I have recently visited Pulau Dayang in West Malaysia before the authorities raise the diver’s fee to RM200 per day per diver.
We left the dive center at around 1930hrs. We encounter heavy traffic after crossing the causeway. By the time we reach Mersing, it is already almost midnight. We quickly board the ferry but due to the change in restriction in the capacity of the boat, the boat maximum capacity has been reduced from 30 passenger to 12 passenger.
I do not know that a boat capacity can be reduced for some unknown reason even if the weather is good.
The boat set off shortly and we reach Pulau Dayang at around 0405hrs. We check in quickly to catch up some needed sleep as our first dive will be around 0900hrs.
I will not go into details about the dive trip as I am there for my Advance Adventurer course.
Pulau Dayang is a very idyllic island. There are a few resort there but I think they are open only during the weekends for the weekend divers.
Some (lousy) underwater shots I took. We did 5 dives on the first day which includes one night dive. I was dead tired by the end of the 5th dive. On Sunday, we took a morning dive before we set off back to Mersing at around 1000hrs.
Our instructor Alex is a nice instructor but strict. He share with us about his knowledge and what are the things we should look out for especially in Navigation and Search.
It is a pity that because of greed, they raise the diver’s fee. However, what I am concern is that livelihood of the residents there. The divers arrival must be one of the most money generating avenue for them but with RM200 per day per diver, I wonder who will want to dive there?
What I really miss the food there!