Edited by wgreenti, 17 June 2012 - 04:23 PM.
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:21 PM
Edited by wgreenti, 17 June 2012 - 04:23 PM.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:15 AM
Looks good. Still plenty of life there. Did you deliberately blur the edge of the frame?
Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:29 AM
Never been there but edited a film from there many years ago for someone. Surprised not to see turtles. I know the govt there brought on several restrictions regarding the number of divers there and wonder how the ecological rebounding has occurred.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:40 AM
Great vid!..what are you using for the video its really clear..but seems rather short for all the action that Sipadan is all about.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:36 PM
I went to Sipadan in 2000, when you could still stay on the island itself, and I remember a lot of trash washed up on the beach, all around the island.
Another thing that displeased me greatly (and ruined quite a few shots in the schools) was trash. Reportedly, the trash floats in from other islands (or boats) and sinks in the swirling currents. Nothing ruins a scenic video clip more than three jacks hungrily swimming in and out of potato chip bags. I frantically tried to collect the debris but was overwhelmed.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 03:53 AM
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:01 PM
Would love to go back one day, but we've been frightened off by the stories of staying for a week and only diving on Sipadan itself for a couple of dives. Hopefully the measures taken are helping preserve the reef at least.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 03:32 AM
The measures are probably making some difference but, of course, everyone is scamming the system. Hence the stories of only diving a few times during a trip at Sipadan. I talked to someone who had only done 4 dives there in a week. The resort convinced them that this was normal. I told him that he'd been scammed.
Each resort gets an allocation of slots out of the 160 divers that are allowed there each day. The system works by logging the diver's names with the office on the island and then they are signed in when they arrive. Theoretically, once signed in, you can do as many dives as you like between 6am and 6pm.
But the resorts can't make money out of their allocated slots if they follow the "legal"' one slot, one diver model.
So they reuse their slots throughout the day, often squeezing 3 divers into 1 slot.
If you are in the early morning group, you'll be logged in as yourself. But, in the afternoon, you'll be taken somewhere else and another person will be logged in as you.
Instead of 160 divers per day, at least double that number are actually doing the diving. You could argue that the impact on the reef is no worse because the actual dives dived is only about 20 to 30% higher in the scammed model.
I'm sure that the authorities know about it but are paid not to notice...
So, if you do go to Sipadan, make sure that, before you pay anything, you have a clear agreement, in writing, how many dives at Sipadan you will get in your package. If not, you'll be put in the "every second day suckers" list.
Last time I went, I negotiated a 2 Sipadan dives per day minimum, with our choice of dawn, morning or afternoon. But, having seen the scam, I've decided not to go back until it is sorted out.
In any case, Sipadan is not the jewel it used to be. My log book and images from the 1990s show a much healthier place. Several places in Asia eclipse it. Sad but true.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:15 PM
Edited by seok, 21 June 2012 - 08:22 PM.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:32 AM
There's no scam here and I truly believe that all resorts are doing their best to come up with a system that benefits their customers. It took them some time but i think the system now is the best they could do to enable divers to have a good Sipadan experience, while helping to preserve the island.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:36 AM
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:57 PM
I looked at booking a trip to sipadan not too long ago. After reading all the garbage about the slots, and only getting there once or twice in a weeks time, I decided that isn't going to happen for me. I am not going to fly half way around the world for 2 days of diving at the main attraction. It's too bad they can't figure it out. I would one day like to go there, but I don't ever see it happening. There are other places, that are closer/cheaper/and just as good of diving for me to go to Sipadan.