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KAPALAI ISLAND: SIPADAN-KAPALAI DIVE RESORT

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Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort

 

City/Region: Tawau
Tour Code: ABTW-D03
Duration: From 3D2N
Package: KAPALAI ISLAND: SIPADAN-KAPALAI DIVE RESORT
Min Pax: 2
Pricing: Adults: From MYR 1,395;    Child: From MYR 698
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SIPADAN-KAPALAI DIVE RESORT
Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort
About the Resort
A few minutes by boat from Sipadan but a full world away from it lies the exhilarating Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, a unique “Water Village” sitting on its sturdy stilts on shallow sandbanks of powdery blindingly white sand where one can suntan at complete leisure – the Resort offers great food, surprisingly roomy and elegant twin-sharing wooden chalets with huge private balconies and attached bathrooms, and a couple of miles of walkways for those who like to take their morning jog while looking at thousands of fish just a few inches beneath their feet. Meals are served in the terraced, open central structure, while a big western sundeck allow divers to have an evening drink or an after-dive chat with a background of fabulous tropical sunsets.

About the Diving
Diving around is exceedingly easy and shallow but quite spectacular : the sandy bottom and the sparse coral heads host an amazing array of small, offer yet-to-be-classified, shamelessly colorful subjects, making the diving here an unforgettable experience for any discerning photographer. The resort offers 3 dives a day plus, if requested, day trips at Sipadan & Mabul. Divers say “THE BEST OF THE TWO WORLDS diving in Sipadan and the macro paradise of Kapalai.

How to Get Here
Take a short 45 minutes domestic flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau. Meet at Tawau Airport and transferred to Private Jetty at Semporna by van. Journey takes approximately 80 minutes drive. Transfer to Kapalai Island by speedboat. Boat ride takes approximately 45 minutes.

Boat Schedule (Fixed Departure Time)
Semporna jetty to Kapalai Resort : Between 09:30 to 10:00hrs; 12:30hrs & 16:00hrs
Kapalai Resort to Semporna Jetty : 06:30hrs; 09:30hrs & 13:30hrs

Flight Options Click Here

2014 Pricing

Year 2014-2015 Package Rates Per Adult:

Package Rates Per Adult:
MALAYSIAN MARKET

Tour Validity:   01 Mar 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
DURATION
Ex-Tawau Airport
DIVER
(TWIN)
NON-DIVER
(TWIN)
3 DAYS 2 NIGHT MYR 1,900 MYR 1,520
4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS MYR 2,600 MYR 2,080
5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS MYR 3,430 MYR 2,744
6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS MYR 4,260 MYR 3,408
EXTRA NIGHT MYR 830 MYR 664
Package Rates Per Adult:
INTERNATIONAL MARKET
Tour Validity:   01 Mar 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
DURATION
Ex-Tawau Airport
DIVER
(TWIN)
NON-DIVER
(TWIN)
3 DAYS 2 NIGHT MYR 2,200 MYR 1,760
4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS MYR 3,050 MYR 2,440
5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS MYR 4,000 MYR 3,200
6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS MYR 4,950 MYR 3,960
EXTRA NIGHT MYR 950 MYR 760

* Note :
Rate Per Person, valid till 31 Mar 2015
Malaysian market rate applies to Malaysians only. A valid Malaysian passport is required for verification.
International market rate applies to all International guests.
All rates are nett quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR) and INCLUDED 6% government tax & 10% service charge.
Rate is inclusive of conservation fee.
Package Excludes: Airfares, Diving equipments & gears, Snorkel gear, beverages, laundry, room service and item not mentioned or specified in the packages
Excludes Semporna Jetty Fee of 0/- (Malaysian) or MYR 10/- (International) per person payable to The Municipal Council of Semporna. (Newly implemented in 2012)
Jetty fee will be collected at KAPALAI resort upon checkout and official receipt will be issued accordingly.
Extension Stay: Extension Night Stay is permitted subject to the accommodation availability

Points to Note:
1) Kapalai has no other room category and allocation of room is based on RUN OF HOUSE (ROH) Basis
2) Certified Diver will have to choose BETWEEN (Diver Package OR Non-Diver Package) throughout their stay (Combination of package is not allowed)
3) To purchase dive package, one must be a certified/licensed diver
4) Please provide Date of Birth for non-dive child below 12 yrs of age
5) Book the earliest flight to arrive Tawau. Latest by 1400 hrs, for transfer to resort on same day
6) For departure flights, book any flight from 1000 hrs onward

* Child Policy :
50% of the Non-Diver package price will be charged to Non-Diver child between 2 - 11 years old sharing same chalet with their parents.
Infant 24 months and below is chargeable at 10% of Non-Diver's Package rate.
Junior Diver (Child Diver) rate is based on Adult Diver's Package.

