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Pfuller

Member Since 10 Jan 2008
Offline Last Active Jul 29 2014 12:54 AM
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In Topic: How to shoot like Japanese UW photographer?

24 July 2014 - 07:32 PM

Do a search for Bokeh on google.


In Topic: Safety in Mabul/sipidan???

08 July 2014 - 12:03 AM

I just wanted to follow up this thread and say that we ended up staying on Mabul and felt very safe. We stayed at Scuba Junkie which exceeded our expectations in all areas. Lovely rooms, good food, good people and well organised diving with well controlled numbers.  

 

Night diving is still banned on the island, but there was enough to see during the day to keep us very satisfied.

 

We only managed one day of diving on Sipidan and it was fantastic for wide-angle creature encounters (reef sharks, bumpheads, turtles, jacks etc) A big surprise was Si Amil which had world class muck diving. A dive on Meditation \Wall had me scrambling between subjects from Twin-spotted Lionfish and frogfish to a 20bar enounter with Flambouyant Cuttlefish. Then First Beach turned up a 20-bar Hairy Frogfish to make my last subject of the trip.

 

Mabul and Kapalai also had great muck critter diving. 

 

I'm really glad we made the decision to  stay on Mabul and visit Sipidan...it's very high on my return visit list. Mixed with the primate and other jungle life, Borneo makes a fantastic destination.  Its just a pity the Palm Oil industry is so big...you have to see it to believe how vast the plantations are! very sad.

 

Thanks for everyone's feedback.


In Topic: Safety in Mabul/sipidan???

11 June 2014 - 02:46 AM

Thanks for the reply drew! I know it's a fairly redundant question... I'm basically digging for a nugget that I can convince my partner with but I it will have to be a pretty big one! At the end of the day the risks are looking too great so we might have to stick to the west. One option I found on the net is Miri. It seems expensive but the oil rug dive sounds reasonable and some nice coral gardens. Have any wetpixelers dived out this way?

In Topic: Safety in Mabul/sipidan???

10 June 2014 - 04:45 PM

This is the latest travel advice from an Australian Government Website:

 

  • We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah due to the ongoing threat of kidnapping by militant and criminal groups based in the southern Philippines and violence linked to insurgency and terrorists. The kidnapping threat in eastern Sabah includes dive sites and associated tourist facilities.
  • The kidnapping threat is highest in the area between the towns of Sandakan and Tawau due to its proximity to the Sulu archipelago in the southern Philippines. There are recent indications that extremists may be in the advanced stages of planning to kidnap foreigners from locations in this vicinity.
  • On 6 May 2014, a foreign worker was kidnapped at gunpoint from a fish farm near the coastal town of Pulau Baik near Lahad Datu. In April 2014, a foreign tourist and a local employee were kidnapped from the Singamata Reef Resort in eastern Sabah. In November 2013, two foreign tourists were attacked in their room at the Sipadan Pom Pom Resort, off the coast of eastern Sabah. A male tourist was murdered in the attack and his wife was kidnapped and held captive for many months. These incidents highlight the ongoing risk of violent crime, including kidnapping, in eastern Sabah by groups based in the southern Philippines. The Sabah Government has introduced new security measures and access controls of waterways in the region.

In Topic: Ikelite housing for Canon 7D for sale

04 January 2014 - 07:42 PM

I'm interested in the housing. Please PM me.