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Published: September 10th 2006
Alex and the dive boat
None of your thirty-diver juggernauts here ! It was just us two and the dive leader.
We're back in the steamy heat of Kuala Lumpur. After an extra day of not doing very much, we board a plane to somewhere which promises to be very special.
We're flying to North Borneo, to the Malaysian province of Sabah. Here, right near the border with Indonesia, where the Sulu and Celebes Seas meet, is Pulau Sipadan, reputed to be one of the world's great dive sites. Pulau Sipadan and a wealth of other tiny islands are dotted around the coast between the towns of Tawau and Semporna. We fly (Air Asia again !) to Tawau from KL before hopping in a minibus (complete with chickens in the back - sadly one of them succumbed to heat exhaustion, poor thing) to Semporna.
There followed two day of the most extraordinary diving we've ever done. There is no use writing about it - the photos will speak for themselves. I was lucky enough to find the underwater pressure case for our particular model of digital camera - a purchase which proved to be extremely worthwhile. Judge for yourself !
In addition to phenomenal diving, Semporna also boasts some gorgeous seafood - Alex I feasted on baked crab, roasted
Don't give me evils !
A malevolent-looking barracuda marauding above the drop-off around Pulau Sipadan. Hunting...these things move frighteningly fast.
slipper lobster...yum !
This will be a mainly-photos entry. Enjoy the piccies !
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