Kuching Adventure Wreck Diving: group experience

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day tour

Tour Level: Advanced

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning

tour highlights

  • View history in a new way-in tropical waters
  • Dive near a number of shipwrecks from WWII
  • Choose your favourite 2 sites to dive
  • Marvel at the wide variety of pelagic fish species
  • See lobster, batfish, grouper, sea bass, nurse shark & more

tour details

For the more adventurous & advanced diver, Kuching with its many shipwrecks is the place to be. You’ll find that several are historical WWII Japanese shipwrecks & are now home to a wide variety of pelagic fish species. You’ll choose 2 boat dives on your tour. Katori Maru – Troopship is a multi-level dive where you’ll admire jacks & barracudas patrolling, with snappers & groupers below. Schools of fusilier will gush around you as you observe swarms of chromis, spiny lobsters & batfish. Hiyoshi Maru – Troopship is home to nudibranchs & its natural predator – the grouper. You’ll watch schools of barracudas, sea bass, spiny lobsters & nurse sharks swim around the wreck. Sagiri – Destroyer is mostly intact, though due to its depth & lower visibility, it requires an advanced certification.

tour description

07:30 hrs. - Pick-up from your hotel in Kuching and transfer to the jetty in Santubong.
For the more adventurous and advanced diver, Kuching, with a plenty of shipwrecks, is the place to satisfy an underwater adventurer's itch. Even more so for those interested in history, as a few of the wrecks are historical WWII Japanese shipwrecks. Just before Christmas 1941, only weeks after Pearl Harbour, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) set sail for Kuching as part of their plan to take control of Borneo. As Borneo stood on the main sea routes between Java, Sumatra, Malaya and Celebes, it was vital for the Japanese to secure this territory. The Dutch received news of the invasion and deployed their submarine division from North Kalimantan to intercept the Japanese fleet, which they finally found assembling off the coast of Santubong. According to historical maritime records, a total of five ships were sunk, but only three are known today which are Katori Maru, Hiyoshi Maru and Sagiri.
Today, all the three wrecks serve as an underwater home to a wide variety of pelagic fish species.
Katori Maru - Troopship (max. depth 21 metres, multi-level):
On a clear day, the structure of Katori Maru can be seen from the surface. The main hull of the wreck is still intact, sitting upright on the sea bed, and stretches for 150 metres in length to 18 metres width. Multi-level dive to extend bottom time is possible because the deck is around 12 metres deep from the surface.
Jacks and barracudas can be seen patrolling the outer part of the wrecks while snappers and groupers prefer to be at the bottom. Schools of fusilier will gush forth and back as divers swim through the hull with swarms of chromis playing around the edges. Look under the rumbles and you will find spiny lobsters hiding away to protect themselves from predators. One experience most divers who had been to the wreck will tell would be about the batfish. They are so friendly that they will actually accompany divers throughout the whole dive.
Water visibility ranges from 8 metres to 20 metres with an average water temperature of 31'baC.
Hiyoshi Maru - Troopship (max. depth 22 metres, single profile):
Not far from Katori Maru lies the wreck of Hiyoshi Maru, which unlike the previous, is broken into pieces spread over a wide area.
There are plenty of nudibranchs in this wreck and they come with its natural predator, which is the grouper. Small schools of barracudas can be seen above the wreck while the sea bass swims against the moving current, waiting for easy food. Not only spiny lobsters are found under the broken parts of the wreck, but also nurse sharks come to rest here.
Water visibility ranges from 8 metres to 20 metres with an average water temperature of 31'baC.

Sagiri - Destroyer (max. depth 32 metres, single profile):
About 6 nautical miles away from the other wrecks, Sagiri sits upright on its hull all by itself. The structure is for most parts still intact and to dive here is very interesting as parts of an engine, signal lights, wooden pail and smaller details still can be found.
Due to its depth and light filtering effect of the water, the visibility here is not so good and divers need to have an advanced certification and a minimum of 50 logged dives in order to dive here.
Water visibility ranges from 8 metres to 10 metres with an average water temperature of 31'baC.
The tour includes 2 boat dives and light snacks on board.
14:00 hrs. - Return to shore and transfer to your hotel.

includes

  • Transfer to/from hotel: Included
  • Meals: Light snack

notes

  • Guests need to have an Advanced Open Water Dive Certification. Full name and certification number have to be provided upon booking.
  • The tour includes 2 boat dives. An additional dive is chargeable @ MYR 80.00 per person.
  • Use of weights, belts and compressed air is included. Prescriptive mask and dive gear is not included, but can be rented at a surcharge:
    -Full set-mask set, regulator, BCD, fins and rash guard top: MYR 120.00 per person
    -Partial set-regulator and BCD: MYR 100.00 per person
    -Snorkel set-mask, snorkel and fins: MYR 30.00 per person
    -Regulator only: MYR 60.00 per person
    -BCD only: MYR 60.00 per person
  • If equipment rental is required, please provide guest's BCD and fin sizes upon booking.
  • Please be aware that travellers who took the anti-malaria drug called 'Lariam' (mefloquine) are not allowed to take part in scuba diving, as this prophylaxis has
    side effects that can imitate and worsen symptoms of decompression illness!!!

Tour code: KCHDSAWDJT
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