Dive Log#280-287 Indonesia: Komodo

Dive Trip Date: 2017 May 15 to 21
Dive Package: RM5985.00 excluding flights: KUL-DPS-LBJ
Dive Location: Komodo Liveaboard MV Nusatara
Dive Diary: My flights for this trip:

From: Kuala Lumpur Intl To: Bali Ngurah Rai
Flight: MH853
Depart: Sun, May 14, 15:20
Arrive: Sun, May 14, 18:30
15 May 2017 Denpasar (Bali)(DPS) to Labuan Bajo (LBJ)
Depart: 12:50 hrs
Arrive: 14:10 hrs
Operated by Wings Air
From: Bali Ngurah Rai To: Kuala Lumpur Intl
Flight: MH850
Depart: Sun, May 21, 16:25
Arrive: Sun, May 21, 19:25
 21 May 2017 IW 1889 Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Denpasar (Bali) (DPS)
Depart: 09:35 hrs
Arrive: 10:55 hrs
Operated by Wings Air

Staying and sailing aboard the MV Nusatara, 20.4m X 4.4m wooden schooner, 3 AC bunk bed cabins with ensuite bathroom.
Meals are Indonesian and Western styled cuisine. Coffee, tea, snacks and water available all day. I am in Group 2 for this dive holiday. In this group, there’s only Uncle Chooi, Christine Khoo and Paul Wong. Wow! We have the schooner all to ourselves; along with the following crew:
Captain Pak Seudo,
Engineer Pak Tony,
Cook Pak Elias,
Cabin Butler Mas Richard,
Dinghy Man Pak Endy; and our wonderful dive guides – Wayan and Robert.
Accumulated Merman Time: 3 days, 13 hours and 11 minutes

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
280 2017-05-16 0.0 0.0 0.0 Sepayoh Besar, Komodo -- Checkout Dive
281 2017-05-16 0.0 0.0 0.0 Tetawa Besar, Komodo --
282 2017-05-17 0.0 0.0 0.0 Manta Alley, Komodo -- Early dive, no manta. no luick 🙁
283 2017-05-17 0.0 0.0 0.0 Manta Alley, Komodo -- Second Attempt. Woo Hoo! Sightings - two mantas!
284 2017-05-17 0.0 0.0 0.0 Padar Reef, Pulau Padar -- Horrible Viz. Greenish water, reminds me of diving @ P. Payar. No night dive since viz is so bad.
285 2017-05-18 0.0 0.0 0.0 Castle Rock, North Komodo -- Negative Entry, hook, strong current. LOL! We didn't drop where we are suppose to drop. Gosh! Had to fight the currents and hook!
286 2017-05-18 0.0 0.0 0.0 Crystal Rock, North Komodo -- Nice dive. Feels like in an aquarium with lots of fishes.
287 2017-05-18 0.0 0.0 0.0 Shot Gun, North Komodo -- No current, no bullet. Best NATGEO moment- small mantas x3 at the shallows after surface. Haha! I logged another dive after going under to observe the mantas. Damn! Looks like I caught a cold. Damn It! I had to sit out dives. 🙁

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Dive Log#263-279 Indonesia: Raja Ampat

Dive Trip Date: 2015 Dec.18-26
Dive Package: RM7,900.00 excluding flights (RM1671 Silkair + Garuda)
Dive Location: The Raja Ampat Liveaboard X’mas Adventure

2015 Dec. RA LOB X'mas Dive Site MapDive Diary:
Staying and sailing aboard the MV Putri Papua, a local wooden schooner with four (4) cabins servicing nine (9) divers with two (2) local dive guides, Kris and Yoce (Samurai Jack hair-style) and a boat crew of eight (8) from captain Supardi, asst. captain Sharil, chef Komang, housekeeper Alwy, compressor guy Made, dinghy guy Ulis, engine maintenance guy Sony, and general helper, Baim .
Our journey began with us taking a flight from KUL to SIN to MDC on Dec.18 2015. We spend nearly two (2) nights at Manado before taking another flight from MDC to SOQ (Sorong) at an ungodly hour of 4:50AM on Dec. 20 2015. We arrive at Sorong, and set sail around 8 – 9am. Had breakfast on the boat…and Shucks! I was working on my camera before the bout of sea-sickness took over – had to go pang-sai and not long after,…my lunch goes overboard feeding the fishes! Oh well, that took me out and I slept through the check-out dive later in the day, around 3:30 – 3:45pm. Woke Up with my sea legs and appetite. Hahaha! 😀
ps. This trip seems to co$t more – not only was this trip affected by the weakening MYR/RM, my dive watch computer decided to follow the Dodo bird! 🙁
Accumulated Merman Time: 3 days, 13 hours and 11 minutes

