How I did my dive map (scuba dive DMT mapping project)

First of all of course a lot of googling. I try to find any tips on how to make the assignment. Of course the location of the dive site was already decided by my instructor and my task was to present and explained to him what are the things , layout and all relevant details about my dive map.
Something like a dive briefing should be.
What my instructor didn’t tell me is how am I going to execute it. What measurement in meter or time? How long the dive would be? What my map will be like. He did however helped me by showing a printed laminated google earth map of the D’lagoon area.
So the rest was up to me.
Some of the google tips I found in the internet are

Divemaster Mapping Project Tips

On the 1st dive, my instructor took me and just showed me around briefly of the area for my assignment. Later on I did another dive together with a buddy and tried to fill in more details about the area. I brought along an
Underwater video camera so that once on land I could have clearer images of the thing I may have miss out during the dive.
My instructor given me 2 days to complete the dive map. The next day , I went out for a snorkel swim around the area.I wanted to measure the distance around the location and any on-land features as reference. Example such as the marking
Of the stones on the shore, the bouyline, the platforms. Any big corals which can be seen from above.
Once I satisfied with my dive map, I try to make an image out of the things I saw. I choose to make a 3D image of the site.
On land , I took the bearing from the resort to the platform. I snorkel and try to measure the distances from shore to the dead corals
And patches corals. I took the measurement of depth. I timed my swim. I look at the boats moving in and out.
Underwater, I took the bearing of the platform. Once underwater , I swam and at the same time lookup whether
I can find the bouyline at the surface. I marked distinctive corals. I sketch an imaginary image of the dive route I plan to guide.

To some the location of the dive is somewhat “easy” since the site is just shore dive. Any diver can do it.

I told my instructor that I wanted to guide and presented my dive map for a night dive. Since the presentation was already
On the 2nd day , I already took note the current condition of the water , the weather, the location of the resort on the
Night before. The things I noticed was :
The condition of the sea while at night.
-The tide low around 6pm.
-It gets dark around 7.20pm.
-Since the day I arrived , the area had been very windy so the surface was a bit choppy and with the low tide and shallow reef
It will take a few hard finning to get to the platform if surface swim.
-The boats were less active at night.
– Lights available was only from the chalets and restaurant.

Another thing I had to add in my notes was an Advance Open water student together in the group and will be doing the night dive for the 1st time. I gave an extra effort by motivating the student 4 hours before the night dive. Trying to support and encourage her that no harm will come to her during this dive since I will be guiding the group.
Around 6.30pm , we gathered at the Dive center and I started to brief them about the map, the site, the hand signal and
Other related safety measures. Even answered a few questions from the student.

By 7.10pm we entered the water. We switched on our dive torches. I was in front of the group leading them slowly so that they don’t stumble upon the dead corals and rocks. Every few seconds I turned around and guiding them with my lights.
Once I look down and saw the level was good enough to descend which was about 2-3m, I signal them to descend.
Before the dive , the student complained about being tired and exhausted from surface swimming so I reminded myself since the water was choppy and windy at night , I have to cut the surface swim by half and have more underwater swimming to the platform. The execution went smoothly and the dive was great. That night dive was my 1st time ever encountered with so many blue spotted rays at the same spot. Almost 5-6 of them and they were not very shy with our lights. Some even came towards us which was kinda freak me out😛 . The late Steve Irwin being stabbed by a stingray was in my mind.

Below are a few images which I took from google earth as to double check the bearings against my actual compass navigation.
If you look at the video link you can see how I documented my bearings while I was snorkeling and diving.
dlagoon google earth bearing from platform to dive center

dlagoon google earth bearing from sandpatch to dive center

dlagoon google earth bearing the sandy bottom to the sand patch with reef on the right

dlagoon google earth

dlagoon night dive house reef

dive report night dive

video link dive map skill 1

video link dive map skill 2

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Dive trip Perhentian Kecil Dlagoon 17th Mac-20th Mac 2016

DMT dive map and guiding skill
It finally comes to drawing a dive map and guiding the divers. I had been pending my DMT course
For months due to my sinus problem and office works.
I googled online for any tips and also asked a friend about how he did his mapping and guiding during his
DMT training.
My instructor choose to stay at Dlagoon chalet and use it dive center facilities for our task.
I dived together with another DMT so that when I dive to survey for my area, I will have a buddy with me.

Dlagoon is small lagoon with a few guest houses and a dorm. modest wooden rooms. basic toilets and with fresh water pumps
from a well nearby. no water heater. no electrical socket inside the room. sockets only at the restaurant.
only one restaurant available. to get to the other resorts at the famous long beach, you need to hike about an hour journey.
the fastest way with taxi boat which is quite pricey since the lagoon location quite distant from the other popular location.
the lagoon house reef full of healthy reefs and sands which perfect site for a beginner diver or a checkout dive.
for 4 days all the things i ate and drank written in a bill and payment only done the day i checkout from the resort.
The bill was named according to our rooms. from what i saw, this place quite famous among the mat salleh who
enjoys privacy and modesty. quiet and away from parties and noise.

