Won­ders of the deep

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ancy and foggy mask, I get in close prox­im­ity with in­ter­est­ing sea crea­tures. Some are play­ing hide-and-seek with me. I won­der if this dive can be on the same par as the one I did at South Point, Si­padan, which was by far the best I have logged.

Spot­ting a huge Napoleon wrasse, sev­eral sharks, hawks­bill tur­tles and an amaz­ing Bar­racuda vor­tex in a sin­gle dive is not an easy one to top but who knows? I might get lucky.

You see, that is the fun part about div­ing: you can’t tell what you are go­ing to come across and when you will see it. You can dive in the same spot ev­ery day and never see the same thing.

I can be swim­ming through a sunken wreck for the tenth time and still feel the thrill of ex­plor­ing a new ter­ri­tory. The sense of ad­ven­ture is what drives me. Not know­ing what sur­prises may come my way is ab­so­lutely ex­cit­ing.

UN­DER­WA­TER WON­DER­LAND

Af­ter spend­ing about an hour be­low sur­face, we per­form our safety stop and slowly climb out of the water. Once ev­ery­one is back on the boat, we re­turn to our dive cen­tre. Be­ing in an un­der­wa­ter won­der­land left me in a very good mood. As I sit back and en­joy the boat ride, with my salty hair tan­gled up and my sunkissed face beam­ing with a smile, I re­flect back on the things I have just ex­pe­ri­enced.

Ex­plor­ing the beau­ti­ful corals at D’La­goon, Per­hen­tian Is­land; Nudi­branch — one of my favourite things to look for un­der­wa­ter

and A diver in a swirl of fish in Tioman

Is­land

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