Sawadee Wrecks

In Boat Dives Close to Tioman Island by Grahame Massicks

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The Sawadee Wrecks are two illegal fishing vessels sunk in slightly deeper water by the Marine Park Authorities. The depth makes them an ideal Nitrox dive. Like all wooden wrecks, they are degenerating but still provide a home for many sea creatures. Because of the depth it is advisable to bring a torch – one of the effects of water on light is that it absorbs the amount of light and ‘leaches’ the colour from what remains.

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Divers falling in love with a batfish!

If you are unfamiliar with the properties of Nitrox diving, please read my blog post “Nitrox Diving -What is it all About” here for further information.

Situated in Tekek Bay the wrecks are close to Tioman Island and surrounded by an interesting variety of other dive sites, making them a good choice for the first dive of the day.

Like all wooden wrecks they have deteriorated over time, but still provide and interesting and feature rich dive. Sunk on a sandy bottomed bay some distance from the other diving reefs they provide a sheltered and welcome home for marine life in an otherwise features area.

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Jelly fish in the blue

I have seen Stonefish there, truly ugly creatures, along with visiting batfish, lionfish, a variety of crustaceans and nudibranchs. The safety stop is usually made more entertaining by blennies or gobies. There is a variety of fish particular to this area that live largely on mooring lines, and I have been unable to make a positive identification for them, so I just call them rope gobies or blennies as the mood takes me! But they are charming little creatures and make an interesting end to a photographic dive.

The top of the wrecks lay at a depth of around 25 meters, depending on tide, and the descent is made next to a mooring line. This also provides an ideal prop for your safety stop, and can also be used as a spare air attachment point when conducting Wreck, Nitrox or Deep PADI Specialty courses.

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