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THE RIAU ARCHIPELAGO OF INDONESIA sits in what has been for centuries, one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. It’s no surprise therefore that the Anambas Islands, about 280km northeast of Batam, are a divers’ paradise with abundant wrecks being gradually overwhelmed by marine life. Three t imes a month, Dive Asia Now provides weekend diving tours to “one of the best tropical islands in the region” onboard the 24-m three-deck steel boat MV Nautica. The tours include stops at Tioman Island, South Riau, Lingga Island and Mapur, but the real treat is two dives on the Igara off the east coast of Malaysia. Sunk in 1973, the Igara is believed to be t he largest single marine insurance loss in maritime history, valued at over US$25M. The oil-fired steamship is now home to nurse sharks, colourful soft corals and sponges, schools of barracudas, snappers, groupers and batfish. The site is recommended only for advanced and experienced divers. Also not to be missed are the Udang Oil Rigs to the northeast of Anambas, where the structure’s long pillars stretch down to 100m. Though strong, irregular currents are to be expected, t he rewards are large schools of jacks, giant trevallies, batf ish and emperor angelfish. All the cabins are air-conditioned, and sun deck sand mattress areas are readily available for lounging in-between dives. Prices start from US$462 per person including a bed in a triple sharing superior room onboard. Visit book.diveyourchoice.com for more info.