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Perth Scuba News Issue 181

Perth Scuba News Issue 181 – 27 May 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba newsletter? View it in your browser

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Ever thought of splashing into a career in diving?   Would you love to get paid to dive?   Become a role model for your fellow diver!

FIND OUT HOW! Join the Perth Scuba Crew at 180 Bannister Road, Canning Vale this Wednesday 30th May @ 7pm. All levels of divers are welcome – no matter what your current certification level, we can train you to BECOME A PADI PRO AT PERTH SCUBA!!!

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Perth Scuba returns from diving Borneo Malaysia!!!Green Turtle at Sipadan Island by Joey Pool

written by Joey Pool

Lee and I and 42 more of the Perth Scuba Crew just returned from diving Borneo Malaysia.  And what can I say about my fourth visit to this glorious part of the world??? AWESOME, WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC AND AWE INSPIRING!!! But I’m getting ahead of myself….

Our adventure began in Perth airport where most of us jumped on an early morning flight to Kuala Lumpur and then crossed over to a short domestic flight to Tawau, located at the southern end of Borneo Malaysia. The majority of the crew were all on the same flight and descended onto Tawau airport ready to jump on our big red bus for an busride to Semporna. Now I’m not saying that drivers in Malaysia are bad…. But there was moments when your heart jumped into your throat when you looked out the front windscreen of the bus – and then tried to push your foot on the imaginary brake pedal in front of your seat! After what seemed like an eternity – but was only 90 minutes – we arrived at the Seafest Hotel in Semporna where we were overnighting.

Perth Scuba Borneo Tour Group 2012After a long night’s rest we were all up early to chow down brekkie and then shoot out the door of the hotel and onto the boats for BORNEO DIVERS MABUL RESORT. Oh yeah, back in the place we love so much! After a short 30 minute boat trip to the island we were greeted by the Borneo Divers Crew and shown to check in with freshly chilled coconuts – YUM! With a short briefing out of the way we were shown to our cabins to get our kit off – I MEAN READY!!! Hehe

The Borneo Divers Crew carted off our Dive Gear to the boats to prepare us for our first dive in sunny Mabul Island. We all eagerly jumped into the boats and headed out to our Orientation Dive (no camera’s please!) to various sites around Mabul – only 5 minutes from the resort. Our boat headed to Ray Point where we saw turtles, colourful coral, a giant black frogfish and lots of nudibranch… No Rays though! After an hour blowing bubbles we were collected by our boat and returned to the Dive Jetty to enjoy afternoon tea and relaxing in the sun, after a brief surface interval it was time to jump back in for a Sunset Dive.

The next 8 days were a blur of diving the islands, including the Jacque Cousteau famed SIPADAN ISLAND. Now THIS is the place to DIVE! We were transported to Sipadan Island, a 30 minute boat ride from Mabul, to Frog fish at Borneo by Joey Poolenjoy FOUR dives in this MECCA dive location. We dropped onto Barracuda Point where thousands of Skipjack Trevally were spiralling lazily in the clear warm waters, we then swam on to hundreds of BIG Barracuda that swirled in two separate groups, fanning out for the photographers amongst us. We had giant Green Turtles zipping to and fro plus others lazily eyeing us from the reef…. And this was just ONE dive site at Sipadan Island! We had three more to marvel and explore throughout the day, followed by a night dive on the house reef with more turtles!

Over the following days we once again visited Sipadan Island which showed it’s magnificent pelagics, hundreds of turtles, sharks everywhere you looked, hundreds of barracuda and thousands of skipjack trevally. That wasn’t all however, we enjoyed more fascinating muck diving of Mabul, Kapalai and Si Amil Islands, including crocodile fish, frog fish, every colour nudibranch you can imagine plus spotted eels, frogfish, rays and the tiniest of seahorses.

It wasn’t just the amazing diving that made this trip so fun! If was the fantastic group of people that Lee and I got to share the experience with. A dive trip is always fun, but with an energetic and enthusiastic bunch of divers to share it with, it makes it all the more exciting. We splashed into late into the evening playing in the swimming pool with our blow up toys. And then we dobbed all our fellow divers in for the multitude of diving sins they’d partaken in a Kangaroo Court. Almost no one was spared, with each guilty party being “judged” by Judge Lindsay Phillips and given their sentence (a tip for the Borneo Divers Crew). Special prizes were awarded for the “Silliest Thing Done on Tour”, “I Turned My Neck So Fast I Got Whiplash” and finally “Harden The [email protected]#! Up Award”…. I won’t tell you who was awarded these “prizes” but much amusement was had by those who DIDN’T receive them!

