I’ve always wanted to stay in one of those resorts suspended over the ocean. You know, like the picture perfect water bungalow post cards of Bora Bora or the Maldives.
It’s no wonder these specific places come to mind when daydreaming about being surrounded by aqua blue ocean and never ending cocktails while glancing down at turtles swimming by. According to Price of Travel’s ‘cheapest overwater bungalow resorts in the world‘ list for 2015, about two-thirds of the 5,000+ aquatic rooms are in the Maldives with the next biggest group located in Bora Bora.
Although both of these places are still on the bucket list, almost by chance we discovered one while researching our last trip to Borneo and at a really good price!
We would never have thought to look here to get this type of experience.
After tackling the dizzying and exhausting heights of Mount Kinabalu, we were looking for somewhere to relax, unwind and chill out for a few days.
But, because too much lounging around makes us bored, we were also looking for some adventure.
As we’d just completed our open water dive tickets while we were looking at possible destinations, this seemed like the perfect activity to immerse ourselves in.
That’s when we stumbled upon Kapalai Sipadan Dive Resort, off the coast of Sabah.
When I say a fraction of the price, don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking backpacker language.
It still cost around $180pp per night however this was all inclusive dive and food package.
The only negative was because we could only stay for two nights due to our tight holiday schedule, this didn’t entitle us to a dive at Sipadan which is the main reason divers journey to this part of the world.
We also decided that because we were relatively new to the diving scene, that it could wait.
We must admit though, watching the nightly video of the group that did dive Sipadan, made us extremely envious but gave us extra incentive to come back again one day.
Our days were filled with diving shipwrecks, discovering new marine life and killing GoPros (that’s another story) while our evenings were filled with sunset drinks, meeting new people and looking forward to what the next day had in store.
We also managed to sneak in a cheeky prank on our loved ones back home by posting this photo on Facebook. No words were needed, we seriously nearly broke the internet. We honestly thought they’d pick up on the dudes with the guns in front of us and question their existence but instead chose to see straight through them to our implied position. Then the Wi-fi cut out so we couldn’t explain our funny position, whoops. We’re still laughing about it!
Until we meet again Kapalai, until next time…
Check out our photos here: Ticking Off the Bucket List at Kapalai Sipadan Dive Resort
WATCH: Video of our underwater adventure.