Mapur Island lies 16km eastward of Bintan Island, the famous dive site hither is the Igara wreck besides called Turtle wreck. She sunk to the depth of 40m ascension upwards to 11m at the top. Several cargo doors were opened upwards as well as divers tin decent correct to the bottom. We could all the same reckon the remains of atomic pose out 26 ore inward the wreck. The wreck is overgrown alongside soft coral as well as sponges. Current tin last potent alongside the average visibility of 10m. The wreck is huge plenty for multiple dives. Common halt over on the final hateful solar daytime dorsum to Singapore alongside LOB.
The reef at Mapur Island were quite nice, in that location were plenty of nudibranches and healthy corals reef. Strong electrical flow as well as depression vis expected. Otherwise this could last oft visited past times Singapore divers.
Not far away, Campalina Wreck lies at 42m upside downwards alongside the highest bespeak at 35m. As the depth didn’t render long bottom fourth dimension for recreational divers, alongside a luck of expert visibility as well as slag current, nosotros could all the same hang approximately at shallow H2O to admire the overstep alongside plenty of fish life living on the wreck.
Malang Biru Island is located southward westward of Anambas Islands. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 LOB weekend trip normally combine alongside the Mapur Island or Seven Skies wreck. I lead keep been in that location a span of times but ONE that I remembered forever, that day, I was Divemastering. After the commencement dive at Malang Biru, nosotros surfaced to reckon smiling faces of divers on board, they were shouting “Did y’all reckon whalesharks? 2 whalesharks?” In my hear I was cursing “F@#$% where did they dive, how did nosotros immature adult woman that?” All my divers replied alongside a disappointing look “No! You must last kidding”
Once nosotros got dorsum onto the primary boat, nosotros lead keep to convey the truth, some groups saw 2 whalesharks a 5m as well as a 3m baby. 🙁 Those who didn’t reckon were very disappointed and upset. I went downwards to my cabin to catch my photographic telly camera (lucky to lead keep it alongside me on this trip), I had a feeling that the whalesharks are all the same around. Just every bit I footstep out to the dive deck, everyone was screaming as well as some divers were already inward the H2O alongside their mask as well as snorkel. The whaleshark has return! I pose on my fins as well as mask inward split upwards second, saw the whaleshark from the dive deck as well as in that location I went… We swim alongside her for almost 30mins, she was near 5m long, huge fish!! She seems to similar us as well as the dive boat, she kept returning to the Whitemanta haul, she must last thinking another whaleshark bigger than her? She swam as well as hence closed to us that nosotros lead keep to resist ourselves from touching her. We were all grinning from ear to ear when she swam away. SATISFY DIVERS/SNORKELERS!
While the boat anchored for lunch, the 3m baby whaleshark came to banking company gibe us out, she was merely hanging approximately past times the boat, non every bit excited every bit the commencement encounter, all of us were watching from the dining deck. Vincent was quest for soul to larn inward the H2O to play alongside her or else she volition larn away. Then 1 past times 1 nosotros went inward the water, electrical flow was potent at that point, divers were hanging on the trouble to last following alongside the giant fish. She stayed on until it’s fourth dimension for us to leave. What a awesome reckon I volition never forget!
The reef of Malang Biru was 1 time damaged past times dynamite fishing, but they are plenty of fish life here. Great for a banking company gibe upwards dive as well as nighttime dive. Damar Island located N of Malang Biru, it’s a rocky outcrop island. There were several pinnacles or huge rocks underwater. The reef are to a greater extent than colorful as well as salubrious alongside average visibility of 20m. Unfortunately in that location wasn’t much I could call upwards near these 2 sites.
Travel appointment : 13-16 April 2006, May 2006, 6-8 April 2007, 8-12 Aug 2007
Travel road : SG –B-> Mapor, Malang Biru & Damar -B-> SG
Accommodation as well as diving : LOB – Old MV Whitemanta (http://www.whitemanta.com/)
Type of diving : Wreck, Reef
Water temperature : 28-30°C
Best fourth dimension to dive : Apr-Oct
–F-> Flight –B-> Boat