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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Part of the student entertainment.
Our table, Fiona, Coleen and Sonia.
The main course, Pot roast chicken.
or Fish in a white wine sauce.
Gali with the finished carving of Humpback whales, this will hang in the boat.
Tongan wide boys:-)
A beautiful garment made with natural fibres in the Tongan tradition.
The student band.
Gali adding the finishing touches to our carving.
Confirmation service at the Catholic  church Tongatapu.
The Bishop poses for the camera.
All dressed up to the nines Tongan style.
The girls line up ready to go to their confirmation.
The boys are all dressed up too
Supporting the National Rugby league team.
A marching band.
One of the national Tongan Rugby League taking part in the week of festivities before they fly to the Uk.
One eof the team enjoying the parade.
Local musicians serenading the customers in the cafe.
The main market in Nukualofa
Flower leis for sale.
Some  traditional carvings.
Decorative ties to hang around one
Mats made from Pandanas fibers.
Gali the carver draws out a design for us of a Humpback whale and calf.
The main market Nukualofa.
Chinese fishing vessel..... not sure what they were doing in Tonga?
Selling the mornings catch
One of Gali
Mary stripping the sharp edges off the Panadanas leaves ready for processing for mat weaving.
Its a family effort
Italiana with her class at Nomuka government primary school
Silia with her coconut doll.
Kapok trees
Huge trees giving shade for the workers.
One of the churches at Nomuku
A traditional dwelling.
Weaving a Pandanas mat.
This mat will be 8
Shredding the Pandanas into equal strips.
Sue takes a walk.
Pandanas leaves drying in the sun.