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Underwater Photo Location: Sugar wreck

Underwater Photo Location: Sugar wreck

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Sugar Wreck is a cargo boat (carrying sugar) that went down ard dec 2000. It had originaly run aground butwas refloared once the cargo had beentransfered. however the damage sustained to the hull resulted in it going down once it was under tow. It lies on it's starboard side in just 18 metres of water with the port side being at abt the 6/7 metre mark.
The lenth of the wreck is 90metres and the area in which it lies flat bare sand.
Trips to the wreck are all by speedboat from the Perhentian Islands and take about 20mins on average.
The general condition is still good and it is possible to access the cargo area through the open hatch's.
Whilst it is still important to be aware of your surroundings it is an easy wreck to dive around, approx 20m away from the hull are some flat cargo crates sprouting a lot of whip coral,harp coral and some soft coral. The hatch's ALWAYS have bamboo sharks underneath,Lionfish and Scorpionfish on top, numorous Giant puffers hanging around and they are a great place to look for Nudi's.
Because the area surrounding the wreck is just sand it has formed a good artificial reef so both around the wreck (and inside the hull) there are large schools of juvenial Yellowtail Barracuda,Onespot Snapper,Schooling Mullet. Other residents include various Porcupinefish,Giant,Mappa and Yelloweyed Puffers,Batfish,Trevalies,Pickhandle Barracuda,Lionfish,Scorpionfish to name but a few.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the bottom for Hermitcrabs,Octopus,Nudi's and sometype of eel that we were neverable to properly identify(bit like a snake eel).
Full penetration is possible but the internal walls are decaying quite considerably and it slts out VERY easily so good line work is a must.
The wreck it's self has no corals really but is covered in shells (except the port side) and the hull is a gd place to hunt for "different" Nudi's downside is the area you need to cover.
So if you ever go to the Perhentian Islands (northeast coast peninsular Malaysia) this is a must do dive site.
Facts about Sugar wreck
  • It is in Malaysia
  • Sugar wreck is in the South China Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-20 Metres 0-60 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 3-10 Metres 10-30 Feet.
Dive types
dayboatwreck

Marine Life
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by Rory Ferguson
Glandular Chromodoris found on the hull of a wreck on Perhentian Islands.

by Brian Mayes
Conch eyes are watching you!....¸><((((º>....Canon G9 & Inon UCL-165 lens

by Brian Mayes
This Hairy Red Hermit Crab (Dardanus lagapodes) came out of his shell to attack another that has retreated well inside his shell for protection. ..¸><((((º>·..Canon G9 & Inon UCL-165

by Joe Klakus
MV Union Star 17 (AKA Sugar Wreck) Anchor, Lying at 17m shot in ambient light and converted to black and white.
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