Published: October 1st 2011September 30th 2011
Cheapest place in town
We get into ton about half five. It's dark and quiet. I've had maybe an hours sleep and LP doesn't even supply a map of the town. Netta wants to stay at Dragon Inn
so that's where we head first - RM20 (£4) for a dorm room, cold showers, squat toilet and no wi-fi. It doesn't open until half six.
I check my dive status at Sipadan Scuba
and they recommend I stay at the attached GH. It's RM25 (£5) for a dorm bed, with hot showers, western toilets, wi-fi and a towel
. I'm sold, but Netta would rather save the RM5 a night, though she does get a whole dorm to herself (at time of check-in). Netta manages to find a Sipanan dive for tomorrow for RM600 and something.
We each grab naps (tough Netta's kept awake by every boat that passes) and meet for lunch. We explore the town, starting with a live aquarium
(so bad I'm thankful I 'forgot' to pay) and finish with the bits of town tourists don't normally visit. I ask about getting to Indonesia and am told I need to get to Tawau
, get a Indonesia visa and then catch a ferry.
This town has diving and markets. In fact, the only things LP says you can do here are dive, eat and sleep.
I do something stupid to upset Annie and Netta tries to cheer me up by loosing at cards. She's not a very good loser. We're both pretty tired so call it an early night. Holiday Inn