Semporna and Sipadan

Trip Start Jun 15, 2008
Trip End Jun 04, 2009

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sabah,
Friday, December 19, 2008

16th Dec
We arrived in Semporna and made our way to the Dragon Inn resort. The resort had all types from luxury accomodation down to 20 bed dorms - which was what  we stayed in! The resort was a floating hotel! We then went to find the office of the diving company with which we booked our diving with the night before. We were lucky because the first 3 companies we had rang were booked up till after xmas but this one company though more expensive had 2 slots left for the 18th. That suited us fine as it gave us a down dayto recover from all our travelling which had us exhausted. Had dinner that night in the Mabul Cafe and Steakhouse , good restaurant!
Spent day chilling reading and watching astro tv
18th Dec
We got up early and made our way down to the Sipadan Scuba diving sompany for 8am. there were only 5 of us diving with the instructors and dive master and the camera guy. We dived at three dive sites around the island of Sipadan. The island itself once a resort island with accomodation on the island now is military installation so people aren't allowed to stay any more. The diving was amazing, easy to see why it's rated as one of the top 5 dive sites  in the world.
the first dive we went to 24m and saw loads of giant turtles resting on the coral and swimming all around. The second dive was a Barracuda point and we came across a shoal of Barracuda maybe thousands of them all swimming in a column in the shape of a tornedo around us. we saw Giant Trevallie and more turtles. On the third dive the visibility was even clearer but the current was so strong. you didn't have much choice in what direction you were going as the current just brought you along with it. We saw some very large reef sharks but no sign of the hammerheads unfortunately. All in all a great days diving.
That evening we were so tired we just flaked out in the hostel. Next morning our adventure would bring us to Sandakan.
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