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Monday, June 18, 2007

the best dive site in Malaysia

"Karen my dive-partner with a huge school of barracuda"

" school of barracuda swimming past my camera "

" resting lion fish, a still predator on this reef "

" My new underwater camera housing rig:
(Camera: Canon EOS 350D)
Ikelite housing (6871.20) / 6" dome port (w focus/zoom)
Ikelite DS-125 Underwater Strobe
Nite Rider HID 20 battery, focus/fill light
Ultralight + Ikelite arms
Custom battery Bracket; custom mini-buoyancy tube "

As promise, here are some dive photos of my last week trip to Sipadan Island, Sabah. I am still getting use to my new underwater camera rig and the right camera setting for underwater exposer. But by the second dive, I've manage to capture descent photos of this magical underwater oasis, I am satisfied with my 2 days and 1 nite dive there. The rest of edited photos can be found on my photo album here.

Malaysian Borneo are one of the best dive site in the world. Malaysia’s only oceanic island is just a tiny dot in the South China Sea. The underwater sea is a magnet for fish: schools of trevally, barracuda and horse-eye jacks swarm over the reefs, which are also home to dozens of breeding hawksbill and green turtles. The turtles are accustomed to divers. If you like Shark ... encounters are reliably good here, though the currents can be strong and I would not recommend Sipadan for inexperienced divers. Close by, the reefs of Mabul and Kapalai are fantastic for spotting rare mandarin fish, sea wasps and lots of other species which I don't know the name.

Divers...do support my lovely country Visit Malaysia 2007, you can arrange your trip here at www.save-money-diving.com.

For other top dive site in Malaysia:
1. Pulau Payar (Langkawi)
West coast Peninsular Malaysia most popular island for snorkeling and diving. Comprises of Pulau Payar, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang.

2. Pulau Pangkor (Perak)
The nearest diving island from Kuala Lumpur with a range accommodation from basic chalets to luxurious hotels.

3. Pulau Perhentian (Terengganu)My Favorite Spot- I started my diving here and got my PADI's years ago
An idyllic island with beautiful beaches framed by huge boulders. Suitable for divers of all levels. A favorite island for back packers and budget travelers.

4. Pulau Lang Tengah (Terengganu)
When translated means 'Eagle resting in the middle of the island'. Being located midway between Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang, divers can access dive sites other than Pulau Lang Tengah.

5. Pulau Redang (Terengganu)My Favorite Spot
The first Marine Park Centre was established on this island-Conservation efforts have resulted in Pulau Redang having prolific coral growth and fish life.

6. Pulau Kapas (Terengganu)
In addition to easy diving around the island, Pulau Kapas also offers interesting topside activities like squid fishing, sunset cruises and other activities.

7. Pulau Tenggol (Terengganu)
Unique underwater boulder terrain and interesting macro animals makes Pulau Tenggol different from the other Peninsular Malaysia islands.

8. Pulau Tioman (Pahang)
Renown as the location for the Hollywood movie 'Bali Hai', Pulau Tioman has a number of islands with interesting diversity of marine life and diving profile.

9. Pulau Aur (Johor)My Favorite Spot
The long journey to this remote island from mainland is rewarded with pristine corals and exciting fish action. Currents sweeping the submerged reefs attract plenty of pelagic fish.

10. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Islands (Sabah)
Located just 15 minutes from mainland Kota Kinabalu, these islands offer easy dives with plenty of time to relax on the white sandy beaches

11. Pulau Lankayan (Sabah)
A remote island with an extraordinary variety of coral life, reef fishes and bizarre macro animal life. Divers and look forward to relaxing in well appointed accommodation.

12. Pulau Mabul and Pulau Kapalai (Sabah)My Favorite Spot
Sabah's popular site for macro enthusiasts seeking to encounter rare and hard to find macro animal life. Every dive holds a surprise.

13. Pulau Labuan (Labuan)
An off shore financial business center with some of the best wreck diving to be found in Malaysia. Nature has transformed the wrecks to a garden of life.

14. Pulau Layang Layang (Sabah)
Pulau Layang Layang offers encounters with the unknown. Rising 2000 meters from the sea-bed, the reef attracts a number of pelagic fish such as tunas, sharks and more sharks.

15. Pulau Talang-Talang (Sarawak)
The essentially hard coral seascape extends to rocky bottom. Sponges and sea fans grow among the hard corals.

Do you have any favorite diving spot? You can list it here...Cheers

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on the 6/18/2007 05:47:00 PM, Anonymous Bianca said...

My best would be Similan Islands-Thailand. Tranquil white sand beaches and turquoise water with gin clear, 60 m visibility. Meadows of soft corals and sea fans combined with a prolific fish population. The best chance of seeing them is during the plankton bloom in March and April. For the non SCUBA Diver, snorkelling the Similans is second to none. In fact, because of the drift currents on many of the islands, you can often see more variety of marine life in the protected shallow areas.

The closest starting point to dive the Similans is Kaoh Lak. You can also depart from Phuket. You can dive the Similans on a 1-day trip from Kaoh Lak. However, it's more satisfying to take at least a 3-day liveaboard.

http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/thailand/thaiop.html#SIMILANS

 

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