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 forgot about them! Here they are.

These are two short "raw" sequences. I give them to you below, just to be patient, while waiting for the small underwater montages I'm preparing 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 one, I film a turtle, not at all shy, swimming straight on me and almost jostling me to go on its way! 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 the links to the other articles I had put online, when 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
    just the balls and a big desire to go back what 😉
    Given the number of photos (very successful) videos how many dives do you average on a stay?
    After it is clear that the budget for one person is not the same as for 4 🙂

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

    At least we have you to make us dream and share other dives 😉


  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 yes anyway 😆 with my 50 dives I am acting as a rookie 😀 .
    I understand better the number of shots and posts diving 😉 . I had not the impression that your stays were so loaded in diving, that makes 2 see 3 dives per day not?
    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: Yes, when I say that I spend almost all my holidays diving, I'm not exaggerating... 😉
    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... the beginning of September and it's indeed the back-to-school spleen that's lurking. 🙁 The photos and videos scratched here and there are so many lifelines to get through the fall until the new takeoff. Your site should be reimbursed by the health insurance, it's a vaccine against the end of summer blues, I think it's also a barrier against 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 And it's in Vanuatu. I'm not a wreck diver, or even a fan of deep dives, but this... 😯
    we end up... 😮 can I put this... 😯 ... These are the two heads you can make during a dive on the Coolidge: 😯 and 😮

    I made a CR of my stay in Vanuatu on another site: it happens right here.
    I found myself a personal mission for this winter: to promote Sipadan and Pres.Coolidge while waiting for other mythical dives. 😆

    Debate : Is Lembeh mythical or not? 😛

  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:
    😯 😮 😀