Trip Start Jan 21, 2007
67Trip End ??? ??, 2008
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First dive shop we tried said we couldn't get to Sipadan for 8 days. Problem. They only give out something like 120 permits per day for people to visit the island, no one can stay there and people book ages in advance, something I never think of doing! Luckily the second place said no problem, we could go tomorrow!
Had 3 dives there, it was excellent, saw loads and loads of sharks and turtles, to the point where it got kind of boring
I was only supposed to be doing the one day of diving, but with 4 days left til my flight and no ideas of where to go next, I ended up staying around and doing my Advanced open water course. 2 days, 5 dives (plus one extra for fun) and an unplanned revisit to Sipadan! (Think they cancelled someone to get me there - but I'm not complaining!). 3 were on the island of Sibuan which was amazingly beautiful, but the actual diving I didn't think was as good, only fish. Very nice fish but I think I'm spoilt by sharks and turtles!
Leaving Semporna meant a 10 hour bus journey back to Kota Kinabalu in time for my flight the next day. Buses would usually stop for meals but as it's Ramadan this one wasn't so I ate 3 meals of junk food. Lovely. Incidentally Pringles are cheaper here than at home, although I can't get my hand inside the tube which makes me think it's specially made for little Asian hands. One night in KK in a nice hostel and it was back on the plane.