Kapalai Island


Widely known as Malaysia’s version of the Maldives, Kapalai Island is an idyllic, sun-steeped paradise located in the middle of the Celebes Sea.

A dream destination for those who seriously wish to get away from it all, Kapalai is situated just 15-20 minutes by boat from Pulau Mabul and its world-famous neighbour, Pulau Sipadan.

Whether you’re on the beach relaxing or gazing out into the turquoise waters that stretch into the horizon, an afternoon in this remote part of the world offers the purest images of natural serenity.

Things To Do

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
When it comes to diving, Kapalai Island serves as more than just a gateway to the diving mecca that is Sipadan. Together with Mabul, Kapalai Island is known as an excellent muck diving destination.

Ocean Kayaking
Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is one of a handful of resorts in the area where kayak rentals are available. More info here: http://www.pulaumabul.com/ocean-kayaking/

Other things to do include sun tanning or relaxing by the large sandbank or your own private balcony. If you’d like to venture further out, trips to Sipadan, Mabul and other islands may easily be organized.

Day Tours

Book your Kapalai Island day trip with Across Borneo Tours & Car Rental Sdn. Bhd. (KPK/LN: 6311, MA 4024), a fully-licensed travel provider based in Sabah.

Kapalai Island Accomodation

The surreal water chalets of Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort (4D 3N packages from US$608 per non-diver) are built entirely on stilts atop shallow waters near the edge of the Ligitan Reefs.

The floating resort is the only one in the area and is especially popular among couples or newlyweds enjoying their honeymoon.

It is one of 12 dive operators who have been granted Sipadan Permits directly from the government.

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is also one of several resorts near Mabul that offer unlimited house reef diving.


Kapalai Island is not, in the true sense of the word, an island. It is in fact a picturesque, white sandbank at sea level formed as a result of hundreds of years of erosion.

The Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort is an eco-resort whose waste management practice was made into a case study in 2011 by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism as an effort to conserve and preserve the natural environment and beauty of islands marked as tourist destinations in the country.