Sunday, June 17, 2007

Pulau Dayang - Day 4

This morning’s dive will be the last dive for the open water course. A 15 minutes boat ride from the Dayang beach where we stay, we reach Teluk Subukang, Pulau Aur. As usual, we assemble and check our equipments before every dive. You don’t want to drown to death, do you?

I don’t know that we are going to take a boat ride to other diving spot, so I don’t bring my camera along, so no pictures for this dive.

In this morning’s dive, we practice compass navigation which we suppose to learn it yesterday. After the practice, we explore the dive site at the depth of 18 meters, before going up to the surface. There’re a lot of corals, fishes, sea cucumbers and a blue starfish! For those that never touch a starfish before, I can tell you that it’s hard like a rock, but you can break it easily with a little bit of force, and no, throughout this trip, I never harm any single living creature :P

The Blue Starfish

As for the second dive of the day, we head to a small island, Pulau Lang, a 10 minutes boat ride from Dayang. We were told that if we are lucky enough, we might see turtles, but lady luck is not with us that day. The scenery there is nice, with big rocks and field of corals on the sea bed, and of course fishes and stingray.

Pulau Lang

We are practicing with our compass navigation, again, but with a different group this time. A curious batfish approaches us and it keeps swimming around us to see what we are doing.

The best is yet to come. Our third and last dive of the day, we go to the same dive site at Pulau Lang, the difference is, it’s a night dive! Night dive is one of the exciting course in advance open water diving. Every diver is equipped with a torch for the dive.

The Dive Spot

Eventhough it’s the same spot we dived, the feel is totally different. The sea is calm and quiet. Covering up the light from the torch, the only light to shine on the sea bed is from the moon. The visibility is quite good since it’s a full moon that night. Again, the same curious batfish we saw approaches us. What a busybody it is.

Nocturnal creatures like lobsters, shrimps and crabs that we don’t see in the day appear at night. We only manage to spot a little moray eel, swimming just above the seabed, hunting for food or maybe, its new hiding place. The experience of diving at night is really fresh and enjoyable.

The Blue Spotted Stingray

Back to the resort, we have to do the required exercises for our advance open water course. The good news is: No quizzes and exams! Hurray!!

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