Day 1 – once arrived at the chalet, we check in and started to gear up for our 1st dive around the house reef.
My instructor only did 1 dive with me and my buddy and he just there to show us what our task will be.
He then divided the reef into 2 parts for both of us. After the dive , he then proceed to teach another diver
For an advance diver course while I and my buddy carry on with doing our dive map of the reef.
I already had an idea of how my map going to be , just that trying to sketch it on a board need a lot of time to do.
Day 2 – early in the morning around 8.30am, I went for a snorkeling around the reef and took more videos of each
Distinctive things I saw from above. After the snorkeling, at around 9am I went out for another dive to assist my buddy since he
Said he needed another dive to really understand his side of the reef. After the dive , I finally decided and told my instructor
That I am going to guide and brief my dive map FOR a night dive. Whilst at the same time, will help the student Advance Diver
For her night dive speciality skill. Guiding a night dive is different from guiding during daytime.
Have to enforce on safety, the hand signal using torch, the hazardous things while at night, how to enter the water from shores
During night dive. So yeah, I don’t know why I was so confident enough to suggest a night dive for my task. Eventhough at that
Point my instructor had advise me to avoid the dive since the Advance Diver student was still having a problem with her previous
Dives. I convinced my instructor to please accept my suggestion and told him that I am confident enough and believed the student
Can overcome her problem if I guided the dive. Just for your info, the student diver had dives many occasion with me and it
Was true sometime she had a few problems while diving.
So we did the night dive and Alhamdulillah (thank you Allah) everything went smooth, even with choppy and windy shore the dive
Was a success. The student even had a good and relax buoyancy throughout the dive.
The only thing my instructor commented was the dive could have been longer and I could have been much more slower with my pace.
Ok take note on that. The night dive bottom time was 39min.
Day 3- My instructor told me to guide the divers to Temple of the sea located about 20min from DLagoon. This task require me to guide
Divers to a dive site which I didn’t have any time to survey. So how will I do my briefing. Other than that why my instructor choose temple
Of the sea was because he needed to do deep dive and multi level for the AOW student. Luckily the dive center have a sketch image of the dive site, and
I had dives a couple of time at the place so I can recall some of things about the dive site.
Alhamdulilah the dive went smooth. My instructor commented me to ascent slower when trying to go up for multi level.
After lunch , we need to do another dive to complete the AOW student skill. The diver was still having problem with it compass and navigation.
We did a dive at the police wreck. Sadly after the dive was finish, the student still unable to complete the navigation task which mean
She failed the AOW skill. I wasn’t happy with it and a bit confuse on why such a simple task but so hard for the diver to execute.
I told the student once we reach the dive center and store our gears, I want her to join me for a snorkeling. I want her to do navigation
And compass while snorkeling. I keep asking her what was her problem. I look at how she hold the compass.
I asked her again how she read the compass. We were in the water from 4.00pm till 5pm when finally I understood her problem
That she really doesn’t understand what is compass and how it function. What she understood about compass was completely
The other way around. So that was why she keep turning and turning at the same place for no reason. I solve her problem
Just by giving her a figure 292 degrees and ask her turn until she gets that number and then I told her this figure is the bearing
For our kiblat. Now look at the direction where we always prays in our room. Is it the same? And finally she got it.
She already understand how to read the compass now her arms keep on slanting and can never get the compass balance correctly.
Everytime she trying to make a square pattern it would end up like a triangle. I tried to correct her arms positioning and it keep on
Slanting pointing downward instead of straight outwards.
Out of frustration she told me that to her , her arm position was already straight she don’t understand why I keep on saying she wasn’t straight.
She then said even her office mates told her the same thing. They said every time she writes, her posture would look awkward but to her
She see It as straight. She is a left handed by the way. Then it struck me , could it be that what her brains is telling her differently than a normal
Average person would? So then I took out the compass from her arms and told her just to hold it with both of her hands. Less than a minute
She manage to the square instantly. I quickly inform my instructor and seek his approval and give her another dive next morning. I explained to him what was different about her. He was even surprised himself.
Day 4- 9.13 am , we started our morning dive and give the student 5 min to complete her navigation and compass skills and Alhamdulillah she did it. I was overjoyed until I was screaming underwater. After finished the dive, I and the student went packing our clothes and gears. We took a 4pm boat depart from the Dlagoon and went back to mainland.
So these links are only the videos for how I did my dive map. Nothing interesting

Checkout dive for mapping dive site

Checkout dive map via snorkeling

link to dlgoon
make sure you give them a call. email are
very hard to reach them.

