Semporna, Sabah in Borneo, Indonesia. Semporna is mainly populated by the Bajau Laut ethnic community, otherwise known as Sea Gypsies—many of whom live in sprawling stilt villages above the water or inside the traditional Lepa boats.
Kapalai is only some 18min speedboat ride away from sipadan and sits on a wide sandbar in the middle of the ocean. It seems a little odd at first that there is such a thing but having taken a 40min boatride from semporna to mabul, and having passed many water villages in the middle of the ocean. This is exactly the concept. The local fishermen's water villages are similar.located on sandbanks.