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Dive Log is the premier scuba diving monthly magazine that provides all the latest scuba news and information from across Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. You can read our monthly magazine free by clicking on the Latest Edition tab, download the iPad application at a low cost of $2.99 or find it at your nearest Newsagent for $4.95. Dive Log is also available at selected dive stores. Each month we look at the key issues that effect us all as divers as well as look at great diving locations in the region as well as the perfect scuba diving holiday destinations. We also review the latest diving equipment and gear and scuba courses and certifications, to ensure you are always up to date with the latest and best things happening in the scuba diving industry.

SIPADAN . . . is it worth the hype?
By Graham Willis & Mathew Kempton


THE CONSTANT GARDENER;
By Jamie Watts Y Malcolm Nobbs

SAMPLING the Delights of Raja Ampat
By Nigel Marsh

Mathew and I recently had a ‘free week’ so we decided to slip over to Sipadan to see what all the fuss was about. Sipadan Island diving gets rave reviews and consistently pops up in a Top 5 or 10 list of the world’s best dive spots. Leaving Sydney, it’s a bit of a trek to Kuala Lumpur followed by 3.5 hours to Tawau, 1 hour to Semporna by road and then a 45-minute boat trip to Mabul. You cannot stay on Sipadan Island (unless you join the Malaysian Army) so you are most likely staying on either Mabul Island or Kapalai at one of the resorts. The other possibility is to hook up with a liveaboard …the Celebes Explorer which might have some advantages which we will touch on shortly. We were staying at the Sipadan-Mabul resort which has a couple of distinct levels of accommodation. There is the over water villa type and the on land ‘garden’ room type.

It’s the perfect little chubby face.  Snub-snouted and Disney-cute.  She’s adorable – wanting to stay and stare in my state of bliss is tempered by my awareness that she’s not happy with the invasion of her personal space.  We love anemonefishes to death.
I remember being delighted and slightly hypnotized by that face on my first dive 25 years ago off Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, and that delight has never gone away.  Something about the little flared nostrils, the determined set to the mini-bulldog jaw, the intricate facial bones clad in glowing orange framed by the black cheek blush, and the direct stare of the amber eyes.  She’s a sculpture, a cartoonishly appealing work of art.  She also has a spectacular amount of attitude.


On a recent trip to Raja Ampat in Indonesia I only had one request of my dive guide Andi, I wanted to see and photograph a rare shark that is best found in this area and known locally as the walking shark. Andi nodded his head and said he was sure he could find me one of these small sharks, which are only found at night. Andi suggest we dive Arborek Jetty, but not dive under the jetty, instead looking in the shallows for the rare little shark.
Rolling into the water we quickly headed into shallow water and submerged, the depth barely a metre deep. Shining my torch about I could see sand patches and many outcrops of low dense hard corals, perfect habitat for small shy sharks to hide in. I then started my search. I was prepared to spend all dive looking for one of these sharks, and with a depth of only one metre my tank was sure to last all night!

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