Diving in Borneo

In mid April Sandy and I decided it would be nice to go on another scuba diving adventure. It had been about a year since we both had dived in Phuket, and the urge to blow bubbles was immense. I had done a bit of research on good diving spots, and upon the recommendation of several friends, we decided to dive in Sipadan, and its surrounding areas. Sipadan is located off the coast of the northeastern side of the island of Borneo, which is part of Malaysia.

It wasn’t the quickest place to visit, as it took about a day to reach our hotel. We flew out from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu, and from there another flight to Tawau. From there, we hopped onto a van that drove an hour to the costal town of Semporna where we boarded a motor boat for a forty-five minute ride to our hotel on the island of Mabul. This is a tiny island, which one can easily walk around within an hour. The Sipadan Water Village Resort is built completely over the water on stilts. The accommodations are quite nice, and it was cool to be walking over to breakfast and have a sea turtle swimming under the pathway toward the open water. This hotel is catered specifically to scuba divers which made the logistics quite easy. Wake up, grab breakfast, walk to the dive center to board the boat, dive, repeat. Sandy and I had some fantastic diving at Mabul, Kapalai, and were lucky enough to get a permit one day to dive at Sipadan, a nature preserve which the Malaysian government strictly controls.

I had some great shots with my camera, though I fear the underwater housing has now outlived its usefulness. Toward the end of the trip a tremendous amount of condensation was building up after each dive.

Without further Ado, here are my pictures… Enjoy!