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Kapalai Island, Borneo (East Malaysia)

Kapalai Island Quick Guide

An alternative to the more popular Mabul Island and Sipadan Island, you visit this island for the same diving reasons as the former and the latter. However, if you’re considering something more romantic, this island has to be it. There’s an over water chalet for accommodation here.

Getting to Kapalai Island

The ONLY way access to Kapalai Island is by boats operated by Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, the ONLY RESORT on island. Semporna Private Jetty owned by the resort is the place where you can have access to the island.

Flight to Kapalai Island

Tawau Domestic Airport (TWU)

The most convenient airport to access Kapalai Island, pick up from airport can be arranged. This domestic airport can connect flight from:

Connecting flight to TWU Airport

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Flight journey: 3 hours
Airlines: Airasia & Malaysia Airlines.


From Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Flight journey: 1 hour
Airlines: Airasia, Malaysia Airlines & Malindo Air.


Land transfer from airport to jetty

1.5 hours to Sipadan Kalapai Dive Resort private jetty

Sea transfer from jetty to Kapalai Island

45-60 minutes from Sipadan Kalapai Dive Resort private jetty

Self drive to Kapalai Island

Driving from main capital city in Sabah, Kota Kinabalu will takes about 9-10 hours driving journey to Semporna and get yourself to Sipadan Kalapai Dive Resort private jetty for sea transfer to Kapalai Island.

Season

It’s open all year round, but if to dive in Sipadan Island (daily limited permit) will need to avoid December, as announced by Sabah Parks the island will close for every December from year 2020 onwards with purpose of marine life recuperation.

Tun Sakaran Marine Park Conservation Fee

Tun Sakaran Marine Park formed by 8 islands and 2 reefs, also known as Semporna Islands Park. The islands are Bohey Dulang Island, Sibuan Island, Mantabuan Island, Bodgaya Island, Bum Bum Island, Sebangkat Island, Selakan Island & Tetagan Island. The 2 reefs are Kapikan Reef & Church Reef, both are "must visit" dive site for diver.

Tun Sakaran Marine Park Conservation Fee

Malaysian

Adult: RM 3
Child (age 18 and below): RM 1

Non-Malaysian

Adult: RM 10
Child (age 18 and below): RM 6

Kapalai Island recommendation

The icing on the cake here is – you’ll find the white sandy beaches during the low tide, which also happens to form romantic paths for you lovebirds. Reefs and marine life aplenty. Just as stunning as Mabul Island and Sipadan Island, this island is no flop.

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