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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Huge spider!
A singer sewing machine, in need of a little repair.
Anyone for bananas?
Andy takes a dip
The volcano smouldering at sunset.
A close encounter with a mother Humpback and calf... we could hear the calf singing.
Squid come to take a look at Spruce.
Hermit crabs eating a coconut
Looking for Man Friday.
Sue , Amanda and Chris being musical.
Trying out the Mandolins.
Small pig goes for a walk to the market...... and comes out again
Amanda and Sue play some classical guitar duets.
Sue working on the Lape
Enjoying the fruit of our labours .
Watching the Americas cup.
Charlie takes a well earned rest after barking at us for hours!
Tupoutua presents the kava in a traditional way.
Sue presents Tupoutua with Kava.
The feast
Andy stuffs the pig.
Pigs on the beach
Andy makes the stuffing for the roast pig.
Elisa and Febi show Sue how to prepare the tarrow leaves.
Pouring coconut milk into the tarrow parcel.
Tarrow parcels ready to be steamed foe 45 minutes.
Shells on the beach
Tombstones cut for the royal family.
Sea urchin
Portuguese man of war.
Crabs in a rock pool.
A brittle star fish.
Bill from SY Juffa.
La Paella.
The Ark gallery.
Anchorage 8
Underwater landscape
Spot tailed Blennies
Crown of thorns star fish.
Caroline from SY Juffa
Sue ready for snorkeling.
Spider Conch .
Anemone Fish
Plate coral.
A small spotted box fish hiding.
A long nose filefish.
A fang blennie
Puffa fish
Anemone fish protecting their patch.
Kathy from Mystic Moon
Bat fish.
Bat fish in the bat cave?
Pink Anemone fish.
Star fish or bean bag?
Avalau island anchorage 40.
A family outing.
A pencil urchin
Traditional sailing vessel.