Diving @ Pulau Hantu (malay) – Ghost Island, Singapore
January 31, 2010, 8:22 pm
Filed under: diving
Today is the first time i dived in our local singapore water and i gotten some pictures back to share. This trip was with a local eco group called Hantu Blog who somewhat can be considered as defender of our local reefs. Its made up with a bunch of volunteers whom wanted to make a difference to our vanishing reefs. So its a non-profit group and i felt i’m contributing to their noble cause when i dived with them. Of course there are several other dive operators that organises trips to the same area. 
 
We met 930am on a sunday at the Singapore Yacht Club where the bum boat bring us out to the island which in just under 40mins. Enroute to the first of our two dives, we went past a different side of Singapore unless you work on jurong or bukom island. The sight was quite picturesque in a differnt way as you enjoy industrial structures and massive container ships. And before i know it we have arrive at the island which looked really clean and lushed from our boat – possble camping ground for a weekend getaway.

Refinery at Bukom Island

 I was quite excited when i was rigging up my gears as i was expectant for an adventure. I’m keen to know who lurks in our singapore waters. After getting in to the calm water we started to descend and immediately i noticed the visibility is super low. I could hadly make out anything beyond 2-3m but things started to change when you get really close to the sea bed. With a keen eyes and much effort you will begin to see wonderful creatures waiting to welcome you. Look at what i saw in the few photos i took from my first trip.

The water beneath southern jetty - 5m

 

Ceratosoma Nudibranch

 

Flatworm



Advanced Diving in Similan & Khao Lak
November 14, 2009, 5:18 pm
Filed under: diving, vacation

Needed a break badly from all the work and rut from the office. Thought of a beach getaway so decided on Phuket. Thought of a diving location there and similan came to mind. Thought of what we wanted to achieve during the dive and advance course came to mind. One thing led to another and before we knew it we were there in less than 4 weeks.

We ended up staying in khao lak (a really small and quiet town) for 5 days where we did 6 dives over 3 days with wicked diving (i highly recommend them). We had 3 different divemasters over the 3 days (Terese from Sweden, Local Thai Mr Tuk and David from Denmark) which added more colors and fun to our trip i felt. Thanks! The other 2 days were spend on our rented scooter buzzing up and down the linear highway, ate lots of thai food, did an elephant ride up the hill and visited the tsunami memorial sites.

After the 5 days in Khao Lak we moved south to phuket and we stayed for 2 days in a quaint resort called sugar palm grand hill. Our room had direct pool access from our balcony which made A* really thrilled. It was a good end to our trip where we balanced it with the more happening atmosphere of phuket which were somewhat touristy for most adventure junkie. Anyhow we had some good food, beach, sight seeing and lots of massages while we were here. 

Phuket & Khao Lak are fun and i will come back again for more diving, massags and thai food.



I Can Dive!
May 26, 2009, 5:26 am
Filed under: diving, vacation

Finally after so so long i get to check off my one of the item on my “Top 10 Must Do List”. I will share the list later in another post.
Over the last weekend i went up north with a bunch of friends & new friends to get ourselves on a weekend get away in Tioman Island. During the stay there together with A*, we got ourselves PADI certified as open water divers. The experience was superb and the atmosphere was mostly fun.
We did a pool session followed by 2 dives on saturday where we practiced some basic drills. Then another 2 dives on the next day. The last dive was a leisure one at a dive site called Labas where the marine life was more brilliant. Now i am planning to do my advance open water dive so i can dive deeper to 30m. Then will i be able to explore more dive sites to see the beauty of nature deep below.