Saturday, 24 March 2007

Pulau Redang

Date: 24 Mar 07 - 27 Mar 2007 [4D/3N]
Location: Redang Island, Terengganu, Malaysia
Transport: Car
No. of dives: 6-7

Accessibility to dive sites: 8.5
Marine Animal Density: 7.3
Dive site terrain Quality: 8.5
Marine Animal Diversity: 7.6
Visibility: 6.0
Overall Score: 7.6

Entry: Boat
Difficulty: OW-AOW
Dive Sites: Fringing reefs/Sandy Bottoms/Pinnacles

Underwater Camera: Canon Powershot A80
Underwater casing: Canon Waterproof Case WP-DC900 for Powershot A80 by Canon
Underwater Strobe: NIL
Land Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Land Lens: Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC
Land Filter: Hoya CPL
Post editing: PS CS2
Oraganizer: Dan
Members: Winnie, Rockson, Lucy, KL Tan, Choon Wai, Doreen, Lilian, Sam, Alvin Low
My reason to go there: Many friends were interested in getting their Open water scuba diving certification, that’s why I did this trip, at the same time I can do a few dives.

I have been to Redang many times, for almost every year for the pass 13 years or so, sometimes twice in a year... On the surface everything look pretty much the same except that there are more concrete resorts now, like Laguna... it used to be all wooden resorts on the island. The water remains crystal clear and the beach clean ..... however what is ugly lies beneath the surface, there were evidence of littering into the ocean, plastic bottles, plastic bags, paper, ropes, empty sun block bottles, etc etc are found around the house reef .. .away from the sight for ordinary tourist, but not from scuba divers like us .... also there were evidence of corals dying, as I saw patches of dead corals almost in every other dive I did....
Never the less Redang remains pristine in its own right, there are still hidden paradises to be found below the surface, and teaming with marine life ... I wish it would remain like that forever...
We need to conserve, be eco aware.. safeguard and protect what is left of places like these…


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