You can buy express bus ticket from TBS and ask the counter for a bus from TBS to Kuala Besut. You can even buy return ticket at the sametime. Do remember the boats from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Island start to operate from 7am till 3pm.

dlagoon compound

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24th Feb~29th Feb 2016 : Dive Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Bohey Dulang

Welcome 2016 and my 1st dive trip for this incredible year is to Sipadan, Bohey Dulang, MAntabuan, Kapalai and Mabul.
This time I joined with a group consist of snorkelers and divers.
Flight from KL to tawau took about 2hours and 45min , then we proceed on land transit from tawau airport to semporna which
Took us almost an hour. Some of us stayed at Billabong Scuba Semporna and some in Sipadan Inn.
Nothing much to do since our group arrived at semporna in the evening so just stroll around the waterfront nearby the jetty
And watched the bajaus (native sea people) selling of their catch of the day.
Most were reef fishes in many sizes and colors.
The next day 9am we were off to Bohey Dulang and Mantabuan. It took about 30min by boat.
Once arrived at the Bohey jetty, all of us snorkelers and divers must register ourselves at their main office.
After the registration, we start with our 1st dive at Froggy’s Lair Bohey.

2nd Day in Semporna Sabah (25th Feb 2016)
Our guide for the Dive was Mitch. A middle frame young man.

1st dive Froggy’s Lair Bohey Dulang,
Time: 10.25am
The viz was poor so I maintain to remain close with
My OWD buddy. The site was slope and sandy with patches of corals ,Small reef fishes and nudis.

We SI back at the jetty.

2nd Dive Coral Garden Mantabuan.
Dive guide: Mitch-
Time: 12.44pm
Mantabuan just 5min near bohey island. It is a small little island. Sandy same like Bohey.
While trying to admire the reef during the dive, suddenly we heared a very LOUD BOOM!!
At first I thought one of us had a tank problem but then came the second Loud Boom. It was
Fish bombing. It felt as if my heart was getting pounded hard.
The bombing really spoiled my mood.

Our 2nd dive was the last dive so we went back to the jetty for late lunch. After a good meal, we continue to the
Next activity which was hiking up to the top of Bohey Dulang. Take note to bring your hiking shoes or sandals.
That way you wont tear up your booties. It was a 600m sharp hike to the TOP. Almost puked back all my nice lunch out.
It took me 40min to get to the TOP. Great view indeed. The journey down was faster than the climb.
By 4pm we’re back to semporna.

The next day we check out for our inn and continue with our trip to Mabul. So for the next 4days we will be staying in
Billabong Scuba Mabul. Billabong Scuba only have 6 permits to Sipadan daily and our group had about
3 groups which entered sipadan separately each 3 days from 26~28 Feb 2016.
So once we arrived in Mabul , the 1st group was ready with their gear for their Sipadan dives.
While the other 2 groups will dive around mabul and kapalai.

In billabong scuba their dive schedule perday except for Sipadan is minimum 3 dives a day. 2 Dives in mabul and 1 Dive in Kapalai.
Dive sites will depend on customer request or the advise from the Dive Guide. All the dives whether in mabul or sipadan will start
After breakfast.
My room was basic twin sharing with no aircond and only table fan with attach bathroom. The room situated far from
The dining hall but near to the dorm. Other than that towels provided. No mirror in the room. The water supplied to the
Sink and bathroom are all salty. No freshwater unless for drinking and eating.
Since billabong scuba is something like a water chalet so guest can snorkel in front of their chalet but I advise NOT since
The water waste dumped directly below the chalets. One could get diarrhea if consume the human waste..blueeek~~
I was almost tempted everytime I look at the crystal clear water down the chalet.
At night after dinner , you can lay on the chairs and watched 3 local resident green turtles munching on the seagrass. Again
Tempted to jump in and filming their activity but passed since I saw once a human’s floating UFO passing by. UWeeeek~~

So continue on with the dives, on the 1st day in mabul we did 2 dives.

3rd Day in Mabul (26th Feb 2016)
3rd Dive PI wreck .
Dive Guides: Mitch, Yoong Foong Mei, & Ramzee
Time: 11.26am
Our group joined with another group from the Peninsular. All 8pax of them together with our group 9pax.
The water was a bit choppy due to North wind. We were guided by 3 dive guides.
Descending with large group can be time consuming. The viz was still poor. The wrecks located
At the sandy bottom. After the dive we SI for lunch at Billabong.

4Th dive Seaventures (converted oil rig platform to a resort)
Dive Guides: Mitch, Yoong Foong Mei(amei), & Ramzee
Time: 3.14pm
Since the dive site was under seaventure, 5 divers from our group ditch the dive. They don’t want to swim against the current.
Seaventure is well known for its strong current. I told my buddy that we will be doing the back roll together so that
Once on the surface I could be near her incase the surface current pushes us out from the point of entry under the seaventure.
Our dive guides had briefed us to where the location for us to descend. We were required to descend using rope already
Attach to the platform. Once under we had to fin against the current during most of the bottom time.
We exit ascend the dive via the same rope.

4th Day in Mabul (27th Feb 2016)
Our dive guides for Sipadan was Otto and James.

