Sunday, June 03, 2007


May is a celebration month for Sabahans, Kadazan Harvest Festival also known locally as " Tadau Ka'amatan". The celebration throughout the whole month, but the peak of the celebration on the 30th and 31st of May(public holiday for Sabahans). Kadazans is the major indigenous tribe in Sabah, they believe in worship of ancient Gods and the existence of spirit. Hence, they worship to the spirit of paddy plant and also thanksgiving for the harvest of paddy throughout the year. During this festival, Sabah native wear traditional costumes and enjoy carnival from daybreak till dawn served with rice wine called 'Tapai'. Special greetings to all "Kopivosian Tadau Ka'amatan" or "Happy Harvest Festival"!!!

During the last week of May, our resort is full of non-divers because of the public holiday and the school term holiday. However, we have small group of divers.

Above: Ornate Ghostpipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)

Our guests : Matsuyama Takashi, Matsuyama Ristusko, Naka Kazuaki, Naka Daisuke, Jules Hinves, Jennifer Sarah Gran.

Sunset dive still be the attractive dive for the divers to observe the mating behaviour of the Mandarin fish (Synchiropus spendidus). Small in size, extremely shy but locally common and covered with beautiful flourescent orange, green, black and blue colour. They are the most fabulous macro fish for underwater macrophotography in the world. To get a good photo of the mating behaviour is very difficult because they only mating for a precious few seconds suspended in mid-water column and soon hiding back to coral rubble. Try your best!

Heron Ardeadoris nudibranch (Ardeadoris egretta) about 8cm length with flower like body and bright yellow line around the body.

Dawn dive in Sipadan to see the school of Bumphead Parrotfish (Bulbometopon muricatum) wake up from sleep and start the daily journey around the Sipadan island. Cleaning, feeding or sometimes displaying or mating behaviour can be observe in Sipadan.

We would like to say Good Bye to Lee, one of our divemaster who been here for about 1 year and 7 months ........We all going to miss you! Take care and All the BEST in your future journey!

YO! Guys....Hard Dive!



1 comment:

Asther said...

Will definitely miss you, Lee! Have had some great dives with you. Do keep in touch & call me if u're in KL. ALl the best in ur future undertakings.