A lot of you have been asking where have I been and where I took my Advance OW, so here it is ! Disclaimer : Lots of videos/photos (half of it not mine) and at the end of the post is the summary (costings and places of interest around the area.).
Sometimes it seems like I’m at Boracay and sometimes I feel like I’m in the Maldives but really I was just back in Sabah.
Our flight rescheduled hence we arrive at Tawau airport rather early.
Arrival : 11am
Tawau airport to Semporna : 12pm (approx 75mins)
Lunch at Semporna (not included in package): 1pm
Alternative: Arrive early and have breakfast in Tawau, tons of good food there.
Semporna to ND Divers (home for the next 4 days) takes about 20mins.
Here's a short video on our accomodation for the next 4 days.
After unpacking and Andy showing us the house tour we got ready for our first dive.
Gearing up and going for our first dive, this is for our divemasters to assess us.
Night Dive- House Reef
Things to expect: Lionfish, Bioluminiscent plankton (when we off all our torches, pitch black and we start waving our hands in water), Seahorse, Squid.
In total, we did 2 dives.
Woke up to see the sunrise at 6am. Didn’t think we can wake up to do dawn dive hence we opt out.
Breakfast at 7am and we got all our gears ready by 7.45am. Headed out for our dives at Mabul Island by 8.15am till 5pm, In total we did 3 dives that day including the dives to harness our skills.
Things that you can see here at Mabul's divesite : Nudibranch, Triggerfish, Turtles, lots of other fishes who’s name i obviously cant remember
KO-ed hence we opt out on night dive and dawn dive for the next day
Visited two famous island around semporna around semporna. The short version of it is below cause I’ve covered these 2 island 3 years ago, to read the longer version of it click here.
This is an island whereby people hike up to see the scenic view. Going up takes about 20-40 mins, depending on individual speed and traffic (lots of people going up and down).
#Tips Bring your own sports shoes cause if they not they’ll make you rent theirs (RM10/pair).
Sea gypsies village (Bajau Laut)
This is not usually part of the tour but because my friend, who’s the organiser happen to know of this village hence we arrange a detour to visit them.
Here's a short video for when we went for a visit and Zhan Yuan brought some bread & bananas for them.
Yes this is Sibuan island, long stretches of white sandy beach. Perfect for chilling and tanning and also snorkelling! Oh and the first picture was taken in Sibuan island as well.
Chilled out at ND’s place while preparing to go home.
Dives that you can do with ND Divers : Dawn dive, Normal Dives, Night Dive
Total Dives: 5
#Tip Though Semporna is near the sea but their seafood is very expensive but definitely fresh.
Thank you for reading up to the very end, here’s a short video of our trip to end this post.