If you’ve talked to me for long about diving you will probably already know that Kapalai is one of my favourite places to go.
Kapalai is a little sand bar outside of Semporna, in Sabah, Borneo. The resort is built on stilts above the water. Every room has a massive balcony that looks out to sea. The doors to that balcony are sort of like folding closet doors, so your fourth wall folds away. A gentle sea breeze keeps the rooms cool and there is nothing quite like waking up to the sun rising over an unbroken horizon.
Every time I visit this resort I tell myself I will cut down on the number of dives I do so that I have more time to enjoy the actual resort. However with 3 boat dives a day, plus unlimited diving on their house reef I haven’t yet managed. Now here in BC 3 dives a day is a pretty heavy dive schedule, but at Kapalai with water as warm as 30 degrees and staff that have set up your gear for whatever time you request it’s easy to get in for one or two shore dives once your boat is back. All it takes is stepping off the platform that is the dive shop and you are there.
Their house reef is an artificial reef built out of the frames of buildings, it also has a small wreck. If you are lucky you may come across a sleeping bumphead parrotfish in the wreck.
If you want an idea of what the diving is like there (a few other places too) I suggest you check out my buddie Mohd Syukri Mazlan’s photos on flickr
Mat Yie’s photos