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SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#1  Postby toodus » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:07 pm

I paid RM2380 per pax for a 5D4N at SWV with a one day guarantee for Sipadan. Rm2380 inclusive of transportation, meals, 3 dives a day and a one day Sipadan guarantee. For me, RM2380 is expensive because I'd never pay that much unless it's overseas. Nevertheless, it's a must do for all Malaysian divers to dive Sipadan at least once in your lifetime. Apparently, the homestays do not have Sipadan packages anymore due to the increased permit price. No choice have to go to either SWV, Seaventures, Scuba Junkie and the other big resorts.


My girlfriend who took up diving in April this year has been following me to Pom Pom Island, Perhentian and Mabul so all she saw was macro stuff. This time she wanted to see pelagic and pelagic she saw.  So basically, it's because of her that I went :p I've done Sipadan 2 years ago.


The accomodation and surrounding SWV is amazing. Really fantastic. Don't have to go to Maldives for honeymoon. SWV / Kapalai will suffice. It's really  pretty here. I stayed in Big John previously so this was a major step up. Anyway, thumbs up for the restaurant, the room, food and scenery.
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No need to go Maldives right?


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The dive centre is pretty huge with a lot of walking room and space. But it's usually packed. There are at least 40-60 people at one time there.  I'm pretty used to 8-10 divers at dive centres I go to.  Anyway, the facilities at the dive centre are tip top. They have locker rooms, excellent boats, new ScubaPro BCDs and regs, coffee & tea area, dive magazine area, etc.


In SWV, there is a need for a checkout dive. Compulsory. During the check out dive, I had to flood my mask and clear it. The other thing I have to do was to remove my reg and put it back. And you're done.


You're allowed shore dives until 6pm. After that, you and your buddy will be charged.  I did not like that they charge for self night dive around the house reef. Eventhough I told them I just want to dive under the jetty, I still had to pay. They told me last time a bunch of divers got separated during a self night dive and now they hire the boat man to watch for the bubbles during the shore night dives. Well, that's my only grouse.


Let's talk about Sipadan. I saw all the highlights - baraccuda & jack vortex, sharks, wall diving abyss , etc except that I did not get to see the bumpheads due to the laziness of the Sabah Parks Sipadan ranger. He only came to his booth at 630am. By that time, the bumpheads have left their crevices eventhough we left at 515am from SWV and arrived there at 545am. So if you want to see the bumpheads and the ranger is late, I suggest you drag him out of bed. I think it's justified to drag the fella out of bed becuase we paid so much and plan so far ahead to see the bumphead rush. The SWV teams are complaining to Sabah Parks about this particular ranger and let's see what happens.


For those who has not visited Sipadan yet, before your first dive, you need to register at the jetty with Sabah Parks. 


Without further adieu, here are the pictures and videos :


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Just underneath the dive centre.


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Flamboyant cuttlefish


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Frogfish


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Frogfish. A challenge to find this one because this fella really blends in with the wood.


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In Malaysia, the theme is 1Malaysia. In Mabul, it's 1Moray.


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Nudibranch


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Reef shark


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Hammerhead nudi. My first


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It's a long long road.....


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Nembrotha


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When you swim in the sea and an eel bites your knee, that's a moray {Sing to the tune of Amore}




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EEmP7e_iRo#ws
Jacks


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF9O8yiWZIA#ws
Cuttlefish mating
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#2  Postby mamakpenang » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:36 pm

nice review & uw photo bro,
nevermind i u didn't see the bumpheads, there is always reason to come back for a dive in sipadan, maybe next year hehe.... :D
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#3  Postby Steven » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:21 pm

hi teoh,

good review, yeah Sipadan should be a pilgrimage for all Msian divers. One question, how have to pay for night dive?
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#4  Postby oldturtle » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:45 pm

pilgrimage ?....friend ! you have been slaughtered alive.! sipadan is overated . what give you an ideal for divers that Sipadan is a 'must' dive ?  :D
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#5  Postby MACHA » Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:00 am

Hi Toodus....we probably bump each other at Paradise 1..I was waiting for the Warty Frogfish to yawn  :D ...in fact Im still here in Mabul...Thank you for the great report, its been a while since i've read an excellent dive report in MUW.
Thank you for the videos as well...anyway the Brickfield fella would like to correct you that the subject in mating video is actually a Big Fin Reef Squid...yes they're orgy frenzy till today! No doubt there's also a pair of Broadclub Cuttlefish at the mating ground / structure....cheers!
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#6  Postby run » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:47 am

in sipadan and the area around it, i could never see any sharks swim freely like that in waters of tioman, perhentian or etc.
Frog fishes lay motionless with so many vibrant colors.
Pygmies and ghost pipes. It is so easy to find them in the waters of sabah.
Being deep at 40m and still can see the clear silhoutte of snorkelers up above.
Not to mentioned the turtles.
Can you find crocodile fish as big as the one in mabul/Seaventures over here in redang??? I doubt that.

And once u r at the surface, wait till night falls (or after a night dive) and just lay flat on the wooden jetty trying to count the stars(except when it rains)
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#7  Postby MACHA » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:59 pm

run wrote:in sipadan and the area around it, i could never see any sharks swim freely like that in waters of tioman, perhentian or etc.
Frog fishes lay motionless with so many vibrant colors.
Pygmies and ghost pipes. It is so easy to find them in the waters of sabah.
Being deep at 40m and still can see the clear silhoutte of snorkelers up above.
Not to mentioned the turtles.
Can you find crocodile fish as big as the one in mabul/Seaventures over here in redang??? I doubt that.

And once u r at the surface, wait till night falls (or after a night dive) and just lay flat on the wooden jetty trying to count the stars(except when it rains)


So far i've never heard of divers encounter crocodile fish ( Cymbacephalus sp. ) in East Coast Peninsular Malaysia except for their smaller size cousin, the flathead ( Thysanophrys sp. ) around Redang, Perhentian, Bidong & coastal pinnacles in Merang.
Have you seen a crocodile fish in Redang?
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#8  Postby run » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:33 am

i think the 1st time i saw croc fish was at aur/dayang but much smaller than the one in sabah.
Sorry i dont have pictures as evidence :P
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#9  Postby Chip » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:53 am

i've seen a flathead recently in Tioman on my wreckdive... :D Precise location is the Vietnamese wreck in front of Dive Asia, Salang... i got a picture but dont know how to upload... :P hehehe...
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#10  Postby SValley » Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:34 am

The first time I dive in Sipadan was on Sept 2011 with SMART divers..and I believe the fact that most divers said you must dive in Sipadan at least once in your divetime is because you can see pretty much everything in just one dive :-).. if you're lucky..but then again it's really up to the individual opinion..  :glasses2: cheers.
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Re: SWV Sept 2011 Report

Post Number:#11  Postby hafiztothemax » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:52 am

wow, nice pics and review bro. thanks for sharing..
I Definitely gona dive sipadan 1 day, mayb after taking my advance OW :icon_tongue:
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