* Important :
1.  All Single Traveler will be charged with Single Supplement Rate 50% from the package rate above  (for OWN CHALET with NO SHARING)
2.  TRIPLE SHARING ROOM OPTION(for Adults only) - entitle for 5% discount from the package rate above (MAX. 4 adults in a chalet)
3.  GROUP TRAVEL OPTION - ONE ( 1 ) PERSON FREE FOR EVERY NINE ( 9 ) PAYING PERSONS subject to ALL must be on the SAME Arrival & Departure Dates.
4.  Pregnant Women are not allowed to Kapalai Resort.
5. No Dive Allowed within 24 hours to departure flight time.
6. Snorkel by boat is not available.

Diver Package
For Certified Diver Only (All Dive Program / Arrangement will be Organised by the Resort's Dive Centre)
Prices quoted are all inclusive except for dive equipment, where guest can bring their own or rent from the resort or just rent some that they need only. Guest may also choose to dive cetain day or time only but no refund.

Diving Package Includes

  • Meet and 2-way land transfer from Tawau Airport or Tawau Hotel to our Private Jetty at Semporna (80 mins)
  • 2-way boat transfer to Kapalai Island (45 mins)
  • Accommodation on a twin/triple sharing basis on the Resort
  • Fresh Food Cooked by our Chef on buffet style
  • Afternoon snacks served after 3rd dive
  • Tea/Coffee, Cold Water and Cordial served throughout the day
  • Diving by boat for Diver (for diver only 3 boat dives daily EXCEPT on arrival and departure days)
  • Unlimited dives in front of Kapalai Dive Centre (for diver only)
  • Tanks, Weight and Belt are provided (for diver only)
  • No extra charge for night dives in front of dive centre (strictly for advanced diver or diver with night dive experience only)
  • Snorkel around the resort (from Kapalai Dive Centre Only)
  • Guests staying in Semporna or Tawau on the last day will only be provided with one (01) dive (strictly NO fly policy within 24 hours after the last dive)
  • Strictly 24 Hours Interval after Diving for taking flights

Non-Diver Package
Prices quoted are all inclusive except for dive equipment, where guest can bring their own or rent from the resort or just rent some that they need only. Example - snorkel and fins.

For:-

A) NON-DIVER
Are only allowed to dive in front of the Dive Centre with Instructor via Padi Discovery Scuba Programme (DSD).

B) NOT A CERTIFIED DIVER YET or
Are only allowed to dive in front of the Dive Centre with Instructor via Padi Discovery Scuba Programme (DSD).

C) DIVER WHO DO NOT WISH TO DIVE DURING BOOKING
but later wish to dive may do so and will be charged at the resort based on Per Dive Rate.

DIVE AROUND THE RESORT = *MYR 100 PER PERSON PER DIVE
DIVE AROUND MABUL ISLAND = *MYR 120 PER PERSON PER DIVE

*Prices are subject to change and are exclusive of dive equipment

Non-Diving Package Includes

  • Meet and 2-way land transfer from Tawau Airport or Tawau Hotel to our Private Jetty at Semporna (80mins)
  • 2-way boat transfer to Kapalai Island (45 mins)
  • Accommodation on twin/triple sharing basis in the Resort
  • Fresh Food Cooked by our Chef on buffet style.
  • Afternoon snacks served.
  • Tea/Coffee, Cold Water and Cordial served throughout the day
  • Snorkel around the resort (from Kapalai Dive Centre Only)

Recommended Flight Options
Arrival Flight Options

Kota Kinabalu to Tawau
Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
Pick up from Tawau Airport and transfer to SEMPORNA for boat depart to Kapalai at 1000 hrs
MH 2121 (ETD 0730 hrs/ETA 0815 hrs)

