Shark week in Borneo
Trip Start May 17, 2006
20Trip End Jul 01, 2006
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We got out to the island after about a 1.5-hour boat ride because we had to stop at Mabul to drop off the unlucky bastards who couldn't get permits for Sipadan. There were army dudes all over the place at Sipadan so I felt pretty secure, but they were singing karaoke most of the time in what was the bar of the island's resort before the government ordered resorts off the island.
When I first went in the water I didn't know what to do because there was so much to see
The second dive was even better, at a spot called Barracuda Point. My right ear gave me a hard time at first (I think the fifth dive is when my ear gets pissed), but it worked out in the end. We saw a school of barracudas, more turtles, more sharks, some crazy fish that look like the sponge they live near, eels, shrimps, 100 more varieties of fish, and all kinds of other shit. In between dives I saw some people I had met at Uncle Tan's and chatted with them, then I saw the German couple I met at Mulu. That has happened to me about 8 times now.
The last dive was at a place called Drop Off, and that shit DROPS OFF, from about 5 feet to about 500. We got really close to a huge sleeping turtle (see photots), swam around the mouth of a cave (but not IN the cave) where some Japanese divers got lost and didn't make it, saw more of the sharks, etc., and swam through one of those huge schools of silver fish that you see near the surface
When I got back I found out that David had missed his flight because we thought it left at 1 PM and it was at 1 AM, so I nearly had a heart attack racing around trying to figure that shit out. That worked out eventually (he is coming tomorrow), but I was supposed to rest as the computer gave me 18 hours to wait before flying and I had a lot less (plus the computer didn't know I was diving all day the day before). I ate at the Dragon Inn's restaurant and I was pissed I hadn't before because they had killer Chinese food. They also had a CD playing of some Chinese dudes singing the Righteous Brothers that was super righteous.