Mabul, Kapalai and Sipadan are located close together off Semporna in southeast Sabah, Malaysia. Dive trips to Sipadan usually means staying either at Mabul or Kapalai as there are no resorts on Sipdan. Together, they offer sandy bottom muck dives, beautiful underwater coral gardens and wall dives plummeting 600m (2000ft) to the sea floor, with an abundant and diverse variety of marine life including large pelagics, schools of reef fishes and macros.
Mabul offers a variety of budget to high-end resorts for divers visiting Sipadan. While overshadowed by its famous neighbour, Mabul itself offers some of the best muck diving in the region. See also: Mabul 2003 trip diary
Kapalai resort rises up on stilts completely surrounded by water, resting on a submerged reef. Every room offers a seaview on all sides, while the easily accessible dive sites offer plenty of macro opportunities. See also: Kapalai 2006 trip diary
Called the 'jewel of the Celebes sea', and an 'untouched piece of art' by the late Jacques Cousteau, Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia and ranks as one of the top dive sites in the world. Famous for its abundant turtles, swirling schools of barracudas and wall of jacks, it also boasts the Drop Off, one of the best beach dives in the world which plummets 600m down to the sea floor just metres from shore. See also: Sipadan 2003 trip diary | Sipadan 2006 trip diary