THE ANAMBAS LOB
About Anambas Island
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 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 we will be cruising and diving from the best LOB in Singapore, Diverace.
Note: Dive sites subjected to changes depending on the actual weather and dive sites conditions.
Not including: Port Fees (SGD 50 per pax), gear rental, soft drinks, beer and tips
Twin Luxury Cabin SGD899
Quad Ensuite Cabin SGD799
Meet at Punggol Marina Country Club at 1630hrs and sail at 1700hrs.
For those who are unable to make the meeting time, you can take the 2000hrs ferry over to Bintan Resort. (estimated 45sgd one way ticket). Ferry ride takes approximately 55mins.
Sail overnight to Anambas (sailing time between 10 - 12 hours)
Day 2: 3 day dives + 1 night dive
Dive sites (Damar Pinnacle / Katoka Reef / Malangbiru / Repong)
*Dive sites would be determined based on the best weather conditions and timing
Day 3: 2 day dive
Dive at Igara Wreck 2 dives
Estimated arrival time to Bintan Resorts - 1700hrs
Estimated arrival time to Marina Country Club - 2030hrs