Seaborne Destinations

From April to November each year, the Seaborne will operate to any of the four detains listed below.  From December to March because of the monsoon, she will only operate to Riau Archipelago.

Anambas Islands, Indonesia

A group of Islands located North East of Bintan, in the South China Sea. Used to be a base for off-shore oil drilling and natural gas explorations. But now a famous location with amazing costal spots, crystal clear water and untouched coral reefs. Diving in Anambas will always guarentee you seeing amazing sea life such as nudibranchs, barracudas, moray eels, turtles and other amazing aquatic life.

Pulau Damar

The island is shaped like a large rock with a steep roof. The shape of the isalnd (underwater pinnacle and sloping reef), great visibilty, abundance of sea life and beautiful coral reef allow for great spots for diving. There is even a chance to spot a whale shark during migrating season.

Tokong Malag Biru

A small island located in the South China Sea, with exceptional visibilty, great and easy to dive. Malang Biru is a must-dive location.

Batu Kataoka

A submerge pinnacle rich in marine life and clear waters. Assured to see all sorts of sea life, with great visibility there is always a chance to see black tip reef sharks in the area.

 Damar Island

Riau, Indonesia

The Riau Archipelago is a cluster of islands south of Singapore, of which Batam and Bintan are the best known. However, once one travels south past the developed Batam and Bintan, a window opens into a beautiful and seldom visited world of the past. We range all the way down to below the equator, and as we get further south through the Lingga and Singkep Islands, civilization only becomes increasingly remote.

This is a land of countless uninhabited islands, interrupted only by the occasional small fishing village.  Most of the locals live much the way they did several hundred years ago, without TV, refrigeration, electric lighting, telephones, motor vehicles, roads, grocery stores, hotels or the other trappings of modern society.

While this part of the world is rarely visited, it is even more seldom dived – we are the only dive operator that has made an effort to seriously explore the region.

Given the low population density, the aquatic environment is virtually pristine with healthy coral reefs full of aquatic life. This is the most remote and best preserved patch of ocean you can find anywhere near Singapore.

Best of all, these islands are sheltered from the N.E. monsoon, allowing us to dive the region year round.  Seas in the area are generally calm and the diving is relaxing with a max depth of 30m and an average dive depth of 15-20m.

Riau-Archipelago-Indonesia

Igara wreck

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 by value with her cargo of iron ore worth $25mm

In 2005 a professional salvage company bought the rights to the wreck from her insurers and salvaged all her cargo of iron ore by cutting off her hatch doors and using vacuums to suck up the ore.  You can still find some ore and it makes a great paperweight for your office.

Two large nurse sharks are often to be found in the rope room in the bow.

Igara-Wreck-Sketch

 

Pulau Mapur, Indonesia

Mapur islands northern border bounded by the South China Sea, it is the biggest ‘offshore’ island in the Bintan group. Mapur is well known to the diving fraternity and is known for it’s untouched beaches.The island contains many great dive sites with a several submerge pinnacles, lots of hard coral and a wreck. Diving here is always enjoyable with its great visibilty and wonderful marine life.

There is not any coral damage at all, due to the small amount of divers that visit these sites.  The only coral damage I saw was being done by hungry turtles. The brain coral was scattered everywhere too.

Mapur Island

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