Scuba Diving at Mabul/Sipadan Island

Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Joe and I decided to take a couple of days and go scuba diving.  We made arrangements to stay at a diving resort on Mabul Island.  We flew into Tawai, Malaysia and then spent the night on Wed. night.  Thursday morning we were picked up at our hotel and drove about 1 1/2 hours to a boat that took us to Mabul Island.  We checked in around 11:00 am and by 1:00 pm we were diving.  The first couple of dives weren't the best as the visibility wasn't great and we didn't see a ton of big fish.  We were pretty disappointed in the dives and then went back to our room in which we found ants in our bed.  The house-keepers came and their solution was to spray Raid on the sheets.  They didn't even bother to change the sheets.  Needless to say, I was not real impressed after our first day there. 

Day 2 we dove at Sipadan Island, which is supposed to be some of the best diving in the world. Some American tourists were kidnapped there a few years ago, so it just recently was opened up to Americans again.   It was shark season, so we were hoping to see a whale-shark or something big.  Even though we didn't see a whale shark, the diving the second day was much better and we we saw lots of turtles, white-tip reef shark and other pretty fish. 

The island we stayed on had a couple of little villages.  One was the native people and they lived on huts over the water.  The other was a Muslim village next to the resort.  We did meet some very nice people that stayed on our resort.  They were from all over the world, China, Japan, Malaysia, U.S., England.  It was fun getting to know the people and even though the diving might have been overrated (and overpriced) we did meet some great people and saw a part of the world that we had never been to before. 
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