5th Dive South Tip (sipadan)
We found a devil ray swimming out from the sipadan wall.
One of 2 sharks swimming nearby with green turtles.
Viz was still poor

6th Dive Hanging Garden (sipadan)
Time: 11.26am
We found school of jacks

7th Dive Baracuda point (sipadan)
Time: 1.41pm
We swam in shallow water with the school of bumpheads
A few GIant travellies, a small school of barracudas.

After finished 3 dives in sipadan , we went to the chalet. I end up having another dive in mabul together with 2
OWD student. I just tagged along. The instructor was an old friend Mr Ahmat from Scubatex.

8th Dive Eel Garden (mabul)
Guided by Mr Ahmat
Time: 4.19pm
The dive was relax with no current. Saw a snake, nudi, peacock razorfish, juvi sweet lips.

5th Day in Mabul (sipadan)
On the last day of the dive only I noticed that I had make a mistake by not approaching the Dive guides with more
Friendly gesture. What I should have done was to come to the guides and ask them about the interesting creatures
That we could find with each dive sites. I saw otto (our dive guide in sipadan) and asked him about pygmy seahorse.
He told me to go to Ray’s Point and Amei knew about it. I asked Amei to take us to Ray’s point cause we want to see
The pygmy seahorse. She said ok.

9th Dive Ray’s point (mabul)
Guide: Amei and Ramzee
Amei was a good spotter. The dive was no short of spotting interesting creatures. Definitely our highlights was the pygmy not one
But two with bonus , one of it was pregnant.

10th Dive Kapalai House Reef
Time: 11.44am
Guide: Amei and Ramzee
We followed Ramzee since Amei had to entertained divers from China.
The House reef famous for its Giant Silver garupa. Sandy bottom. Artificial reef which look like a small hut.

11th Dive Lobster Wall (mabul)
Time: 2.53pm
Guide: Ramzee
The viz was poor we just dive follow the currents. With lobster wall , it famous for its right –left –right-left currents.
It can change its direction anytime. The highlight for diving at Lobster wall would be nudibranch Pikachu.

For videos please follow this link

Dive Sipadan

Dive Sipadan

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Bidong Island and YU Island Day trips (5 dives) Terengganu

Its already near to the end of the diving season and at the last minute I saw a friend of mine posted
For a diving trip in Bidong Island and Yu island in Terengganu.
Tempted with this trip I called up my friend who is now a scuba PADI instructor in SeamonkeyDive
And asked for details of the trip. Later within a few days I was contacted by the staff of seamonkeydive
About the trip details and packages.
The trip cost me RM700 with an accommodation for 1 night and 2 days of diving. This package include
5 dives, packed lunch. Sample of the itinerary as below
Day 1 (Friday 16/9)
0900 – Depart Merang to Pulau Bidong
1030 – Dive 1
1200 – Lunch
1300 – Dive 2
1430 – Back to Merang
1530 – Arrive Merang / Free & Easy / Keropok Air Nyior

Day 2 (Saturday 17/9)
0700 – Pack breakfast / Nasi Dagang Pok We Batu Rakit
0800 – Depart Merang to P.Yu
0930 – Dive 1
1100 – Dive 2
1230 – Lunch
1330 – Dive 3
1500 – Back to Merang
1630 – Arrive Merang / Free & Easy / Keropok Air Nyior

The accommodation was in a wooden homestay cum dive shop with basic needs. 3 rooms. 2 with twin beds
And 1 with quad. There are 2 shared bathrooms complete with toilets.
The homestay facing a wide lawn to the beach.
The tricky part getting to the homestay is the junction to the homestay. Even the local
Taxi drivers may not familiar with the area. The homestay is out of view from the main road.
You can only see a small non pave road leading to the bushes.
The nearest resorts to this dive shop is Sutra Beach resort, merang resort and gem resort.

Back to the diving part.
Semonkeydive merang charter a big boat cozy enough to move around and sheltered from the hot sun.
The dive trip is on daily basis meaning the divers will come back to the mainland after finish all
The dives for the day. There is no compressor on the boat so all the tanks will be taken
From the dive shop and transport to the jetty. The jetty is about 3km from the dive shop.
After finish dives, we have to pack all the gears and bring it back to the dive shop.
So it is good to bring a mesh bag or an IKEA bag along.


1st Dive Heritage Row (bidong Island)

1st dive Heritage row
2nd Dive Skull Rock (bidong Island)

2nd dive Bt tengkorak

3rd Dive White Rock Small YU island

3rd dive Bt Putih

4th Dive Big Yu island

4th dive Pulau Yu besar

5th The lighthouse

5th Dive LightHouse

More about the Bidong Island dive site from the seamonkeydiver link

As for the Yu island very little known about it.

