Singamata Adventures Semporna
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... than a small bit of luck. And that was when a minivan came past and called for passengers to go to Telupid (a town about half way to Sandakan).
None of the locals blinked, and I had been warned that taking minivans would likely leave me stranded in "exotic" Telupid, hence my reason for trying the bus. When I dismissed the driver by saying I was going to Sandakan he immediately replied that the buses were full and that I would need to go with ...
... It is like night and day seeing the beautiful resort right next to this impoversed village.
On our last day we finally went out to Sipadan island which is the diver's paradise. It once had a few resorts on its sandy white beaches but then the government turned the entire island into a protected reserve and force the resorts to move to neighboring islands. Now it has a small military base with soldiers in gun posts ...
... Sophie for the day!
Sipidan is amazing. It is a tiny island and after shallow water for a few meters, the ocean floor just drops away some 2000m - leaving a wall covered in beautiful coral attracting all sorts of fish and turtles. The upwelling of the water also attracts lots of large fish - bumphead parrot fish, grouper; sharks - white tipped reef sharks, black tipped reef sharks, grey sharks, barracuda (also hammerhead but I didn't see one); ...
... walk took us through much poorer areas and we had the pleasure of watching a child excreting on the beach. I was looking forward to snorkelling even more now! We continued our walk to the hotels on the other side where we had a cheeky drink whilst a waiter told us the truth behind the amount of police officers on such a small island. I wasn't looking forward to the long dark walk back after hearing of the pirate kidnapping situation! We bumped into Kelly and Shannon on the way ...
... others all came up it was clear what an amazing dive I had missed out on, great for Emma though as she saw 3 large devil rays and a school of 32 huge eagle rays! A lot of food once again followed and there was 2 more dives at Siamil where they saw lots of cool macro stuff including flamboyant cuttle fish and octopus'. While they dived I snorkelled which was ok but nothing compares to diving now especially when I know the stuff they had seen and ...