Panorama view of karst Fam Islands

Panorama view of karst Fam Islands

Dive Sites:

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Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
263 2015-12-21 0.0 0.0 27.0 My Reef, Fam/Penemu --
264 2015-12-21 0.0 0.0 27.0 Melisa's Garden, Fam/Penemu --
265 2015-12-21 0.0 0.0 27.0 Fam Chanel, Fam --
266 2015-12-21 0.0 0.0 27.0 Feruno Reef, Fam/Penemu -- Leisure Night Dive.
267 2015-12-22 0.0 0.0 27.0 Imbraimuk Reef, Gam --
268 2015-12-22 0.0 0.0 27.0 Citrus Ridge, Gam --
269 2015-12-22 0.0 0.0 27.0 Gam Chanel, Gam --
270 2015-12-22 0.0 0.0 27.0 Yangelo Reef, Yangelo Ridge -- Leisure Night Dive.
271 2015-12-23 0.0 0.0 27.0 Manta Sandy, Arborek -- Waited, and waited and waited ... still no mantas. Took a macro shot of a teeny tiny seahorse instead.
272 2015-12-23 0.0 0.0 27.0 Mike's Point, Gam -- wow oh wow! Schools of Fishes!, but no mantas.
273 2015-12-23 0.0 0.0 27.0 Chicken Reef, Dampir Strait -- WOW! Really good diving ... lots of fish - schools of them! Enjoyed this site very much.
274 2015-12-23 0.0 0.0 27.0 Raja Ampat Dive Lodge Jetty, Mansaur -- Night dive at the house reef off RADL jetty. Oh! Oh! WW and I was following this moray eel (white/yellow) fella out hunting, and before we know it, we saw this white shadow of a sleek reef shark out hunting too at 12m deep. LARI!
275 2015-12-24 0.0 0.0 27.0 Cape Kri, Kri Islands --
276 2015-12-24 0.0 0.0 27.0 Blue Magic, Dampir Strait --
277 2015-12-24 0.0 0.0 27.0 Mioskon Reef, Dampir Strait --
278 2015-12-25 0.0 0.0 27.0 Sardine Reef, Dampir Strait -- MERRY X'MAS! Oceanic Mantas x2 . Thank You for the wonderful x'mas present, King Neptune!
279 2015-12-25 0.0 0.0 27.0 Yenbuba Corner, Mansuar Islands -- Last dive for the X'mas RA LOB. Merry X'mas, 2015!
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Dive Log#244-262 Indonesia: KBR, Lembeh, Sulawesi Utara

Dive Trip Date: 2015 June 06 to 11
Dive Package: RM6,909.50
Dive Location: The famous Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR)

Dive Diary:
Kungkungan Bay Resort is a small privately owned resort with beautiful gardens, an excellent spa and good service. For more information and reviews of KBR, check out the links below

Review #1 Review #2

If you must dive, do it in style! Unfortunately, the reviews are history – dah jatuh standard-lah!
Something had to happen, somehow the airport drama is unavoidable – this time, our connecting flights from SIN to MDC was delayed from early morning to after lunch time. SilkAir compensated by giving us free lunch, and there’s a promo by Changi Airport and SilkAir – we get spending vouchers! I luv Singapore Airport! 😀 Gosh! We also had a drama on the way back – MRLong forgot to return the resort room key!