Depart Kapalai at 0930 hrs. Transfer to SEMPORNA and to Tawau Airport
MH 3052 (ETD 1425 hrs/ETA 1525 hrs)
AK 6263 (ETD 1505 hrs/ETA 1555 hrs)

Pick up from Tawau Airport and transfer to SEMPORNA for boat depart to Kapalai at 1600 hrs
MH 2137 (ETD 1410 hrs/ETA 1500 hrs)
AK 6262 (ETD 1350 hrs/ETA 1440 hrs)

Kuala Lumpur to Tawau Tawau to Kuala Lumpur
Pick up from Tawau Aiport and transfer to SEMPORNA for boat depart to Kapalai at 1200 hrs
AK 5744 (ETD 0700 hrs/ETA 0950 hrs)
Depart Kapalai at 0630 hrs and transfer to SEMPORNA and to Tawau Airport
AK 5745 (ETD 1015 hrs/ETA 1300 hrs)

Depart Kapalai at 1330hrs and transfer to SEMPORNA and to Tawau Airport
MH 2665 (ETD 1815 hrs/ETA 2055 hrs)

Sandakan to Tawau Tawau to Sandakan
Pick up from Tawau Aiport and transfer to SEMPORNA for boat depart to Kapalai at 1300 hrs
MH 3093 (ETD 0855 hrs/ETA 0935 hrs)
Depart Kapalai at 0630 hrs and transfer to SEMPORNA and to Tawau Airport
MH 3092 (ETD 1055 hrs/ETA 1145 hrs)

Depart Kapalai at 1330hrs and transfer to SEMPORNA and to Tawau Airport
MH 3094 (ETD 1800 hrs/ETA 1840 hrs)

AK - AirAsia;  MH - Malaysia Airlines;  ETD - Estimated Departure;  ETA - Estimated Arrival

Flight Timing Guidelines

Arrival :
Book the earliest flight to arrive Tawau. Latest by 1400 hrs, for transfer to resort on same day.
1st boat into KAPALAI is at 1000 hrs. The earliest flight to look for is from Kota Kinabalu arrival Tawau around 0800 hrs.

Departure:
Book any flight from 1000 hrs onward.
To stay up to last departure boat at 1330 hrs from KAPALAI. The earliest flight to look for is anytime from 1700 hrs.

Sample Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival Day
Meet by our staff at Tawau Airport upon arrival and overland transfer to private jetty in Semporna (70mins) for boat departure to Kapalai.
Arrival Option 1 - An orientation dive at 1100, a guided boat dive at 1500. (Lunch/Dinner)
Arrival Option 2 - An orientation dive at 1500. (Lunch/Dinner)
Arrival Option 3 - No dive. (Dinner)

Day 2
Diver will have 3 guided boat dives daily + unlimited pier(jetty) dive (not guided, please find own buddy to dive with) + night dive for advance diver (not guided, please find own buddy to dive with)
Non-Diver wil be free at leisure for the whole stay.
Other activities available: Swimming, Snorkeling & Ocean Kayaking
(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 3
Diver will have 3 guided boat dive (last dive should be end at 1835 hrs)

Note: Flying After Diving
When diving on vacation a scuba diver needs to be aware that residual nitrogen poses a health risk upon decompression. This applies just as much to ascending in a jet as ascending to the surface of the water. The difference in air pressure, as a plane ascends to cruising altitude, is roughly equivalent to the last 14-16 feet of ascension in water and the same risks are evident including the bends (decompression sickness) and/or an embolism. If you fly after diving you risk extremely painful gas bubbles forming in your joints and flesh, or tragically in your blood, leading to an embolism and possibly even death. A good conservative rule is to ensure that you have no residual nitrogen in your body before flying. Following the NAUI dive tables, you should be in letter group A or less (which can take over 9 hours). A safe suggestion is to pass a full 24 hours after your last scuba dive before flying. Dive computers, which track nitrogen levels, have a "time-to-fly" indicator, which tells a scuba diver how long they need to wait before boarding a plane. Plan your last dive sensibly, so that you aren't bringing nitrogen along for a painful and possibly fatal return trip.
(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 4 - Departure Day
After breakfast, check out from Kapalai and boat transfer to Semporna followed by overland transfer to Tawau Airport.
Departure Option 1 - No diving before departure. (Breakfast)
Departure Option 2 - No diving before departure. (Breakfast/Light Lunch)
Departure Option 3 - No diving before departure. (Breakfast/Lunch)

