Dive Course – The Sarawak Maru was a Japanese tanker built Yokohama in 1943 during the midst of the war.
She spent most of her service in S.E. Asia running between Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong, and had an eventful if brief service.
She was torpedoed in the bow in June 1944 by the USS Bang along with the Miri Maru, but managed to limp into Manila for repairs. In Jan 1945 she was again torpedoed, this time by the USS Besugo off the coast of Malaysia, and again managed to limp along without sinking. However, her respite was brief, and she struck a mine and sank off Singapore in March 1945.
We have dived the wreck a few times now and we are impressed with what we saw – despite being quite close to Singapore, visibility was fairly good at 6-10m. The wreck is siting upside down, the stern is complete but the bow is broken up but still easily recognizable in very accessible 23m deep water.
The starboard bow side is mostly damaged and can only be from the mine she stuck. There is loads of twisted steel on the sand, which could be part of the super structure or something this Maru was carrying.
There is some easy fun penetration, you can enter from the starboard bow and exit around midships on the port.
And she is stocked with plenty of fish life, including a massive and very inquisitive grouper that followed us quite closely during our entire dive, sometimes coming within half a meter or us or nearer.
Dive Course – GS-Diving is a dive school in Singapore which specializes in PADI scuba diving courses in Batam, Bintan and Tioman, from Open Water to Assistant Instructor on liveaboard MV Seaborne. We offer the lowest all-inclusive packages for liveaboard scuba diving courses in Singapore every weekend with small student groups. Other scuba diving specialty courses are also available on request. We are a top-rated dive school in Singapore with excellent reviews. Our success lies upon our experienced and dedicated PADI dive instructors, who always give their best to ensure that all students have a safe and enjoyable scuba diving experience.
Scuba Diving Trips – Join us for our liveaboard (LOB) scuba diving trips to Tioman, Bintan, Batam and the Riau Islands on weekends. We offer the most affordable all-inclusive LOB scuba diving packages from Singapore which includes ferry tickets, land transfers, food and accommodation. Some of the main highlights of our scuba diving trips include the famous Igara Wreck and Sarawak Maru Wreck in the Riau Islands. We also organise scuba diving trips to Maldives, Bali, Philippines, Phuket and other exciting destinations.
Links for all courses – https://www.gs-diving.com/padi-courses/
Link for leisure trips – https://www.gs-diving.com/scheduled-dive-trips/
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