Accumulated Merman Time: 3 days, 13 hours and 11 minutes

KBR Driver: Frits

KBR Driver Frits

KBR Dive Guide: Ade

KBR Dive Guide Ade

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
244 2015-06-06 15:06:00 65 18.6 13.7 27.0 Aer Prang 3 -- First dive - check out dive. Nitrox: EAN31
245 2015-06-06 18:02:00 62 14.9 10.6 28.0 Retak Larry -- MRLong too excited until his new bi-focal mask was left on the other boat. Since it's only us on this boat, we decided to turn the boat around to go get his mask. Nitrox: EAN31
246 2015-06-07 08:35:00 68 22.5 15.8 27.0 Pantai Perigi 2 -- Nitrox: EAN31
247 2015-06-07 11:25:00 80 22.2 12.8 28.0 Serena Patah -- Serena is the name of the smaller islands around Lembeh. There's a dive location called Serena Besar too. Nitrox: EAN31
248 2015-06-07 15:05:00 73 24.1 14.9 28.0 Pulau Abadi -- Oops! I need to read my dive comp manual since kena lecture by my dive buddies re: CEILING! 🙁 I have decided to sit-out the night dive. There's also a thunderstorm raging. Nitrox: EAN31
249 2015-06-08 08:30:00 69 19.8 14.0 28.0 Makawide - 2 -- Leisure. Nitrox: EAN31
250 2015-06-08 11:19:00 69 19.8 14.0 28.0 Nudi Falls -- Leisure. Nitrox: EAN31, and this is still one of the best dive site as I remembered it.
251 2015-06-08 15:05:00 64 16.7 11.6 27.0 TK-1 -- Leisure. Nitrox: EAN31
252 2015-06-08 17:44:00 78 13.1 9.7 28.0 Jahir 1 / Jahir 2 -- Leisure Night Dive. Nitrox: EAN31
253 2015-06-09 08:36:00 71 10.9 8.8 28.0 Jahir 1 -- Leisure dive. Nitrox: EAN31
254 2015-06-09 11:26:00 70 20.1 13.7 28.0 Nudi Falls -- Leisure. Nitrox: EAN31
255 2015-06-09 15:05:00 73 16.1 9.7 28.0 Tanjung Kubur -- Oops! Out of sequence. Diver God-Sis is not happy with us for hogging the pygmy seahorse. Nitrox: EAN31
256 2015-06-09 17:43:00 78 10.3 7.9 29.0 Nudi Falls -- Looks like all is forgiven, Diver god-sis is pointing out critters for me to take UW photos. 😛 Nitrox: EAN31
257 2015-06-10 08:38:00 83 11.6 7.9 28.0 Aw Shucks -- Aw Shucks! Really - the dental-floss looking Lembeh Sea Dragon. Damn! I am not able to get a clear photo of the critter. I will be back to take this critter photo the next time! Nitrox: EAN31
258 2015-06-10 11:26:00 79 16.1 12.2 28.0 Tandurusa -- Pika, Pika, Pika, Pikachu! Yay! Nitrox: EAN31
259 2015-06-10 15:08:00 78 4.9 2.7 28.0 Retak Larry -- Leisure dive. Nitrox: EAN31
260 2015-06-10 17:42:00 76 6.4 3.9 28.0 Nudi Falls -- Leisure Night Dive. Nitrox: EAN31
261 2015-06-11 08:21:00 59 23.1 16.1 28.0 Serena Besar -- Leisure dive. Nitrox: EAN31
262 2015-06-11 11:23:00 111 7.9 5.5 28.0 Tandurusa -- Last longest time dive ever! This is because of the Sargassum frog-fish 😛 I will be back! Nitrox: EAN31
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Dive Log#236-243 Malaysia: P. Tenggol, Terengganu

Dive Trip Date: 2015 May 01 to May 03 (Wesak and Labour Day Weekend)
Dive Package: RM1.650.00
Dive Location: P. Tenggol, 45 minutes off Kuala Dungun, Terengganu

Dive Diary:
It’s Tango @ Tenggol time. I have not been diving since my dad’s diabetes event. This is going to be my first diving trip since my last trip to the Philippines. Oh Boy! That’s about one year no diving. No worries, diving is like riding a bicycle. On the other hand, underwater photography is not like riding a bicycle. Damn! I think I will be struggling with my camera gear. I doubt I will be taking any good photos to share here.

