Monday, July 30, 2007

LOB White Manta, 7 Skies Wreck

Would you like to join me on a LOB on the White Manta to the 7 Skies Wreck?

12-15 October 2007 (Fryday night till Monday night)
SG$790 = Cost of Twin Share Cabin (excl equipment, insurance and Nitrox)
9 dives (7 day + 2 night) = Number of Dives
Fryday 630pm - Sunday 730pm = Depart/Arrive Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Advanced Open Water Diver Certification recommended because of the Deep Dives (twice at 7 Skies Wreck, twice at Igara Wreck) and Night Dives (2 dives).

It is a public holiday weekend (Deepavali Saturday 13 August), so you'll most likely get your Monday off from work = you may not have to take a single day of leave! =)

Please feedback your interest (before Fryday 10 August) with deposit so that i can book/reserve our places on White Manta. Deposit ($300) should be transferred by then, with remainder of the payment made before 12 September (1 month before the trip). Rest assured this will be a popular dive (popular site, popular boat and popular long weekend), so please decide early to avoid disappointment! I'm confirmed on this trip.

White Manta Website
LOB Trip Itinerary

Writeups on "7 Skies Wreck"
White Manta: "98000 ton Bulk Carrier sunk in 1969 after an explosion. She is sitting up right with bottom 62m and funnel at 22m. Wheel house is at 30-35m and 45m main deck. Home to schooling Bat Fish, Trevally, Tuna, Snapper, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks. Best for both recreation and Technical diving. 7 Skies is the best top diving wreck in Asia. " (link)
Imagethief: "While the wreck is fascinating, the guests are the real showstoppers. The Seven Skies is a gigantic, artificial pinnacle on the migratory path for manta rays and whale sharks. In October and November, at the end of the local diving season, these colossal vagabonds use the wreck as a waystation. A resident white manta sets up housekeeping every year for several weeks, often with one or two friends. Late-season divers also stand a fair chance of whale shark sightings. " (link)

Writeup on "Igara Wreck"
DrMike from FiNS forum: "At the time of her sinking the IGARA was the largest ever single marine insurance loss in maritime history. Valued at over 25M USD loaded with 127,718 tonnes of Brazilian iron ore the 136,400 dwt Italian ore/oil steamship Igara was on voyage from Vitoria to Muroran when after pasing through the Sunda Strait, she struck an unchartered rock in the South China sea about 190 nautical miles from Horsborough Lighthouse, off Mendarik Island, on March 11, 1973. However, she did not sink immediately but continued her voyage until her bow settled submerged and resting on the sea bottom in 36m of water about 70 nautical miles from Singapore. She settled with her entire stern section sticking out of the water. The following day, 27 of the 38 crew abandoned ship, and were picked up in their lifeboats by passing vessels. The master and 10 crew stayed on board until March 19 when she began to break across hold no.1. Salvors used explosives to cut through the ship at hold no. 1 and the entire rear section of the ship was towed to Japan where a new forward section was attached and she was renamed the ERACLIDE. When you dive the Igara just consider that what you are seeing is only half the original ship!"

Hope to hear from you soon!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

6 OWD and 5 AOWD

OWD = Open Water Diver
AOWD = Advanced Open Water Diver

Congratulations to the newly qualified OWDs and AWODs!
OWDs: Michelle, Gary, Dewei, Kelly, TzeLoong and HuiLing, and
AWODs: Jeremy, HianChuan, ShiYang, KongJun and Anthony!

Steven decided to abandon Pulau Tioman (and us) for the alternative destination, Pulau Aur. Unfortunate for him, we had a good time with great company! =)

Anyone keen on an LOB on White Manta, 12-15 Oct 07?
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Dank, MayYing & the Open Water DiversIan & his Advanced Open Water Divers
Decorator CrabNembrotha kubaryana
False Anemonefish in AnemoneSpanish Dancer is Dancing!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Do you have time?

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneaths the boughts,
And stare as long as sheep or cows;

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass;

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night;

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance;

No time to wait till her mouth can,
Enrich the smile her eyes began?

A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare...

Leisure by W.H.Davies

Monday, July 16, 2007

Rescue Diver

Coming soon to a Dive Resort/Boat near you...

edit 26 Jul 07:
Not so soon yet. Due to the hectic (and predictably unpredictable) work schedule, i left office late on Wednesday and didn't manage to attend the Rescue Diver lesson. Irritated.

Sunday, July 08, 2007


...To a new place of residence.
...Nearer to locale of work.
...Closer to civilisation.
...Into a room with an attached bathroom. =)

I'm very satisfied, and i'm feeling happy.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

LOB White Manta

6 months after my last LOB, i returned to White Manta again:
Katoaka Rock (55nm East of P.Aur),
7 Skies Wreck (45nm East of P.Aur),
P.Pinang (a stone's throw from P.Aur),
Pinnacle (at P.Aur), and
Jack Rock (somewhere off East Coast of Malaysia).

51hrs onboard White Manta (Fry 6pm-Sun 9pm).
4 day dives, 1 dusk dive and 1 night dive.
Lots and lots of Nudibranch, a Leaf Scorpionfish, a Flounder, a family of Bumphead Parrotfish (2 HUGE ones), and a White Tip Reef Shark at the Pinnacle.
Even borrowed a strobe for some nice photos! Thanx Mervin!

New friends made, great company all round...
Brilliantly Red Feather StarDiver within Sea Fan
Nudibranch standing on its hind legsCommon favourite
YanYan & Kok SunA Family of Bumphead Parrotfish

Let's go Dive! Dive! Dive!
...since 14 April 2005