Diving & Reef:
Coral reefs are the most biologically diverse
marine eco-systems on earth, rivalled only by the
tropical rainforests on land.
Corals grow over geologic time and have been
in existence about 200 million years. Corals reached
their current level of diversity 50 million years
The food, tourism revenue, coastal protection
and new medications that reefs provide are worth about
$375 billion each year.
Coral reefs occupy less than one quarter
of one percent of the earth's marine environment,
yet they are home to more than a quarter of all known
DO YOU WANT TO
Welcome to an island off peninsular Malaysia, where
the water is a calm Azure blue with up to 30mtrs visibility
revealing brilliant coloured fish and coral reef.
These are some of the top dive spots in Asia Pacific,
which is where you get to do your first introduction
to Scuba dive and probably many more.
The ‘world’ on land may be becoming a
smaller place, but not underwater, here’s an
opportunity to glimpse what 70% of your planet comprises
It takes only three days not counting air arrival
and departure day to get fully certified as a PADI
open water diver for life! You don’t have to
dive off the deep end (literally) on your first couple
of dives as they start with shore dives off the beach
in clear blue, waist deep water. Once you’re
comfortable with your equipment and breathing underwater
while on your knees, you can slowly swim in circles
and finally make your way deeper.
You need to be 10-years of age and above to become
a junior open water diver and 15 for an open water
diver. You don’t need to be a good swimmer but
it’s recommended to be a swimmer and preferably
not suffer from hydrophobia or ear- drum problems!
You need carry nothing but your swimwear (and Sun
block!) as all equipment is available on the island
and rental is included in the price. If you don’t
want to ‘dive’ right in then just sample
an introduction to Scuba dive where you could request
your own maximum depth though you wouldn’t be
taken beyond 9mtrs anyway. An even tamer approach
may be just to snorkel, there’s plenty to see
right off the beach at what is defined as the ‘house
But nothing I write can replicate the experience,
so you’ll just have to see for yourself!
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