i have never been to anambas, so my comments are purely personal and anecdotal.Max Headroom wrote:Taxico, what do you know about diving off Anambas? I know that some Singapore-based liveaboards go there, but do you have any recent personal experience or know-how with diving there?
I visit the archipelago quite frequently, which is how I know that the water visibility in the area is pretty much unrivaled. But as far as actual diving goes, it seems not everyone agrees. (I've only snorkeled there myself).
By the way, I'm referring not so much to the familiar wreck sites that are more or less in between Singapore and Anambas, because I've heard the diving there is indeed decent. I'm referring more to the inner Anambas islands: Durai, Penjalin, Tekong Berlayar and the like.
i never considered going, because there's not much coral. i prefer doing macro diving and checking out the small stuff slowly.
my impression is that people like going to anambas just to check the oil rig off their list. there are plenty of big fish to see (sharks, manta, etc), but primarily because of the structure.
for the same reasons, i prefer going further east to manado. the walls there are beautifully ridiculous, and the muck diving is glorious, personal and easily accessible as a shore dive (!).
fewer big fish and turtles (okay, i suppose this depends on where you actually dive in manado), but that's okay in my books and worth the long journey.