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Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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But i have gotten ahead of myself here because I have skipped over our trip over to tropical paradise. We ended up staying on a very very small island in the celebs sea called Mabul
There were two populations on this island. The first being the divers and snorkelers and the hotels and that were set up for their convenience. This population was very international with every dinner table being like a sort of mini UN. The other population was the sea gypsies who have set up a community on the shores of the islands with their little huts made out of whatever wood they could find. The people were very friendly and always smiling as they walked past you carrying their heavy loads on their heads. I think that there are more children per capita in this community then anywhere else on earth. I mean there were kids everywhere and mostly naked as they played in the water that surrounded their homes.
The diving was great though the visibility was a bit murky. Sari did a dive but through a lack of communication and training she ended up doing more snorkeling which turned out OK because she saw quite a lot of shit. there was really nothing to do on the island then swim with the fish or lay in a hammock or walk around the fishing village. there was no TV and no air con but the temperature was relatively cool so it wasn't uncomfortable by any means. The sky was blue, the water bluer and there was a large amount of weird fish in the water so what could be better right?
during this trip I came across an epic episode of bad luck which you can only shake your head at in wonder. during the second dive of the trip, my regulator hose blew out at 20meters underwater
all in all it was a pretty cool stop on the trip and was much needed after the hectic life of Vietnam. I talked to the guys who run the place and i may have a job lined up for next year which would be pretty awesome because the diving is amazing there. if any of you are looking for a cool place to go diving check into sipidan and/or mabul. its worth your time