Photo Diary: Kapalai
My favourite time in Malaysia is what this second part of the Malaysia/Borneo series is all about: time spent at the Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort! This post is going to be super photo heavy, but I promise that you won’t regret it!
We spent 3 nights here at Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, which was breathtaking and so peaceful. Never had I been anywhere so visually stunning, that I felt like I was literally living it up in those paradise-like imagery you normally see in advertisements and on television. I can finally say aha, I’ve been to real paradise, so take that!
This manmade island resort is in the middle of nowhere - at least it certainly feels and looks like it. No matter where you are on the resort, you can’t see a thing when you look out, nada! Realistically, it is situated near the real islands of Sipadan and Mabul, which are apparently amazing for scuba diving. For the normal traveller like us, we reached this resort via a lengthy and choppy boat ride from the mainland.
Most of the time spent here was extreme rest and relaxation, apart from our first time scuba diving (we did a Discover Scuba experience), and my first time snorkelling! The remaining free time was spent eating delicious buffet meals, bathing in the perfect sunlight, lying around in the hammock reading and taking too many photos of this breathtaking scenery.
The entire island is made up of wooden bungalows on stilts on the reef. At any point when you’re not inside any building, and you look out down towards your feet area, you’ll notice the clear water, the starfish and the itty bitty schools of fish! Even on the third and fourth days, I still found it to be quite a sensational feeling. Sleeping was also very interesting, as one of the nights the water current was frighteningly strong. I woke up scared out of my wits because obviously, being only a few metres above the water, you can hear and feel everything!
As we had planned the scuba diving part of this trip, I was well prepared and had bought a small digital underwater camera a few months earlier from Photojojo. Granted it’s no masterpiece but it was perfect to bring along on holiday since it was so lightweight. Most of the photos I took didn’t turn out to be very clear at all since the fish were moving so fast, but I still managed to snap several amazing sights!
The highlight of the two discovery scuba dives was seeing a few humungous turtles in a pack, and being so close to them! That and of course just being in the vast ocean, utterly silent but with all this marine activity buzzing around you - it’s crazy but crazy fun! I completely understand the allure and addiction to scuba diving now, and am definitely keen on getting certified the next time around so that I can dive deeper and see some sharks :)