- End of Service -

More Information About the Resort
FACILITIES

Check-in time to Chalet - 14:00hrs
Check-out time from Chalet - 12:00hrs

MEALS & TIMING
Breakfast: 7.00am - 9.00am
Lunch: 12.30pm - 2.00pm
Dinner: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

EQUIPMENT RENTAL AT THE RESORT*
1. BC JACKET                               MYR 30/DAY
2. REGULATOR/GAUGES/OCTOPUS  MYR 30/DAY
3. TORCH WITH BATTERIES           MYR 20/DIVE
4. MASK, SNORKEL                        MYR 15/DAY
5. FIN                                         MYR 10/DAY
6. WET SUIT                                MYR 25/DAY
7. BOOTIES                                 MYR 10/DAY

*Prices are subject to change

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE
Snorkeling and Swimming
Ocean Kayak - MYR 30 Per Hour

INTERNET SERVICE CHARGES IN KAPALAI
Desktop in the office = MYR 10 for 30 Minutes
Own Laptop (Wireless) = MYR 20/day
3 Days = MYR 60
One Week = MYR 100

Things To Note for Divers:

  • Only Certified Divers may participate in scuba diving activities, unless they are enrolled in a scuba training program and under the strict supervision of their certified instructor.
  • Guests need to produce their certification card prior to diving. Failure to product certification card/credentials may result in the guest being denied permission to scuba dive until they can prove their certification level.
  • Certified divers minimum requirement is PADI Open Water-recreational dive certificate or equivalent.
  • All scuba divers must accept full and complete responsibility for themselves, their actions and their equipment.
  • Divers may elect to use their own gear, or arrange to rent the resort's dive equipment. subject to the rental rate.

Sipadan Dive Trip:
Entering Sipadan Island, require permit and may not be approved on certain days if the quota is exceeded. Approval is issued by Sabah Park early one day before entering, therefore would not be able to tell in advance. But the resort will still apply for guest entry to this restricted area. Should there be an approval in any of the day during the guest's stay, the resort will bring the guest to dive at Sipadan at NO EXTRA CHARGE. The chances is high if guest's stay is longer. (Example: For a minimum period of 3 nights and above).

Sipadan at this present moment only allowed 120 persons per day. Amazing Borneo and Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort hold no responsibility for not being able to dive everyday in Sipadan due to conservation done by our Government. The resort only try their best to arrange every of our guests to dive at Sipadan.

What Happens If There Are No Sipadan Permits Available at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort?
There is NO Guarantee that we can obtain permits due to limited spaces especially if it is a last minute request. In the event that there are no Sipadan permits available during your stay at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, the Resort Management may endeavour to assist you to book permit from other resorts (upon request). You will therefore have to bear the permit charges from other resorts which the amount will be advised accordingly at the resort itself. This price (varies from MYR 150 to MYR 300 per permit per day) is subject to change and will be updated every now and then. Guest is to pay for the permit and boat fees at the resort according to the current rate. This will be subject to your approval. Please note that Sipadan permit is not guaranteed and there is no first come first serve basis.

Terms & Conditions

  • All reservation MUST provide the following information: Name as per passport, Passport Number, Nationality, Gender, Date of Birth, Medical & Flight details, and at least 1 Emergency contact information of friend or relative.
  • For Diver, the following additional INFORMATION required:-
    a) Diving Qualification & Level :
    b) Number of logged dives (approx) :
    c) Last logged dive (dd/mm/yy) :
  • Package Excludes: Diving equipments & gears, beverages, laundry, room service, airfares and item not mentioned or specified in the packagesExtension Stay:
  • Extension Night Stay is permitted subject to the accommodation availability
  • After commencement of service, no refund, in part or full, will be given for services included in the package which have not been utilized
  • Weather conditions: We cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season
  • Infant, Pregnant Woman, Young Children and Senior Citizen are not allowed to travel to the island during Monsoon Season or bad sea condition for safety reasons


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