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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19 July 2017 | Papar - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo

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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Spruce's Photos - Cartagena de Indias
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One of the logs floating about south of Cartagena, lots of rivers bringing lots of debris into the sea
Isla Fuerte
A Crab treat for lunch
Sunset at Isla Grande - Rosarios
One of the Des Res houses built on a rock off Isla Grande in the Rosarios
Spruce at anchor
This chap took his right angle turn behind the reef a bit late
Andy attempting to help him off but he was stuck firmly on the reef
Island south of Cartagena
sland south of Cartagena
Isla Grande - Rosarios
iew back towards Cartagena from Isla Grande - Rosarios -17 miles to the skyscrapers
The contrast of the wealthy and the less so wealthy
Negotiating for lunch, they always start at double what they would be willing to take
Fort at the Boca del Chico entrance to Cartagena
Fort at the Boca del Chico entrance to Cartagena
One of the warships of the ARC - Armada Republic de Colombia..overtaking us a swe left Cartagena
Clear of the entrance and he opened the throttle
Castillo San Felipe - A massive fortification
Castillo San Felipe - MUst have been early work on Anti-Aircraft defences :-)
Castillo San Felipe
Castillo San Felipe
The biggest Colombian flg seen to date - Castillo San Felipe
Gold Museum - Artifact
Gold Museum - Artifact
Gold Museum - Artifact
Gold Museum - Artifacts
Gold Museum - Artifacts
Stained glass window
Parrots on the tower
Tasty treats
A sight seen in most cities
Lots of this style of bus
Rubbish as seen in many urban settings and vagrants sifting through
Police going on/off duty
Almonds
Not the tourist area
Club de Pesca
Many interesting door knockers
Street vendor for hot snacks
Town wall fortifications
Bakers in conversation
Old city view
Old city view
Old city view - Colombian national flag
Strolling the streets
Christian from Pitufa
Birgit from Pitufa
New transportation
Old transportation
Lots of demand for ice with the temperature into the 30s(Celsius)
Street player ... but not much interest from small numbers of tourists
City Seal
Torture implement in the Inquisition Museum
One of the splendid churches
View as we approached the newer part of Cartagena from seaward.
 
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