I was very lucky to travel to Malaysia in April 2012 with my local dive club, they arranged the trip and did a fantastic job of it in the process. It was a non-profit holiday for the club owners who wanted to return to the place they loved and worked when they were younger, they invited a few club members along for the ride so I jumped at the change of a lifetime to dive in the far east and see some rather amazing sights.
I lived in Hong Kong for 6 months when I was younger so I knew the climate and I knew what to expect this made it even more appealing and the price for 3 weeks was a steal.
You can see the Google Map below of the distance we covered, consisting of 8 internal flights, boat taxis, and a couple of long haul flights from the UK.
The trip was essentially broken down into 5 main locations which were:
- Kuala Lumpur – 3 days
- Perhentian Islands – 5 days
- Kota Kinabalu – 2 days
- Mabul + Sipidan – 5 days
- Sepilok – 3 days
The only dilemma I had was baggage allowance!! We were allowed 25 kg for our main luggage and 5 for hand luggage ( 7 for main haul flights) My dive gear alone was weighing 18kg which didn’t leave hardly any room for 3 weeks supply of clothes let along camera kit which I really wanted to take!
In the end I decided to travel as light as possible, I couldn’t compromise on the dive gear it was 18kg so I took minimal clothes, and the camera kit weighed in at approx 5kg so as you can see I was left with 2kg for clothes !!
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
- Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8
- Cullmann Nanomax 200T Tripod
- Various Lee Filters
- Shutter Release Timer
I wanted to take my bigger Benro tripod but the weight factor got the better of me, I had to result in buying a small tripod and I opted for the Cullmann Nanomax 200T in the end for its shier size and weight. Unfortunately whist the tripod is very good it didn’t withstand the cameras weight in portrait mode and would slip slowly so all the long exposure photos I did ended up being in landscape mode. Not a problem really.
I also took with me a Panasonic DMC-TZ10 and a Panasonic DMW-MCTZ10 Under Water Housing for diving happy snaps, I personally at the moment in my life am not into under water photography and cant justify spending £1500 on a underwater housing for my D7000 let alone all the lens housing and strobes, very expensive for the amount of diving I do, so I borrowed the wife’s DMC-TZ10 and brought the housing of good old eBay for £100 new (don’t you just love bargains!!)
The holiday turned out to be amazing we stayed in 5* accommodation right down to the 0* accommodation on the Perhentians, but the memories will stay with me forever and as you can see from the photo’s below it was rather amazing, not to mention how good the food was !!
Thank you Katy & Darren 🙂