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.

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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.

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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 - The Leeward Islands
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The local community helping to put out the fire.
The site of the fire, by the next day this area was completely cleared apart from two charred palm trees.
Relaxing in Bora Bora
Andy enjoys the lift we got in the back of a pick up truck.
Large fire on Bora Bora.
Inside Bloody Mary
Inside Bloody Mary
The volcanic plug on Bora Bora.
Sue and Norma pause to take in the Iconic view of Bora Bora.
View from the slopes of Bora Bora.
Last view of Riatea
Towards the anchorage at Bora Bora.
A canoe with two outriggers and a sail.
A night out with Phil and Norma from SY Minnie B.
Weight lifting Competition.
A popular game on the islands.
The pass into Bora Bora
The pass into Bora Bora.
Dolphins come to play.
Inside the reef at Huahine
Dolphin of Lieth. a hundred year old boat.
Traditional building material in the tropics.
Spruce at anchor
A model of the large Polynesian travelling canoes.
Fish hooks made out of shell.
A  weight lifting competition in the town of Fare.
Traveling bags all ready for the ferry.
Women waiting for the ferry.
A traditional babies cot, like a dug out canoe.
The woven palm fronds are then placed on the roof.... the materials last about two and a half years.
Large Meava
A Painter
The painting in process.
One of Melanie
Palm fronds being made into roofing
the palm fronds , once they are soaked seemed easy to weave.
Stone fish traps.
Ancient fishing techniques still in use.
Stone fish traps.
Andy looking sort of comfotable.
Lines used for hanging the oyster shells on.
An ancient coral Maeva.
Palm fronds soaked ready to be made into roofing sections.
Oyster shells.
Christine finds a more relaxing chair to sit on.
Ronald and Christine from SY Gypsy 4
The process of grafting into an Oyster shell to grow a pearl is explained to us.
The Oyster shells are put into protective bags to stop the Turtles from eating them all.
Clear water reflections.
The modern bridge from little Huahine to big Huahine.
A young girl feed the sacred blue eyed eels... we were glad it was not our job as some of them were huge.
Palm fronds used to make the fences.
One way to keep your boat dry and clean.
Tropical shores
Another Meava, sacred ground.