Accumulated Merman Time: 2 days, 13 hours and 45 minutes

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
236 2015-05-01 09:39:00 50 15.5 11.3 28.0 Turtle Point -- Check-Out Dive. Whoa! Brother Charlie has gain some weight! Staying over at the mainland. Island was full since it's the long weekend.
237 2015-05-01 11:44:00 52 25.0 13.1 29.0 Tanjung Api -- Horrible! Encountered bad air. Not feeling good. Decided to sit out the 3rd dive.
238 2015-05-02 09:19:00 52 21.0 15.5 28.0 Lost World -- Leisure diving. Macro Photography.
239 2015-05-02 11:51:00 57 31.7 14.6 30.0 Cleaning Station -- Macro Photography.
240 2015-05-02 14:29:00 57 26.2 14.0 29.0 Tokong Burung -- Leisure diving. Macro Photography. The viz was superbly clear like crystal. Damn! Hit ceiling during this dive.
241 2015-05-03 10:14:00 44 31.7 18.3 29.0 Tokong Laut -- WoW! Very unusual for Tenggol! Another excellent viz dive! Oops! Ceiling again.
242 2015-05-03 12:26:00 60 21.0 13.4 28.0 Cleaning Station -- Macro Photography. Oh Oh! My bad...ceiling again!
243 2015-05-03 14:59:00 64 28.9 13.4 29.0 Tokong Talang -- Last Dive! Leisure diving @ Talang - local for white-bellied sea eagle. Oops! MRLong seems to be having equalizing problems. WOW! another unusual dive for Tenggol - the viz is excellent! Oh boy! Had to do a 14 minute deco stop. DAMN!
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Dive Log#226-235 Philippines: Ticao & Donsol

Dive Trip Date: 2013 December 01 to 05
Dive Package: RM2,750.00
Dive Location: Ticao Island and Dancalan Beach, Donsol, Sorsogon, Bicol, Philippines

Dive Diary
This dive trip is one that is filled with events of

  • less than 6 months passport expiry date,
  • rescheduled flights and cancelled flights on both travellings days – TO and FROM MNL to LGZ!
  • broken shower @ Dancalan Beach Resort
  • torrential rain, and
  • the trip ended with a 12 hour land tour from LGZ to MNL!

I am still getting use to my camera rig – Canon Powershot G1X and it’s housing WP-DC44 with YS-110a strobe, and two magnifying lens, Subsee +10 lens & UCL-04 Achromatic +5 lens. Most dives – No current, except for one dive site – Manta Bowl, which required the use of reef hook.

Top Critter of the Trip – Butanding or Whale Shark

See the video, the Butanding is at time 3:18 onwards for a face-to-face encounter. Watch out for the BIG MOUTH!  😯

Accumulated Merman Time: 2 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
226 2013-12-01 15:09:00 37 18.6 11.9 27.0 Ticao - J's Garden -- Ticao Island Check Out Dive with DM Marvin, and Asst. DM Ben
227 2013-12-01 16:55:00 23 6.7 5.8 0.0 Ticao - Natasan -- Leisure diving
228 2013-12-02 09:20:00 61 20.7 13.1 27.0 Ticao - San Miguel - Bobby's Wall -- Leisure diving
229 2013-12-02 11:41:00 47 19.5 12.8 27.0 Ticao - San Miguel -- San Miguel, is located on the northern part of Ticao island
230 2013-12-02 14:24:00 45 14.0 9.1 28.0 Ticao - San Miguel -- Leisure diving
231 2013-12-02 16:45:00 27 18.9 14.0 26.0 Ticao - Manta Bowl Shoal -- My very first time using a Reef Hook for drift dive in the currents!
232 2013-12-03 08:19:00 4 12.8 7.0 28.0 Ticao - Manta Bowl Shoal -- Abandon this dive because WW forgot her weight belt. hehehe! Score! 1:1. HAHAHAHA!
233 2013-12-03 10:31:00 37 22.2 15.8 27.0 Ticao - Manta Bowl Shoal -- Using the Reef Hook for the drift dive. Wheeeee!
234 2013-12-04 09:29:00 66 28.3 12.8 27.0 Ticao - San Miguel -- Left Ticao Island. Staying at Dancalan Beach in Donsol, Sorsogon. Why? We are going to swim with the Butanding @ Whale Sharks!
235 2013-12-04 11:59:00 64 24.4 13.1 27.0 Ticao - San Miguel -- Last Dive...because we went swimming with the Butanding!

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Dive Log#214-225 Philippines: Anilao – Crystal Blue Resort

Dive Trip Date: 2013 March 22 to March 27
Dive Location: Anilao, Philippines. Crystal Blue Resort lies to the south of Anilao, in between the dive sites Twin Rocks and Mainit Point.

