There's no better way to spend your under-utilized annual leave than going to an island far away from civilization with your close friends. So that's what I did last two weeks for my year end holiday. We went to Mabul Island, off coast Sabah for the Scuba diving retreat around Sipadan and Mabul.
I just couldn't resist the temptation to dive and witness myself the wonders of the underworld so I signup for the "Open Water Diver" course. No words can desribe how beautiful the ocean floor can be..the reefs, the corals, the turtles, the sharks and everything else were simply mesmerizing. Since now I'm a certified PADI diver (after going thru the stringent underwater tests that is..Haha) I might consider diving as the secondary hobby after Black Mamba. You guys should consider this exciting (and not too expensive) hobby too..
The association: http://www.padi.com
The dive instructor: I seriously recommend you guys to contact Allister Lee here http://allisterlee.blogspot.com/ if you wish to pursue in the recreational diving. He's a very nice fella and and very passionate about the underwater world..Haha. He's a certified instructor with 10 years of experience under his belt and he'll guide you in the entire course..(until you pass the exams haha!)