Hey everyone. I'm back from the scuba diving trip. It was pretty good. But the poor visibility, wet weather, and rough current conditions mucked it up a bit.
Visibility at some sections was down to 3 - 5m. Plenty of minute debris in the sea; probably stirred up by the strong currents. Couldn't see a lot of stuff unless you were up close. The strong current made swimming a lot harder. The fish didn't like it either and many stayed away. Not as fun as my last trip to Sipadan back in May/June last year.
(According to one of the local divers, the best time to come to Sipadan is in Feb/March and May/June.)
I still got a few good shots notably of the fabled Barracuda tornado; I swam in it! Being in the moment brings dangers of its own. Entranced by the sheer beauty of the event, I forgot to check my depth; I rose from 20m to 13m undersea to possibly 3m in a 5 minutes. My friends were banging their tanks angrily to get my attention but I was totally oblivious. Right now, I don't feel like I have decompression sickness. But if my joints start to hurt then I better seek medical attention.
Anyways check out the photos and the video.