ACASTA REEF & WRECK AND ANAMBAS ISLANDS
Every year October, the South China Sea will be calm. As the wind stops blowing before the arrival of the Northeast monsoon in end November, the sea will be flat like a mirror.
This is also the time that the pelagics like whale sharks and manta rays like to come out and play.
Join us this Deepavali Long weekend, as we escape from the city into the clear blue sea and rich marine life of Anambas Island, Acasta Reef & Wreck and Igara Wreck.
Suite Cabin: SGD1,650 per person (only 1 such cabin)
Deluxe Cabin: SGD1,350 per person
Superior Cabin: SGD1,250 per person
All cabins are twin-sharing, come with AC and en-suite hot shower. For Suite Cabin, it is a huge cabin at the bow of Deck 3. Deluxe cabins has 2 beds while Superior Cabin has a double decker bed.
Not including: Port Fees (SGD 50 per pax), gear rental, soft drinks, beer and tips
The Anambas Islands
Diving in Anambas has always been amazing. The Anambas Islands are a group of islands in Riau Islands Province, Indonesia, situated 150 nautical miles north east of Batam, between the Malaysian mainland to the west and the island of Borneo to the east, within the South China Sea.
The islands are popular dive sites because of the unspoiled corals reefs and crystal clear water. In May and October each year, Whale Sharks are spotted during the their migration.
Some of the well-known dive sites include Damar Pinnacle, Katoka Reef, Malangbiru and Repong. The dive sites are filled with pristine, healthy corals with abundance of colourful marine life, such as nudibranchs, turtles, napoleon fish, barracudas, batfish, crocodile fish, bumpheads, blue spotted stingrays, moray eels etc.
On Sunday, we will be visiting the famous Igara Wreck. The Igara was an Italian ore/oil steamship of 136,400 tonnes when it sank on 12 March 1973, while on voyage from Vitoria to Muroran after she struck an uncharted rock in the South China Sea about 190 miles (310 km) from Horsburgh Lighthouse, on 11 March 1973. However, she did not sink immediately but continued her voyage until her bow settled submerged and resting on the sea bottom in approx 40 metres of water about 70 miles (110 km) from Singapore.
The wreck is now overgrown with soft corals, sponges and hydroids. Divers frequently see schools of barracudas, snappers, fusiliers, angelfish, groupers, and batfish. Divers have also reported seeing large groupers as well as a huge nurse shark at the wreck before.
Current may be strong at times, hence this trip is only recommended for Advanced Open Water Divers and above. The visibility is often good, sometimes even beyond 30m.
The best way to get to Anambas is by Liveaboard. And the biggest problem we face is always not enough time to do more dives as this place is really very nice. So now with the long weekend, we are able to have 3 diving days instead of 2, and do 10 dives for the trip!
We will be cruising and diving from the newest and probably the best LOB in Singapore, MV Mega Explorer for this trip.
Photo by Stella Lee
Suite Cabin SGD1,650/pax
Deluxe Cabin SGD1,350/pax
Superior Cabin SGD1,250/pax
Day 1 (25 Oct 2019 ): Departure
There is 2 option for Departure:
Meet at Punggol Marina Country Club at 1100hr and sail with MV Mega Explorer.
For those who are unable to make the meeting time, you can take the 1830hr ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Nongsa. Price of Ferry ticket is about SGD30 for 1-way and we will pay for you. Ferry ride takes approximately 50 mins.
Sail overnight to Anambas (sailing time between 10 - 12 hours)
Day 2 (26 Oct 2019: 3 day dives + 1 night dive
Dive sites: Damar Pinnacle / Katoka Reef / Malangbiru / Repong
Day 3 (27 Oct 2019: 3 day dives + 1 night dive
Dive sites: Acasta Reef & Wreck
Day 4 (28 Oct 2019): 2 day dive
2 dives at Igara Wreck
Estimated arrival time to Marina Country Club - 2000hrs
Note: Dive sites subjected to changes depending on the actual weather and dive sites conditions.