26: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna Again

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22nd June 2007. After three months, I’m returning to Semporna with a bunch of guys (whom I shall call Mr A, Mr D and Mr E), for hopefully, a spot of fishing. As usual, we start early at KLIA, in time to catch this special plane next to ours. semporna-22-06-2007-07-16-33.JPG

2.5 hours later and we cruise over the interior of Sabah, still covered in morning mists. semporna-22-06-2007-09-43-51.JPG

The Tawau-Semporna-Lahad Datu corridor is oil palm country.semporna-22-06-2007-09-48-09.JPG

Plantation right to the Tawau airport runway. semporna-22-06-2007-09-53-35.JPG

On the ground after a morning shower. Hope the weather holds for us.semporna-22-06-2007-10-04-23.JPG

I was here barely 3 months back! In red, Mr E.semporna-22-06-2007-10-03-38.JPG

First stop: Tawau. Mr D admires the waterfront.semporna-22-06-2007-12-15-01.JPG

For golfers, a stop at Shan-Shui is a must, once voted Asia’s Best. No exception with Mr A.semporna-22-06-2007-13-21-24.JPG

The clubhouse, looking harmless enough.semporna-22-06-2007-13-11-32.JPG

But the golf course is something else. semporna-22-06-2007-13-06-14.JPG

Fantastic design.

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The obligatory pose.

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Enough Shan-Shin sightseeing, we leave for Semporna, and we are putting up at the waterfront Seafest Hotel. semporna-24-06-2007-06-21-23.JPG

Jetty in front of the hotel, great spot for unwinding, and watching boats and people, and the occasional fish-spotting.semporna-24-06-2007-06-23-35.JPG

Pricey ship for divers awaits clients. Bodgaya Island looks like huge hills behind the water village, but is actually 15km away in the Sulu Sea.

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Even at the jetty, the water is crystal clear.semporna-22-06-2007-16-06-02.JPG

Behind the hotel, there is a dock for ocean-going fishing boats, and these puppies are going fishing for the night. Note the awesome spotlights.
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From afar, nice-to-look-at water village. Come near, sewage is another matter.semporna-22-06-2007-16-36-33.JPG

As the day ends, the normally-bustling commuter quay at Semporna becomes almost lifeless.semporna-22-06-2007-17-33-42.JPG

Early next morning, Fishing Day, but a depressing sight greets us.
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It gets worse as the morning progresses.img_9753.JPG

Not good, not good at all.semporna-23-06-2007-06-43-33.JPG

Even the friendly locals feel sorry for us, city-slickers.
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A quick conference in the hotel restaurant – wait till 9.30am or bust!
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Meanwhile fishing boats are returning to base.
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A hive of activities at the dockyard.
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Truly impressive stuff.
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Business in progress.
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Suddenly a break in the dark, foreboding clouds. Looking good. img_9777.JPG

Yeah, all systems go! With our gear, we wait for the boat at the jetty.
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A small boat arrives laden with fat juicy fish. Great sign! img_9778.JPG

Soon our own transport arrives – the one heading this way lah.img_9784.JPG

> TO BE CONTINUED

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