After watching an amazing tropical sunset from our hotel on Sutera Harbour, we asked the concierge to call us a taxi. Unlike Singapore where we had spent the day before, Kota Kinabalu had no metered taxis and all trips were by pre-arranged price.
After arriving in Kota Kinabalu late on Sunday, we checked into our hotel, The Pacific Sutera which is on the beach at the south end of town, near the airport. The next day I got up early and made my way to Scuba Junkie for a day of diving in the Tunku Rahman Marine Park.
I have wanted to check out the region around Kota Kinabalu for a while, so when an oppurtunity came up over Easter break I booked a trip to Malaysia with a stopover in Singapore.
Diving the HMAS Canberra was a highlight, and recommended as a must do dive when visiting Melbourne. I did this dive with Dive Victoria, and was very impressed with the professional way they ran their operation. The wreck lies in 30 metres of water and can be penetrated by divers with the right experience and qualifications.
I spent last weekend in Melbourne, helping at the Travel Expo and doing a bit of diving. On Friday night we visited Southbank looking for dinner, and checked out the local Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.
Every year or so I travel to Port Douglas for a family get together for a long weekend. On this trip I went on a diving day trip onboard the SilverSonic, visiting Agincourt Reef which is part of the Great Barrier Reef.
The rainy week continued while we were staying at The Warwick on the Coral Coast, so we began to look for alternate activities, other than sunbathing on the beach or snorkelling amongst the coral. We found someone with a car to spare and arranged to drive to Suva.
Near the top northern end of the Yasawa Island chain, several scenes from the famous movie Blue Lagoon were filmed, including a scene in an underwater cave. On the last full day of our Fiji cruise we visited the area.