Sunday, October 09, 2011

Barracuda Point @ Sipadan Island

On our holidays long time ago, we used to snorkel at some of the resorts we visited...
While it was very enjoyable, I wanted to go deeper, and swim with the fishes instead of looking at them from the top...
The sunburn from snorkeling was not very nice, anyway...
Plus, I particularly envied the scuba divers at the resorts...

My dive buddy aka suweeto-haato feeling comfortable, suspended in mid-water at Barracuda Point.

So I said to myself... if these people can do it, why not us?
But my missus was not so keen...
'I am wearing contact lenses', she said...
Took me years to persuade her to take a scuba diving course with me...


Barracudas circling above us...

Then, while holidaying at one of our favorite resorts one day, we saw an elderly Japanese couple... scuba diving...
And, I said to my missus...
Hey, let's chat with them...

They had just started diving a year before...
And they regretted not doing it earlier...

A close shot of the barracudas...

Wooh, that was what I needed to persuade my missus....
I imagine it to be quite un-interesting to be diving 'alone'...

The following year, we found ourselves at at Koh Tao in Southern Thailand...
It took us five days to undergo the course and it turned out to be a miserable experience...
Why, it was raining almost every day...

Jacks almost always make an appearance at Barracuda Point...

I shivered and shivered as we did the routines in the water...
Back at the chalet, the towels were perennially wet...
We seriously wondered if it was worth the while...
Come to think of it, that was in March 2001...

My dive partner 'walking' on water, observing the jacks...

Since then, we have been scuba diving for most of our holidays and we must say that it has been a very rewarding experience...
Our last trip to Sipadan last July was equally enjoyable, albeit too short...
Most recreation divers go to Sipadan with one thing in mind...
That is, to dive Barracuda Point...

Bat fish can be seen at the shallows at Barracuda Point...

We were lucky to be able to see the barracudas on the two occasions we were there...
Some divers come away disappointed as sometimes the barracudas could not be seen...