Dive Diary
Shucks! I forgot my dive log book this trip. I am still getting use to my new camera rig – Canon Powershot G1X and it’s housing WP-DC44 with two new wet magnifying lens, Subsee +10 lens and the UCL-04 Achromatic +5 lens. On this trip, The Longster Family is on the other boat. 😥 Most dives – No current, except for one dive site which was in a channel.

Top Critter of the Trip – Bumblebee Shrimp as the featured image of this post.

Accumulated Merman Time: 1 day, 23 hours and 38 minutes

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
214 2013-03-22 60 22.8 12.5 0.0 Twin Rocks -- Crystal Blue Resort lies to the south of Anilao, in between the dive sites Twin Rocks and Mainit Point.
215 2013-03-22 60 18.3 10.6 0.0 Secret Bay -- Shucks! I forgot my dive log book this trip. I am still getting use to my new camera rig – Canon Powershot G1X and it's housing WP-DC44 with two new wet magnifying lens, Subsee +10 lens and the UCL-04 Achromatic +5 lens.
216 2013-03-23 60 20.7 16.1 26.0 Anilao -- Shucks! since I forgot to bring my dive log book. I didn't manage to write the dive sites down.
217 2013-03-23 60 7.0 3.3 26.0 Anilao -- Macro photography
218 2013-03-24 60 21.9 12.8 27.0 Anilao -- Macro photography
219 2013-03-24 60 14.3 4.5 28.0 Anilao -- Macro photography
220 2013-03-25 60 15.2 10.0 26.0 Anilao -- Macro photography
221 2013-03-25 60 9.7 4.9 27.0 Anilao -- Macro photography
222 2013-03-26 60 13.7 8.2 27.0 Anilao -- Macro photography
223 2013-03-26 60 17.0 10.9 27.0 Secret Bay -- Macro photography
224 2013-03-27 60 21.0 12.2 0.0 Bahura -- Macro photography
225 2013-03-27 60 26.2 10.6 26.0 Kirby's -- Most dives – No current, except for one dive site which was in a channel. The Longster Family is on the other boat.

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Dive Log#201-213 Malaysia: Mabul, Kapalai, Si Amil & Sipadan

Dive Trip Date: 2012 Jun 26 to July 1st
Dive Location: Mabul Island, Kapalai Island, Si Amil and 3-Dives @ Sipadan Island

Dive Diary:
Diving here is still excellent even though the visibility sucks. This is my 5th time diving here. I was here in Nov1997, Sept.1999, 31 July/Aug.2005, June2009 and this year, End June/July 2012. The best times were my first visit in 1997, and in 2005, where a video was recorded of the dive @ Sipadan. This trip was to test out my new camera rig – Canon Powershot G1X and it’s housing WP-DC44 with two new wet magnifying lens, Subsee +10 lens and the UCL-04 Achromatic +5 lens. I had a lot of fun-stration figuring out how to get good pictures during the trip. Heck-a-lot of photos didn’t turn out quite well. I will need time to get use to my new cameara rig, understanding it’s limitation and trying ways to overcome them. Wish me luck!

Top Critter of the Trip – Moray Eel…dead and alive  😆

Accumulated Merman Time: 1 day, 11 hours and 38 minutes

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
201 2012-06-26 15:14:00 46 19.2 11.9 28.0 SMART House-reef -- Check-Out Dive @ SMART House-reef. This is my 5th time diving here. I was here in Nov1997, Sept.1999, 31 July/Aug.2005, June2009 and this year, End June/July 2012.
202 2012-06-27 08:53:00 50 21.6 14.9 28.0 Kapalai – House-reef (mandarin valley) -- Swam to the sunken boat.
203 2012-06-27 11:11:00 45 18.0 15.2 27.0 Mabul – Oil Rig -- Leisure diving
204 2012-06-27 14:59:00 49 13.4 8.8 28.0 Mabul – Paradise I -- Leisure diving
205 2012-06-28 08:59:00 51 18.3 12.5 28.0 Kapalai – Cleaning Station -- Leisure diving
206 2012-06-28 11:19:00 55 19.2 12.8 28.0 Mabul – Panglima Reef -- Leisure diving
207 2012-06-28 14:54:00 53 16.7 11.3 28.0 Kapalai – House-reef (mandarin valley) -- Saw Elvis II - HUGE MORAY Eel!
208 2012-06-29 06:32:00 52 20.7 9.1 28.0 Sipadan – Baraccuda Point -- Looking for the barra ball or barra+jacks ball
209 2012-06-29 08:31:00 49 21.3 10.6 28.0 Sipadan – Turtle Cavern -- Leisure diving
210 2102-06-29 10:34:00 58 15.8 7.3 0.0 Sipadan – Baraccuda Point -- Looking for the barra ball or barra+jacks ball
211 2012-06-30 08:57:00 50 20.1 14.0 0.0 Si Amil Reef -- It's quite a distance away from SMART, Mabul. If I am not mistaken it is about 2 hours boat ride away.
212 2012-06-30 10:53:00 59 17.7 11.6 28.0 Si Amil Danawan Reef -- Leisure diving
213 2012-06-30 14:48:00 61 11.6 8.5 28.0 Mabul – Paradise II -- Last Dive for 2012!

