Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is a stunning Maldives-lookalike resort with gorgeous overwater villas

sipadan kapalai dive resort

“Like a good book or an incredible outfit, being on vacation transports you into another version of yourself.” 

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Stuck in a mundane daily routine and dreaming of your next vacation where you’ll feel more alive with the sparkle back in your eyes? You don’t have to spend much or travel far to have your next best holiday, especially with Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort waiting for us right there near Sabah.

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This incredible Maldives-lookalike resort is the perfect backdrop for any dream vacation, especially if you’re craving some time by the glimmering ocean waters, so crystal clear you can see turtles swimming below.

sipadan kapalai dive resort
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Located on a sunken island (also known as the Kapalai sand bar) in the beautiful Celebes Sea, this luxury overwater resort offers 50 wooden chalets with ocean views, bathtubs and total privacy great for sunbathing or watching the marine life below.

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Every inch of the property is IG-worthy from your overwater villas and the porches overlooking the ocean to the wooden walkways and swinging hammocks.

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And if that’s not enough, you can feel free to rent a glass-bottomed kayak for more gorgeous photos.

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Not satisfied with merely kayaking and want to jump straight into the waters? Snorkelling is easily accessible here – you can literally walk down the stairs and straight into the waters. (No need for a beachfront resort when you can have one that’s right in the ocean!)

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Depending on your luck, you’ll be able to spot large greenback and hawksbill turtles in the waters along with other sea critters like chocolate chip sea stars.

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Otherwise, if you’re keen on diving, whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced diver, you’ll be happy to know that Kapalai is pretty famous for its dive spots too – having been named the fifth best place in the world to go scuba diving some years ago.

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From turtles to giant moray eels, nudibranchs, and crocodile fish to rays, giant frogfish, dragonets (!!!) and even small wrecks, there’s plenty to explore in the waters around.

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And after your day of activity, easily tuck into a sumptuous meal served buffet style at the open central restaurant located on-site. This underrated paradise is one getaway you won’t forget, whether you’re here to just relax or to partake in the water activities.

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Keen to make this trip happen? To get here, you’ll have to fly to Tawau Airport in Sabah, take a transfer to Semporna Jetty, and then take a boat to Kapalai Resort.

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PS: It’s also been featured in National Geographic Travel so you know it’s most definitely confirm good!

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