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Trip: Malaysia 2010

Written by markcra show markcra profile

Wednesday April 14 2010 04:37:45 PM

Date: from Mar 22, 2010 to Mar 27, 2010

Dive trip description:

This was my first visit to Malaysia and I took the opportunity to meet up with three of my wife's relatives (aunt and cousins) for a weeks diving with Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART). Flying direct from KL to Tawau I arrived a day early and spent the night in the Seafest hotel which sits right on the waters edge. In the morning I just had to stumble out of the hotel and onto the jetty where I met my dive buddies for the week.

A quick speedboat trip and we were standing on the jetty at Mabul Island where we were greeted by our Dive Master Deniah. She took us on a quick tour of the facilities, explained the programme for the week and checked our certification. It wasn't long before we had picked out the hire kit and were on a dive boat heading round to the house reef (located at the Mabul Water Bungalo Resort) for our check dive. The water was lovely and warm (29degC, a hell of a lot warmer than back home in Scotland) and the visibility was great.

I won't go into depth on each of the dives (that's what dive logs are for, right?) but we managed to get the permits to visit Sipadan Island twice and had 4 fantastic dives on each of those days. The remaining dives were primarily around Mabul Island but we did pop across to Kapalai for two dives. The diving around these two islands wasn't fully up to the same standard as Sipadan but still very enjoyable and with the added benefit that on the surface intervals we were back on Mabul and able to visit our chalets and/or the canteen.

We finished up the week by taking a wander around the island of Mabul before we got the speedboat back to Semporna. The villages around Mabul are such a culture shock from the resort itself. There are a few dive shops/resorts located around the island (such as Borneo Divers) however I would highly recommend Sipidan-Mabul Resort (SMART) to anyone thinking of diving in this area.

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  Date Dive site My Rating Max depth Dive time Author  
Show 26-03-2010 Mid Reef 21 m 53 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 26-03-2010 Lobster Wall 18.8 m 49 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 26-03-2010 Seaventure Dive Platform 17.2 m 51 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 25-03-2010 House Reef 19.6 m 51 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 25-03-2010 Paradise Bay 12.5 m 58 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 25-03-2010 Check Point 22.5 m 54 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 24-03-2010 West Ridge 17 m 47 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 24-03-2010 Staghorn Crest 19.4 m 46 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 24-03-2010 Mid Reef 24 m 46 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 24-03-2010 Barracuda Point 25.3 m 45 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 23-03-2010 Hanging Gardens 21.2 m 46 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 23-03-2010 Turtle Cavern 21.3 m 48 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 23-03-2010 Drop Off 26.3 m 45 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 23-03-2010 Barracuda Point 29 m 51 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 22-03-2010 Eel Garden 19.9 m 52 min markcra Malaysia 2010
Show 22-03-2010 House Reef 20.2 m 47 min markcra Malaysia 2010
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