June 6, 2012

Cuti-cuti Malaysia : Muck Diving in Mabul Island

Continuation from here ...

On our final diving day, we dived at House Reef in Kapalai Island. Then we went back to Mabul Island and the chosen dive sites were Stingray City and Awas. If you don't already know, Mabul Island is a macro diver's paradise.

I had an amazing muck dive in Awas. What's a muck dive, you wonder? This is a term used to describe limited visibility dives at shallow sites with usually sandy bottoms. Having said that, I had to really, like reallyyy control my buoyancy as not to crash on the sand. If not, for sure my dive buddies would hate me forever for ruining their dives. hahaha...

Muck diving offers the opportunity to find unusual marine life, and finding them were a challenge. We were lucky to see a Seahorse! My dive master told me that little creature hadn't been seen at its usual area for weeks. Too bad we didn't have camera with us during the dive in Awas.

Anyway, here are some photos from Stingray City.

Of course I saw a stingray there! This is a Blue-spotted Stingray.

This is a Painted Frogfish.

A Stone Fish.

Crocodile Fish.

Then guess what? We saw Pharaoh Cuttlefish mating! We went oohh and ahhh, awestrucked at having the chance to watch cuttlefish porn. hahahaha...

We also saw Common Reef Octopus, Broadclub Cuttlefish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Bigfin Reef Squid, Leafy Filefish, Longhorn Cowfish, Big Eye Porcupine Fish, Moorish Idol and Yellow Striped Fuselier. Go google their pictures as I don't have them. They are amazing!


Oh how beautiful and amazing the underwater life is.

Fun Dive 8 : House Reef, 51 minutes, 20m max depth

Fun Dive 9 : Stingray City, 60 minutes, 20m max depth 

Fun Dive 10 : Awas, 58 minutes, 17m max depth 


aziahmk said...

nice pic darl!...gelap tak down there? i always fear dark in water..huhhhuhu

rara said...

i can only dive up to 18m so ok lagi.. tak gelap pon. akak nak amik diving license jugak ke? :D

aziahmk said...

i selalu berhajat nk dive...tapi hajat tinggal hajat...entah biler le nak buat. sbb my fear factor is dark in the water. i selalu panic....huhuhhu

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Ernie Khairina said...

So berani la you! Not in a million yrs for me =(

rara said...

aziahmk: no need to worry. kena lawan fear factor ni.. hehe.. u must do it one day ok! best sangat tgk underwater world ni

mas: amik la diving license mas!!!

ernie: i mula2 pon takut masa my first dive dulu.. but after tu dah ok. try it! :D