Diving around Kapalai is exceedingly easy and shallow but quite spectacular:
the sandy bottom and the spare coral heads host an amazing array of small, often yet-to-be classified, shamelessly colorful subjects, making the diving here an unforgettable experience.

Home to the weird and techno-colored flamboyant cuttlefish rumbling on the bottom like a miniature tank rippling with fluorescent waves of vermilion, purple, chocolate brown, bright yellow and blinding white, all the time waving and flourishing its paddle-shaped front tentacles like some samurai of yore, looking more like a sensuous orchid than a predatory cephalopod ; it is the domain of the invisible frogfish found in Kapalai in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors- which despite sometimes being as large as a melon will often escape even from the most trained of wildlife spotters.

Swimming, creeping, crawling or just simply lying still on the surrounding sand bottoms, hiding among the branching colonies of the shallow surrounding coral reef, ambushing their unwary prey from the hideouts offered by the resort stilts and a few artificial reefs dotting the bottom, an amazing number of rare and unbelievably colorful species play their game of life and death, offering discrim nating visitor unsurpassed opportunities for interesting observation and macro photography for any discerning photographer.

Though diving is the highly commended activity in Kapalai, there are other water activities one can indulge in such as swimming, snorkeling as well as ocean kayaking while looking at the many colorful fishes swimming freely just a few inches beneath.

Many of the rare species touted in Sulawesi Sea are found here also, thus making Lankayan a prime dive destination. Diving here can be considered to be a combination of reef and muck, and one can be happy with the show put up by numerous schools of different pelagic species or be satisfied by the many benthic bottom dwellers, a giant jawfish perhaps.

Diving the many sites around the island is only a matter of a few minutes' boat ride away. Dives are usually conducted at a patch reef, where one drops off the dive boat and descend to maximum of 30 meters to the seabed.

By the conclusion of the dive, the observant diver would have seen many different species of fish and other creatures of the sea, and many different coral species competing for space on the reef. The lucky group would also have encountered the large leopard shark, or nurse shark, or perhaps a school of feeding humphead wrasse.

There are also a number of small wrecks around the island. Most of these wrecks are over grown with majestic sea fans and it is most interesting to watch schools of jacks hunting fusiliers, or the large grouper trying to warn off intruding divers.

The resorts operates a dive facility and limited gear can be rented on a daily basis. All boat dives are guided, and buddied, but jetty dives can be done without a guide. Night dives can be arranged for those keen to do them.


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