The big day is here. Today, finally, I dive in Sipadan. The site does not usurp its reputation. It’s spectacular. Sharks and turtles galore. Fish everywhere. All along a vertiginous "wall" where corals abound, which sinks into the blue.
The plane lands at Sandakan. Here I am in Borneo! The airport is tiny. I quickly get my bag, buy a coupon at the taxi stand at the exit and go directly to Sepilok, a few kilometers away, where the rehabilitation center for orangutans is located.
The path to Tekek, on the island of Tioman, is dotted with small houses, which range from rickety huts to dapper chalets. Cafés-restaurants-grocery stores sell bags of instant noodles, fishing line and laundry packets, serve plates of fried rice and coffee shakes ...
As we approach the island of Tioman, I feel that the place will please me. It's big, huge! In the maritime mist of the early morning, a sloping profile arises, covered with dense and humid vegetation, where still pieces of clouds hang.