Dive 185: Hanging Gardens, Pulau Sipadan (Malaysia)

Dive time:  00:49:00
Max depth:  21.3 metres
Temperature:  29 C
Visibility:  15 metres
Buddy:  Ralston
Surface interval:  01:14:00

Filling in as a last minute replacement for the Sipadan trip backfired on me for this dive as there was no second DIN tank for my second dive.  However, one of the DMs was kind enough to lend me his BCD and regs for the dive.

As soon as we dropped into the water, we spotted turtles everywhere – beside us after having come up for air, beneath us swimming along the reef, and along the wall with heads hidden in holes. At one stage of the dive, we saw three turtles resting in one small alcove section of the wall!  The highlight though, was a large turtle perched on a rock, facing out into the blue, and using the rock as a scratching post!  It wasn’t fazed at all by the paparazzi flashes, or by me coming face to face and eyeballing it less than a metre away.  It just kept scratching away!

This site seemed to be much prettier than I remember it from the first day here, with the wall being covered in lacy fans and corals – just spectacularly colourful.

Along with some patrolling barracuda, I spotted a green moray eel that was out swimming along the reef, hunting for food.  Not your usual encounter with an eel during the day!

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