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    I recently did a dive trip to Singapore to dive on the WW2 British battle cruisers - HMS Repulse and Prince-of-Wales.

    We were diving off of the MV Mata Ikan. You can check out the boat and its operation on their website - Deep Wrecks

    About the boat - it is an older vessel but seems in pretty good condition. It can hold ~12 divers plus crew. It is a bit crowded, but otherwise is well run and operated. The crew and dive masters did a good job setting up on the dive sites and running the deck ops. - filling tanks and such. Food was pretty good - there is A/C only in the berthing areas. They have a rare but not unique device on the boat - a diver elevator - which is a basket that is used to lift a diver out of the water.

    We got to dive on 2 wrecks - one is an unknown more modern vessel - we did 1 day of refresher dives on this one.
    The other was the HMS Repulse - sunk in Battle of Singapore by torpedoes and bombs. It is lying on its port side about 180 ft of water.
    About 1/2 of the divers on this trip were using OC and 1/2 on rebreathers (Evolution, KISS Classic, JJ-CCR and REVO).
    We had divers from USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and France.

    The visibility was limited this time of the year (15 - 40 ft max) and currents were fairly strong.
    Several penetrations were made inside the Repulse - there are several openings which allow access. All of the dives were completed without any adverse problems.
    Due to some mechanical problems with the Mata Ikan propulsion, we did not make it to the HMS POW. We elected instead to make an xtra dive day on the Repulse.

    Pics are of the following: diver elevator, 4 " guns, signals bridge, main deck hatch, 15" guns and Mata Ikan.

    All in all - the trip was challenging and some what unique.
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    I can only recommend Michael Lim and the Mata Ikan. Michael knows some wrecks in the region that are hardly -if ever- dived on.

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    (Several penetrations were made ) id klip that out m8 , always ends up with someone comming along and pulling there face .

    happy to hear you had a good time ..

    enjoyed it my self afew years back ..

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    Just for your info - there are several other wrecks in the same area as the HMS ships - including a couple of Dutch WW2 submarines and Japanese WW2 merchant ships.
    Some of these are fairly deep - close to (80 m) 275 ft. and are difficult for a surface vessel to tie onto.

    I am told that the spring time is best for diving in this area, since the current is diminished and visibility improved.

    S Coker

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    Re: Singapore Wreck Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by DarthCoker  View Original Post
    Just for your info - there are several other wrecks in the same area as the HMS ships - including a couple of Dutch WW2 submarines and Japanese WW2 merchant ships.
    Some of these are fairly deep - close to (80 m) 275 ft. and are difficult for a surface vessel to tie onto.

    I am told that the spring time is best for diving in this area, since the current is diminished and visibility improved.

    S Coker
    TechThailand runs a trip from the west coast of Thailand around Malaysia and then up to Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand at the start of the diving season in May and then back at the end in October. They focus on diving the wrecks you mentioned during the course of the trip. However it is a fairly long duration voyage.

    Here is link to the May trip that Lance is putting togeather.

    http://www.rebreatherworld.com/showthread.php?t=39747

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joop W.  View Original Post
    I can only recommend Michael Lim and the Mata Ikan. Michael knows some wrecks in the region that are hardly -if ever- dived on.
    Joop W, Micheal Lim, my good friend is working on some diving projects in China now. MV Mata Ikan is now owned by another friend, Simon.


    Quote Originally Posted by DarthCoker  View Original Post
    Just for your info - there are several other wrecks in the same area as the HMS ships - including a couple of Dutch WW2 submarines and Japanese WW2 merchant ships.
    Some of these are fairly deep - close to (80 m) 275 ft. and are difficult for a surface vessel to tie onto.

    I am told that the spring time is best for diving in this area, since the current is diminished and visibility improved.

    S Coker
    Hi Steve,
    It was a nice meeting you, Bruce and Don and diving with you guys on Mata Ikan. You forgot to mention the few whalesharks we had for company on the wrecks. I will be going again to HMS Repulse and Prince of Wales in April/May which are the really good months for wreck diving in the South China Sea.
    Here is the pic we took together at the pier at Tioman Island.

    Regards,
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    Davy is correct about Whale Sharks - we saw ~ 7 of them on both wrecks. They were doing a slow cruise around each wreck. Unfortunately the poor vis made my shark pics turn out discolored.

    S Coker
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    Nice shots on the wreck and whale sharks!

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    Hey Steve! Glad you had a good time, I'm jealous.

    Those whale sharks are cool. Ive never seen one yet.

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    Re: Singapore Wreck Trip

    Actually we saw several on every dive the first few days of the trip. One rather large one's fin hit the down line as it swam by us durning our descent. Very cool experience

    Don

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