Videos of the dives click this link

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Malaysia List of Dive Location

Malaysian Dive Location click on the pix to get clearer image

Malaysia has a lot to offer when It comes to dive sites.
We have lots of corals, fishes and marine diversity. Though it is not easy
Trying to achieve and to be among the most famous dive sites in the world.
We have Philippine, Indonesia, and Thailand to compete with. Now Philippine
Has the most top dive sites to explore, with it clear crystal water every photographer dream off. Mother nature is unpredictable, so we as human/scuba diver in this case, have to learn how To live with it through good viz and bad viz .

In this post I will brag and comment about some of the dive sites I had dives and touch briefly about The dive sites I haven’t been too base on friend’s experiences.
I will try to avoid commenting about where to stay and which dive operators to look for cause I am not The person who go for 3days 2nights dive trip and try all the Dive operators on the island but I will Advise which dive operator I know who are actively promoting for certain dive sites example like Bidong island. I know only 1 dive operator doing Bidong Island.

Those I have dived, you can search in my blog for pictures and info.
Places I have gone to :1,2,4,6,7,8,11,14,17,18,19
Places I wish to go to: 3,5,9,10,12,13,15,16,21,22,23,24,25

West Coast Of Malaysia

Dive location 1: Pulau Payar (Payar Island), Kedah, West Coast Malaysia
Average Visibility : 10m-15m
Color of the water: Green emerald
Attraction : Sharks, whale shark migration route, reef fishes.
How to get there: Can access from Pulau Pinang(Penang) and Langkawi Island.
Can stay on the island: No accomodation provided on the island
Comments :The dive operators charter a big ferry and have all the scuba divers and snorkelers in 1 ferry. Only available day trip. NO overnite stay.
Lunch is pack ready by the operators. More info just search for “Pulau Payar” . Do search for length of the journey from penang/langkawi to Pulau Payar

Dive Site 22 : Tukun Perak, Perak
Average Visibility :30m+
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction : whale shark migration route, mantaray, pelagic
How to get there : Live On Board(LOB)
Can stay on the island: No accomodation provided on the island, only LOB
Comments :This dive site is not so easy access like the other dive sites of malaysia. Often scuba diver/spherefishers will update on their facebook wall and
Check for buddies who are interested to go. The on boat journey from the main island can max to 8 hours depend on the speed of the boat. This site also famous among anglers.

Dive Site 23 : Pulau Sembilan (sembilan island), Perak
Average Visibility :20m
Color of the water: Green emerald
Attraction : pelagic
How to get there : Live On Board(LOB)
Can stay on the island: No accomodation provided on the island, only LOB
Comments : Same like Tukun Perak , this dive site is not so easy access. Often scuba diver/spherefishers will update on their facebook wall and
Check for buddies who are interested to go. Also famous among anglers.

Dive Location 20 : Blue Lagoon ,Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Average Visibility :5m-8m
Color of the water: Green
Attraction : Coral Reef and coral fishes
How to get there : By car drive to Blue lagoon/train/express bus to Port Dickson and then take the local taxi to Blue Lagoon.
Can stay on the island: Lots of hotels, budget chalets at Port Dickson
Comments : Only have 1 dive operator Mdg scuba. You cannot walk in. You have to call and make appointment because MDG scuba will bring the tank from Seremban to Port Dickson. The dives will be consider as shore dives and shallow dives. Less than 14m.

East Coast Malaysia
Dive Location 2 : Perhentian Island, terengganu
Average Visibility :20m
Color of the water: Blue – green
Attraction : pelagic, swimtru, nudibranch, wrecks, coral reef
How to get there : By air/Train to Kota Bahru and take taxi to Kuala Besut. By car/bus express to Kuala Besut.
Can stay on the island: Lots of chalets, resorts on the island.
Comments : Only 30min by speedboat from Kuala Besut jetty. You have to buy the boat tickets. Try asking any of the agents/shop at the jetty or you can call the chalet where you stay to book the tickets for you.
There are 2 islands. Perhentian Besar(Big island) and Perhentian Kecil(small island). Both islands can give you
Full access to any of the dive sites around perhentian islands.

Dive Location 3 : Lang Island, terengganu
Average Visibility :20m-30m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, resort and spa
How to get there : By air/Train to Kuala Terengganu and take taxi to Merang jetty. By car/bus express to Merang Jetty.
Can stay on the island: 3 resorts available.
Comments : Havent been there cause the cost for the resort too expensive for me. More about Lang tengah

Dive Location 4 : Redang Island, Terengganu
Average Visibility :20m-30m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, bumphead, wrecks, drift dive, macro, pelagic
How to get there : By air/Train to Kuala Terengganu and take taxi to Merang jetty. By car/bus express to Merang Jetty. Or catch the public ferry from Shah Bandar Jetty.
Can stay on the island: Lots of budget to resorts .
Comments : more about redang
Don’t follow the chalets/resorts describe on the site. There are other budget chalets you can search for.

