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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sipadan July 14th 2014

Some of you did guess properly, our next stop is indeed Sipadan, or should I rather say Mabul Island. We stay for a night in Tawau in a rather nice place for the city, and by 7.30am we were on our way to Mabul Island. I first came to Sipadan four years ago. If you are a diver, Sipadan is a mecca in Asia...or is it really? This time, I wanted to share the experience with Leslie and Tiffany. Tiffany has now over 20 dives, and she is ready for her next step, her Advanced Junior Open Water...but only next month as she is not yet 12 years old. For Leslie, well, he should be very very close to is 100th dives by the end of this year...so yes, he is diving... I starting the booking ... read more
Family fun!
Leslie, and one of the white tip sharks...diving Sipadan...
Nudibranch on Kapalai

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu July 10th 2014

Second leg of our little trip, and this time, no diving....but as you may guess, some diving coming pretty soon. I've never visited Kota Kinabalu in the past. Interesting enough, there is no direct flight from Thailand to Borneo, so it's never really a priority. We arrived late afternoon on the boat from Labuan. Our base for three nights, the 10 years old Meridien bang in the city center. Nothing much to write about the hotel beside the fact that it is a city hotel, providing us with more space than we need, a nice lounge to feed us, and easy connections for everything there is to see. We spent some time walking around the city. Well, not much to write about KK...there is nothing pretty about this city, it just do the job, but no ... read more
One of the two orphans at Rasa Ria
Sunset view from our room
Ready to raft one more river...

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah July 5th 2014

Well I am almost caught up on my blogging. This is my second down day since diving Mabul and Sipadan. I dove five days in a row, three dives a day and that is very tiring for me. When I got back from diving Sipadan I got a nice hotel, showered and collapsed on my bed. I woke at twelve thirty and thought I probably wouldn't find a restaurant still open. Luckily there is one with good food and good vibes. The men were engrossed in the World Cup soccer tournament re-runs and I took my Kindle with me. I had roti for desert; just plain, but I dipped it in sugar. It wasn't too sweet and so tasty. The trip to Sipadan began when I bought a package, three days accommodation on Mabul, dives and ... read more
Deep and Clear
One of My Favorite Fish
Calling...No Cell Phone

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah July 3rd 2014

The oceans are so amazing and I feel so privileged to be able to dive here in Malaysia. I want to share a few more dive photos with you from Day 2 of Semporna diving. Today we went to Palau Sibuan, an island not too far from Semporna. We are lucky to have good weather and I was lucky to be the only diver today so I did not have to worry about taking too much time with my camera. The dive master was content to look for interesting specimens for me to photograph.... read more
Splash!
Pharoh Cuttlefish
Remora

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah July 2nd 2014

DIVING SEMPORNA Some of you might remember, I dove Semporna and Sipadan last year. I thought this would be a good stopping point between Mongolia and Australia, and get me a bit more diving, too. When I got to Tawau, Borneo I took a taxi to Semporna, for about ten dollars. It takes about an hour and we passed acres and acres of palms, grown for the burgeoning market in palm oil. Luckily the driver lives in Semporna, so I was his last fare. I went to the hotel I stayed at last year above Nafissa Indian Restaurant and there are still huge monitor lizards by the dumpster. I went back to Scuba Junkies for two days of diving. The dive masters were grand and the diving was fantastic. The visibility was a little disappointing, but ... read more
Pals
Color and Testure
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna June 8th 2014

Hej derhjemme Slemt skuffede over at vi ikke fik lov til at bestige Kinabalu drog vi til østkysten af Borneo til et område omkring byen Semporna. Ud for Semporna findes "Semporna Archipelago" en masse små øer som giver perfekte forhold til dyk. Stjernen af dem alle er Pulau Sipadan - mere om den lidt senere. Vi startede med at bo på en af de større øer (det tager stadig kun 1 time at vandre den rundt), her var små fiskersamfund, og så ellers dykkercentre. Vi boede i en lille ydmyg bungalow, men få meter fra strankanten - en helt fin morgenudsigt! Vi købte 3 dyk, 2 på Mabul og 1 på en naboø, Kapalai, det var helt fine dyk med rigeligt med fisk, og vi så endda havskildpadder! Pulau Sipadan er af selveste Jacques Cousteau blevet ... read more
Mabul
En lille øgle
Solnedgang fra bungalow

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu June 8th 2014

I remember signing up for Travelblog with the intention to record my travel to Mountain Kinabalu 2 years back, when I was a 17 year-old teen who was greatly inspired by the bloggers here. Also by that age, I was, still am a hot blood young man, who just want to do things my peers find them challenging. I thought conquering Mountain Kinabalu will somehow make me feel good about myself, at least I will always remember that I was at the top of southeast Asia before turning 20. Let's get back when I was 17, when the dream of conquering the highest mountain in my country begins, I really aspired to climb Mt Kinabalu, I remember telling my classmates about this little dream of mine and how I planned my trip with or without the ... read more
Kundasang Town

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 25th 2014

Queen Mary Day 12 The Ocean Liner moved gracefully in the early morning on its maiden visit to Kota Kinabalu and was greeted by several boats, mainly local water taxis. The water wasn’t the cleanest we have seen and we did see a school of large fish swimming near the boat as we prepared to drop anchor. The harbour had quite an array of smaller container ships, some laden and others empty. While we were anchoring a largish car ferry arrived “Straits Challenger”. Another great breakfast and then we headed to the assembly area to board the QM2’s tenders for a short trip to the dock where Tour Guides that were taking us on a guided tour met us and guided us to our coach. There were several organised tours, each designated by a number (ours ... read more
QM2 at Kota Kinabalu
QM2 at Kota Kinabalu
Qm2 at Kota Kinabalu

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kinabatangan February 19th 2014

Having dropped off Amana at her departure terminal(who incidentally passed backpacker bootcamp with honors) we boarded a plane to Kota Kinabalu (kk). We were starving at the airport and having seen the amazing food on offer outside our departure terminal we thought we may be getting a culinary treat (i.e mc Donald's) once we had checked in-no such luck, we made do with a packet of crisps and a snack on the plane. Kk is the main city in Borneo and we were flying here for two reasons 1) to spend some time with my mum and dad (caz and col) who very nicely had decided to come and see us whilst we were away and also 2) to go and meet/see some oraguatans. After a reasonable wait at immigration (not sure why we needed another ... read more
Its a hard life for an Orangutan
Good skills - Yoga and banana eating combined
Baby Orangutan at the rehabilitation centre




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