Monday, August 16, 2010

First full Day of Diving on Mabul Island

Hello everyone from Mabul Island. Right know it is 4:51 a.m. and since the internet connection is best this time of the day and our body clocks have yet to adjust we are updating this blog. Yesterday we stated our first dive at 8:30 a.m. with a dive on Mabul Island called Lobster Wall and then at 11:00am at site Cleaning Station on Kapalai and finally at 2:30 for a final dive at Eel Garden 1 back at Mabul. 

All of the sites where fabulous we saw crocodile fish, eels, numerous turtles, Nudibranch and the creme de la creme was the Harliquin Ghost Pipe Fish at the Cleaning Station site.......and last but not least tons of Clown Fish..... Even though there is a lot of backscatter in the water, we are having such a good time diving and shooting pictures as there is so much to see. We can see why divers from around the world come here.

At this time we appear to be the only Americans here at the resort so far with only a few Brits so we are only able to communicate with each other and the locals, that is until you get below the sea and all of sudden we can all communicate with hand signals which is really interesting. It is almost like the Tower of Babel for those of you familiar with the Bible.

We are still waiting our turn to dive the famous Sipidan as only a few individuals get to have that option per day due to the permits administered by the Malaysian government. We hope to at least dive it once during the trip. If you do get the permit you start at 5:30 a.m. and are gone all day with 4 dives and breakfast and lunch while you are in between surface intervals.

More tomorrow about our adventure....

Greg and Alicia

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