Dive Location 24 : Bidong Island, terengganu
Average Visibility :20m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, common with UMT students for studies.
How to get there : By air/Train to Kuala Terengganu and take taxi to Merang. By car/bus express to Merang.
Can stay on the island: No accomodation provided on the island.
Comments : Only 1 dive operator operates there

Dive Location 5 : Pulau Kapas, terengganu
Average Visibility :20m
Color of the water: Blue- Green
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes,
How to get there : By air/Train to Kuala Terengganu and take taxi to Marang jetty. By car/bus express to Marang Jetty.(remember NOT MErang. It is MArang)
Can stay on the island: more info
Comments : Havent been there cause too near with the mainland. Only 1 dive operator operates there.

Dive Location 6: Tenggol Island, Terengganu
Average Visibility :20m-30m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks, drift dive, deep dive, macro, pelagic, whale shark sighting
How to get there : By car/bus express to Kuala Dungun or Dungun Town.
Can stay on the island: There 3 resorts with basic accomodation. Tenggol Resort, Tenggol Island Beach Resort and Tenggol Aqua Resort (also known as Tenggol Island Resort)
Comments : Have to book in advance with the resort. They will include in the package by boat from Kuala Dungun to Tenggol.
I am not sure about the MrDive Malaysia. Best you try to contact with Discovery Divers ,Scuba explorers, Siputz scuba.

Dive Location 21: Kuantan, Pahang
Average Visibility :10m
Color of the water: Green
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks,
How to get there : By car/bus express to Kuantan and take taxi to balok
Can stay on the island:No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland. Many budget hotels and resorts
Comments : Try contact via facebook for the dive operator

Dive Location 7: Tioman Island, Pahang
Average Visibility :20m-30
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks, Deep Dive, Drift Dive, swimtru
How to get there : By car/bus express to Mersing jetty or Tanjong Gemok Jetty. By air using berjaya air.
Can stay on the island: Lots of chalets, budget hotels and resort
Comments : Tioman island is a large island and have many main villages. Best to describe about tioman will be this site
Most budget travellers will opt for using the ferry but I have to tell you, the ferry services very poor. They don’t follow the schedule at all.
If by chance you travel to mersing via express bus, it is best that you take the earliest ferry from tioman. For example your bus ticket at 5pm depart from mersing.
You better take the 6am ferry from tioman. LOB also operates in the island but you have to get a group of divers to fully accommodate the Boat.

Dive Location 8: Aur/dayang Island, Pahang
Average Visibility :20m-30
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks, Deep Dive, Drift Dive, swimtru
How to get there : By car/bus express to Mersing jetty.
Can stay on the island: See my post about Dayang island
Comments: See my post about Dayang island

Sabah Coast (Borneo)
Dive Location such as Layang-layang, Sipadan, mabul, mataking, lankayan,mantani, pulau tiga, have no need for eloboration. It seems that it is very easy to get all the correct
Information about these dive location.

Dive Location 11: Tunku Abdul rahman park
Average Visibility :10-15m
Color of the water: Blue-Green
Attraction : coral reef & fishes, macro
How to get there : by air to Kota Kinabalu.
Can stay on the island:No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland.
Comments: The scenario diving at this area is the same as you dive in Pulau Payar. Too many snorkellers. You can read my post about diving here in my blog

Dive Location 13: Labuan, Sabah
Average Visibility :10-15m
Color of the water: Blue-Green
Attraction : Wrecks
How to get there : by air to labuan.
Can stay on the island:No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland.
Comments: Havent been there. Most of the wrecks located deeper than 40m so it is beyond recreational limit. There has been some confusion about Labuan dive sites whereby the dive operators from Brunei often
give away dive packages which include labuan dive sites. This is because Brunei and Labuan is very close to each other. The Dive Operator in Labuan not very happy about this. I am here to promote
malaysian dive operator and so you can check for

Dive Location 25: Lahad Datu
Average Visibility :15m
Color of the water: Blue-Green
Attraction : coral reef & fishes, macro
How to get there : by air to tawau and take taxi to Lahad Datu.
Can stay on the island:No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland.
Comments: I only know 1 dive center operates there. It also accomadate budget chalet. Hammerhead Dive Lodge. Can try to contact with Ms Ruby

Dive Location 26: Bohey Dulang, Sabah
Average Visibility :30m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction : coral reef & fishes, I was told not so many pelagic
How to get there : by air to tawau and take taxi to sempoarna. I havent been to bohey dulang but perhaps more inside can read from this blogger
Can stay on the island: just read farah blog
Comments: just read farah blog

Sarawak Coast
Dive Location 14: Miri, Sarawak
Average Visibility :10m-20m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks,
How to get there : By air to Miri.
Can stay on the island: No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland
Comments: See my post about Miri dives.

