Anambas Islands: Friday night leave on liveaboard. Saturday 4 dives, Sunday 2 dives. Back Sunday night.
Not done it myself yet though. Does anyone here have any info on the diving conditions.
I've been going to Anambas quite a few times since this post, which is how I know that it's doable as a weekend dive trip. Provided you go by plane
I realize planes and diving typically don't mix, but this plane is a prop craft and whilst I'm no aviation expert, I doubt that it flies at altitudes that are an issue for diving. (Anyone can confirm either way?). The trip is less than 1 hour by the way.
Meanwhile, dive conditions in Anambas, especially if you know where to go, are superb. Vis can be in excess of 30-40 m and coral reefs are unequaled. There's some bomb damage here and there but the sheer size and density of the coral is awesome.
That said, there's not a whole lot of big stuff, though I did see groupers, sharks, turtles, parrot fish, muray eels and schools of rainbow runners, trevally. Napoleon fish too
Also saw dolphins on a few occasions. Still awaiting my turn to see a whale shark.
Weird how Anambas is still such an outsider here in Singapore. Pulau Bawah is a mere 150 miles away or so from Singapore. From there, it's just a little hop to Tarempa, which is a great jumping board to the various pretty islands that abound in the archipelago.
As it happens, I'm headed to Anambas tomorrow, by ferry mind you. My first time there this time of the year. Reason is the mild monsoon we're having currently; my buddies there are saying the winds are light, the water is flat and the visibility is off the scale!
I'll bring my camera gear and post some pix and clips once I'm back, next week.