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Summer 2007 - Malaysia IV

Dive Day #2

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We woke pretty early for breakfast and found out we were diving at 8 am. So after eating we geared up and got in the boat for a very rough ride over to Sipadan. What we were in store for we had no idea.

Sipadan is an island that was a large resort area until 2005 when the government made it a protected area and tore down all the resorts. Now, on the island you are confined to one small area and there are military people there guarding the island.

It took a little while to get there because of the waves, but once there we arrived we got into the water pretty quick. We rolled off the boat and as we were descending, I pointed behind CW to show her a large green sea turtle that was swimming behind her. It was amazing. We continued on to see more green sea turtles and some white tip reef sharks. Courtney says she can die happy now. There isn't a lot more to say about the dives, the reef is really healthy around Sipadan and the diversity of life is incredible.

We got out of the water between dives and waited an hour on the island before we headed out again. While we were waiting, we ate egg sandwiches, walked on th beach, saw a baby monitor lizard and got a pretty nasty sun burn.

The second dive delivered the same great wildlife. The ride back was not as bad as the ride there. Oh wait, we forgot. On the boat ride to the island, we saw some flying fish. What was Mother Nature on? They were great to watch. One glided for at least 30 ft out of the water. Wow.

We got back to the rig, showered, and ate lunch. The meals here are great. There's always fresh fruit for dessert. After lunch we took our time, blogged and napped until the night dive. The night dive was part of my Advanced Open Water course. We did the dive underneath the rig because there was some lights from the rig so it wasn't completely dark.

The night dive was very good. We saw a lot of different wildlife. We saw a lot of lionfish and some cornetfish. We also saw some decorator crabs. Decorator crabs put pieces of sponge, coral or shell on their backs so that they can hide themselves to avoid predators.

After the dive we ate some dinner, showered and sat outside watching trevally and barracuda schooling around the rig, just below the surface. Then we realized we had to be up at 5:30 to go on a dive at 6:00 so we made our way to bed.

It was a very good day of diving and a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery.

-see the post tomorrow for all the photos-

Posted by agc_cwm 05:03 Archived in Malaysia

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