Tioman, Salang Indah – First Dive of the Season

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As I mentioned in my last post, my friends were heading to Tioman[/url] on Friday night after work, so I tagged along..

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.

We dived with Dive Asia[/url] at Marine Park (first day) and Chebeh and Batu Malang (second day).

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…

Bus: RM46
Speed Boat: RM70
Accomodation: RM30
Dives: RM240
Food etc: RM200

TOTAL = RM586

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…)

Enjoy!

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21 Responses to Tioman, Salang Indah – First Dive of the Season

  1. Ethan Hunt May 24, 2005 at 10:07 am #

    Whoaa…. sounds like you had fun. And sounds like you were uber tired after you pasted this link. ^_~ Take it easy dude… talk some other time eh…

  2. surfnux May 24, 2005 at 10:19 am #

    Wow…. very nice and fun way of spending the holiday. Nice pictures taken.

  3. TheGreatFaggot May 24, 2005 at 1:05 pm #

    Where AreThe Boobs Man ….DAMN !!!!!!!!!!!

  4. FireAngel May 24, 2005 at 7:39 pm #

    It’s your flash man. Your flash is fcking up. send it for repairs or sumthing. 🙂

  5. suanie May 24, 2005 at 7:44 pm #

    they are going to steal your undies!

  6. Vad3r May 24, 2005 at 8:00 pm #

    or already stolen :p nice pics esp 4th fr last 😉

  7. h.liew May 24, 2005 at 10:32 pm #

    The pink is such a spoiler. Anyway, nice trip and pics. Hurry up, can’t wait for the underwater pics. 😉

  8. ShaolinTiger May 24, 2005 at 10:36 pm #

    Heh yeah no shit, no sleep the night before, then reach back from Mersing to fly to Johor Bahru a few hours later…then back to KL same afternoon and just reached home after huge traffic jam…

    Eww…killer man.

  9. ShaolinTiger May 24, 2005 at 10:39 pm #

    All the boobs pics were fucked up by the weird pink colourness…

    One eurasian chick with MASSIVE teteks.

  10. ShaolinTiger May 24, 2005 at 10:53 pm #

    How can it be flash when it’s bright daylight pictures not even using the flash?

    I was kinda asking from someone who knew what they were talking about 😛

  11. Theroadie May 25, 2005 at 12:28 am #

    fuck… now i hafta make my way up to the island soon.. gorgeous pics…

  12. Dabido (Teflon) May 25, 2005 at 12:33 am #

    ….3. Profit!

    Anyway … nice pics ST. Looks like you had a good time. 🙂

  13. god May 25, 2005 at 8:00 am #

    cibai…..damn shiok !!!!!! guessed what i did ? i partied without drinking n smoking…and my skull jumped out for a walk

  14. cmos May 25, 2005 at 8:53 pm #

    Nice pics. If you do drop by Penang… do come over for a DOTA session… ^_^

  15. KY May 27, 2005 at 1:47 am #

    underwear = optional

  16. summer May 27, 2005 at 2:01 am #

    looked like you enjoyed your trip!!

  17. ShaolinTiger May 27, 2005 at 4:03 am #

    Commando style like Joey from friends, yeah!

  18. ShaolinTiger May 27, 2005 at 4:04 am #

    Yah had a great time, nice to be blowing bubbles again after such a long break..

  19. Azura September 6, 2005 at 12:16 am #

    beautiful…… really beautiful. im into diving as well. and yeah, i saw you in PD and yes… been reading your blog for quite sumtime and no… you dont know me… 🙂 take care…

  20. Jeff August 4, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    I have been diving since i was 12, and I am 30 now, there is nothing I love more. Those are great shots. I have always wanted to dive there.

  21. Jeff August 9, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I am so jealous. I came back just to look at the pictures and get jealous. I need to step up work and get some diving trips panned.