Diving, Diving, Diving
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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.
On Tuesday I went for my first dives at Mabul and
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.
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.
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!