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Short Dive Trip to Teluk Dalam, Perhentian Besar [22nd ~ 24th July 2011]

July 31st, 2011 No comments
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Teluk Dalam, Perhentian Besar

It’s been 3 years since I last dived at Perhentian Island; fond memory of Sugar Wreck is still vivid but fading. So when there are a couple of friends interested to go for a short dive trip to Perhentian over a weekend, I am in. Eventually we amass 5 persons for the trip.

We booked a dive resort – Bayu Dive Resort – at Teluk Dalam, Perhentian Besar. The online booking system is a bliss to use; I booked 2 rooms which go by fish names in just a few minutes – Moray Eel (RM90/night) is a fan room that can fit 2-3 persons just next to the generator; Pipefish (RM160/night) is one of the many air-conditioned cottages for 2 persons. Paid 25% thru credit cards and the room booking is secured.

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Some recent Bali diving photos – Tulamben, Amed, Kubu

September 16th, 2010 No comments

Some more diving photos, taken at northeastern Bali area – Tulamben, Amed and Kubu.

A short write up to be followed soon, when I am back from Tioman. 🙂

Luck is not on my side – no Mola Mola and Manta Ray sighting at Nusa Penida dives!

September 12th, 2010 2 comments

I just come back from a diving trip to Bali a couple of weeks ago. I have to admit I have a blast, even if I didn’t see any Mola Mola and Manta Rays at Nusa Penida. Yeah it is right, I see none of them, which is probably harder to achieve at this time of the year (end of August) than seeing one or a few of them. Luck is just not at my side at times. It is a perfect excuse to come Nusa Penida again though!

We dived 2 days at Nusa Penida, followed by 1 day each at Tulamben, Amed and Kubu.

For Nusa Penida dives, we pre-book online with Bali Scuba at Sanur. 3 dives/day cost USD130. The price includes hotel transfer, tank & weight & guide, onbaoard soft drinks & mineral water, and a nice little lunch onboard (steam rice with beef & chicken, egg and sambal). Gear rental is not included – expect USD5/item/day. Our dive master for the 2 dive days are Knut and Henry. Knut is a tall Caucasian and likes to joke around. Henry is an over-sized fatty with over 30 years of diving experience. Both are really nice guys and helpful. Read more below. Read more…

Sometimes, some things are just too hard to swallow…

September 14th, 2009 3 comments

… like this little seahorse to a slightly bigger frogfish.

Location: Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi
Date/Time: 1st Sept 2009, 15:30

This orange brownish juvenile frogfish, measuring less than 5cm in length, has been eyeballing the pity little seahorse for quite some time. It probably ponders whether to go for something prettier for a quick snack – it is teatime now anyway – or just take the black seahorse for a quick chow since it is easy – the seahorse didn’t intend to move out from the frogfish’s stare at all. My dive buddy Bill and myself swam around these 2 little creatures for a while but nothing happened. They kept staring at each other, like stone statues, not moving a muscle, and only few centimeters apart.

Then, in the blink of an eye, the frogfish opens its huge mouth and had the whole of the seahorse’s head and some of its body swallowed. It is kinda bizarre to witness such a killing, though I’d prefer real horse meat over seahorse’s meat anyday.

For the next 3 minutes or so, the below pose maintained:

Frogfish tries to swallow a seahorse

Frogfish tries to swallow a seahorse

But then, probably feeling remorse to kill a seahorse, or maybe the seahorse is just too hard to swallow, the frogfish releases it out from his mouth, and slowly retreated. The seahorse is alive – for now.

erm.. the frogfish didn't really like the horse meat...

erm.. the frogfish didn't really like the horse meat...

General Information & Expenses: My First Sipadan Trip, Aug 2008

February 22nd, 2009 4 comments
Sipadan Island - Tiny but Famed

Sipadan Island - Tiny but Famed

It’s been a while – 6 months to be exact – since I came back from my Sipadan trip, but it is just like yesterday, that I can still remember details of the trip. I had my best dives, not saying a lot as I have just over 50 in total, but the memories of this trip will not go away for a very long time. Because the trip is very special to me.

So, I am obligated to write down some notes about this trip, on one hand to record down my memories, but on the other hand promote our own little Malaysian islands – Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai – to the rest of the travelers and divers. Not that these famed islands still need any more promotion, though.

Some trip information for my 5D4N Sipadan trip last August (8/82008 ~ 12/8/2008):

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Great Barracuda!

February 21st, 2009 No comments
Great Barracuda, length of 1.5m or so

Great Barracuda, length of 1.5m or so

Date: 11th August, 2008; ~1pm

Location: one of Kapalai’s dive sites

Equipment: Canon Powershot A620 in Canon WP-DC90 waterproof housing, Inon Z240 single strobe

It was almost 50 minutes into our 2nd dive of the day, at Kapalai (near Sipadan, Sabah, Malaysia). 6 of us together with our dive master ascended to ~7m, getting ready to do the safety stop and call it an end to another great dive. Thus far, the dive is excellent – among other sightings, I saw my first ribbon eels – 2 adults in blue and yellow colors, and one pitch black juvenile. I spent quite some time with one of the adult ribbon eels, trying to get a good shot of it but not really successful. My buddy Bill was not helping at all in that regard, but that is another story.

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Photo Albums

December 17th, 2008 No comments


Dive Trip Photos [click each to see more]

Sipadan Water Village on Mabul Island

Sipadan Water Village @ Mabul

Sipadan 2008: Above Water

School of barracuda

School of barracuda

Sipandan 2008: UnderWater

Tioman Sunset

Tioman Sunset

Tioman 2007: Above Water

Curious Clownfish

Curious Clownfish

Tioman 2007: Under Water

Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Perhentian Besar 2007

Sunset @ Koh Lipe

Sunset @ Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe, Thailand, Dec 2007

Hawksbill dives

Hawksbill dives

Pulau Tenggol, Underwater, Sept2007

Leave Nothing But Foot Print

Leave Nothing But Foot Print

Pulau Tenggol, Above Water, Sept2007

Redang Long Beach

Redang Long Beach

Redang 2007: Coming Soon!

Travel Photos

Emerald Temple, Bangkok

Emerald Temple, Bangkok

Bangkok & Pattaya, Dec2008

Local girl @ Sapa, Northern Vietnam

Local girl @ Sapa, Northern Vietnam

Sapa, Northern Vietnam,

May2007 – Coming Soon!

Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia

Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia

Central Java,
Indonesia
July2007
Coming Soon!

Dusk at Sekinchang (Selangor, Malaysia)

Dusk at Sekinchang (Selangor, Malaysia)

Sekinchang, Selangor

Offering

Offering

Bali,
April 2009

Sunset @ Boracay

Sunset @ Boracay

Boracay,
May 2009

Misc

The Smiling Clown

The Smiling Clown

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta,
Putrajaya, March 2009

Cooling Off

Cooling Off

Formula 1 @ Sepang,
Apr 2007

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