Sharks, Turtles, Barracudas and Julia :)
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Johnny (Malaysia), Awang (Philippines)
So it was eventually time to go and dive Sipadan again, after a 4 day wait. It would be Julia's first experience there and having only just passed her open water course, she was understandably nervous. We began our day with a dive at Barracuda Point, where i had dived previously. I decided to go deep on this dive in the hope of spotting Hammerheads, but after passing into colder currents and descending to around 43m, i became a little nervous that my camera would break as its housing is only designed to go as deep as 40m. I therefore hovered around that marker, but didn't spot anything too interesting, so ascended to join up with the group again. Within minutes of been around 25m, we started encountering White and Black Tip Reef Sharks.
We took an hour surface interval before heading to our second dive site of the day, Staghorn Crest. We encountered many of the same species, including at least 2 dozen sharks, which was really remarkable. It was particularly interesting to swim in amongst them and all of a sudden realise that a shark was coming at you from the blind side. There was also one Whit Tip Reef Shark that was hidden in a small cave and i managed to get within touching distance of it to take a photo.
Our third and final dive of the day was at the Hanging Gardens. On this dive i buddied up with Julia, as on the previous dives she had been going only to 18 metres so i had buddied up with Awang. It was a strange dive, because i felt a lot more protective and worried about what Julia was doing, rather than concentrating on my own dive. She also felt a lot more pressure having to dive with me and we agreed at the end it was probably best if we dived with seperate buddies in future. Some cool things that we spotted on this dive included a Hawksbill Turtle, a huge Triggerfish that was been cleaned, several small caves and openings that you could swim through, a pretty large Moray Eel, a crab and some clown fish.
We went back to Mabul and collected our belongings before getting the boat back to the main land city of Semporna. Uncle Changs band came out to play the 'Sipadan song' for the final time and we ended up humming it all the way back on the boat. To cap off a wonderful week, we then spotted a couple of Turtles mating, which was pretty neat. Once in Semporna we settled our final bill and went to see Scuba Junkies to find out why they hadn't picked us up on the 3rd. They seemed surprised to hear our story, as the dive master had not even reported that there were less people on that day, than had signed up for the diving.
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!
Looking at the drop off with gaping eyes
Wondering whats there down below
Is it Nobby Clarke or Jacques Cousteau!?
3. There's Turtle Skeleton in Turtle Cave
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!