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Snorkel Junkies of Sibuan!

Semporna, Malaysia

First of all, many apologies for the numerous pictures of tranquil blue waters, desert islands and joyful children playing with toy wooden boats!

Cette fois-ci pas beaucoup de texte mais beaucoup de photos (sachez qu'il y a plein d'autres photos que celles visibles sur le blog dans la partie photo, dont voici le lien).


So where are we? Well, take a look at the map and you will see that we are in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. We arrived in Tawau and made our way towards the famous coastline where islands and sand-banks such as Sipadan, Mabul, Mataking and Kepalai can be found. However at over 70euro just to go snorkeling on Sipadan and 300euros [per person per night] to stay on Kepalai, we found ourselves on a cheaper alternative.

A day-trip to Sibuan, a tiny island [as you can see] inhabited by some gypsy travellers from the Philippines and a handful of soldiers. We spent a fantastic day doing nothing except; snorkel, swim, relax, hide in the shade, walk around the island and of course get to know the locals! The children were a sight to behold! It must also be said that so far we have been astounded by the calm friendliness of the people that we have met here. Well this is a short entry just to let you know what we are doing so, bye for now and back to our cheap insect-infested hostel [what a contrast!]...

Nous sommes sur l'ile de Borneo, dans la region de Sabah en Malaisie. De Tawau nous avons rejoins Semporna, endroit bien connu des plongeurs car cette ville permet d'atteindre un des spots les connus au monde, Simpadan (mais aussi Mabul, Kepalai, Mataking). Il faut un permis pour entrer sur ces iles, et il se paye assez cher! Malgre cela, il y a une liste d'attente pouvant aller jusqu'a 2 mois et demi pour plonger la-bas. Nous on voulait simplement faire une sortie de snorkelling qui convenait a notre budget. Nous nous sommes retrouves sur la petite ile de Sibuan habitee illegalement par quelques gitans des mers (qui sont toleres par les autorites...enfin jusqu'a ce qu'un luxueux resort soit construit sur cette ile, ce qui ne devrait pas tarder!), et aussi un poste de douaniers pour controler ces fameux permis.

Journee exceptionnelle a faire du snorkelling, marcher sur la plage et rencontrer les enfants de l'ile. On etait vraiment dans un paysage de carte postale. C'etait tellement bien qu'on n'a pas regrette les sites plus connus qui du coup sont aussi plus frequentes. Bon... ce qu'on ne dit pas c'est qu'apres on a du rentrer dans notre chambre ultra basique pleine de cafards geants et moustiques a Semporna une ville plutot sale. Dur le contraste!

Like we said, sorry!

permalink written by  Lenameets50 on February 6, 2010 from Semporna, Malaysia
from the travel blog: Indonesia & Malaysia et al 2010
tagged Malaysia, Paradise, Borneo, Snorkeling and Sabah

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A Glimpse of Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Today we started with an English breakfast (because we missed it already)! We then shopped around for last minute items before our tour began. Lunch again was at the waterfront. After which, Chris and I headed to the Sabah Museum. The skeleton of a whale shark took my breath away. The heritage village was also enjoyable; until I was eaten by mozzies.

That afternoon we prepared for our tour meeting. We had dinner and drinks at a food market and Chris was very keen to choose his meal - a red snapper fresh from the fish tank! We then headed off and drank with the locals at a Filipino bar. Lucky for us, they were football enthusiasts so the streets were quite lively with a football match being broadcasted in the center of the markets.

We're both looking forward to the trip ahead. Our tour was a small group filled with a mix of age levels and personalities but we all had one thing in common: to really enjoy our time and to get as much out of this experience as possible.

permalink written by  01finkle on January 10, 2011 from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
from the travel blog: The Land Beneath the Wind
tagged Sabah

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