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Kapalai Island, Borneo

Kapalai is now an underwater island, emerging at low tide as a sand bar on the Ligitan Reef.

Marine life of Kapalai

Erosion has taken its toll on this area of reef but the only resort here enjoys a stunning location above the shallow waters of the Celebes sea and walking around on the stilted board walk you will look down to see star fish, rays, barracudas, gobies and a wealth of other macro species.


The resort is a superb experience in itself - from here it is a twenty minute boat ride to the world renowned Sipadan island dive site and just ten minutes to Mabul, where you will enjoy some of the best 'muck' diving in the world.

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Map of Kapalai Island

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    Accommodation choices for Kapalai Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kapalai Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Kapalai Island Resort

      Kapalai Island Resort


      The resort is a 'water village' and is built on a sand bar located only a 15 minute boat ride from Sipadan. This is a fantastic option for keen divers but not so suitable for non-divers.