Friday, June 22, 2007

Pulau Dayang - Day 5

This morning dive is what I am waiting for, deep dive - another interesting dive of the advance diving course. The maximum depth for this dive will be 30 meters, that’s around a 10-storey building. Got sound cool or not? Hahahaha

The dive site for today’s deep dive will be Captain’s Point, a 15 minutes boat ride to the other side of the island we are staying.

Captain's Point

We do the boat dive as usual, everyone in my group jump into the sea one by one and we descend but one of my groupmate has cold and he can’t equalize with the pressure under the water. Our instructor orders us to surface and check with the problem. Since we are drifted by the strong current far from the spot we dived, we have to wait the boat come to pick us back that spot. 50 bar is wasted inside the water for waiting that guy to descend just now, damn. For your information, a full tank of air is 200 bar.

Another View of Captain's Point

Back to the same spot and we dive from the boat, again. Luckily, this time, the fella manages to equalize somehow and so, we proceed with our dive.

The scene is nice, compared to Pulau Lang. The water is crystal clear, with huge rocks inhabited with corals and fishes. At the depth of 15m, the water turns cold suddenly, and I start to shivers. The group is moving in a slow pace, and to avoid being kicked and knocked with other groupmate, I dive in the front of my group.

See, I told you the water is clear

At the depth of 24m, my instructor gives a little pull to my flipper for a stop to perform Nitrogen Narcosis test. Nitrogen Narcosis is when someone behaves strangely like a drunken man and it’s dangerous if it’s not noticed by other group members. It varies with each individuals and I don’t have any problem with it, power ler….

For the second dive, we are going to do drift diving, where we descend one point, dive with the current, and then ascend at another point where we will be picked up by the boat. The good part is, you don’t have to kick much, just let the current do their job while you enjoy the scene around you. The bad part? When your group member keeps kicking the sand at the seabed and the next thing you see, sand floating around you and the visibility is low. Now you know why I always choose to dive in front of the group.

Divers waiting to be rescued fetched

Along the way, I see a lionfish and clownfishes (think Nemo!).


The third dive for the day, which will also be the last dive for this trip, we just do some boat dive in front of the jetty, and the difference from the other dives is that, it’s in a huge group.

Soon after we dive and start to dive, a big school of Yellowback Fusilier swim passes us. It’s like a big train swimming pass you. No matter how you try to break them, they’ll find a way back to their group.

Dayang Beach

Thinking back of the big Moray Eel I saw on day 3, I bring my friend over to have a look, with another friend following behind. We try to lure the eel out of the hideout but filling the tank with stones we found on seabed. As usual, the eel is stubborn to leave its hideout. It afraid that it’ll feel homesick if it leaves its hideout even a few inches away I guess.

By the time we are done playing with the eel, three of us realize that we are separated from the group. So we just continue our dive, exploring the sea and soon we see the group diving around the jetty.

The Big Rock

Actually there’s a night dive around the jetty and I am too tired to join. That’s the end of my dives at Pulau Dayang for this trip.

Here’s a video of me diving off from the boat. The tip of the boat is around one storey high from the sea level (let me show off for awhile can or not?) lol


Hatz said...

nice photos of Pulau Dayang, never been there yet.

Cheers dude

hao said...

hatz: Pulau Dayang is opened especially for divers. It's a nice place, not polluted yet. Cheers

Anonymous said...

Nice write up. From one diver to another - refrain from saying flippers. Sure sign of new duckling as old timers will tell you that "ducks have flippers, we use fins".

"The best day in the office cannot beat a bad dive - there is no such thing as a bad dive". Cheers!

hao said...

anonymous: I used to call it as flippers since the last time I used it during my swimming training. Old habit is hard to correct. *sigh*

Thanks for the correction!