137 Pillars House

Only a few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul, but a full world away, lies Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort. Perched upon sturdy stilts over the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs, Sipadan-Kapalai is an ideal vacation for avid divers and snorkelers. Uniquely designed as an airy, comfortable, water village with no land in sight, the resort boasts a mile-long sandbank of powdery white sand where you can gaze out over the Sulu Sea’s endless brilliant turquoise waters stretching to the horizon.

This environmentally friendly resort has fifty elegant and spacious wooden chalets each offering an over water deck with total privacy perfect for sunbathing or watching the marine life just a few feet below. 

Dive spots are extremely close and can be reached in just a few minutes by speedboat and some of them, just by swimming from the dive center pier. For those who are ready to explore more than the tiny marvels of Kapalai’s macro life, in just a few minutes you can dive world-famous Sipadan, where big fish and turtles abound. Or, you may venture to Mabul where the silky and muddy bottom offers bizarre critters living in the muck.

Your days will be filled with sun tanning on the beach or your private balcony, and marveling at the world class dive sites around Kapalai and Mabul, as well as day trips to Sipadan Island with its outstanding wall dives. Each trip ends with great food and freshly cooked snacks after diving.  This is the place to fall in love with macro diving as shore diving at Kapalai is free of charge. The snorkeling is wonderful with spectacularly colorful mating mandarin fish right under the resort jetty.

Resort facilities include the dive center which provides diving, snorkeling and kayaking equipment for rent as well as broadband internet access. There’s also a souvenir shop, game room and large sunning deck perfect for a sundowner. Delicious and sumptuous meals are served buffet style at the open central restaurant.