Monsoon Season – Bidding Goodbye!

With more unpredictable rain falls, November marks the start of our monsoon. Which temporary puts our Tioman trips to a full stop for 2013.

With the companion of our PADI Open Water Course students and Leisure divers, the Amazing Dive Team started with a wet trip. As though to prepare us for our dives on Saturday, the rain on Friday soaked us in our excitement and laughter. The rain persisted for the rest of the evening and only came to a stop just as our boat berthed by Salang Jetty. Allowing us to proceed comfortably toward Salang Beach Resort without much scrambling.

Saturday morning was beautiful, like a wish come true for a last trip to Tioman this year, the sky was blue with patches of clouds sitting on it. We had an average 12 to 15 metres of visibility during the day with sightings of turtles and ended our night dive at Soyak, bidding good bye to the cat shark! (Yes, we saw a cat shark at Soyak!)

The wind was picking up slightly on Sunday morning and we decided our dive site to be on Malang Rock. It was a right decision with at least 5 turtles waiting for us there where we have them filmed below:

Calm Turtle & Excited Divers. (Video credits to Jie Ling)

And some of photos taken during the trip:

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We bid the resort staff and boat crew goodbye with group hugs and much emotions on Sunday noon. Be it the staff, the resort, the food or the dives, we are definitely going to miss it badly this next 5 months!

Starting from this coming week, Amazing Dive will diving in Bintan Island and Southern Riau Islands. With monthly long haul trips to Maldives, Similan Island, Lembeh, Donsol, and many more! Do feel free to leave us a comment to ask for more details for trip destinations!

Xoxo! -The Amazing Dive Team

Knowing MV Nautica – Part 2

With the extremely hot weather for the past few days, don’t it remind us, divers how awesome it would be to be underwater in our natural aquarium that does not support captivity? No matter what reasons you may have that is stopping you from having a dive holiday, just like me, we can only “watch the plum to quench our thirst” (Well, in our case, read the blog and pretend diving). :B

If you have not already read our previous post about Knowing MV Nautica – Part 1, here you go! And for those looking forward to what kind of diving does Riau Island have, read on!

A short introduction on Riau Islands:

Riau Islands Province comprises the principal group of the Riau Archipelago, together with other island groups to the south, east and northeast. Batam lies within the central core group of islands.

Right now, you should be having this thought in your head, “Batam? Batam is for massage, not diving!”. Well, we did go to Nongsa point, Batam. But all we did was to clear immigration before proceeding toward the Southern parts of Riau Islands, where the diving conditions are slightly better.

As most of us local divers are used to diving in Malaysia during the season, be it Tioman or Dayang Island, Riau Islands would be slightly different. Personally, we felt that Tioman and Dayang dive sites are much more predictable. If you want a dive that is relatively calm in Tioman and Dayang, you will probably be heading off the “Monkey Bay” or “Pulau Mariam” where we know for sure that these sites are relatively protected by the island and have almost close to zero current. Well, at Riau Islands, what looks like a protected bay might be able to bring you for a joyous and fun ride! We were diving in one of the reef islands which was fairly well protected. Diving 1/3 into our dives, the current would pick us up and send us, as if presenting to us a silent movie, with beautiful reefs by our side. And as we were enjoying the movie, she did an emergency stop. Yes, a COMPLETE stop!

You might feel a little stressful hearing that, thinking if it is really safe then to dive at that site, with such unexpected current. Judging from the fact that you will never drift to the blues (because there ain’t no blues) due to the underwater topography, where the maximum depth of the whole area is only 15metres, we would say “why not?”. Well, of course, with the fact that you did the necessary dive briefing and planning with prudence. MV Nautica is also equipped with a nice dhingy where most of the time the boat crew is “patrolling” on the dive site we are at, to make sure they are aware of where we are and ready to assist in the pick up. I would safely say, we are in good hands!

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So, shallow waters? What are we going to see? This is where Riau Islands have surprised us. Due to the fact that the dive sites are relatively unexplored, divers who love healthy corals, photographers, macro lovers and adventure divers are gona like this!

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There are massive sea fan, whip and harp corals everywhere! These sea fan that are so breakable that you can barely see them anymore in Tioman and Dayang are all around!

We are also pre-warned before our dives by the cruise director that the marine life here are extremely shy and see us as an alien species in their world. It didn’t surprise us, they probably have never seen divers in their entire life till now and it turns out to be true how shy they are,

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except for this puffer fish, whom greeted with us with curiosity!

