Diving, Diving, Diving

Semporna Travel Blog

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I arrived in Semporna about 6 hours later and easily found Scuba Junkie.  They were booked on accommodation for the first night I was there (fine since I changed my dates a few days earlier). They put me up at Dragon Inn which is a floating hotel.  It was nice on the outside, but just mediocre on the inside.  The rooms also had openings in the top that made everything stay damp since it was on the water.  I eagerly opted to move to the scuba junkie dorm for the rest of my stay.  I cannot say enough about scuba junkie.  It was an amazing experience.  A lot of the people there are going through the courses to get their dive masters certification, which takes about a month to six weeks to complete.  All of the staff there was more than helpful and great.

  They were laid back, had answers to questions, and were willing to make things happen all the time!

On Tuesday I went for my first dives at Mabul and Kapalai Islands.  Our speed boat stops at Mabul to pick up some people who are staying there.  Simon and Linda from the other campus get on my boat!  I knew they were diving in Semporna, but didn’t know where they were staying so that was a nice surprise.  We dove Lobster Wall, Mid Reef, and Seaventures Oil Rig.  All three sites were fantastic.  The visibility was great as well as the sea life.  We saw blue spotted rays, tons to red toothed trigger fish, clown trigger fish, titan trigger fish, clown fish, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, among other things.

  Seaventures Oil Rig is an old oil rig that has been converted to a diving center.  This is where Jess stayed and dove from, but you can also dive underneath it.  The current was quite strong, but there are all kinds of wreck debris down there.  We saw some crocodile fish and scorpion fish down there too.  After heading back to Semporna, I hung out in the Scuba Junkie restaurant/ bar.  That is where most of the divers and dive masters hung out at the end of the day.  There were tons of great people to hang out with from all over the world doing all kinds of traveling.

The next day, I was at Sibuan.  I did another three dives here which was also great.  I saw all of the above as well as eels, and a frog fish- one of the coolest fish ever!  It looks like a little person, but can dislocate its jaw to eat things the same size or larger than it.

  The one we saw “yawned” for us and it was pretty crazy to see.  I was hoping to see some Mandarin fish here, but none came out to play for me! :( 

Thursday, I got to dive Sipadan for my birthday!  It was awesome! (again!)  Sipadan used to have resorts on the island, but it was closed and made into a federal park reserve so it is now protected.  There are only 140 divers allowed there a day and you have to have a permit to dive, which the dive shops arrange for you.  I did three dives here also.  On the first dive we saw a massive lobster.  We also saw a huge puffer fish all blown up.  It looked pregnant.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  We were also circled by a school of chevron barracuda who “tornadoed” us.

  It was unbelievable.  There were tons of turtles, gray reef sharks and white tipped reef sharks.  The coral was beautiful as well.  The visibility for all three days was about 20 meters.  The sun was out all three days and it was beautiful.  I even managed to become a nice golden color instead of my typical lobster red color.  I was impressed I didn’t burn at all!  (Must have been because I actually brought aloe gel with me this trip!)

Thursday was also one of the dive masters birthday so we celebrated together.  A couple of the guys I dove with bought me drinks and there was a cake for the other girl, which she shared.  We played pool, hung out, and had a great time!

bernard69 says:
Rachel,thanks for sharing all these nice pics!
Posted on: Apr 24, 2009
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Semporna Hostels review
Basic, but the people are awesome
I had a fantastic experience here. I was in the dorm and most of the people with me were working on their dive masters. Even though the town of Semp… read entire review
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