And finally we came to the last evening of our tour, where the BDMR Crew put on a magnificent show of local and modern dance, games that left the oldies sore and youngin’s eager to prove their worth and a spread of food and cocktails to sate even the glutton amongst us. It was a wonderful evening and the crew partied into the wee hours knowing they didn’t have to wake early for diving tomorrow.

And so our Borneo Tour came to an end all too soon, with new friends made, old friends re-aquainted and a whole bunch of stories to return home with – oh yeah, and the photos!!! To check out a bunch of photographs taken on our exciting Borneo Tour click here. Thank you to the wonderful 42 that joined Lee and I in Borneo, we hope you enjoyed this Borneo holiday as much as we did and look forward to joining you on another holiday in the future…. So many to choose from, so little annual leave!

NEW PRODUCTS IN STORE NOW!!!Electronic Shark Defence System

NEW Shark Shields JUST ARRIVED!

The all NEW Electronic Shark Defence Systems are now in stock at Perth Scuba. This unit simply wraps around your ankle and weighs less than 300 grams.

No more dangly cords, no more zapping or being zapped by your buddy!

With a 9 hour in water battery life per charge – these units are designed to give 100% peace of mind for you or your family.

The NEW ESDS Shark Repellant is only $479 ($300 less than Shark Shield).

Stocks are limited. Trade ins on your old shark shields welcome.Scubapro Seawing Nova Gorilla Fin

Ask in store for details or Contact Us for more information.

NEW Scubapro Seawing Nova Gorilla Fins JUST ARRIVED!

The successor to the famous SCUBAPRO Gorilla fins of the 1980s, this new version of the award-winning Seawing Nova has been fine-tuned to provide a slight increase in stiffness and snap. They give you more power, more speed and even better frog-kick-ability while at the same time ensuring they still offer the legendary comfort and efficiency of Seawings! The GORILLAs are ideal for those diving in demanding conditions!

Ask in store for details or Contact Us for more information.

Plus Perth Scuba now has coloured Scubapro Straps for your Seawing Novas. Tired of mixing up your Seawings with everyone else on the boat? Come on in and grab a pair of straps, available in a variety of colours including YELLOW, BLUE & PINK!

Perth Scuba Upcoming Specialty Dive Courses

Ningaloo Sail & Diving Safari

Sunday 19th – Thursday 23rd August 2012Admiring the Ningaloo Reef
The Ningaloo Reef is one of Western Australia’s top holiday destinations and a premier attraction of Australia’s Coral Coast. It is famous for the pristine fringing reef and provides the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and manta rays, and snorkel amazing coral reefs…. Sail Ningaloo’s luxury liveaboard sailing and diving tour brings you access to the Ningaloo Reef like no other Coral Bay and Exmouth tour can. You can expect superior customer service and the best accommodation Coral Bay has to offer. Ningaloo Sail make it their goal to show you the best that Ningaloo has to offer – and who can argue with that???
Enjoy on your Ningaloo Safari:
* Swimming with reef sharks.
* Watching humpback whales breach by the boat.
* Diving with manta rays and beautiful Ningaloo reef.
* Accommodation aboard a luxury sailing catamaran.
Shore Thing is orientated toward small numbers, maximising privacy – maximum of 8 other divers! All meals are provided whilst on tour and served in the comfort of our luxurious saloon or on our spacious deck overlooking the beautiful Ningaloo Reef. Activities available while on-board “Shore Thing” include: snorkelling in the protected reef lagoons, scuba diving, kayaking, observing marine life in their natural environment, photographing the beautiful natural surrounds, star gazing, beach combing, or just plain relaxing surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Ningaloo Reef.
Andy “ScubaGod” will be leading this tour to the Ningaloo Reef and can’t wait to share 4 nights & 3 days exploring this magnificent part of Western Australia above & below the water. Your trip is only $1495 including all meals whilst on board for your 4 nights. All you need to do is get to Coral Bay!
Qantas & Skywest now fly return for only $240-$300 ON SPECIAL NOW!!! Call on 9455 4448 or contact us to secure your spot on this exclusive trip to Ningaloo, Western Australia.

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