Diving Lankayan Island
Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
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We are ready for the briefing at 8h and leave at 08h20 for a ride of only 6-7 minutes. I lose a fin rolling into the water. While putting it back on, I lose the second. Sigh... . This is only my 3th dive with booties. Booties are exactly what it says: boots over which you strap your fins. They protect your feet against blisters and keep them soft and warm. But, I did not strap my fins around them tight enough, so they escaped. And then, down there, my camera is caught in my regulator. I look like a beginner!
Tomcat immediately finds a ghost pipefish. Lots of Nudibranches and lion fish. Nutty moray. Our dive is cut short because ... the divemaster lost a diver! He is on board but the divemaster still looks for 10 minutes. The diver gets the finger. He is the masculine half of the French couple: they will take turns in diving. Tony says: 'Why don't you help, his English is not so good, he does not understand what the divemaster says'. The French guy fell low on air, did his surface interval and surfaced, thinking the divemaster saw that. Sure, you should signal that to the divemaster. BUT: the divemaster should keep a better eye on the beginners: he is at least as guilty. I do not think this dive staff will impress me!
The second dive, we find 2 giant jaw fish. They 'sit' IN the sand with only their heads above it. T finds 2 very weird 'things. Also half in the water and transparent bright blue. Cute box- and puffer fish and a lobster, which we do not take for dinner.
Our last dive of the day is completely dedicated to the jaw fish WITH eggs in his mouth. Both the male and the female protct the eggs like this. You can already see the little fishes in the eggs! But you saw the special entry for him and the photographer. Unfortunately, I get caught by a couple of jelly fish.
We do find the food less nice than yesterday. But, we choose better wine!
Kevin and Majella work in exotic places, which is why they have 700+ dives. We exchange our jaw fish picture for information where to go diving next
The sunset from our terrace is magnificent!
Diving is a lazy men's sport but it still makes you tired. We are in bed by 23h.
05/04: bad night of sleep for the Tomcat and he wakes up with a headache. I go to breakfast on my own.
First dive, we are warned about the current. I roll into the water, lose a fin and while a grab that one, I lose the other. The divemaster screams: 'Swim back'. The current took me already meters away from the boat. My priority is: put those fins back on. By that time, all change for me to swim back to the ship, is gone. Hubby jumps in and gets sucked towards me by the current. The captain throws him a rope but forgets to tie it to the boat: useful! I grab the rope and we try to swim to the boat. No way. The boat picks us up (climbing aboard with weight belt and BCD: knee NOT a happy puppy) and back to the dive side. I am all exited and tell T I am not coming down. But, I know I will have that little voice in my head for ever: you gave up. So, I jump in anyway. The dive mates had to wait for 10 minutes for us. I do not enjoy the dive: too much excitement in the beginning and the dive is not special.
Hubby goes for breakkie in between the 2 dives and when we come back to the room, it is being cleaned. Well, sitting on our terrace is not the worst thing to do during surface interval.
Time to leave for our 2nd dive and the key is NOWHERE to be found. We have to leave. We lock our door and close it. Dr T says: 'You have your diving mask?' No, I have not. Me to the dive briefing and Dr T to the office to get a key to get my mask. Unusual dive day ... . But Hubby does show up in time for the briefing with mask. This dive is better. Wreck dive, which always has extra value. A Japanese carrier ship, which sunk in WO II. After 40 minutes, I am low on air. Normally, T and I consume the same amount of air. Me sometimes a bit more. But here, the difference is 50 to 70 bar which is more than a forth of a tank! Something wrong with the gauge? But, with which one? We are still locked out. Housekeeping! It is after 13h (lunch time) but we have to find the f..... key! I am sure it is not in the room when ... T pulls it out of his pocket!
3rd dive: my nail broke off in my finger, trying to open my fins: I am bleeding all over the boat. Not a good diving day! Lots and lots of fishes to see.
Eight dive sites in 3 days: not so bad. We go for dinner and cards (I lose), make our luggage: tomorrow it has to be out at 6h30! Back to Sandakan.