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Scuba Diving in Kapalai Island, Borneo

Water temperature:

26°C (79°F) - 30°C (86°F), temperatures are lowest in November to February


3mm - 5mm shortie


15 - 40 metres (50 - 130 feet)

Type of diving:

Reef and wall dives

Marine life:

Turtles, turtles and more turtles! There's also sharks, jacks, moray eels, octopus, cuttlefish, cleaner shrimps, starfish, nudibranchs and of course coral

When to go:

It is possible to dive at any time of year, however April to October is the best time to visit as the rainy season is from November to March which greatly reduces visibility

How to get there:

First fly with Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur, then go on to Kota Kinabalu. From here take an internal flight to Tawau, and a bus transfer from Tawau airport to Semporna. You can stay in the floating Dragon Inn overnight (at an extra cost of around 6), before taking a boat transfer to Kapalai Island

Kapalai water village, Borneo, Malaysia  - courtesy of Carina Hall

Kapalai is a unique dive destination surrounded by a huge coral reef. It is a collection of bungalows raised on stilts that are built on a sand bar. The setting is incredibly serene and peaceful, all around you is blue water and the sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking. It is only a fifteen minute journey from Sipadan Island. For a full write up of diving in this area see our Sipadan section

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