September 25th, 2007 – by: sissanoel
Melissa (far left), Nifty Nev the instructor (middle) and Lisa & John (fellow learner divers) off the beach at Sapi Island, Kota Kinabalu.
Melissa's first day of practical diving today, which was great fun. Got down to 12 metres so saw some nice coral and some interesting fish - barracuda swam by at one point. Also lots of brightly coloured fish and a few sea slugs. Mostly just learning new skills, though, and practising them until it became habit. Noel came across to the island and spent the day sitting under a tree, reading, and doing the odd bit of snorkelling. Enjoyed it immensely - nice to do not very much once in a while! After the course finished at about 6.30pm, we had a drink at our local bargain cafe/pub with a couple of people from the course - Lisa and John are a young English couple on their way to Australia so had lots to talk about. We like this cafe - it sells big bottles of Carlsberg for RM7 (bargain) and noodle or rice disshes for RM4, so can't go wrong. The young guy who seems to be the money collector is very interesting - he seems to know everybody who walks past and lots of people give him money while appearing to get nothing in return! Not sure what's going on there, but will keep on his good side!