May

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Diving at Mabul Island

Mabul Island is a beautiful paradise off the sandy coast of Sabah state, Malaysia. Since 1970 the natives have been engaging in subsistence fishing, but during the mid nineties divers started using it as a vintage point to visiting the nearby Sipadan region. They also discovered Mabul to have clean, calm beaches that are suitable for diving. As a 27 yr old career man, I enjoy coming here every holiday season to play in the revitalizing waters, it makes me feel relaxed, peaceful and in control of my life.
Mabul Island

There are also interesting sea creatures that roam the seas for you to see, I always find it interesting to swim alongside camouflaged frogfish, harlequins and massive schools of salt-water fish. The island is free for deep-sea diving throughout the year. Nevertheless, for great underwater visibility I recommend visitors to come in the dry period which lasts from the month of March to October.

Diving expeditions

The reef area borders a natural continental shelf and has a deep seabed which goes down 28m deep. Moreover, there are numerous dive resorts which operate within the beach area for visitors to take advantage of. During my first diving experience I was able to see various sea creatures for the first time, some of these are bobtail squids, colorful cuttlefish and the rare mimic octopus. Mabul’s reef is a natural ecosystem for diverse breeds of cephalopods. Sea gobies can also be found in these waters with the most popular ones being metallic shrimp, spike-fin and gray sail-fin goby. Most of these creatures are docile and rarely attack divers. However, I still recommend that you should wear a sturdy swim suit when exploring the ocean. Diving in Malaysia is an experience worth trying.

Apart from the usual resorts, there are also backpacker accommodations and home-stays that may arrange cheap diving expeditions on your behalf. The lodging firms may also arrange for special day tours to the adjacent isles. Nonetheless, diving is excellent around Mabul and there’s little reason to go elsewhere for the same services. Divers’ safety from predatory sea creatures is also guaranteed by the Panglima barrier wall.

The Paradise

I really like the Paradise Diving sites which are also popular amongst international tourists; they always have something new for people to enjoy. These spots are covered in pristine coral forests that teem with goldfish, whiptail and sparkled-mask rays. The second of these sites is popular for its Staghorn coral system, which houses the elusive but conspicuous mandarin fish.

Froggie’s Place

This marvelous diving spot features a sloping reef that’s about 14m deep, it offer a sweet diving experience that often brings me back every year. It even gets better where the barrier reef comes to contact with the sand, a marine convergence spot with an irresistible collection of fish and crustaceans. This site got its name from the massive array of frogfish that can be found along the sinuous slopes, the waters are so warm and relaxing that most divers dip in at least thrice in a day. Mabul is a true paradise for muck-divers who love spending time next to the beautiful soft corals.

 

About our new author:

Grace Sumrall is an avid diver from Australia who loves exploring the open ocean. She loves to read and share diving experiences with her fellow divers.

Jun

9

SCUBA DIVING IN VULCANO ILHA DO PICO, AZORES

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Jun

9

Isla Guadalupe is rapidly becoming the World’s Best Destination to dive with Great White Sharks. It hosts one of the most prolific populations of White Sharks on the planet. What makes Isla Guadalupe the greatest White Shark diving destination is not only the abundance of White Sharks, but the water you will find them in! The temperature averages 65 to 70 degrees F. It is simply Shark Diver Heaven!
On these spectacular five day expeditions, you will find yourself on board the 95′ Searcher, one of San Diego’s finest long range sportfishing/diving vessels. The Searcher boasts gourmet dining and excellent live-aboard accommodations! (ALL PRIVATE CABINS) Not only will you experience the best shark diving on the planet, Continued…

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9

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May

24

http://www.atlantis.com/flash.aspx
There’s more to this 100,000-square-mile archipelago nation than sun, slots, and conch shells. Away from the crowded drags of Nassau and Grand Bahama lie miles of empty beach, world-class bonefishing, Continued…

May

24

This is part 2 of the HD video we shot & produced at Mimpi Indah Dive Resort on Bangka Island in North Sulawesi, Indonesia as part of a review we did which is posted in the Indonesia Section Continued…

May

9

This video showcases the stunning marine life and underwater scenery at Rottnest Island, as seen on 17th January 2008 on a scuba diving charter trip with Perth Diving Academy. Footage includes buff bream, wobbegong shark, massive bull stingrays, western blue devil, juvenile jewfish, talma, scalyfin being cleaned, a crayfish being bagged, the skipper freediving and much more. I’m so glad that I live in Perth where such stunning scuba diving is so close to home!