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Dive Log#188-200 Bali: Menjangan, Puri Jati & Secret Bay

Dive Trip Date: 2011 Aug. 26 to Sept. 1 (Merdeka-Raya Holiday Week)
Dive Location: North West Bali, Indonesia.

Dive Diary:
Good diving except for the travelling between dive sites. The journey from Denpasar to Pemuteran was also a killer overland journey especially if arrival is late in the evening. We didn’t get to our hotel – Adi Assri Resort until around 1 am-ish. Kasihan only, the drivers had to drive all the way back to Denpasar after dropping us.

Top Critter of the Trio – Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimp

Accumulated Merman Time: 1 day, 0 hours and 20 minutes

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
188 2011-08-27 0.0 0.0 0.0 Puri Jati -- Check-Out Dive @ Puri Jati. Roomie & Dive Buddy for this trip is Edward who is canadian/ukraine white guy.
189 2011-08-27 0.0 0.0 0.0 Puri Jati -- Leisure diving
190 2011-11-27 0.0 0.0 0.0 Puri Jati -- Mr Long's first night dive in Bali, and he goes diving without his camera !!!
191 2011-08-28 0.0 0.0 0.0 Menjangan Island -- Damn! I forgot to bring my camera battery charger! Urghhh! Need to conserve battery.
192 2011-08-28 0.0 0.0 0.0 Menjangan Island -- Oh! Oh! Buddy not feeling well. Getting a new buddy for the night dive.
193 2011-08-28 0.0 0.0 0.0 Puri Jati -- Oops! Return from the dive to find my buddy not feeling well. "Joni" arriving tomolo night. Hmmm...My new buddy?
194 2011-08-29 0.0 0.0 0.0 Menjangan Island – Eel Garden -- Leisure diving
195 2011-08-29 0.0 0.0 0.0 Menjangan Island – wall diving Pos I or II -- wall diving Pos I or II – got a little crevice/cave.
196 2011-08-29 0.0 0.0 0.0 Secret Bay -- Drive to Gilimanuk – Secret Bay. HOOD & GLOVES. Viz sucks cos low tide. This is the place where there's a ferry to East Java.
197 2011-08-29 0.0 0.0 0.0 Secret Bay -- A COLD NIGHT DIVE! Tide coming in, viz still sucks.
198 2011-08-30 0.0 0.0 0.0 Secret Bay -- High Tide! WOW! The viz is crystal clear.
199 2011-08-30 0.0 0.0 0.0 Puri Jati -- Leisure diving
200 2011-08-30 0.0 0.0 0.0 Puri Jati -- MERDEKA EVE – Puri Jati - My 200th Dive!!!

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Dive Log#181-187 Malaysia: P. Tenggol, Terengganu

Dive Trip Date: 2011 April 30 to May 2 (Labour Day Weekend)
Dive Location: P. Tenggol, 45 minutes off Kuala Dungun, Terengganu

Dive Diary:
Start of the scuba diving season, just like downhill skiing – it’s back to basics aka training/refresher @ Tenggol to be reacquainted with my dive gears and my underwater photography. I have totally forgotten how to get my S80 to play nice with YS-110a…so it’s definetly a refresher for me as I came back with horrid photos.

