Singamata Adventures Semporna
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... was a huge contrast from yesterday where we found ourselves in the middle of a rainforest jungle. The island was tiny and tropical surrounded in beaches on three sides and coral rocks on the other. It was probably only 400m long and 200m wide. They only allow 50 tourists on the island at any given time and you have to be with a guide. Upon disembarking onto the beach and checking it at the reception centre, Omar handed us our room keys and gave us a short briefing. The only places ...
... orangutans and soon stopped off to see some proboscus monkeys. Proboscus monkeys are monkeys that have long floppy noses. They are very fat and can grow up to 150 cm long (including their tail).
We rode further down the river and then somehow our boat driver spotted a big crocodile in some mangroves. It was hard to see it for a while because crocodiles look very much like a log and I can't even count ...
... an orientation dive on the house reef, just to make sure we could all dive basically.
The next day it was three dives on mabul and kapalai. Mabul is famous for its macro stuff so i was in my element looking for nudibranch, orangutan crabs, pigmy seahorse etc. The next day was sipidan. It is world class diving probably ranking in the top 5 dive areas. Here i got to dive with turtles, schools of jacks and bump ...
... a way of getting there. I managed to book a cheap flight from Sandakan to Tawau, which would save me about 6 hours in a bus, but that still left me needing to get from my jungle camp to Sandakan Airport. I knew there would be cross-country buses passing Ranau throughout the day, so the next morning I hiked back out of the jungle and caught a taxi back to the highway. But when I advised my driver of my plan he looked grim. Despite allowing myself ...
... dive tomorrow. This resulted in a walk through the village. A little bit of info for you... There are 2000 people in this village..of whom 800 are children. They are locally known as the Bajau. They are the second largest indigenous ethnic group after Kadazan-Dunsan in Sabah and make up over 13% of the population. They have lived in this region for hundreds of years and are often called sea gypsies because of their nomadic lifestyle that is intertwined with the sea from birth to ...