An Acasta Easter Break

Colourful soft coral reef @ Acasta Pinnacles
Colourful soft coral reef @ Acasta Pinnacles

We are back. Back into the blue waters of the South China Sea. Last year, around the same time Heike was sick and I went for a first trip as a dive guide on the MV White Manta, exploring the Acasta Reef, about 17 hours away from Singapore, halfway to Kalimantan. A year later Heike and I had the chance to join our other favourite Boat, the Mv Dive Race and joined a long weekend trip to explore the area. Monsoon came late this year but we were blessed with calm seas, sunny skies and - as an unexpected Easter gift - whale sharks at the the wreck of the Garsa Dua, also known as the Acasta Wreck. Add tropical islands fringed by turquoise coral reefs, fresh wild coconuts picked from the palm trees and two morning dives on our 'house' wreck, the magnificent "Igara" and you have a rather perfect Easter holiday. We are now close to 30 dives on the Igara itself and took to exploring some of the more complicated and narrow parts of the wreck, truly explorative diving and testing our buoyancy and navigation skills. Some of you might not fully get what it means for us, but a morning fully for ourselves, deep in the bowels of the mighty iron ore freighter sunk in 1973 is probably the best thing to unwind and to leave stress, work and negative feelings behind. Gosh, I could go back already next weekend. Enjoy the photos.