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!
View of the bay of islands from the look out.
Batava pig roast evening
Our host family in Vulaga( Fulanga) Koro , Luvo and bettinnia
Our fare well kava night
Tea party on board Spruce.
Sue with Gale and Tara weaving partners and teachers.
Sue ans Jasmine
Sue serving Kava to the ladies.
Flower decorations being made for the visitors.
Ba working with the sewing machine
Ann Sy Charisma teaches the ladies how to quilt.
Jasmine , Koro and Gale.
Walking into the village
Lo, Jasmine and Bettinia
The village from one of the look outs.
One of the village houses.
Andy shows the children the film he is taking.
Nicholas makes a coconut fibre rope.
Soko waits outside the cave of skulls.
A view from the look out.
View from the look out.
A king fisher keeps an eye on us.
Children keen to watch the visitors.
Women from the other village
John and Andy at the fund raising Meke
Learning to dance
Meke dancing
Meke dancing , the chief in the back ground
We sit with the chief as his guests for the fundraising event
In search of shells.
Andy and John
Dog toothed Tuna
Andy found a beautiful cowrie, alive so he put it back .
shell seaker
Lime stone islets
Spruce anchored near the spit.
A ghost crab
Sue with the printing pupils
John and Ti with the mornings catch.
preparing the pandanas reading for drying.
in the cave of skulls.
Smoked fish in the village.
Mini one of the wood carvers, making a mask for us.
Tea on the porch.
A village view
We meet the chief.
Limestone islet.
Andy tucks into a dressed crab
Sunday lunch with the family
The choir
Joe beats the drums for church.
Children learning how to march at Draviuni school
Keeping cool
On the beach
from the top of the hill
Carole wearing her formal chumba to the Sevu Sevu ceremony
Andy drinking Kava
Sue drinking Kava
Mahi Mahi for dinner, tea , breakfast....
A clown fish
Makai and Macey with Sue
Beautiful coffee  made by Macey and Makai.
Makai and Macey
My coffee
Sues Sketch of Makai and Macey, done from  photogragh
Houses on stilts near a river flood plain
Sugar cane
Details of the carvings at the Hindu temple Nadi.
Andy and Sue dressed in appropriate attire to visit the Hindu temple
Andy Carole and Jimmy
1/2 kilo bundles of Kava ready to give as gifts for the chief of each village we visit.
The guard at the president
part of an Indian painting at the museum
Part of a very busy Indian painting.
Fijian Masi bark cloth material.
Wedding dress made from Masi
Masi tradition dress for the installation of a new Chief.
Traditional necklaces some made with Whale teeth.
Face painting designs
Masi decorated in traditional patterns.
The last remaining part of the Bounty
one of the last canoes.
Canoe under sail.
A canoe bailer
Fiji lifestyle
Kava lady . the bundles of Kava already packaged ready to give as gifts.
partaking in the Kava at the market
The kava root being prepared ready for buy.
Andy discusses Kava
Lovely veggies at the open market Suva.
Tumaric fresh from the ground.
Pandanas for the making of straw hats
Eggs anyone?