Our Malaysia trip had a few goals, one of which was to see some wild life. Being aware that Jacques Cousteau liked Borneo, we’d figured the snorkeling in Sipidan wouldn’t be too bad either. After a pickup at the resort in the early morning by bus, we took the 30 minute boat ride to the coral island. To our amazement, it wasn’t busy at all. The mentality was quite relaxed: “get your gear and have fun today”! At first we dove by ourselves but came across a guide who took us to the ‘deeper waters’. Many endangered species of fishes and marine organisms live within the sanctuary. Measuring 2 km long and 1/4 km wide, Pulau Payar is the most popular of the islands as its sheltered waters are ideal are for snorkeling, diving and swimming. Among the enchanting dive spots is the “Coral Garden”, an area covered with bright, multi-hued soft corals. On the way back, we were a bit behind and I came across a shark! After warning my wife I informed the guide who wasn’t surprised: At noon, the sharks get fed by the humans (not with) as an attraction, soon the waters were full of them. The snorkeling was an impressive experience, a 3D world with so much to see! Nice to see the beautiful sea world so close by. I can see how snorkeling and diving can be a reason to pick holiday destination now. I’m happy we ran by the store in Kuah to buy a (throw away) underwater camera. We were able to develop them to USB in SH, but it took them two weeks. So we’re happy to see the result.