Had a sleep in this morning 6:45am woo hoo! Went down for breakfast at 7am with Malcolm and Julie before heading over to the dive centre at 8am. Today we were going to do more relaxed diving called 'Muck Diving' around Mabul and Siamil Island. Muck Diving as they call it in this area is all about the small sea life. Our first two dives were around Siamil Island. The first dive was very good and different to anything we have done before. The dive guide was good at picking out the small critters that we would otherwise miss! It was a macro photographers dream, I couldn't take enough pictures of colourful Nudibranchs, Lion fish and small Spotted File Fish.
It certainly wasn't boring diving. After the first dive we took a break on the Island which is as far as we could see looked uninhabited, it was your typical tropical Island with sweeping white sandy beach and palm trees. The second dive went a bit hay wire, I was so busy trying to get a good photo of a Lion Fish and got stung by some plant in the process that I didn't see the rest of the group disappear! Even Vaughan didn't wait! But thankfully I wasn't on my own as the Italian couple were there as well. We hung around this rock with a strong current wondering where the rest of the group had gone then Vaughan appeared from behind the rock and pointed in the other direction. We finned along but we didn't see the rest of the group it was just myself and Vaughan, even the Italian couple disappeared. We ended up surfacing near the beach and about 100 meters away from everyone else! Turned out they had turned around and gone in the opposite direction to us but we didn't seem to pass them.
Yellow spotted File fish
The sting on my hand seem to subside once I got out the water, thankfully! I was worrying, wondering if it would turn into something worse. After we finished our dives at Siamil we headed back to the resort for lunch and a rest before doing our last dive at Mabul. About 2pm we headed out to Mabul for a final boat dive for the trip, the diving around Mabul was excellent and we were lucky enough to see a Turtle and even better a large cuttlefish, the first we had ever seen. It was such a funny looking fish changing colours and using its skirt like fins to move through the water. I managed to get some good photo's and movie of it, seeing the cuttlefish was definitely a highlight.
Back at the resort Vaughan and Malcolm had put themselves down for a night dive and an English guy also joined them.
While Vaughan was out diving I went to the library and looked up all the small sea life we had seen today and made a note of them. I also walked to the other part of the resort and right down the end where the man made beach was. Back in our bungalow I did some packing as tomorrow we were heading back to the mainland and getting a bus to Sandakan. I went down for dinner as I was damned hungry, I thought Vaughan might meet me down there, Julie was waiting for Malcolm to get back. I was eating dinner when a very annoyed Vaughan walked up and I copped an earful for not waiting for him! He had walked back to the room to find it locked and then walked all the way back to the restaurant very peeved!! The stink eye treatment didn't last long he went back got himself changed then come back again for dinner and by the time he arrived he was back in a good mood! That evening we were joined by an English couple, one of which had been on the night dive with Vaughan and Malcolm. By 10pm we were stuffed, it had been an energetic week and we had an early rise for the boat back to the mainland.