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And if you are a true macro lover, who can spend a good 15 minutes on 1 macro life just observing how they look like, behaves and moves, 5 dives for the weekend will definitely not be enough for you. With spotting of blue dragon, different sea slugs, nudis and shrimps, we never have enough time for our dives!

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We got a little bored waiting for our turn to be picked up by the dhingy and decided to play “catch” with the coconut shells that are floating around us. Guess who decided to join us?

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On every weekend on MV Nautica, there will also be at least 1 dive site (should your group of divers’ demography allows, I don’t think it would be a problem asking more than 1) that will be at an unexplored site, where we can decide our dive plan, map the sites and name the site with reference to us! We basically descended in our individual group, scatter ourselves and finish our dives with discussions on what the dive site was to us!

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Before leaving MV Nautica and Riau Island, the cruise director was nice enough to allow us off board to explore the islands while some others took the dhingy for a ride!

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With over 60 hours looking at each other, staying together on board, diving have again brought the world smaller! We ended our trip with much laughter and smile!

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With the company of divers, turtles, stingrays, octopus and many other macro creatures, we ended our trip at 9pm upon reaching Ponggol Marina Country Club. Which will be marking the new beginning of many more dives with you guys!

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Xoxo!

Knowing MV Nautica – Part 1

Hola Amazing Divers!

It has been awhile! We hope everyone is still enjoying the Amazing underwater world!

Have you been thinking of diving but feel that long journeys and multiple transfer is not really a thing for you?

Amazing Dive is proud and happy to announce her collaboration with MV Nautica since the start of October 2013 (which was also why we were all kept busy and did not have the time to update you till now). We will be sailing with MV Nautica weekly, even through monsoon!

MV Nautica, built in 2004, the 24m long steel hull boat puts scuba diving, good food, great company all into a marvelous combination. All thanks to the 3 deck design and the fantastic boat crew on board!

So we were sailing with her for the past few weeks, and here’s a heads up for you guys today!

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Here’s the bow, it actually has a very nice spacious sun deck where one can get a good tan.

Tips for all dive trip: remember your sun tan lotion in your bag!

All hands at work!

Looking at her alongside, with tanks and gear neatly organized!

Neat, Tidy, Organized, Spacious! Rescue course in progress too!

Top: Us all geared up and ready to dive the next day!

Bottom: Help! Help! Call EMS! (P/S, no worries, it’s just our rescue diver with his instructor in training!)

And yes, we do conduct our PADI Rescue Course onboard! Don’t we all love playing victim? *Evil Grins!*

From the exterior of boat, now let us take a sneak peak at the interior of the Live Aboard!

The premier room that MV Nautica has, provide the most comfort among all other rooms, with bed catering to up to 3 pax (tested and proven). Well, of course, this is a twin-sharing room for couple, and not that we recommend any couple to bring anyone else in the room with you, the premier room is highly recommended for couples who would not mind paying a little bit more for their own privacy. This premier room have windows on both side of the room and a little study table beside the bed.

All other rooms have their individual mini-bar and window, every photo is taken base on natural lighting. Imagine a dive weekend with your loved one, or your dive buddies and waking up every morning with a sunrise view right beside you. Well, if you are a moon person, same goes!

 

Clockwise:
1: Premium Double Room
2: Triple Share Room

3: Be Greeted By Sunrise!
4:En-suite Bathroom in Premier Double and all Triple Rooms.

There is a saying “if you want to capture someone’s heart, you need to go through the stomach”.

OmNomNomNom, my favorite portion of the Live Aboard have arrive, let me show you what is on the menu!

Delicious Foood…. WAIT!! Someone caught stealing food!! =P

This is just the tip of the ice berg.You will need to taste them to understand how mouth-watering it is.

We were also told that our chef even have a fan who actually sail to eat his cooking (and not to dive)!

Not to forget, there is a nice space on the dining area.

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My next favorite spot would be the “Nap Deck”, which we informally named it. These mattresses which are placed on top of a wooden supported area right behind our dining tables provide an awesome experience, be it chilling or napping.With back support which apparently is at the right angle for your body to relax, wind coming through our face (like in some of the MTVs you see) and sea view, we spent 80% of our dry-times here

“Nap Deck”
Sweet dreams everybody!

That’s all folks for the main orientation of the Live Aboard, MV Nautica. Do stay tuned for our Part 2 of our dive journey where we will fill you in with more information on Riau Island Diving itself!

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See You Soon!!

Cheers from the Amazing Crew!
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