Friday, December 30, 2011

Kapalai Sipadan Dive Resort 4th - 7th August 2011

Good bye 2011 and welcome 2012!!!

My last post for 2011 is definitely going to be my last dive trip for 2011, this bring me back all the way to August 2011, destination Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort.
Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort (Kapalai in short) sit on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reef and just few minutes boat to reach Sipadan Island !!! consider one of the accommodation nearest to Sipadan.
Kapalai consist of 59 airy wooden water chalet offering either twin or triple sharing equip with attached batch room, hot shower, bath tub and a cleverly through-out balcony which offer total sought of privacy for lover of sunbathing and sun tanning.

As for dining Kapalai provide sumptuous meal serve in buffer style on a big wooden western sundeck which allow guest to enjoy tropical sunset while enjoying meal and drink. Resort facilities include diving, snorkeling and kayaking with gear and equipment for rental.

This trip we have a total of 7 divers some I have dive before and some are new to me. Access Kapalai resort from Kuala Lumpur is almost similar with my previous trip to Mataking Island you can click here to see my previous blog which require to take flight from KL to Tawau airport which you can travel with Air Asia or Malaysia airline (MAS) we took air asia due to it cheaper fair and require approximately 3 hours from KL International airport (LCCT) to reach Tawau airport, from Tawau there will be land transport arrange by Kapalai resort which took us one and a half hours to reach Semporna Jetty from there to the resort is about 45minute on speed boat.

Kapalai resort was build on top of a shallow sandy bay on lingitan reef so virtually there is no land; however there is some sandy bay that you can walk around during low tide. Overall the resort is very nice, windy, very comfortable but do not expect luxury, staff are friendly, food are nice and diving crew and dive facility are 5 star.

After a short briefing from hotel staff we went straight for our check out dive at Kapalai house reef, I have to mention specifically the house reef as you will have high chances of seeing flamboyant cuttlefish a small tiny colorful and rarely seeing cuttlefish you can read some write up here this is the first time I ever seen this kind of cuttlefish and is just awesome !!!

The highlight of the whole trip definitely is diving in SIPADAN…. This is my 2nd time dive in Sipadan and I’m as excited as before. However this trip is a little bit tuff due to bad weather and very choppy water that cause some of our member having bad sea sick and the visibility was also not great thanks to the weather.

As usual when you dive in Sipadan you have check with you gauge a little more and strongly suggest dive with a dive computer. Sipadan is like huge mushrooms grow out of the sea and is virtually a bottom less dive only few site you can see a sandy bottom as a result you lost your reference point on how deep you are. During the 2nd dive on Sipadan I went into decompression dive as show from my dive computer due to this I need a 12 minute safety stop instead of a usual 3minute the good news is I still have plenty of air for my stop the bad news is other that went up to the boat have to wait for me. I think some of the divers also hit decompression dive because they do not have a computer the only did 3 minute of safety stop which is not very good. Usual dive side you will dive in Sipadan is south point, barracuda point, drop off, coral garden and etc. I personally like South point and barracuda point a lot, thing to see include numbers of white tips shark, green turtle, school of Jack fish, school of resident barracuda and etc (check out my picture).

In this post I posted some of the fee I spend during my trip as a reference for anyone that is interested in Diving in Kapalai. However the fee is only for reference basis and it can varies depend on the season and also which country you from I guess……

Total Stay : 4days 3 night
Total Dive: 9 dive (can be more as house reef is unlimited)
F&B: Full board (exclude alcoholic drink)
Flight: from KUL (LCCT) terminal to Tawau (returned flight)

Total Spending: Accommodation: RM2150++,Flight: RM400 (it depend on when you book the flight, if you book earlier it will be cheaper)

Here are some picture from this dive trip.

Sweet Lips

Sweet Lips

Eagle Ray during our dinner

Ghost Pipe Fish

Stone Fish

Frog Fish

Mantis Shrimp

Giant mantis Shrimp

Kapalai Resort

Kapalai Resort

School of Baracuda

My Favorite Picture

Robust Pipe Fish

Flat Worm Nice !!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Turtle - The 7 Wonder Of the World - Part 1

Just came back from a trip to Kapalai Resort but I'm going to talk about the trip in this post instead it will in my next posting.

