Shark in Sipadan.

Sipadan flashback

  Borneo [Malaysia and Indonesia] - July 2009

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In July, during my stay in Sipadan (Borneo, Malaysia), I had prepared two short underwater videos, thinking to post them in stride. But the wifi from the resort where I was connecting broke down, and the videos stayed on Vimeo. So, I had forgotten them! Here they are…

These are two short "raw" sequences. I'll give them below, just to wait, waiting for the small underwater montages that I prepare for future posts ...

1) Shark Prayer

The first shows my buddy Linda, hands clasped over a shark. It was his way of swimming. Always very calm, as in prayer, with his palms against each other.

2) Express tortoise

In the second, I film a turtle, not shy at all, who swims right on me and almost jostles me to continue his journey! In Sipadan, turtles are everywhere.

A puff of nostalgia invades me by seeing these images.

I diveed there a whole week, staying on the neighboring island of Mabul. I would have stayed there a week more. Sipadan is, by far, the most amazing diving spot I have ever seen in any of the sites where I dive in Asia.


To complete this mini-flashback, I give you below links to other articles that I posted online, while I was there:
11.07.2009 → Posing with Sipadan sharks
13.07.2009 → Mabul Village
14.07.2009 → Latest bubbles in Mabul and Sipadan
15.07.2009 → Nudibranch Festival

  Borneo [Malaysia and Indonesia] - July 2009

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  1. 😥 no comments
    juste les boules et une grosse envie de repartir quoi 😉
    Given the number of photos (very successful) videos how many dives do you average on a stay?
    Après il est clair que le budget pour une seule personne n’est pas le même que pour 4 🙂

    In Bali we did 3 days or 6 dives, but at 4 and so the budget is not negligible!

    Au moins on vous a vous pour nous faire rêver et nous faire partager d’autres plongées 😉


  2. @@ lain: Good question, the average number of dives on a stay. I admit that I had never bothered to count in detail ... So, I just reopened my dive books to check precisely the number of my ploufs for the last trips. It gives, for 2008-2009:

    • 33 in Malaysia-Indonesia, for this last stay of one month in July 2009 (including 21 in Mabul-Sipadan!).
    • 28 in Thailand, during my stay of three weeks in February-March 2009 (including Rescue training).
    • 35 total to Bali, for a month in July 2008 (my record, the blame for mola-mola!).
    • 25 to Philippines, for three weeks in January-February 2008.

    So that's about 30 on average per stay. I used to do about twenty, sometimes less, a few years ago. But for two years, I have increased the pace, and I go to Asia on purpose for that: to dive!

    Question budget, as I have my own equipment and that I'm doing dives, I always get a discount on the basic price and discounts. The cheapest ploufs in Asia, according to the corners and centers, start around a dozen euros, and it can go up to thirty euros depending on the distance to the sites, the number of divers in the palanquée, etc.

    I have just started in learned calculations to calculate the price of some dives to the unit during my last stay ... As an example, Sipadan, it returned to me about 23 € by splash (allowed for the site including). Mabul, 15 €. The reef of Derawan, 12 €.

    On these down-to-earth considerations, I hope to continue to make you dream underwater!

  3. ah oui quand même 😆 avec mes 50 plongées je fais office de bleu 😀 .
    Je comprend mieux le nombre de clichés et de posts plongée 😉 . je n’avais pas l’impression que vos séjours étaient tant chargé en plongée, cela fait du 2 voir 3 plongées par jour non?
    And in fact, for your photos following the "curse" of the old device, finally for which have you opted? with or without external flash?

  4. @ @lain: Eh oui, quand je dis que je consacre quasi toutes mes vacances à plonger, je n’exagère pas… 😉
    On the days when I dive, indeed, when I'm on site, I do 2 to 3 dives a day.
    Otherwise, the camera is always the same. I kept the Powershot A95 tinkered and it works! I do not have enough dice yet to offer me a new case ... So for now, I continue with my little camera and its built-in flash.

  5. Thank you Corinne for the nice videos and also for making me known vimeo. I think I will use it to store my next videos.

  6. @ Marie-Julie: I have bubbles full my stock of videos ... I must go back (it is the case to say it) in to prepare a small editing worthy of the name.
    @Max: Yes, Vimeo is fine and degrades the image less than DailyMotion or YouTube. Especially for underwater movies, with a lot of blue, they come out less pixellated. For my small "raw" sequences, when I'm traveling, it's the most satisfying and the simplest. Otherwise, I usually host my videos on my own site. But given the quality of Vimeo, I would offer me access to the paid version that can better set up the broadcast.

  7. Ahlala… début septembre et c’est bien le spleen de la rentrée qui nous guette. 🙁 Les photos et les vidéos grattées ici ou là sont autant de bouées de sauvetage pour traverser l’automne jusqu’au nouveau décollage. Ton site devrait être remboursé par la sécu, c’est un vaccin contre le blues de fin d’été, je pense qu’il fait aussi barrage contre le H1N1. ❗

    Me as you, I feel that the duo Mabul / Sipadan has no equal elsewhere 8). There are plenty of worldclass dives but the spots mythicalThose whose breath you cut, your eyes wide, your heart beating like after a roller coaster ride, the desire to return immediately - and this on a regular basis - I do not see much.

    Sipadan does clearly part of the mythical spots.

    I discovered another mythical dive this summer. it's called the SS Pres.Coolidge et c’est au Vanuatu. Je ne suis pas un plongeur d’épave, ni même amateur de plongées profondes, mais là… 😯
    on se retrouve… 😮 …comment dire… 😯 … Voilà les deux têtes que l’on peut faire pendant une plongée sur le Coolidge : 😯 et 😮

    I made a CR of my stay in Vanuatu on another site: it happens right here.
    Je me suis trouvé une mission personnelle pour cet hiver : promouvoir Sipadan et le Pres.Coolidge en attendant d’autres plongées mythiques. 😆

    Debate : Lembeh est-il mythique ou pas? 😛

  8. @ Wet & Sea To read your fabulous report, it's worth the detour, the wreck of SS President Coolidge... But hey, it's downright as deep (45-50 meters minimum, or much more if affinities ...). The advantage of Sipadan is that it remains accessible at all levels and we enjoy including shallow for diving "leisure", without the need to bump endless steps.

    So yes, Sipadan is a legendary spot, and I will return!
    😯 😮 😀

    My contribution to the debate: yes, Lembeh is a mythical spot too (I want to go back when I will be equipped with a SLR and a box worthy of the name) and easy to dive, but to appreciate, you have to be a photographer passionate about weird beasts. In no other place do you find together so many ordinary antennæ, rare creatures and other inventions of nature that you would never have thought it existed ... Same:
    😯 😮 😀