The Anambas Islands are located between Singapore and the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea. Earlier the islands were better known as a base for off-shore oil drilling and natural gas explorations, but today Anambas has gained popularity among divers on account of its pristine corals and azure seas where whale sharks may suddenly appear. The islands are easiest accessible by liveaboards from Singapore and Malaysia.
Anambas is the latest district in the province of the Riau Archipelago. Best-known sites are the underwater reefs of Tokong Berlayar, the Malang Biru Island which has steep slopes and the Katoaka reef.
There are also small local fishing villages on Anambas, waterfalls, and beautiful natural surroundings.
The Igara was an Italian bulk ore carrier that struck an unmarked rock off the coast of Indonesia only a year after entering service. After striking the rock she limped towards port until her bow gradually filled with water and sank to the bottom at a depth of 40m.
Despite her bow sinking, her stern section remained afloat and salvors used explosives to break away her entire stern section (including her engine room and superstructure) at Hold 1. The stern section was towed to Japan and built into a new ship - the Eraclide.
At the time of her sinking, she was the largest maritime loss in history, with her cargo of iron ore valued at US$25 million.
In 2005, a salvage company bought the rights to the wreck from her insurers and salvaged roughly half her cargo of iron ore by cutting off her hatch doors and using vacuums to suck up the ore.
The ship now lies in around 40m of water rising to 11m at the top of the wreck. Despite only half the wreck remaining this is a huge wreck with vast open cargo holds.
Three resident nurse sharks are sometimes spotted in the storage rooms in the stern. The wreck is overgrown with soft corals, sponges and hydroids. Divers frequently see schools of barracudas, snappers, fusiliers, angelfish, groupers, and batfish.
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Meet at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore @ 1800HRS LATEST
Ferry to Nongsa, Batam leaves at 1830HRS
Transfer to MV Andaman Tritan, with dinner served on board
Sail overnight to Anambas, Indonesia
(Sailing time between 12 - 13 hours)
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1 night dive
(Damar Pinnacle, Damar Reef)
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(Malangbiru, Katoka Reef)
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Sail to Marina Country Club, Punggol, Singapore
(Estimated time of arrival 1900HRS)
- Water Temperature: 27 - 29°C
- Visibility: 15 - 30m
- Dive Experience: Advanced (Deep Diver)
- Diving Season: March - October
- Package includes:
- All nights accomodation on board
- All meals, snacks, hot beverages
- Towels, toiletries, daily cabin services
- Diving cylinders (tanks), weight belts & weights
- Dive guides
- Package Excludes:
- Flights & transportation
- Additional accomodation
- Marine park fees
- Port fees
- Dive & travel insurance
- Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages
- Dive equipment