Hanging out on Mabul island and diving Sipadan
Mabul Travel Blog› entry 22 of 47 › view all entries
June 19th, 2008 – by: manuel_s
The place (Arung Hayat) was great, nice atmosphere and most people stay a few days here for diving and having some beach time. There were lots of interesting and flaky people to talk to so we had a few nights out in one of the posh places. Seems everybody was in an open mood and I couldn't believe some of the lurid stuff that was being discussed. I guess palm trees and turtles and people who you might never see again make it easier to come out with all the dirty laundry. Which was great fun of course :P
Snorkeling around here was a bit hit and miss, although one night we were suprised by 15 lion fish crowding in the water just beneath the jetty where we were having a drink. Never seen so many. Probably they were attracted by the lights. And turtles skirt the longhouses at high tide looking for sponges they can't get to at low tide probably.
Diving was nice around Mabul, although the natural corals aren't so great there's lots of nice fish: frog fish, flying grunnard (pretty rare to see), a school of neurotic jack fish doing a continuous merry-go-round in on of the wooden structures that have been put there to form an artificial reef. And the most humongous turtle I've ever seen, that thing must have weighed well over a few 100 kilos, the shield alone was close to 1,5 m long. My day's diving near Sipadan was OK although visibilty wasn't so good, loads of turtles to see, not so many reef sharks, and a huge school of Barracuda. Of all the dive spots I've seen Komodo is still #1.
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