Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
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Dive! Dive! Dive!

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
Andy & Sue
Three days with time spent beneath the waves gave an insight into local marine life. Two dives on a reef local to our anchorage, one dive at Mabul, two at Kapalai and three plunges at Sipadan gave a reasonable spectrum of what can be found in Sabah, Malaysia’s eastern most Province. This shoal of Big-Eye Snappers was happy to come close to slow moving divers.

19 August 2017
Interesting colourful smaller creatures positively glow: this one a Nudibranch, a sort of slug-like animal, is but a single example of many different types seen at Mabul. The fronds on its back are gills. There are artificial structures at Mabul, which certainly attract a wide variety of creatures. The “dive resort” complex is a stilt village built on the reef at the site of a former fishing village. We are not fans of these types of development; it would be far more ecologically sound to bring divers by boat from properly serviced centres on shore.

19 August 2017
A much bigger animal, a Crocodile Fish, shown here, blends into the background, camouflaged to seem like coral bedecked stones. It would be easy to swim straight past if you did not have your eye tuned in to spot these weird fish.

19 August 2017
An old favourite is the Clown fish. Several different species bathing luxuriously in the fronds of exotic Anemones abound. Sizes vary from tiny to around 100mm: a feisty fish that faces challengers fiercely, but is always ready to seek the relative safety of its stinging host.

19 August 2017
Larger still are these chaps, securely wedged into crevices to avoid the current sweeping them away. The bigger animals at Sipadan are mainly confined to Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Jacks lurking in the periphery of visibility and …

19 August 2017
… Sharks. Mainly Reef White Tips but it is excellent to see Sharks in these waters have not all been slaughtered to sacrifice their fins for the Chinese market. So far, in SE Asia, sharks seen have been very few. The elderly lone specimen seen three months ago in Tioman Island was the pride of the local dive shop; he was, however, a sorry comparison with those seen in previous years around the Pacific reefs and Islands. Sipadan showed signs of being a much more balanced eco-system, although smaller fishes were in fewer numbers than we expected. That might be due to the large numbers of sharks and other predators located at this oceanic pinnacle island.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Cathedral - Santa Marta
Basket and hat seller
Paul & Kate (Iolea) enjoying a beer and a corriente
Spruce at anchor in Taganga Bay with high land behind
Hauling a dug-out canoe/boat ashore at Taganga
Evening - Palm trees
Pedro & Sophie - cutting bait for night fishing
Lots of fish at the market in Santa Marta
The founder of Santa Marta
Local fishermen in a pirogue, flared bows to handle the equatorial counter current back eddy which runsa against the trade winds offashore from here
Colombian courtesy flag above the yellow "Q" Flag requesting Free Pratique as we approach our first South American port
Flying fish found on deck after a choppy and splashy night withy wind against current. Not like sailing in the English Channel with 2 hours of strong current each tide then the respite when the tide turns... here it is always flowing and blowing without relent.
Some of the local shells in Taganga bay.
Moana: Pedro and Sophies boat.
Some of the local fishermen in their dugout canoe.
Dug out canoe class
Morning light on the bay.
Pedro and Sophie.
Our Agent Dino with Andy doing some paper work.
Early morning light
A solid dug out canoe.
The local fish market.
Hat seller.
mmmmmm tasty fish for lunch.
Any one for icecream.
Very colourful buses.
Andy sports his new hat... much cooler!
The fish market in Santa Marta.
Sooo hot!
Lots of different fruit the orange ones are like pomegranits inside... very tasty
Old fashioned buses, now used to take tourists around Santa Marta
Lots of motor bikes and scooters used for personal transportation here.
Sophie & Pedro in Santa Marta (s/y Moana)
Many street traders operating from barrows or hand carried trays.
Never seen a train on thisn route but its going through Santa Marta´s outskirts
Another street trader
This ice cream vendor has a petrol driven engine plus compressor for the freeser on his wheeled display barrow
View ashore from Spruce
Entering Bahia de Taganga
A Carolina Spynx a large Moth 7cm long that hitched a ride on Spruce.