Kapalai Island: Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort


TOUR INFORMATION

TOUR CODE: ABTW-D03
DESCRIPTION: KAPALAI ISLAND: SIPADAN-KAPALAI DIVE RESORT
REGION: Tawau / Kapalai Island
DURATION: From 3 Days 2 Nights
MINIMUM: 2 Pax
AVAILABILITY: Pre-Book Required
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
PICK UP TIME: Depends on Which Boat Schedule Selected
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
DROP OFF TIME: Depends on Which Boat Schedule Selected
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day

  • Meet by our staff at Tawau Airport upon arrival and overland transfer to private jetty in Semporna (70mins) for boat departure to Kapalai.
  • Arrival Option 1 - An orientation dive at 1100, a guided boat dive at 1500. (Lunch/Dinner)
  • Arrival Option 2 - An orientation dive at 1500. (Lunch/Dinner)
  • Arrival Option 3 - No dive. (Dinner)
Meals : Lunch / Dinner

Day 2 - Day 2

  • Diver will have 3 guided boat dives daily + unlimited pier(jetty) dive (not guided, please find own buddy to dive with) + night dive for advance diver (not guided, please find own buddy to dive with)
  • Non-Diver wil be free at leisure for the whole stay.
  • Other activities available: Swimming, Snorkeling & Ocean Kayaking
Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3 - Day 3

  • Diver will have 3 guided boat dive (last dive should be end at 1835 hrs)

Note: Flying After Diving
When diving on vacation a scuba diver needs to be aware that residual nitrogen poses a health risk upon decompression. This applies just as much to ascending in a jet as ascending to the surface of the water. The difference in air pressure, as a plane ascends to cruising altitude, is roughly equivalent to the last 14-16 feet of ascension in water and the same risks are evident including the bends (decompression sickness) and/or an embolism. If you fly after diving you risk extremely painful gas bubbles forming in your joints and flesh, or tragically in your blood, leading to an embolism and possibly even death. A good conservative rule is to ensure that you have no residual nitrogen in your body before flying. Following the NAUI dive tables, you should be in letter group A or less (which can take over 9 hours). A safe suggestion is to pass a full 24 hours after your last scuba dive before flying. Dive computers, which track nitrogen levels, have a "time-to-fly" indicator, which tells a scuba diver how long they need to wait before boarding a plane. Plan your last dive sensibly, so that you aren't bringing nitrogen along for a painful and possibly fatal return trip.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4 - Day 4

After breakfast, check out from Kapalai and boat transfer to Semporna followed by overland transfer to Tawau Airport.
Departure Option 1 - No diving before departure. (Breakfast)
Departure Option 2 - No diving before departure. (Breakfast/Light Lunch)
Departure Option 3 - No diving before departure. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Meals : Breakfast

Take a short 45 minutes domestic flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau. Meet at Tawau Airport and transferred to Private Jetty at Semporna by van. Journey takes approximately 80 minutes drive. Transfer to Kapalai Island by speedboat. Boat ride takes approximately 45 minutes.

Arrival : 
Book the earliest flight to arrive Tawau. Latest by 13:55 hrs, for transfer to resort on same day.
1st boat into KAPALAI is at 10:00 hrs. The earliest flight to look for is from Kota Kinabalu to arrive Tawau around 07:40 hrs.

Departure: 
Book any flight from 10:00 hrs onward. 
To stay up to last departure boat at 13:30 hrs from KAPALAI. The earliest flight to look for is anytime from 17:00 hrs.

Entering Sipadan Island, require permit and may not be approved on certain days if the quota is exceeded. Approval is issued by Sabah Park early one day before entering, therefore would not be able to tell in advance. But the resort will still apply for guest entry to this restricted area. Should there be an approval in any of the day during the guest's stay, the resort will bring the guest to dive at Sipadan at a fee . The chances is high if guest's stay is longer. (Example: For a minimum period of 3 nights and above). However, we still cannot guarantee your chances.

Sipadan at this present moment only allowed 120 persons per day. Amazing Borneo and Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort hold no responsibility for not being able to dive everyday in Sipadan due to conservation done by our Government. The resort only try their best to arrange every of our guests to dive at Sipadan.

What Happens If There Are No Sipadan Permits Available at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort?
There is NO Guarantee that we can obtain permits due to limited spaces especially if it is a last minute request. In the event that there are no Sipadan permits available during your stay at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, the Resort Management may endeavour to assist you to book permit from other resorts (upon request). You will therefore have to bear the permit charges from other resorts which the amount will be advised accordingly at the resort itself. This price (varies from MYR 150 to MYR 300 per permit per day) is subject to change and will be updated every now and then. Guest is to pay for the permit and boat fees at the resort according to the current rate. This will be subject to your approval. Please note that Sipadan permit is not guaranteed and there is no first come first serve basis.

  • All reservation MUST provide the following information: Name as per passport, Passport Number, NRIC (for MALAYSIAN ONLY), Nationality, Gender, Date of Birth, Medical & Flight details, and at least 1 Emergency contact information of friend or relative.
  • For Diver, the following additional INFORMATION required:-
    a) Diving Qualification & Level : 
    b) Number of logged dives (approx) : 
    c) Last logged dive (dd/mm/yy) :
  • Packages Includes: Land & boat transfer on the check-in and check-out day only. Additional fees will be charged for unscheduled transfers.
  • Package Excludes: Diving equipments & gears, beverages, laundry, room service, airfares and item not mentioned or specified in the packages
  • Extension Stay: Extension Night Stay is permitted subject to the accommodation availability
  • Full payment is required 30 days prior to commencement of services. If full payment is not received by the due date, your reservation will be cancelled and full deposit will be retained by the Resort. 
  • After commencement of service, no refund, in part or full, will be given for services included in the package which have not been utilized
  • Weather conditions: We cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season.
  • No Pregnant Women are allowed by boat to Kapalai Resort.
  • Infant, Young Children and Senior Citizen are not allowed to travel to the island during Monsoon Season or bad sea condition for safety reasons.
  • Amazing Borneo and Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort will not be held liable for any delay, additional expenses of inconvenience which may be caused by directly or indirectly by events outside of the company control, such as late arrival of domestic or international flights, civil disturbances, fire, floods, unusually sever weather, act of God, act of Government, or the failure of any machinery or equipment and property whilst staying at the resort, of during participation of any activity. In the unlikely event that the dive trip is cancelled due to bad weather, rough and dangerous sea conditions, a natural disaster, an act of God, war, political unrest, a danger to passengers, or the boat, then the resort has the right to cancel or delay the departure. The resort withholds the rights to change the planned itinerary, leave for jetty early or change the schedule. 
  • Amazing Borneo and Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort will not be held responsible, or in any way liable, for property losses, personal losses, accidents, injury, or death for any reason whatsoever, wheter through any activities booked through us, or caused to you by third parties. All guest will be required to read and sign the company Standard Liability Form and other related forms at the resort upon arrival and check-in. 
  • We recommend that if you intend to go scuba diving, make sure you have an insurance policy that covers this activity. We strongly recommend that all guests take out adequate travel insurance covers accident, loss caused by cancellations, loss of luggage, personal property, medical expenses, medical evacuation and weather disruption / cancellations (including activity cancellations). Guests intending on participating in diving activities must ensure their insurance covers them for SCUBA related activities and has appropriate 'depth' coverage.
  • Please check you have the required travel documents before booking your dive trip. Ensure that your passport has at least 6 months validity from your time of entry into Malaysia.
  • Last but not least, tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.