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Our first snorkel trip was to Sibuan island. We were pretty much ignored by the 2 Scuba Junkies staff on the boat so we just jumped into the cool water and went off to explore. The island itself was very small and a mix between a tropical paradise and a rubbish site. There is a small settlement on the tiny island, families living in little wooden huts on the beach. Unfortunately, as with so much of Asia, the locals don't understand responsible rubbish disposal and sadly they simply chuck their rubbish into the sea. Plastic bags, tins, cans, old clothes, you name it its in the water. On one side of the island it was very clear but on the other side where the locals live it is a different picture. the same deal in Semporna and as we later found out, even worse on Mabul.
Anyway the snorkelling was not particularly impressive from Sibuan. We had to go a long way out to find any coral and when we did, it was only a few small clumps with an abundance of marine life. Lovely to see some fish at last but we soon realised that diving was probably the best option from Sibuan. The other side of the island was a bit too choppy. Lunch time with Scuba Junkies here meant 2.5 hours of lying on the beach in the midday heat while the instructors had a kip. Then another dive/snorkel from the beach and then the 45 minute journey home.
Sipadan tomorrow, hope it is as good as we have heard!!