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“Diving in Pulau Saga and Buluh”
Review of Pulau Sembilan

Pulau Sembilan
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Lumut
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Dived with Quiver team in December 2012. Quiver provided good service. Vis was poor and greenish in colour. Janss pipefish, sea-horses and also the black & white pipe fish were interesting. The nudibranch were a bonus. It's worth giving manjung a chance and there could be surprises waiting round the corner. Well done Quivers. Underwater photographer bring your strobe.

3  Thank Ting O
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Was there a day before Xmas 2012. Visibility was low, maybe 5-7m at all sites I dived, and was told it is that way year round. Obviously, this is not a recommended dive site for anyone who loves "coral garden" or "aquarium like" dive sites. There were not much creatures divers can spot immediately, how ever for post-beginner divers this place has its own attraction value. I suppose because the visibility low all year round, the marine life here are different in size and color. Noudi branches, for the 1st time I saw of size about same as my fist. Not 1 or 2 but many. There were lots og sea horse too. Advantage of this dive site is it is free from monsoon influence. Available for diving throughout the year. Diving package offered by PADI 5-Star Dive Center, Quiver Dive. This dive center has their own guest house located at 2nd floor of the dive shop and nearby Marina Island Jetty, where guests can easily get access to ferry to Teluk Batik departs every hour of the day.

2  Thank Cinnamon3011
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Dive with quiver on 26th December 2012. When there from JB taking night bus, reaching Lumut is around 6 am in the morning. Arrange with aquiver for the pick up arrangement, Awie & Ben mine dive master meet us at the bus station, after having our breakfast we took a 10 mins ride to their home stay. It is very cosy. We took a 2 hrs nap before going for our dive at Pulau Sembilan.
We took almost An hour boat trip to reach the nine island, 1st dive was at white rock. Visibility was not that good, nothing much to discover. Like a tomb in the sea, but saw few nudibrunch and school of barracudas. Second dive was at Saga. Better visibility that white rock, but vry strong current. More life corals and fish.
Did our third dive T Buloh, wh we found 3 sea houses, some razor fish.
Overall quiver provide good service and accommodations, but the dive spot doesn't gave us a good interest to vist there anymore.

4  Thank Dkny_y2d
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Four of us drove down to Lumut at 5am from Kuala Lumpur to dive with Quiver Dive Team at Pulau Sembilan for a day trip. We went on a Saturday and apparently there were no divemasters available to bring us around. As most of us on the boat were first timers to Pulau Sembilan, we didn't see much, only a couple of nudibranches and the common seahorses.

The visibility was really bad, 1-2m. Current was none to mild. Water is greenish yellow. For beginners, it's important to stay close to your buddy and always keep a look out for where the other divers are going due to the poor visibility. The moss will also get stuck to your equipments and your body hair. So be sure to wash up after each dive, especially around your ears and neck. Or flies will come sticking to your body when it dries during surface intervals.

We had some delay in the beginning of the dive trips due to insufficient weights on the boat. Had to wait for almost an hour on the boat before we could do our first dive. By then, I was already feeling nausea due to seasick. We had our packed lunch after the 1st dive, it was fried food with rice and curry so I decided to skip it. Might want to bring some biscuits or food bars if you don't want a heavy lunch. Did 3 dives in total and reach the Marina jetty around 6pm. Shower at Quiver Dive Center and drove back to KL. It was very tiring (especially for the driver) and I would suggest others to at least stay 1 night if you intend to do a short trip.

5  Thank Flora F
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

With the popular Quiver Dive Team from Perhentian opening up shop in Lumut and aggressively marketing diving trips to Pulau Sembilan, it won't be long before this dive site is visited by many Malaysian divers working in KL desperate to dive (or get a fix of narcosis) but can't cos of the monsoon season.

I did a 3D2N stay with Quiver and dived with them on two full days. Visibility was very poor from 1m to 3m only. Currents were strong and we were also caught out in the rain. As you can imagine our expectations were really really low! Thankfully we had two good divemasters (Awie and Ben) to bring us around and these two guys are really champs at muck diving and finding macro life when to the normal diver's eyes, it could just be nothing more than silt!!

Seahorses are definitely the highlight here with a wide variety of colours and sizes from bright yellow to dark red and from baby seahorses barely 1cm all the way to big adults the size of your entire hand! Nudibranches are also fairly common sights here and a few varieties of fishes and octopus can be found. Turtles are rare to sight but I did manage to spot a really large turtle larger than my chest but with the poor visibility, once it started swimming away from us, it was difficult to follow.

All in all I would say that this diving trip was actually better than my expectations by a long way. Thanks to a combination of really friendly and cool staff at Quiver as well as an opportunity to drive just a short distance from KL and dive makes this pretty enticing. In addition the nearby town of Sitiawan has really really great food choices (Kampung Cina and Kampung Koh). If you're lucky you might be able to get a good dive package from Groupon as Quiver Dive Lumut does advertise there a fair bit otherwise its RM390 for a full day of dives including equipment.

3  Thank NaysanM
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