One of the coolest things about my company is that we really do have offices all over the world, so when my friends, April and John, moved to Singapore, I knew I had to visit them and that it would be possible because I could work from the office there.
In planning the trip, though, I knew I wanted to spend at least a couple of days scuba diving…I searched for locations, but all of them required an additional flight which, with 24-hours of ground time post diving (so you don’t die…or get decompression sickness), was going to make my dream of a weekend dive trip a bit of a challenge. But, before I lost all hope, I decided to message my Malaysian diving friend on FB (you make some good friends when you’re out on a live aboard for a couple of days in the Similan Islands) and see if she could give me some tips.
As it turned out, she had an awesome suggestion…and thus a trip was planned and executed that did not require any additional flying. Turns out you can take a bus, and then a ferry, out to Tioman Island. The logistics were a bit of a challenge (trying to book bus and ferry tickets from Japan was not so easy…), but I managed to get it all worked out and off I went.
Anyway, the trek to the island was a bit long, but well worth it. The island was basically all about divers, so it was super chill and low key. And I got to eat some amazing seafood, too, including stingray which I’d never had before.
I got in four amazing dives and was even able to bust out my underwater camera for a couple of them. And while I saw a lot of really cool things on these dives, I have to admit…I’m kind of obsessed with anemones and anemonefish. They’re not that exciting, I guess, but I could watch them for hours. I just think the anemones are so beautiful.