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2D2N – Anambas & Igara Wreck

About Anambas Islands

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.

About 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, 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.

Dive Site Information

  • Water Temperature: 27 – 29°C
  • Visibility: 10 – 30m
  • Dive Experience: Advanced (Deep Diver)
  • Diving Season: March – October

Additional Information

Port Fees: S$40 per person

Dive insurance is compulsoryDivers Alert Network or DAN Asia Pacific is recommended if you are not covered.

Travel insurance is strongly advised. Please check if your travel insurance policy covers your diving needs.

Package Details

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

Itinerary (Friday – Sunday)

Day Dives Description
Friday No dives 1830hrs: Gather at Marina Country Club, Punggol, Singapore
1900hrs: Departure of vessel at 1900HRS with dinner served on boardSail overnight to Pulau Tioman, Malaysia (Sailing time between 10 – 12 hours)
Friday 3 day dives
+
1 dusk dive
Dive sites around Tioman Island
* Subject to tides and currents
Saturday 4 day dives
+
1 night dive
Dive sites around Tenggol Island
* Subject to tides and currents
Sunday 4 day dives 2 dives @ Kuantan Wreck
2 dives @ Varella Wreck
* Subject to tides and currents
Monday No dives Sail to Marina Country Club, Punggol, Singapore
(Estimated time of arrival 1300hrs – 1430hrs)

Andaman Tritan reserves the right to:
– Make changes to schedule, timing and destination of the trip in the event of unforeseen circumstances
– Impose a fuel surcharge, if necessary

Embarkation / Disembarkation Point:
Marina Country Club
11 Northshore Drive
Singapore 828670

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