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Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#1  Postby weugene » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:28 am

Hi all,
Am a first time poster and want to just share my dive experience in Seaventures from 15-18/03.

Day 1 Dive 1 - Seaventures, House reef
Took an early flight out to Tawau followed by land and water transfer to Seaventures. Arrived at ~1pm, dive hungry :D
Started off the day with an orientation dive at the house reef, to familiarize ourselves with our surroundings. Visibility was good and overall a lot of things to see even for a house dive.

Day 1 Dive 2
Mabul, Paradise One
Took a quick speed boat ride out to Mabul and dived at Paradise One. This was the turning point of my trip as prior to this, i didn't have a camera or plan to rent out. But in this dive, we saw cuttle fishes, eels, turtles (larger than a Kancil), loads of nudibranch and also the occasional lion fish, crocodile fish and stone fish. After this i decided to rent an underwater camera for the remaining of my trip cos i really want to keep these memories  :)

Day 2 Dive 1 Mid Reef

Day 2 Dive 2 Eel Garden

Day 2 Dive 3 Mabul Paradise 2

Day 2 Dive 4 House Reef

Day 3 Dive 1 Mandarin Valley

Day 3 Dive 2 Lobster Wall

Day 3 Dive 3 Panglima Reef

Day 3 Dive 4 House Reef

Day 3 Dive 5 House Reef (night dive)

Day 4 Dive 1 Sipadan - White Tip Point

Day 4 Dive 2 Sipadan - South Point

Day 4 Dive 3 Sipadan - Barracuda Point

Not gonna go into detail about what i saw in the subsequent dives after the first day because there's just too much to talk and describe about. Naturally the highlight of the trip was diving in Sipadan itself where we saw soooo many sharks and turtles. We also swam around a school of bumpheads and jackfishes but unfortunately, we didn't get to see the barracuda typhoon.

As for the place where we stayed, i must say Seaventures really outdid itself. The service is fantastic and the crew is extremely friendly and the quality of the meals are wayyyy above expectation. The first night we were there, one of the DMs pulled out his guitar and provided us entertainment till the late hours of the night. Subsequent night, a live band performance was on where everyone just went mental and started dancing (including the Seaventures instructor and GM) and having fun together. Truly awesome.

Additionally, guests are spoilt rotten when it comes to gearing up. Pretty much the only time i had to prepare my own gear was my first dive. Subsequently, the dive crew would prepare everything for us, all you need to do is wear your suit and fins  :D

Finally, anyone who goes to seaventure must try to jump off the deck at least once. Your butt may hurt abit but it's totally worth it. Just close your eyes and take the leap!

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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#2  Postby run » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:36 am

i was calculating ur dives and if i'm not narc the total was 14dives ! gruesome + wicked.
If i can get this kind of total dives for 4days3 nights then my next trip will be in seaventures
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#3  Postby weugene » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:40 am

Hehe ya 14  :D if you are more hardcore, you can wake up earlier and start diving at the house reef. Also, if you're lucky, you can do night dives if there is no current.

oh yeah, we also spent 20 minutes chilling and fighting current at the same spot at Panglima reef while waiting for the DM to spot the pygmy seahorse. Can hear him shout underwater when he finally did lol
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#4  Postby run » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:58 am

i had my time under that rig before. The strong currents. It was well i cant exactly say fun. It was like
crazy, fanatic, awesome and exciting at the same time. I guess the DM forgotten to brief sign language for seahorse
so might as well shout underwater hahaha.
eh the pgymy is still alive under there? which color is it? the pink or yellow?
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#5  Postby weugene » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:11 am

run wrote:i had my time under that rig before. The strong currents. It was well i cant exactly say fun. It was like
crazy, fanatic, awesome and exciting at the same time. I guess the DM forgotten to brief sign language for seahorse
so might as well shout underwater hahaha.
eh the pgymy is still alive under there? which color is it? the pink or yellow?


yes, don't play play with the current. On one of my dives, i finished my safety stop and came up too far from the tie line. i got swept away and couldn't swim back. Lucky they have a back entrance and one of the dive crew saw me. Else i would have floated back to tawau :x
same story with the night dive, i learnt my lesson and came up close to the tie line. Some others ended up too far and couldn't swim back in.

Haha DM shout cos too happy. Current was too strong and we had to hang on to rocks while he was looking or else we get swept away lol. The pygmy was pink :)
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#6  Postby run » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:19 pm

as i recall the depth under the rig is about 22m or so right? Finding that little pgymy can be time consuming i'm sure.
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#7  Postby mamakpenang » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:54 pm

weugene,
nice & interesting dive report hehe... B-)
how much does it cost?
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#8  Postby weugene » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:33 pm

mamakpenang wrote:weugene,
nice & interesting dive report hehe... B-)
how much does it cost?


hehe thx.
i went with my dive school, paid 1.7k :D
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#9  Postby weugene » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:37 pm

run wrote:as i recall the depth under the rig is about 22m or so right? Finding that little pgymy can be time consuming i'm sure.


in our dive log, we recorded 17m as the deepest we went for house reef, maybe it goes deeper, not too sure about it.
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#10  Postby decimal86 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:56 pm

i always wanted to dive with them. must be the only place where the house reef needs a safety stop!

and that lift to bring you up is super kewl!!

the cabin quiet or not? air-cond right? must be lah.

thks for the write up
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alamak, the tank goes at the back??
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#11  Postby weugene » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:15 am

decimal86 wrote:i always wanted to dive with them. must be the only place where the house reef needs a safety stop!

and that lift to bring you up is super kewl!!

the cabin quiet or not? air-cond right? must be lah.

thks for the write up


haha ya the lift is cool.
rooms are airconditioned and quiet enough to sleep through the night :D
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Re: Trip report - Seaventures 15-18 March

Post Number:#12  Postby decimal86 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:35 am

Thks again
alamak, the tank goes at the back??
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