Diving

Trip Start Aug 12, 2007
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Trip End Sep 28, 2007


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Saturday, October 13, 2007

05/10 - We stay the night at Tawau and get up at 6 am to be transferred to Mataking island, the trip takes us about 3 hours in total including the boat. We are in dispute over our return journey as the agency insist that they dont have a free transfer going in the morning, and we must hire our own speed boat at a cost of 50 quid. We argue our point once on the island, and seeing that they havent got our credit card details we somehow win the fight.

Mataking is a gorgeous small island with pristine white beaches and forest. It only has the one resort with lovely large wooden beach cabins built throughout half the island. A Jacuzzi overlooks one end of the island and is a perfect placeto watch the sunset.
The island is mostly couples, divers and more couples. A spit of sand seperates Mataking from another island, that can be reached at low tide. The water is shallow and so warm, like a bath! We are only there for 2 days so get straight into the diving.

The Diving is mostly macro stuff and is quite nice but everyone keeps raving about Sipidan Island so I cant wait to dive there. A night dive is amusing, a strong current causes us to get slightly lost, then end up back at the jetty before we now it. Andrew is slightly nervous, so I pretend that Im not and its all in my stride..the fact is that I have a tendency to get lost on nightdives!

 
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