Diving at Sipadan!
08.10.2011 - 12.10.2011
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We took the overnight bus from KK to Semporna and arrived at 5am on Saturday morning (after some interesting mountain road overtaking from our bus driver!). The advantage of 5am was that it wasn't quite as hot when we were walking around trying to find a hostel. The disadvantage being that most places weren't too happy to see us before sunrise. Our hostel staff are nice and friendly - they've fixed our lights, changed our beds, and are generally chatty in the mornings before the dive boat leaves.
Anyway, we've done three out of our four days diving with Sipadan Scuba - the first day was at the infamous Sipadan Island, then Si Amil, Sipadan again today, and tomorrow at Sibuan Island.
We had one of our best dives today at Barracuda Point just off Sipadan (it certainly earned its title as the best dive site in the world!) - we descended to about 25m past a large school of jackfish into waters packed with just about everything! White tip sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, a couple of larger grey reef sharks, a massive school of barracuda just above us, needlefish, angelfish, Nemos, moray eels, napoleon wrasse, and bumphead parrotfish, to name but a few things we saw in only 45 minutes.
Semporna is really just a small fishing village that's been appropriated by dive centres for being the closest mainland settlement to the islands. Not much to do here, but some nice cafes to hang around in. If you're not into scuba, then don't come here. Met some nice English people (cup of tea) who are diving with us - it's interesting to hear where other people have been on their travels so far.
We hope to move on to find some jungle and orangutans on Thursday. We have our flight out of Borneo booked for the 27th, so still lots to do before then.