Monday, October 27, 2008

New Kids pool!!

We have built a kids seawater pool in August 2008!!
We have beach but just not suitable for kids because the water low, many small rocks cause by next door retention wall, broken glass and current!! We made something special that's use of woods and canvas to hold the seawater in it!!

This Kids pool during high tide when seawater cover it and will allow natural way to change the water in its!!

The pool depth is about 0.5m/2ft for practice swimming and feel the seawater even the adults also can together play in!!

The Kids pool was built on the way walk to Island beach where below was sandy bottom!! In front from the view of this picture to the pools was area of seagrass and at night few turtles feeding here!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Dive Guide Richard briefing to CRESCENT group from Tokyo and assisted by Dive guide Rika san!!
This morning weather was cloudy after the early morning rain and sea condition was good!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

How safe to stay in SWV??

Well! We can't guarantee anyone safety but we have 4 enforcement units like Police, Navy, Army and Airforce surrounded us here!! The picture above was a Police Marine vessel who we can easy to call in for safe guard. Mabul Island too has Police base on 24 hours!! Your safety still our concern!!

Sawadee Khrap Living Sea group!!

Welcome Living Sea Members to SWV

Today morning weather was raining!!

In afternoon was cloudy!!

Mr. Sermsak owner of Living Sea seated 2nd on left hand side with his group!!
Look how happy they are after diving!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Breaking News!!

Dive guide, Abigail found Mimic Octopus and picture taken by Alvin Ng!!

Close-up view of Mimic Octopus!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Decompression Illness(DCI)!!!

Semporna Navy Recompression Chamber!!
Note: Be sure have underwater insurance cover before dive!!

This is 10 persons chamber was set in 2005!!

Here we would like to share important news! We had a case of DCI recently happen in our resort. Our heavy repeater Murakami Aiko san, 61 year old come together with husband and daugther for a week diving holidays got the DCI. This resort been operate for 15 years and this was the 4th case of DCI treated inside chamber. She was our resort 1st patient has treatment in this Semporna Navy recompression chamber. Others 3 cases was in before old Borneo Divers' chamber in Sipadan and now no longer been used. On 15th October after the 2 boat dives back from Sipadan she was feeling dizziness and she skip off the afternoon dive. At night still feeling of dizziness and walking was imbalance. Husband and daugther was both medical doctor requested to send her to hospital for check the head. Just worry about the head might got some problem. None of us even them will never thought this was DSI. Because they all have a safe dive and dive profile was safe to maximum 22 meter. She doesn't even feel any joint pain or others just only dizziness!! This was her 3rd day of diving and total up to the incident day was 8 dives (1st day 2 dives, 2nd day 4 dives and 3rd day 2 dives) She tell us that all dives got done safety stop and was also confirm by our dive guide!! For us any after diving related signs and symptoms we have to give her breath 100% O2 and at night arranged boat transport to Semporna Hospital for medical check. Next day morning Semporna Doctor told to send Tawau Hospital for body scan. After scan and checked by TWU Doctor was told to send back Semporna Hospital for recompression chamber. For information that any suspected DCI must report to Semporna Hospital then get Doctor approval letter then send by ambulance to Navys' chamber. On the night 16th OCT at 2300 finally admitted in chamber for 4 hour 45 minute treatment and the next day afternoon at 1500 2nd treatment of 2 hour 45 minute. She after the 1st treatment was much better recovery but Doctor want to better sure has 2nd treatment done too!! After done all treatment she already full recovery but doctor advise not to flight back soon and better after a week because according to record got patient after 48 hours then flying still get back the DCI. Once has chamber treatment can only allowed to dive back again after 3 to 6 months. She follow the Doctor advise cancelled her flight and stay back at resort for another week. We did interview her and what been told was swim a lots underwater back and forward for taking her family pictures. Last she told us will no give up diving because she just love to dive!! This group picture below was taken today and look how healthy and happy she was!! She now more done snorkelling then diving!!

Dive Guides and Aiko san!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Japanese Historical site at Siamil!!

In the year 1936 Japanese troops was occupied Siamil Island. It believe sardine fishes process factory was been set up here. We are not really sure about the history of this island because it was way back in 1936 - 1940. The things was built that left behind after 72 or 68 years some was clearly shown and again still some was mystery!! Below the pictures was all taken in Siamil Island. We let's you to be act as Indiana Jones to find out and tell us about the past history. There's underground tunnel and caves was still undiscover and maybe got hidden treasures!! Well! Remember long ago before this places we had pirates around!! Pirate's of Celebes?!!

Its believe was a guard post!! Now bushes cover its!

This guard post was believe 1st built by 3 Japaneses name marked in the year 1936
This was believe a structure house that wooden post in center surrounded by cement block was built but later been destroy during 2nd World War. What's the hole for?!! Cooking, water or waste management!!

This was process cleaning of Sardine fishes compartment pools

Those's Japanese names written on the wall was who's operation at this island from in-charge person to others and was built in 1940

This island now become secondary forest that had friut trees such as Coconuts, Guavas, Bananas, Lime, huge Manggo trees and etc. Group of monkeys living here in this island!!

This believe a passway to underground tunnel but was been blast off!!
This was a central pool and both side compartment pools was much bigger!!
This wooden post was its for shutter or door??!

This we still don't really understand what it for!! But the hole was for wooden post and ground level on left hand side (Green leaves) thought this cement wall down to a deep pool on right hand side (Dry leaves).

This fresh water well was built in 12th May 1940

The water inside was so fresh and the Island was far from mainland!! As Mabul Island's well still bit salty and was close to mainland!! Inside the well got few freshwater fishes!!

The well was believe built by this Japanese name!!

Here is the cave entrance!!

Here inside the 1st cave chamber where light can be seen outside and watch the Bat flying when video light was flashed!!

Can you spotted the Bat?!! It really dark inside here!!

Here 2nd entrance where need to crawl in but those who big size just forget it!! We manage crawl all the way reach to 3rd chamber and we can't really crawl in the 4th unless baby size!! Hopeless for the treasure hunt but we have great fun on adventures!! Actually we found birdnest site but we are explorers and not collector!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thai Seafrog dive in Siamil!!

Thai Seafrog picnic dive trip to Siamil on 18th Oct!!

Prepare to dive at 3rd Beach Siamil Island guide by Allan and Bobby!!

Tropical Forests and Rocks closeby seaside!! It look like Autumn fall in tropical!!

The rocks undersea growth many species of Hard and Soft Corals!!

Close-up view on Table Coral and Soft Corals that growth on the rock!!

Picnic lunch at Siamil Island!!

BBQ fishes!! Yummy yummy!!

Fresh catch from the sea nearby!! Tuna and Reef fishes!!

After lunch walk to visit Japanese Historical site!!

Sawasdee Krub to members of Thai Seafrog!! Kobkunkrub from SWV for being diving with us!! We hope everyone have great fun here and see you all next!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dive in Siamil on 17th Oct!!

Siamil Island 2nd beach was very clear sea!!

After the dive visit the Japanese Historical site!!

(Next blog coming will on historical!!)

This flower hanging down look alike as Bell!!

Allan was today leading the group!!

Guests snorkelling don skin dive!!

"Reticulidia Halgerda"

"White Mouth Moray"

Leopard Blenny

"Coral Scorpionfish"

This species crab stay on land and it burrow under sand!!