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Dayang/Aur Reopened 3rd April-5th April 2015

After more than a year dormant , the island reopened again to divers. I am very happy about it even though I really hate about the extra RM200 special fee to enter Taman Laut Sultan Iskandar (TLSI)
Lucky I saw a post on the FB organized by a friend and I quickly joined in before the seats all full. Expensive or not , I just want to be there. The trip was organize by siputscuba (
I was told by the group leader Lea Meng that our group will be joining another 2 group in 1 dive boat through all the dives. The other 2 groups had 2 OW students so our dive sites was pretty much suitable for OW.
On the night of 2nd April me and a friend made our way from KL to Mersing by car. Suppose our ferry from mersing depart 11pm to Dayang but due to some mishaps on the road , we only departed around 1.30am. Actually our ferry was also a big dive boat. There was around less 40 people on the boat.
We arrived at Dayang Island about 5am on Friday 3rd April. The ferry parked away from the beach and we waited for a smaller boats to take us to the beach. Only then I learned that the Dayang’s jetty was demolished by the officers of Taman Laut Sultan Iskandar to stopped from having scuba divers/LOB boats coming to the island.
I got a room for quad. I only slept an hour and got out of bed and just have a morning brisk walk by the beach. Peaceful. On the water only 3 dive boats and 2 fishing boats park in front of dayang island.
The morning breakfast served around 8.00am. We have our dive briefing during our breakfast. Each of us was given a rubber band to wear all time
On our wrist. On the rubber band mark our numbers Taman Laut Sultan Iskandar XXXX. So if by any chance the officer who work with Taman Laut Sultan Iskandar doing
Their routine check up, they will want to see the band. No band/misplace/lost will be penalized. I learned that a few weeks before
Our trip there was a Singaporean LOB boat coming in illegally to the island. All the crew and divers was stopped from continuing their dives and escorted
Back to the mainland.
Scuba divers are only allowed to do their dives from 8am-6pm buuuuut if the officer not around I guess we can dive other than the specific timing.

All together I guess the divers on the island were around 100divers together with crews and staff maybe around 140pax or so. Our diving boat only have 22divers onboard.
The dive package including the TLSI fee with 7 dives, meals for 3 days 2 nights and ferry transfer = RM1130 (not inclusive rental gears)

1st Dive 10.38am 3/3/15– Sibukang (checkout dive) – macro hunting

1st Dive Sibukang (aur Island)

Check out Dive

2nd Dive 2.28pm 3/3/15 – Lang Bay ( Lang island) – bumphead & macro hunting

2nd Dive Lang Bay

2nd DIve Lang Bay

3rd Dive 5.27pm 3/3/15 – Telok Kador (Aur Island) – macro hunting

3rd Dive Telok Kador

3rd Dive Telok Kador

4th Dive 9.21am 4/4/15 – Rayner’s Rock (Deep & Drift Dive)

4th Dive Rayner’s Rock

4th Dive Rayner’s Rock

5th Dive 12.13noon 4/4/15 – A-Rock (Lang island) – schools of yellow tail barracuda

5th Dive A-Rock (lang Island)

5th Dive A-Rock Lang Island

6th Dive 3.21pm 4/4/15 – Dayang tip (Dayang Island) – macro hunting

6th Dive Dayang tip

6th Dive Dayang Tip

7th Dive 5.51pm 4/4/15 – Lang Bay II (Lang Island – Drift Dive) saw black tip at 20m and schools of small tuna (tongkol) and a few trevally

7th Dive Lang Bay

We got attacked often with trigger fish.
Got to see the moon eclipse on the 2nd nite.
Blue sand on the beach.
Sea was calm through all dives. No choppy water at all.
The viz was clear 20m++ eventho it was waxing gibbious . Heard coral spawning over at tioman. I didn’t do any nite dives so I didn’t know.
No line coverage at all on the island due to tower faulty on Aur island. The locals have complaint to the mainland but no action taken.
I always go to bed early because other groups near to our rooms kinda loud. They brought along their portable speaker and switch it on
Loud with their disco beats.
I met new friends and they were helping a lot with my buddy since my buddy is an OW diver with less than 20 dives experience.
The Dives was enjoyable because during all the dives, I only saw fishes and not divers from the other groups or boats . Not like last time before
TLSI was established.

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Dive Lombok Chinese New Year 19th Feb-24th Feb 2015

After my dive at Weh Island last May 2014, I did a few freshwater dives in a lake nearby my hometown and also took  a course with freediving. At the moment my deepest record for holding my breath only reach 13m. I still have a lot of problem with my equalize.

Diving in lake really different from salt water. Less weight, murky viz, a little harder to breath and smell a lot like sewer. No fishes found or any living creatures. Just grass , mud and tree stumps. The lake was a man made lake to help as a fresh water reservoir during heavy downfall and flood.

Due to the poor visibility, I always bring along a reel and torch together with compass to mark out my route.

