Diving @Pulau Satang, Aquabase Kuching
After purchasing my flight ticket 3 months before my travel date, I already anticipate for a diving experience at Pulau Satang. This island is not famous to anyone knowings. However, I would like to try their sea over here. This diving activities are operated by Aquabase Kuching which is located inside the Damai Puri Resort & Spa. They just opened for a year and operated by a Japanese boss.
The price of the diving are RM300 for 2 dives and RM350 for 3 dives. I opted for 2 dives only because I do not want to left my sister alone for too long since she does not want to dive or snorkel on that day. The instructor for that day was a old Chinese lady who is known as Ms Eng. She is a very annoying person because she kept forcing me to rent a dive computer. It was just a normal dive and not even a wreck dive or night dive. I have been to so many dives and no dive center would make dive computer as a compulsory equipment in a simple dive like this. Oh ya, the price does not include equipment. The equipment itself has cost me an additional RM160 excluding the dive computer. While my sister who is coming along in the boat was charged RM50. Basically everything is chargeable by this dive center. The package does not include food but does include mineral water. Unfortunately, the lady claimed that she was too excited to bring us around and forgot to buy water and offer me the dive computer for free. Not the dive computer again??? Come on!!! How can you dive and does not have a water to drink? Is she a real experience instructor? Diving will cause more dehydration than swimming and she provide no water to us. In the end, I forced her to buy from the hotel which cost her RM8.00/bottle. After that, she started to mumble that it was too expensive and all is from her own money, not claimable. In my mind, I thought..."Like I care."
|Off we go with a 20 minutes boat ride and we will see the Pulau Satang Besar on our right. It is not a big dive boat like I used to have at Sipadan Dive and Krabi Dive.|
|While on the left is the Pulau Satang Kecil. The sea water is so clear and very beautiful. I am really expecting a good scenery in the sea today.|
|Off I go checking out their coral here and some ikan bilis.|
|This coral bed is so amazing.|
|A closer look...what does it look to you?|
|Okay, here is a larger fish.|
|Corals again??? Where are the fishes???|
Freakout Level: 1/5
Recommended?: Hell No!!!
Tips: One thing I learned from this expensive experience was how to identify a good dive center. Ask the dive master/instructor, what kind of sea creatures that we will be expecting in the sea? Make them to name them. If they can name some unique name such as seahorses, sea turtles, Moray Eel or others...this dive center can be trusted a little because it shows that they know where is the dive spot.