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May

4

I was in South Africa had the chance to go shark cage diving. It was fantastic. Skip to 7:23 in the video to jump the shark. Shark Diving Unlimited is http://www.sharkdivingunlimited.com

Anderson Cooper just went here http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/12/11/pip.shark.diving/index.html?eref=rss_topstories#cnnSTCVideo

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/07/28/ac.pip.sa.shark.dive.cnn

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May

2

Stingray City at Grand Cayman Island is known as the world’s best 12 foot dive where scuba divers get to feed friendly stingrays.

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Apr

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These Manta Rays are attracted to the plankton brightly lit by our dive lights

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Apr

28

A highlight in a Roatan vacation was diving 60 feet in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean to experience shark encounters. Multiple large white tipped reef sharks passed with inches of us. A well-fed Morey Eel allowed my daughter to pet him! The Reid Family at the Sundancer Cabanas RoatanBeachFront.com

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Apr

28

Manta Ray Night Dive, Kono, Hawaii

Manta rays feast on tiny plankton attracted by the dive lights.

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Mar

22

Mako and Blue Sharks shot 7 miles from avalon, catalina island, southern california. King Neptune dive boat based in avalon (scuba luv. no cage used.

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Feb

2

Videos made by my friend, scuba diving instructor, Martin.

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Jan

24

http://www.tropicaldestinationmaldives.com

Maldives island resorts, hotels, travel information,plan your honeymoon holidays and vacations in Maldives. Continued…

Jan

11

Four days of fun diving ended today when Kjersti from Norway finished her last dives with me. Kjersti was coming out of Australia and stopped by Hawaii to do some fun dives before going back to the cold, dark waters of Norway.

The first day was just checkout stuff at the Sea tiger. Polo, my wreck student, was working on lines that day so it worked out fine. Louie, our phone slave, came out as well and kept Kjersti company with our 2 x-scooters.

First dive was sweet, these guys looked so happy on the scooters, but more fun to come on the second dive when one of the x-scooters lost it’s prop… great, fortunately it wasn’t mine, but Matt’s, still sucked, but I would have shot myself if it broke.

Second day was just Kjersti and I on the wreck. With no scooters with us today we decided on penetrating the wreck would be most fun, and we sure did. I felt like a roach crawling through the wreck, seldom that I get to see all of the wreck in one dive, but it sure is a nice one. Kjersti said she love it.

Tuesday was YO 257 and the airplane fuselages. Thanks to Sherman who let me use his x-scooter we were back in business again. With fully charged batteries and a will to explore did we dive into the ocean at the YO, to find no currents and great viz.

It is not far to the airplane fuselages, but it sure is nice to have a scooter drag you there instead of having to swim! Didn’t find any sharks out here today, but it is real fun to do loops and barrel rolls around the fish pyramids that Atlantis submarine sunk to attract fish.

On our way back we went inside the San Pedro, the small fishing wreck next to the YO, and found a small 3ft agitated little white tip shark. Poor beastie had a big hook in its mouth, must hurt allot… poor beastie…

Today, Wednesday, we were supposed to dive the barges out in Hawaii kai, but other divers really wanted to see the corsair plane wreck, well well, it is always nice to be on scooters anyway.

It was a good dive too! As soon as we got down there was a 6ft white tip swimming around the plane wreck, and he was not shy at all.) Stayed with us for half the dive, and let us get real close with cameras and scooters as well, thanks buddy for being a sport!

Second dive was a strange one, we decided on leaving Hawaii Loa crater and take the scooters on a straight 89 degree heading towards Anglers Reef, I think we hit the northern parts of it, but it was a while since I was that far north on the ledge so who knows.

As we changed direction and headed towards Koko craters Kjersti’s scooter ran out of power, so it was now tow time on mine. We managed to get another 10 or so minutes on full blast before mine started whimpering as well, not bad dragging 2 divers in doubles around!

Capt Joe came and picked us up about 10 minutes later, didn’t see much but sand and some new ledges, but no treasures or unknown beasties on this one… maybe next time? Who wants to take a scooter class?

Aloha
Jo

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Jan

11

July 2007 dive on the Sandusky and the Martin Stalker. 2 ships that sank in the mid 1800s in excellent condition.
Divers Rick Saterstad, David Saterstad and Kristie Saterstad.
Water temp at depth: 43 degrees

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Dec

22

Neutral Dive Gear takes to the south pacific for shark diving off the French Polynesian island of Moorea.

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Dec

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A night dive off Kona, Hawaii, with manta rays. Big Bertha, measuring 14 feet, one of the largest and oldest in the area, can be seen about 40 sec in. She has been observed feeding in this spot for over 20 years, and now a couple of her offspring come in as well.

The manta rays come to feed on the plankton attracted by the lights set on the ocean floor. The plankton is seen as red little dots in front of the lights.

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