Some of the images of the lake

Lake Dive

So this wonderful 2015, me with 4 other friends decided to heads out to Lombok during CNY holiday for our scuba diving trip.
Airasia only have 2 direct flights from KL to Lombok perday. We did some research and found that the jetty at Lombok heading towards GILIs island only
Available from 8am till 4.30pm via public transport.
More details about Lombok from here :


Hotels on the main island we book via We focus to stay at Gili Trawangan since the island is the biggest and most happening compare to

Gili Air and Gili Meno. For the chalet at the island, we request with a friend to book it for us since he was going to Lombok 3 days earlier than us.
As for scuba , we used as our Dive Operator. You guys can read more about from
since she did her DM With them.

Food wise should be no problem from halal to non-halal products. Prices otherwise a bit like in KL. Quite expensive. I spend around RM100 perday for food breakfast,
Lunch , ice-cream, drinks and dinner. Even a simple mee bakso dish RM9. Our mee maggi portion more than the bakso I had.
The famous food in Lombok called Ayam Teliwang. Ayam= chicken and Teliwang = Pony or something like miniature but bewarn , only those
People who can stand spicy food can eat this. I had it on the day of our arrival to Lombok and boooy was It spicy.

Below are the rough guide of my expenses, dives and itineraries
19th Feb
3pm – Flight from KL to Lombok
6pm – Arrive to Lombok. Took a taxi from airport to mataram to check in for overnite hotel Taxi Cost = IDR190k / 4pax . While on the way stop for dinner ayam teliwang = IDR 24k with drinks.
9pm – Arrive at hotel

20th Feb
9am- check out from hotel to Bangsal Jetty (public Jetty).
9.30am – arrive at jetty . Taxi cost : IDR 250k/4pax and additional IDR25k for cidomo ( taxi horse to carry passengers and luggage). If your luggage have rollers, then you can just carry your bags and luggage
And just walk from the guardhouse of the jetty to the ticket counter. About 300m-400m walk.
10am – bought ticket at the counter for boat IDR 16k perpax and another IDR5k for conservation fee.
12noon – reach the island Gili Trawangan. Put our gears at the dive center and walk from the dive center to our little chalet.
We all decided to ditch dives that day and just have our FREE and Easy session for the whole day.
Dinner Grill seafood cost :IDR 60k perpax

It seems that Manta dive like to operate 2 dives perday. I guess they will only entertain more dives if our group was in a larger crowd.
Our group combined with new students of OW but when we dive our guide always lead us to another route away from the students.

21st Feb
8.30am- check at the dive center. Briefing. Our Guide was a local Lombok
1St dive Shark Point : We descend to shallower side of the reef. Lots of broken corals. Proof that this site is often use to bring new students. Later on the Guide took us to the deeper reef.
Viz was fairly good. No pelagic. Lots of octopus. Small reef fishes.
2.30pm – 2nd Dive Turtle Point. A slope of 45 degree with lots of corals formation. No pelagic. More than 5 green turtles sightings. All as large as a grown 5 feet diver. Before we did this dive,
The weather was very windy, with thick grey clouds and strong waves. I feel uneasy to do the dive but when I look at the instructors and the guide on board with us, they didn’t show any
Concern. So I guess the weather must be normal like this in Lombok. It was rather choppy on the surface but while we were under the water , no currents nor swell during the 1 hour bottom time.
We only knew the condition was bad when we get back to the island. We were told not to dock our boat in front of the Manta dive but was instead dock about 500m from the place.
Our gears were put on the cidomo while we have to walk back to the dive centre. Only then I saw the chaos on the island. The island was hit with a bad storm while we were diving.
Many trees with broken branches, electrical wire were on the ground. People everywhere helping out stalls broken from the storm. Worst there was no electricity. Some hotels
With their own generator have no problem providing electricity for their customers.

1st Dive Shark Point










1St Dive Shark point


2nd Dive Turtle Point


2nd Dive Turtle Poiny

22nd Feb
9.30am – 3rd Dive Halic. This dive site was better than yesterday. More colorful and healthy reef.
2.30pm – 4th Dive Manta Point. This site consider as pinnacle. Situated near to the area where the surfers do their surf. Lots of soft corals. Non manta found. Thermocline and a bit of surge and currents.

3rd Dive Halic

3rd Dive Halic

4th Dive Manta Point

4th Dive Manta Point


23rd Feb
9.44am- 5th Dive Bounty Wreck. Very shallow dive. Viz was awesome. A few big fish such as sweetlips, garopa, bumphead, and other coral fishes.
2.30pm – 6th Dive Goodheart. Can consider as a shore dive since the dive site just a few walks away. Most I could see under there was the achor where the all the boats was tied.
Not only that it seems that the place a good site for nudibranch but it was hard to even find one.

5th Dive Bounty Wreck

5th Dive Bounty Wreck

6th Dive Goodheart

6th Dive Goodheart

Every dive sites located just a few minutes from the island. There is no need to SI on the boat.
Best to avoid dive during CNY cause it is choppy season and rainy season. The weather almost like in malaysia.
So my rating for dives in the Gilis , other than its clear blue viz , the dive sites are just normal for me. Maybe I didn’t explore much.

Videos will come latr

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