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Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

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Kapalai, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
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New York City, New York
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36 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had some ups and downs with the resort -- mostly ups, and we were grateful for the dives in Sipadan. After taking the jetty (sea was calm for us and we enjoyed the ride), we were greeted by a staff member. The "orientation" was less than pleasant. The staff member seemed more like a drill sergeant. When he gave... More 

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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the resort for a week in April 2014. Everything was great, the food, the staff, the diving! Beautiful rooms on top the atol in the middle of the sea. It was quite an experience. We had our 4 years old daughter with us and lots of people from the staff took care of her when she would run... More 

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2 Thank Silvia M
Hong Kong, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sorry for the late review (as the trip happened in October 2014 [not 2015]) and we stayed at the resort for 3 nights. Scuba-diving was great and we went to the Sipadan area once. Food in the buffet area was sufficient. Bungalow was spacious and clean. My only slight issue was the occasional lightning, heavy rain and heavy wind at... More 

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Thank Charles L
Kota Kinabalu
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50 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's worth keeping in mind that this place is 40 kms offshore and everything has to be brought to the resort. True enough the road journey from Tawau to Semporna (departure place for the resort speedboat) is not a pleasant experience with all the road works on the way.And the speedboat can be exciting if the sea is a bit... More 

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Thank Philip W
Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

The journey to kapalai is long which includes a 1 hour plus land transfer to the ferry and followed by a 45 min speed boat ride . But once you are there, the view is totally worth it. Clean water with abundance of marine life. I see more fishes here than in great barrier reef. Private sun deck with great... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We were very lucky to get one of the newest chalets, they are the farthest away from the restaurant area, but it is worth to walk a bit longer to experience these beautiful and modern rooms. The entire resort is on the water, so at any moment you can see all kinds of fishes, sea turtles, manta rays etc just... More 

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Suva, Fiji
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47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

This resort is so unique and incredibly beautiful. And your holiday there could be the experience of a lifetime. But it won't be, it will be pretty terrible, unless you too are one of the hundreds of mainland Chinese people to be at the resort at any one time. Over the last 3 years or so, the resort has entered... More 

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Johor bahru
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

It was better than the photos I have seen. Food was between ok and delicious depending on your taste. Supply of beverage from early morning to late night at the restaurant was a bonus. Agree with most that the customer service an hospitality is commendable. Rooms are very spacious and comfortable. Everything smelled good and was clean. Ferry trip about... More 

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28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

In short: - 95% rude Chinese people - the staff is great and very nice - the food (buffet style) abysmal - extra costs (snorkel, fins, mask, wet suit, regulator, bcd all individual extra costs) Sipadan Dive Location: the is the one everybody wants to go to: AMAZING! Just as good as the great barrier ref if not better The... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I had a great experience staying at this resort. It started from the time we landed till the time we left. We had a boat picking us up from the jetty bringing us to this wonderful resort where we were being welcome by clean cold towel to clean our faces after our boat ride. We were here for our diving... More 

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