Accumulated Merman Time: 1 day, 0 hours and 20 minutes

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
181 2011-04-30 0.0 0.0 0.0 Turtle Point -- Start of the scuba diving season, just like downhill skiing – it's back to basics aka training/refresher @ Tenggol to be reacquainted with my dive gears and my underwater photography.
182 2011-04-30 0.0 0.0 0.0 Nakhota -- Much cooler this time compared to the last trip here when the temp rose and cause the corals to bleach.
183 2011-05-01 0.0 0.0 0.0 Tokong Laut -- Labour Day Dive!
184 2011-05-01 0.0 0.0 0.0 Amazing Grace -- Leisure diving
185 2011-05-01 0.0 0.0 0.0 Tokong Timur -- Leisure diving
186 2011-05-01 0.0 0.0 0.0 House Wreck -- Leisure diving
187 2011-05-02 0.0 0.0 0.0 Five Sisters -- I have totally forgotten how to get my S80 to play nice with YS-110a…so it's definetly a refresher for me as I came back with horrid photos.

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Dive Log#165-180 Philippines: Malapascua

Dive Trip Date: 2010 Nov. 17 to 23
Dive Location: Malapascua, Philippines. Diving with Thresher Shark Divers (TSD)

Dive Diary:
This trip is definitely a safari trip. My journey too me from PEN-KUL-MANILA-CEBU-Malapascua and back. I took all types of transport, from land to air to sea…just to get to the island. This trip is memorable filled with lots of learning & drama. I thought we could avoid the check-in drama, unfortunately, the episode had to be screened.  😆

Video: Thresher Shark
Photo: Picasa Web Album
Airport Fees:
P750.00 for international flights
P200 for domestic flights

Accumulated Merman Time: 1 day, 0 hours and 20 minutes

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Site Name -- Notes
165 2010-11-17 16:26:00 42 13.1 7.6 28.0 Bantique -- CHECK-OUT DIVE! Dive Resort: Thresher Shark Divers.
166 2010-11-18 07:11:00 58 23.1 18.9 29.0 Monad Shoal -- It's a 6 a.m. dive. No Thresher sighted :(. Nitrox: EAN36
167 2010-11-18 10:49:00 68 16.1 11.9 29.0 Bantique -- AIR ... not using Nitrox.
168 2010-11-18 14:49:00 56 22.2 16.1 0.0 North Point -- AIR ... not using Nitrox.
169 2010-11-19 05:43:00 54 23.4 18.9 29.0 Monad Shoal -- OMG! 5 a.m. dive! Woo Hoo! Spotted a blurry Thresher. Good Sign. No flash, no strobe, if Thresher spotted. Nitrox: EAN36
170 2010-11-19 10:32:00 46 33.8 22.2 28.0 MV Doña Marilyn -- The ferry sank in 1984. Only 8 survivors. Visibility is horrible, eerie atmosphere included. Nitrox: EAN33
171 2010-11-19 13:10:00 72 19.8 12.5 28.0 Gato Island -- Nitrox: EAN32
172 2010-11-20 05:49:00 60 22.8 18.3 29.0 Monad Shoal -- 3rd attempt to sight a Thresher. Crazy diving @ 5:30 am! Aiya! None sighted. Better chance-lah if dive @ 5 a.m. Nitrox: EAN36
173 2010-11-20 09:48:00 68 16.1 12.5 28.0 Chocolate Island -- AIR ... not using Nitrox. Buddy? Hmm....
174 2010-11-20 14:07:00 50 23.4 16.1 28.0 Quillano -- AIR ... not using Nitrox. Buddy? I'm getting bloody pissed!
175 2010-11-20 17:58:00 39 11.9 7.9 29.0 Ka Osting -- My first FULL MOON night dive filled with drama and life lessons! What an experience. Nitrox: EAN37
176 2010-11-21 05:44:00 59 23.4 18.9 28.0 Monad Shoal -- This is it! AWESOME! Very friendly Thresher seen. Got my video! It came leisurely from behind us. 🙂 Nitrox: EAN36
178 2010-11-21 15:08:00 74 19.8 11.9 28.0 Gato Island -- Nitrox: EAN36. Hmmmmm.... SIENZzzzz-lo!
179 2010-11-22 09:59:00 49 27.7 20.7 0.0 Bugthong Bato -- new dive site. It's only 18 months old. Very cool dive site - sandy bottom with very good for macro. Nitrox: EAN33
180 2010-11-22 14:15:00 72 14.9 11.9 28.0 Ka Osting -- "Joni" send up the sausage too close to Tata...oh dear! ALAMAK! Oh Well! END OF TRIP...drama. Nitrox: EAN33

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