Thursday, May 31, 2007

The East Coast - A Free and Easy Diving Holiday (Part Two)

22 May 2007

Reached Kuala Besut at about 9am. Left the car at Kak Shikin's place.... Took the speed boat and arrived in D'Lagoon at about 11.30am. Pakcik Razak wasn't there but they had already prepared for us a room.

D'Lagoon is in Teluk Kerma, Perhentian Kecil. It's very quiet as it is the only resort or chalet here. I have been here once in April 2004... My first dive trip after OWD... Majority of the holidaymakers here are Europeans.

The dive shop is managed by Turtle Bay Divers and the resident instructor is Drew who has been there for perhaps 3 years. Arranged to dive with them and our 1st DM was a sweet Swede called Emily. She took us to the house reef but since they are worried bout coral destruction all dives to the House Reef are boat dives

1st dive - 3pm
Viz was horrible but we managed to see the cleaner station and the shrimps....

23rd May 2007

Our DM for the next three dives is Hannah, who just qualified as a DM a week prior... hmmm I think I may have dived more than her plus she has only dived in Perhentian... but she's the DM laaaa....... that's why can 'eksyen'

2nd dive- Sugar Wreck... at last... Salwa was worried as there are surface currents but at went well... saw loads of jellyfish, lionfish, puffer and porqupine, baby barracuddas... I was absolutely happy....It's my first REAL wreck.....

3rd dive
The outer part of d'lagoon.... our DM was hopeless... told us what we may see but she was not interested in 'hunting' for anything... How can spot anything if you're about 2m above the reef.. cehh... Me and saliha as usual were our slow self.. and our DM was just taking a stroll in water... Absolutely hopeless!!!!!!

In the evening we witnessed turtles hatching- four in total... at the beach in D'lagoon.. what a sight...

24th May 2007
4th dive- Tokong Laut

This has always been a lovely site to dive.... we saw loads of boxfishes, whiteeyed morays, bamboo shark (no thanks to our DM)....

5th dive - Aaah changed DM- Paul. Cool and easy-going. Went to Tg Basi (dunno whether that's the actual name) the DM named it Tangen Basi... hahhahaha.....As usual, mat sallehs get hyper-excited seeing turtles. I must say I was too... finally something big....

6th dive- Night dive. BEST DIVE ere. Drew was sick so Tim came over to take us diving in D'lagoon. See the photos... Can't say enough!!!

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azmil said...

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