If you have been freedive for few years you know we do not have many options here in Malaysia to train our deep freedive. It is not because we don't have depth, a lot of area is still unexplored, facilities, man power or logistics are one of the things that add to the extra cost to pay. In the end it is almost same if we can travel out, stay for 2 weeks or month and train our depth there compared to train in Malaysia.
During covid-19 season, due to restrictions to travel out, in the end we have no choice instead of keep exploring for training locations in Malaysia. Based on our research and experience this new location will be one of the best options we can add into considerations on choosing place for training depth in Malaysia. The new training location we would like to write today is Merang.
Why Merang is new best location to train for Deep Freedive?
1. Location to airport or Bus station
Merang is located in Terengganu. It is 20 minutes away from airport in Kuala Terengganu and if you take bus to travel, the bus station to Merang is not far away and you have many options of taxi or e hailing car for you to do land transfer to Merang.
2. Boat transfer to Island full with freediving location
Merang itself is a main jetty for boat transfer to many islands such as Redang and Lang Tengah. You can choose to stay in this island and arrange yourself your freedive session with dive centre you visit in the island you stay.
If you stay in Merang, you can also arrange with dive centre here for day trip to Bidong Island and Yu island. The boat ride will take from 30 minutes to 45minutes to the training location.
3. Island with Deep area for training freedive
Near to Merang location there are island with deep area, here we are talkin to 40-50m area for you to train your deep freedive. To freedive to 40-50m area will take days to progress and to find a location where you can comfortably train and also do your work get access to internet, access to area with variety of healthy meals, variety of accommodation to suit your style and needs, Merang can be best location to add in your list as you can travel to Kuala Terengganu, city centre to find all your needs.
Talking about depth, yu can find 50m area in Yu island or even 30m area closer to Bidong Island. so all this island you can do daytrip and closer to mainland and will give you flexibility to plan for your trip.
Check our training videos for our instructor group in Merang this year. After being hiatus for few months, we take this opportunity to train again. We managed to find 50m depth however we just stick to 40m dive site as this is enough for our training during this trip.
Azua Shafii is a Malaysian Female record holder for multiple discipines for freediving in Malaysia. She is also the first SSI Freediving Instructor for Singapore, Malaysia Brunei.