Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Krabi - Thailand

8th February 2008 - Fly from Malaysia to Krabi Thailand, my annual honeymoon + dive trip. This is the first time I'm travelling to Krabi, In Malaysia Krabi is not as famous as Phuket although they are only 1 hours away from each other.

Krabi (http://www.krabi.com/) located on Southern of Thailand at the shore of Andaman Sea, the most notable are the solitary limestone hills both on the land and on the sea as island it attract thousands of rock climber from all over the world for rock climbing activities. However rock climbing is never my type of activities maybe is against gravity, my main agenda of this trip is an annual honeymoon and 2 dive in 2 world famous dive side Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Things  to see....... The mighty Manta Ray and Whale Shark.

9th February 2008 - We gather in hotel lobby waiting for dive center staff to pick us up to their boat the weather is nice but the water is a bit choppy, to reach the 2 dive side we need to travel from Krabi with speed boat for 2 hours and 30min again..... is a very difficult journey due to the water condition.

Once we reach the first dive site Hin Daeng, we gear up and jump in the water and start our first dive to look for Manta ray...... according to dive master we should able to spot the Manta as the ratio of seeing one is 7 out of 12 dive. There is nothing much special under the water because everyone only focus on one thing the MANTA......

After almost 40minute we didn't even see the shadow of manta and is very disappointed and we decide to end the dive since nothing much to see. The dive master signal for our routine 3min safety stop with 80bar of air in my tank, suddenly I heard the dive master banging his tank repeatedly and pointed to the reef.......... There she came....The MANTA RAY !!! My wife start taking video and we decent to 10 meter with no time. It was huge and a beauty....Is beyond our speech and is an AWESOME experience and unbelievable how magnificent is this creatures.

First dive ended with lots of happiness and our hope is high for the whale shark..... However 2nd dive end with nothing..... no whale shark and no manta ray as well.... anyway is a very good experience and an unforgettable one. The balance few days in Krabi we didn't dive anymore, we decide to enjoy in the hotel, visit some local market and enjoy the food.

Check out the video and photo of this trip below.

Krabi Sunset

Limestone




Dive Shop Ower, Dive Master and Friend from Singapore we meet during the trip

Me and My Wife

Hotel We Stay
More Post to Come......................

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dayang Island Malaysia My First Dive Trip

Dayang Island located on the northern east cost of state of Johor approximately 65km off Mersing Jetty, Dayang Island is West Malaysia's furthest and most unique paradise out in South China Sea, Surrounded by crytal clear blue water and white sandy beach. Read more about the island at http://www.dayangisland.com/

Diving is always something I wanted to do since student, however due to the cost of this hobby and many other factor it has been delay till October 2007. This is my first dive trip, during this trip I will also do my PADI Open Water Certification and also PADI Advance Open Water Certification.

To access to Dayang from Kuala Lumpur (Capital of Malaysia) you can either take a Bus from KL main station which will took approximately 6 hours to reach Mersing or drive to Mersing which will took approximately 4-5 hours. This trip we decide to drive since car is available and plenty of dive gear to carry.

Me, my wife, 2 of our friend (1 non diver) and dive instructor Encik Nizam, 5 of us split into 2 cars start our journey at 6pm local time on 4rd of October to start our 4Days/4Night trip.

We reach Mersing Jetty around 12am Midnight and depart from jetty by a fishing boat around 1am check out the picture below
Normally most people will travel with a big ferry (150 people ferry), we used a fishing boat because we are going in the island 1 day earlier then the rest......... The consequences ...... a suffering night due to a small boat and very choppy water, anyway we arrived safely after 6 hours of boat ride.

Is a worth suffering 6 hours, what waiting for us is a calm and crystal clear water of Dayang Island !. Is amazing I never even heard about this island on my 30 years staying in Malaysia.

Some of beautiful photo of Dayang Island  
View from top

White Sandy Beach

Crystal Clear Blue Water
After check in to the simple and clear resort we take some light breakfast and get ready for my maiden dive !!!.

In this dive trip I completed a total of 12 dives and qualified as an PADI open water divers and Advance Open water divers certificate. All in all is an awesome experience and a very good start of a series of dive trip.

Dive site in Dayang Island: Pulau Lang, Pulau Pinang, Captain Point, Aur Reef, Batu Rakit, Dayang Jetty and many more.

The one I like the most is Batu Rakit due to is beatiful sea scaping, big rock and deep dive (max I done for this trip 28 Meter).

To anyone that thinking of taking up this hobby.....STOP Thinking and START doing it. Below is some photo taken during this dive trip, I will share more of my experience and places I dive before .... do check out my next post. Bye Bye
Cutter Fish

Crown Fish

Crown Fish



Nudibranch




Moray Eel






Me and My wife




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