Dive dive dive!

Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
Trip End Nov 26, 2008

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sabah,
Sunday, May 25, 2008

We finally arrived at senporma a sleepy little fishing village to be met by a man who said "are you looking for scuba junkie?" Of course we were and he pointed us down the road to the dive shop and attached accomodation. Amazingly we got a room with telly and aircon again - truely spoilt but we didnt care about the on land part. We have just spent the last 3 days diving one of the worlds premire dive sites and it truely was! Koh Tao had nothing on this place. The whole area is protected marine reserve and we sped out to one of the deserted island, Sibuan, to dive the reef off it. It was beautiful crystal clear waters and such a massive variety of fish and invertebrates. Also something really clicked with me, I suddenly got it, I could dive, be confident and bouyant in the water peering under rocks without touching the bottom (sorry nondivers, but all this takes great skill!). Its only taken me 50 dives to get this confident! We spent the first day looking for some amazing micro life (small stuff), fish disguised as rocks (frog fish) and other wierd things such as crocodile fish . I know we said we have only seen turtles once whilst diving, but thats cos they are all in Malaysian Borneo! After day one we had seen 7 green turtles - they still dont fail to amaze me, so graceful and beautiful. For the 2nd and 3rd day Tom hired an underwater camera - so you can see what we saw! Day two was around some artificial reefs at Mabul Island; loads of nemos, rays, moray eels, cuttle fish, octopus and other reef fish . We were doing 3 dives a day so by day three (today) we were shattered. We had also had to move into a dorm room with 7 others for last night which wasnt much fun. Scuba Junkie give you a free cooked breakfast every morning -  you really shouldnt give people baked beans then put them all in a room together! Anyway we were tired, diving is hard work but today was the jewel in the crown - the Sipadan Islands, number one dive site where all the big stuff goes! We dropped down 20m of vertical wall covered in coral, and sank to about 20 metres but the wall just carried on and on into the deep blue sea. Things start to come into your vision, big grey shark like things! Black tip and white tip reef sharks circling below and green turtles gliding effortlessly by. Huge schools of brightly coloured fish and large solitary fish being followed by a gang of smaller ones using it as protection or with a little stripey cleaner fish picking the dead scales off its body. This was great diving, we both agree that is better than the red sea in someways - we didnt see another diver in the water! The second dive today brought something totally unexpected, a 5 - 6m whale shark! We had been chasing this rare shark around Koh Tao but always missing it we were down about 15 - 20m and one swam over our heads! Im not really doing this much justice - I know the photos will, but if anybody wants to do a bit of diving head to malaysian borneo. Just dont eat the baked beans.
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