Maz and Alex make a humanitarian trip to the Care organization. (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)
Maz and Alex make a humanitarian trip to the Care organization. (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)

Maz and Alex, from the UK to NZ

#Tioman #Malaysia

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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Maz and Alex are a couple of English eco-lovers and diving enthusiasts, whom I had the pleasure to meet again in Tioman. They are on a humanitarian trip (18 months, 65,000 km and 26 countries) for the Care organization.

The world of divers is very small!

In the center, I am told that today I am going to dive with an English couple who are working for the humanitarian association Care.

Christophe, the French instructor, does not remember their names. Toni, the dive master Spanish, do not know any more. Jeffree, the Malaysian who holds the center Eco-Divers can just confirm that the English come from Perhentian, like me. (Yes, I know, it's a bit like the Spanish inn, the dive shops in Asia !) As for me, I think I already know the English couple in question...

Maz and Alex make a humanitarian trip to the Care organization. (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)
Maz and Alex make a humanitarian trip to the Care organization. (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)

When I was at Perhentian Kecil, a few days earlier, I did my BA, diving the very last day. It was Saturday the 8th, I think. That day, Maz and Alex had come to dive shop tell us about their adventure, dubbed Overland-Underwater.

A journey of 18 months, 65,000 km, through 26 countries, combining land trips and dives for the benefit of Care: each diving center that welcomes them donates 10 to 20% of the day's takings to the humanitarian association. The more divers registered, the more money! They had done the day's outings with us and then we spent the evening together chatting over a few beers (and between divers, what do you think we're talking about?).

A few minutes later, no mistake: it's Maz and Alex that I see landing! We fall into each other's arms. It's so nice to see familiar faces again! The outing of the day, particularly beautiful, on the site of Soyah Island (two wrecks + the reef) will be even more pleasant.

Underwater, they too are cold ... It reassures me. Even seasoned divers like them, with a thicker suit than mine, are iced up by resurfacing.

Finally, I find out they're my bungalow neighbors! They too have landed at Mawar Chaletsright next to mine. The world seems really small sometimes. And of course, where do they plan to go next? I'll give it to you in a thousand. À Sipadan, of course.

Here is the address of their site: www.overland-underwater.com. Maz is just like me, running late with the online journal! They write about their trip, put their photos and videos on the site.

Small party between divers, one evening, in Tioman. (Malaysia, July 2006)
Small party between divers, one evening, in Tioman. (Malaysia, July 2006)

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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