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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Joel and Rachael (England), Rich (England), Scuba Jeff (Malaysia), Chris (Philippines)
With stinging blisters on my toes and the remains of a sea urchin under my foot, i spent Tuesday just chilling out on the decking, playing some ludo with Rachael and Julia. However, when the chance of diving came up in the late afternoon, i decided that it was too good an opportunity to turn down, so donned my gear and went out to Lobster Lair.
Back on Mabul i settled in for a chilled night, but the rum once more came into play as Rich, Julia and I ended up solving the World's problems around 1.30am from what i remember :) The following day we were awake by 8.30am and ready to go to Sipadan with Scuba Junkies again. We saw their boat approaching around 9am and went to the room to collect our gear.
We ended up spending the day trying to organise another trip and luckily Uncle Changs sorted it for us to go to Sipadan on the 5th. This was quite fortunate as there are only so many permits issued per day by the authorities and this is not only for divers but snorkellers too.
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!