Diving Lembeh Strait
This Japanese World War II steel cargo ship diving wreck lies completely on its side in water ranging from 15 to 30 metres. As the sight of the wreck begins to take shape beneath your fins you will marvel at just how beautifully encrusted it is with crinoids, black coral trees and soft corals.
The 60 metre long structure is home to lots of fish predominantly enormous specimens of scorpionfish and lionfish, and several spotted barramundis. Look closer and you will find the other unusual suspects such as crabs, nudis and pipefish. All manner of sunken junk seems to get called an artificial reef these days but the Mawali wreck truly is a fine example.
As you dive around its lower reaches you are aware that from the shape of the structure it is a wreck on its side but to cruise over the top of the wreck (formerly its port side) it is impossible to see any signs that it is a ship, such is the reef covering. Nature has well and truly reclaimed this lump of man made metal and it looks splendid.
It is also worth paying attention on your ascent here. Check out the buoy line here which is also absolutely covered in activity. There is enough to see here to help you run down your safety stop without even noticing. A really nice dive and an interesting change in the Lembeh Strait to see so much colour.
Mawali Wreck Reef Basics: Wreck diving
Depth: 15 - 30m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 26 - 29°C
Experience level: Advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: ~4 km south of Lembeh resorts (10 mins)
Access: Lembeh and Manado resorts and liveaboards
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