This posting I wand to share with you all some information about sea turtle, information that I read from magazine and some research online. There are may divers out there however how many of us know how many species of turtle there is in the world? What is their life expectancy? Where can we found them? and etc.

 There are 7 Marine Turtle species worldwide and 6 of which are endangered. The 7 wonder are:
  1. Green Turtle
  2. Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
  3. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
  4. Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  5. Hawksbill Sea turtle
  6. Leatherback Sea Turtle
  7. Flatback Sea Turtle
Green Turtle
Conversation Status: Endangered
Maximum Size: 1.5 Meter
Maximum Weight: 200kg
Maximum Life Expectancies In The Wild: 80 Years

Chelonia mydas(scientific name of green turtle) found worldwide throughout the tropics and some in subtropical oceans. It has a dark brown heart shaped carapace that can grow up to 1.5 meters long. It was name as green turtle because of its green color fat that was once used to make soup.

Green turtle eat jellyfish, crustaceans and sponges when juveniles and become a vegetarian when older eating only seagrass and seaweeds. Green turtle can weigh up to 200kg and can age up to 80years old.

Green turtle is one of the most economically valuable and are killed for their skins, meat and shell. Green turtle migrate some 2,000 kilometers in open ocen to feed and nest with pinpoint accurate navigation.

Some photo of green turtle
Shoot during my recent sipadan trip

Shoot during my recent sipadan trip

Shoot during my recent sipadan trip

Shoot during my recent sipadan trip
Next Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
To be Continue........

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mataking Island and Sipadan Dive Trip (28th November - 1st December 2009)

Mataking Island - Located latitude119 degrees and longitude 4 degrees and 35 minute. Is about 40minute boat ride from the main land of Semporna, province of Sabah Malaysia.

The Island is about 40 arces and lies on the edge of continental shelf surrounded by fringing reef of hard and soft coral, In this island there is only one resort "The Reef Dive" Resort of Mataking. (

This is a trip that I anticipate for a long long time..... This trip suppose to happened some time around year 2008, however due to my wife pregnant we have to postpone the trip till she delivered and ready for dive.

To reach Mataking Island you can take airasia, MAS or any airline that reach Tawau airport, from the airport there will be land transfer arrange by the resort to take you from Tawau to Semporna which take about 1.5 hours, from Semporna is just another 40 minute boat ride to reach the island.

We are staying chalet room which are consider a better one, overall the staying is great, comfortable and a very friendly staff around. However the price is a bit on the high side considering the food, dive and accommodation.

As for diving...... Mataking is well know as a macro haven, you can find lots of nudibranch, shirmp, lobster, sea turtle and even pipe fish. But please do not expect something big like manta, whale shark, school of baracuda, jack and etc.

During the night there will be some cultural dance to keep you entertain and you will be amaze with the dancer, why? not because they are superb, just because you can see those dancer are the waiter, waitress  and even dive

The highlight of the trip is our 1 day trip to Sipadan island which took about 80minute with fast speed boat from the resort.

Diving in Sipadan is absolutely amazing, the amount of shark, turtle and other sea life you see is just amaze you. Till this trip I have clock around 40++ so far the best is Manta Ray in Thailand, but Sipadan just a different world after all.

Due to the formation of Sipadan most of the dive is a wall dive because Sipadan is basically bottomless (about 600meter deep). Sipadan is the place I will definitely going again because this trip I only able to make 3 dive in Sipadan, In fact I just make my booking  to stay in Kapalai Water Village from 4th August to 8th August 2011.

Back to Mataking....... Like what I said before price in Mataking is a bit on the high side, however Mataking is much more suitable for romantic couple or family that looking for exclusive holiday with some diving and family getting together. For hardcore dives I think with the amount of money paid I would suggest Sipadan, as for me this is much like a annual honeymoon trip so is still not too bad. In total we spend about RM 7k for 2 person all inclusive, in term of exclusiveness still no way near our honeymoon to Maldive but the amount of money paid is also different.

Here are some photo

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