Diving in a Tropical Paradise

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One of many turtles at sipadan
I cannot possibly begin to describe the amazing diving I have done over the last three days, it was absolutely spectacular. So I shall just give a quick summary of the final dive I did this afternoon. One minute there's a huge turtle swimming inches from my face, looking me right in the eye then the next I'm surrounded by thousands of barracuda as a reef shark glides about a metre below my feet. I saw thousands of fish in every shape, colour and size imaginable and a school of dolphins in front of our boat on the way back. It was just breathtaking. I am soooooo glad I took that diving course, I think the last 3 days have given me one of the best experiences of my life. I'm also starting to feel more confident with diving, I can now control my buoyancy pretty well and don't panic when currents try to sweep me away.
Bethfish, being highly impolite
I was lucky enough to dive with my friend Josh as my buddy today, he's a qualified divemaster and it really helped!
It's just been a good few days, we met some lovely people and spent all our spare time playing cards with them. Best group of people I've met so far and I was seriously sad to leave them behind today. I think I could have quite happily spent another week there! The food was rubbish and the bed was uncomfortable but despite my yucky cold I enjoyed every minute of it. Borneo in general in fact. It has been the highlight of my trip so far. It's exceeded my expectations.
Anyway, diving makes you very tired!!! Plus I have horrible sunburn. God knows how I got it because I spent all day either in a wetsuit or in the shade. But hey, with skin like mine its all-too-easy. Sigh. So I'm off to let Jesse rub some aloe vera into it then having a lovely long sleep. We have a very long journey back to Kota Kinabalu ahead of us!
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One of many turtles at sipadan
One of many turtles at sipadan
Bethfish, being highly impolite
Bethfish, being highly impolite
Spadefish at Sipadan
Spadefish at Sipadan
Barracuda school at Barracuda Poin…
Barracuda school at Barracuda Poi…
A lionfish at Mandarin Valley, Mab…
A lionfish at Mandarin Valley, Ma…
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