Kapalai Sipadan Dive Resort, Semporna Archipelago Borneo, Borneo (Sabah)
With no land in sight and surrounded by azure water, a stay at Kapalai Sipadan Diver Resort is certainly an experience. It’s ideal for divers, couples looking for an unusual beach alternative and families with older children looking for a unique place to stay.
Rising up out of the ocean on well-built wooden supports, the resort is a sight to behold. It is reminiscent of a sea gypsy village although this is much more luxurious. There is a mile-long white sandbank where one can relax in leisure whilst gazing out at the sea. Sightings of turtles have been reported from guests’ balconies, this place gives the Maldives a run for its money!
The diving spots around the resort are incredibly close and can be reached by a short speedboat ride. There is also great snorkelling by the resort’s pier.
The resort restaurant serves good food although don’t expect Michelin starred cuisine. The wifi is also intermittent so don’t rely on using it, in a way though the resort works as a digital detox.
This is a beautiful and unusual resort with some of the best diving and snorkelling opportunities on the east coast of Borneo.
Comfort - This is our lead in category. There will generally be a no frills approach and while some will be characterful, some will do exactly what it says on the tin - provide a clean, comfortable and good value place to spend the night. These places are normally 3* hotels.
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ETG's Matt was always accessible (even though we are based in Hong Kong) and efficient in replying. Will be happy to recommend and use him again! Our guide Bryant in Abai was a real gem. He was very polite, incredibly well spoken, informative, intelligent and gentle. He foresaw our needs, such as ordering chips for the children's lunch, and went out of his way to make things comfortable for us. He was a pleasure to spend time with.