Awesome Muck diving
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Heikke and Sami (Finland), Robin (England), Joel and Rachael (England), Rich (England), Emily (England), Scuba Jeff (Malaysia), Chris (Philippines)
An hour and a half after leaving Semporna, we arrived at the island of Mabul with one engine less than we began our trip. We had 2 surprises upon arrival, the first been that there was a band playing music to greet us and the second was that Emily who we met in the Philippines was there on crutches. Shortly after she had left us, she had fallen at a waterfall and broken her ankle. She had made it to Mabul and stayed there whilst her ankle was healing.
After some breakfast, we got talking to people who had been on the island for a while and received rave reviews of what was to be seen under the water, which really made me eager to get involved.
As it turned out, the Chinese people arrived back shortly after lunch, so we managed to fit in 2 dives for the day. The first dive site was called Paradise, and lived up to its name. The dive was spectacular and i saw many different species that i had never seen before including Crocodile Fish, Frog Fish, cleaner shrimp and Bearded Scorpion Fish. We also managed to spot a Moray Eel, Green Turtle, Barracuda, Lion Fish and Clown Fish amongst others. I surfaced totally exhilarated by what i'd seen and keen to show Julia my photos.
The second dive was at the Sea Venture Oil Rig, which is now turned into a deluxe hotel. The dive was extremely interesting as many types of fish have taken residence amongst what has been discarded under water, including boats and old piping. We saw many of the same species that we did on the first dive as well as a huge school of fusilier fish and a lot of Lion Fish. It capped off a fabulous 2 dives and left me eager for more!
That evening Uncle Chang threw a really cool party, handing out free beers and as much free rum as you could drink. He got his band to play the 'Sipadan Song' and a lot of other classics, they were actually really good. We called it a night around midnight, but the party was still in full swing into the early hours of the morning.
The following day was Julia's first day of practical skills, after she had passed her written work the previous day. Thankfully i didn't have any diving booked as i had a bit of a rum hangover, so i took the opportunity to do some reading and chill out on the communal decking. Julia had a fantastic time out in the water, although she had been a little nervous at first. This gave me itchy feet, so i decided to walk around to the jetty on the far side of the island and do some snorkelling.
Rather than walk out along the jetty i decided to snorkel out, but i realised once i was halfway that the tide was so far out that the water wasn't really deep enough to be snorkelling. I tried to walk the rest of the way out, but there was too much coral so i resorted to snorkelling again.
The music was once again pumped up in the evening, but i decided to give the party a miss as i had diving booked for the next day, whilst Julia was busy studying for her dive course.
UNCLE CHANG'S SIPADAN SONG
1. There's an island in the Celebes Sea,
The name's Sipadan you must go and see,
If you're a diver and you want the best
Come go along and we'll do the rest!
CHORUS: Well I'm glad to say the drop offs ok,
Barracuda points not far away,
Lobster Lair is also there
And the Hanging Gardens are very rare!
2. Diver down at the water side
Looking at the drop off with gaping eyes
Wondering whats there down below
Is it Nobby Clarke or Jacques Cousteau!?
You can go and see if you're feeling brave
Dive right in until it ends
But don't stay too long or you'll get the bends!
4. White Tip avenue and Turtle Patch
The Coral Gargen - There is no match
Soft coral, hard coral and see whips too
Tropical Fish to amaze you!
5. Jacques Cousteau and Calipso came
Oh...ze... micro paradise he did acclaim
Diver in silver up and down the reef
Cameras were clicking there was no relief
6. Well sad to say you're leaving tomorrow
Sipadan Island will be far away
I know that when you leave her shore
There'll be memories in your heart forever more!