55 to 21:40 to Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia Airline, MH 18:25 to 21:10 to Kuala Lumpur
    AirAsia, AK6268, 10:15 to 11:05 to Kota Kinabalu
    AirAsia, AK6262, 15:05 to 15:55 to Kota Kinabalu
    AirAsia, AK6266, 19:55 to 20:40 to Kota Kinabalu
    AirAsia, AK6264, 21:45 to 22:35 to Kota Kinabalu


  • Top Dive Sites in Sipadan

    Dive Site Family Diving Liveaboard Diving Wreck Diving Technical Diving Shore Diving
    1. The Jetty, Jetty Beach & Drop-off Below Yes Yes Yes No Yes
    2. Turtle Cavern Yes Yes Yes No No
    3. Barracuda Point Yes No No Yes Yes

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  • Sipadan Dive Resorts Room Rates

    For more details, refer to the Dive Resorts page.


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    Land and sea transfers are inclusive in all diver and non-diver package with any of the Sipadan Resorts.


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    For guests arriving at Tawau after 1400, they will have to stay for one night at Tawau or Semporna before transferring into Mabul Island early next morning. There are several accommodations to choose from in Tawau and Semporna. The most commonly used accommodations are Heritage Hotel, Promenade Hotel and Marco Polo Hotel at Tawau and Seafest Hotel at Semporna.

    For divers departing from Sipadan, 24 hours surface interval is strongly recommended. The surface interval period can be spend either in Tawau or Semporna to keep the accommodation cost low and reduce the traveling time to the airport during the departure day.


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  • Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
  • Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)
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