Originally posted 2013-10-23 16:12:21.
I went to Pulau Redang for a Scuba diving trip last weekend. These photos are taken with the iPhone so saturation, sharpness and quality are a bit “Applely”. Needed to go for the trip to finally get my Scuba licence. I nearly completed it 12-13 years ago but due to other commitments I had to drop it. A bit of a shame as I had completed 5 open water dives around Tulai and Malang already with a group that trains in the CMAS qualification. I wish I had pursued it as most people don’t know what it is and it’s certainly more exclusive and less commercially oriented than PADI. But both work.
Well that aside, I needed to be retrained and complete my dives again and PADI was the quickest and easiest to do. Due to the impending monsoon closing in it had to be done by last weekend because it’s the end of the season and the resorts and dive centres were all closing down. Diving season is now closed until March next year I believe.
Water was not super clear but it did clear up to about 10m. Completed 5 dives on the increasingly choppy sea (2 other divers got sea sick) and managed to see some reef sharks, puffer fish, stingrays and moray eels amongst other things. The morays were LARGE. One of the sharks was as well. Black tipped reef sharks grow to a length of about 1.6m and one of them was likely very close to this size.
The day I arrived it was splendid weather but once the weather closed in…well you can see from the last photo above.
Getting there: FLY. I was told I should take the bus. Did that on the way up and the 15 hour trip was murderous. I “burned” the return and took a flight back with Berjaya to Subang. To me it’s a no brainer.
Where to Stay: The Coral resort is nice. IÂ don’t like slumming it. So it was an easy choice. 3x meals a day are included and the drinks at the bar are reasonably priced.
OK that’s it…I gotta go back to editing.