I dutifully went to work on Friday, finished a bit early to beat the jam, came home and prepared my stuff..
Knocked out a couple of games of DOTA, then headed off to Pudu around 10pm to catch the 11pm bus to Mersing.Cost of bus = RM23 each way
I arrived there around 5.30am and bumped into some old diving friends and my previous instructor, so I caught up with them, sadly they were staying in a different part of the island (Panuba).
Got to the Jetty just as the sun was rising.Cost of speed boat = 35RM each way
Saw the actual sun rise as we started out our journey to the island..
We reached there an hour or so later, (Salang is furthest along the way), and checked into to our little home on the island..
Amazingly cheap at RM30 per night for a double room, so RM15 each if you share, ensuite bathroom, decent condition, fan (No air-con or hot water though). But when diving you hardly spend any time in the room anyway, if you want to nap in the day you lie in a hammock on the beach or something cool!
A nicely laid out place, very relaxing.
The resort is called Salang Indah, you can find out more information at http://www.salangindah.com/
This was the view from the balcony on our chalet:
The first day diving was a disaster, as we rested in the morning after the overnight journey and headed out in the afternoon, right into the heart of a raging rain storm, thus visibility was around 2metres…I didn’t dare take any pictures in case my camera got more fucked.
The sky was beautiful after the storm cleared tho..
Yes, yes I know I’m a prosu photographer 🙂
The next day was clear blue skies and clear blue water, so we kitted up and headed out early..
Super hot weather, hence my pink tan..
I’ll try and get hold of the underwater pics we took later in the week and post them up.
Worked out at about RM80 per dive (including rental of BCD and Regulator as I have everything else).
After that took it easy in the afternoon and lazed around in a hammock..
..and strolled around taking some pics…was a beautiful day.
I managed some real nice shots this trip.
I had some other really awesome ones too, but anything with white in it (including the sky) came out pink, so they looked horrible (like the hammock pic above, but that’s not toooo bad). If anyone knows what causes this please LET ME KNOW[/url].
I think this is probably my favourite, really could be a SCUBA diving advert!
They have however built one completely hideous monstrosity in Salang…the ‘Salang Complex’
It was beautiful the day we left too, headed off the island around 3pm after lazing around eating ice cream in the sun..
After that it was back on the sweaty speed boat and off we went..
Full picture gallery HERE.
So total cost around…
Speed Boat: RM70
Food etc: RM200
Reached back KL around 11.30pm, grabbed a burger, headed home, whacked some DOTA, next thing I know it’s 5am and it’s time to leave home (after I’d uploaded and messed with all the pics trying to fix the pink problem).
Left KL at 7.25am and reached JB around 8:15am, did my work then slept in the meeting room till 1.30pm, had lunch at a Penang resturant (some not so great Prawn Mee)…and caught the 3.50pm flight back..got home around 7.30pm due to the horrible jams and rain in KL..
And here I am (after running to the laundry as I had zero underwear for tommorow…)