Jun

25

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: Paradise 1 is right near the Scuba Junkie Jetty so it was a 30 second boat trip, but it had plenty of great muck creatures. The site was very busy with probably 20 divers on it. We were ahead of most the divers and my guide found a frogfish which he pointed out to me excitedly. Although there are lots of frogfish around Mabul, this was apparently one of the more tricky species to find. I got a few shots off and then the ‘mob’ decended on the frogfish and people took it in turns ‘trying’ to make out an animal out of the nondescript mass. I waited patiently and got back for another couple of shots. It was in a tough position to light properly, but i managed a couple of shots that you can recognise the face if you look hard enough. The rest of the dive was spent with nudibranchs and turtles.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jun

25

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: The weather was blowing up and most of the dive sites over this side of Mabul were getting a bit dirty. So we ended up diving Coral Hills – more of a wide angle site with some nice corals stands. Apparently this doesn’t get dived all that often, probably because it doesn’t have the muck critters. It was nice, but i choose the wrong lens for this site.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jun

24

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: One of the dive sites just off the island of Mabul is Awas Reef. A good critter site. Plus turtles.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jun

24

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: At Mabul Island, about 1km offshore, is a large Oil Rig which has now been converted into a dive resort. The high currents around the oil rig pylons and some artificial reef below the structure attract some great marine life. I put the macro lens on for this dive, and spent most of the dive looking for frogfish, but it wasn’t too be. Crocodile fish, morays, and a great site for nudi’s…i tried out diffuser/snoot for some shots on this dive.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jun

24

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 18m

Details: Sipadan gets rave reviews in diving circles, so when looking for a nice holiday, Borneo came up at the top of the list with amazing diving and topside wildlife. So after flying into Borneo’s capital – Kota Kinabulu – it was back on a plane and off to Tawau on the east coast of Borneo. From there, an hours drive through endless Palm Oil plantations and we arrive in the seaside port of Semporna. Now if you google Semporna you’ll get mixed reviews, together with news reports of kidnappings and shootings. This was unnerving to begin with, but as the entry point to Mabul and Sipadan, it had to be done, and with the dive shop right across from our accommodation, it gave us a small sense of security. So after a night stay in Semporna it was off to Mabul where we stayed for 5 nights. We stayed at Scuba Junkie in a private room and it really did exceed our expectations. A luxurious room, with a great social vibe in the communal eating area, bar upstairs and pretty good food..albiet a little western. So after acclimatizing it was straight into diving with the first dive just off the beach itself (but from a boat – all dives around mabul are easily accessible from shore but understandably its boat diving only.)

I quickly realised that Mabul is all about the muck and putting a wide-angled lens on wasn’t the best move. Artificial reef was OK, but would have been better had i got into the macro zone. The locals have created a number of structures to encourage marine life to establish in the area..it works to a degree, but muck critters are the stars and they seem to love more subtle structure in the sand.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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