Penang - Part 2
Trip Start Sep 06, 2004
70Trip End May 22, 2005
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From Georgetown we took a ferry to the park, it took about 1 ½ hours to get there, but sitting on the top deck of the ferry in the sun made it a very nice trip.
You arrive alongside a landing platform, with looks like a very large barge. On board there are lots of plastic tables and chairs with plastic basket under them. Information from the staff is limited and after a very brief introduction you are on you own.
You collect your snorkeling gear and off you go.
From the moment you enter the crystal clear waters you are surrounded by fish of every shape and colour, it's amazing. I spent the morning just snorkeling around the area we were allowed, look at all the different corals and fish, my underwater camera was very useful here-thanks F&R
So we got into the water with our snorkeling gear on and off we went. Benny was pointing things out all the way back to the sharks, some of the fish and coral I had passed earlier but had missed, it was great. Benny then pointed down and just below me was a group of sharks about 10 of them all quite large. It was amazing. Soon enough one of them had come to have a closer look and nudged my legs, I wasn't scared at all, very excited and amazed
After a long swim back Benny asked if I had enjoyed myself, I nearly burst into tears. I replied yes.
Benny said I had been very brave to stroke the shark and that most people didn't even want to swim with them.
I never at any point felt in any danger with these creatures, not once.
As soon as I got back to the hotel I was on the phone to my sister, I just needed to tell someone that I had swam with sharks. After specking to my dad as well, I promptly fell asleep.