Diving with Sharks and Turtles in beautiful Sipadan, could life get any better?
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Today we had to catch the boat to Mabul Island from just outside the Dragon Inn at 7am, standing outside waiting for the boat we got to know 5 others that were going to the island to dive with us. It took around 45 minutes by boat to Mabul Island and when we got there we were greeted by the rest of the people that we’d be diving with for the next couple days. Along with the Dutch woman we met the day before, we also ran into the French couple that we met at the Sepilok Orang Utan rehab center! There was also 3 Germans, a girl from California and a guy from Ireland that were all diving with us, making a total of 10 divers for the 2 days.
We only had enough time to eat a small breakfast before we were getting all our equipment together and getting on a boat to head to our first dive site on Sipadan Island.
After our first dive we spent an hour on Sipadan Island for lunch and enjoyed the beautiful beach and scenery of this amazing place! I can honestly say that this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life! There were a collection of hermit crabs crawling through the beautiful white sand along with Monitor lizards crawling around a little farther up the beach. The hour flew by and in no time we were climbing back onto the boat to do our second dive before heading back to Mabul for our last dive.
For our second dive of the day we went to White Tip Avenue in Sipadan and at a depth of 25m for 44 minutes we spent most of the dive swimming with white tip sharks and various sea turtles which was quite an experience. There’s nothing like turning your head and seeing a shark swimming within a few feet of you or having a turtle swim by you that’s so close you could touch it. Jordan actually reached out and touched one of the turtles on its shell but the dive master made the signal not to do that again haha. About half way though the dive we came across a school of between 20-30 white tip sharks which was a little scary at first but soon we were comfortable with them and I even tried to get close to a few them. Once we ran out of air we had to surface and wait for the others to do the same.
For out third dive of the day, we went to Sting Ray City which was just off shore from Mabul Island and this time we did a depth of 22m for 45 minutes and although the water wasn’t as clear as around Sipadan, there was still really good visibility and we got to see a bunch of different fish and plant life that are native to Mabul Island only! I even got a new breathing regulator for this dive since the one I had for the previous 2 dives was leaky but I guess I was just cursed today for regulators cus my new one was faulty as well and I had to use my backup regulator yet again.
We got back to Mabul Island around 4pm and had the rest of the night to relax and have fun with the other divers. After dinner we all went and watched the amazing sunset from the docks and shortly after decided to grab a bunch of beers from the tiny convieneince type shop on the island. For the rest of the night we shared more diving stories, shared pictures and a whole bunch of laughs. Honestly it was a great end to an awesome day of diving.
Here’s a very short list of some of the cool fish we saw today: white tipped shark, grey reef shark, turtles, scorpion fish, seas slugs, sea horses, clown trigger fish, angel fish and clown fish.