My Dive Trip – Pulau Dayang Day 4

Date: 4 May 2008

Sunrise
Sunrise

The last day of our dive trip. We are PADI Adventure Divers now. Yippee! We were as relieved as we were sad to be leaving the island. We had a lot of fun during the last 3 days.

L. O. V. E.
L. O. V. E.

Only one dive today because we didn’t want to contend with the rest of the visitors for the toilet, food and seats on the ferry back. This dive would be a deep dive at Dayang Wreck. Visibility wasn’t as good as what we experienced at other dive sites, but I guess it worked to give that really cool mysterious effect as we sank into what it felt like an abyss, with no bottom in sight.

But of course, once we reached the bottom, we could see the brief shape of a boat wreck. With everyone accounted for, we finned towards the wreck. We spotted a porcupine fish taking shelter in the wreck. Moving along, Desmond pointed a well-camouflaged cuttlefish resting just above the seabed. As more of us moved closer, the cuttlefish sensed the threat and fluttered off and signalled a smaller companion with a strip of bio-luminence that lit either side of its mantle. As it moved, its skin pigmentation continuously changed and blended itself with the changing environment. It was a fascinating sight to behold.

We also saw a huge star pufferfish hiding under a coral formation.

Even though it was the last dive of the trip, our instructor made it a point to drill into us the importance of regularly checking the air pressure, the depth gauge, the safety stop as well as ascending procedures.

Returning to shore for debrief, we were told that we ad gone down to 31.4 metres, our deepest dive yet. We were sniggering after overhearing another dive group’s deep dive was not as deep as ours. :p

After breakfast, we chilled out on the beach with a little bit of nonsense…

Burial in Paradise
Burial in Paradise

Obligatory buried person and people who made it possible
Obligatory buried person and people who made it possible

Floating Boon
Floating Boon

Jumping for joy
Jumping for joy

It was fun while it lasted. I was glad to have finally took the plunge into scuba diving. Seeing the amazing underwater world, it is most definite that there is an Almighty God that made all these living jewels. Unfortunately, coral reefs all around the world are on the decline, thanks to the influx of divers and climate change. So I borrow a quote as my humble advice: “Take nothing except photos and memories, leave nothing behind except foot prints.”


Leave only foot prints

But if you are going on a dive trip soon, let me know, yah?
I want to tag along if time and budget permits.

More photos available here.

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