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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Andy delivering filled dive tanks, thanks to Mystic Moon.
Spot tailed blennies.
A giant clam
Sue and Andy at the Pagodas dive sight.
Photo from sy Iolea
From Iolea together again after so many months.
happy after the feast night at Utulea.
Bill and Caroline decorated with flower leas after the feast.
Young performers in traditional costume.
Enthusiac welcome from the young lads dancing for us.
Jess and Duncan on sy Alliance from Falmouth uk.
Lape Island Primary school.
Dinner is cooking.
Perhaps they have exotic chickens here.
Kolio gives a tour of Lape Island.
An old dwelling on Lape
Our little friend.
Solar power.
The women of Lape after church.
The traditioanal weaving worn as a sign of respect.
Anna the wife of the Minister
A cava session in the building by the church....this happens starts 5 minutes after the service.
Kolio shows us the pandanas grown for the basket weaving.
The pandanas leaves drying ready for weaving.
A traditional weave .
Kolio in traditional dress.
Close up of Kolio
Another weave
All the family goes to church.
Our flower lei
Kathy  and Sue on Whale watching trip.
Kathy and Andy s/y Mystic Moon.
Whale flukes.
Cindy captures the moment
Its behind you!
Traditional basket bought in Niafu market.
Swollow cave.
Look at this wopper coral!
The coral garden near Lape island.
Dusky Anemone fish
Blue coral!
Coral garden near Lape.
A moorish Idol.
Pig roast on Lape Isaland
Bana plates for the feast the trick was to keep it level otherwise all the juices spilt in your lap.
Traditiona.l dancing on Lape Isalnd
Hair washing Lape style.
Sue with LOse the primary school teacher on Lape island.
the crew of S/Y Amara Arriving for the feast.
Lose great us with flower lais
Flying foxes hanging in the tree ready for their night antics.
A traditional boat.
An array of beautiful baskets in the market.
More lovely baskets.
Spruce and Bravo along side at the customs dock waiting for the nice man to come and see us.
Island houses
Andy needs a shave after a couple of days on passage.
The water is so blue.
Sue happy to be arriving in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Andy tackling the juicy tuna caught at first light.