Across the water, between Two Fish Divers and Bitung sits the Mawali Wreck. Named after the village in front of it, the Mawali Wreck is a sunken Japanese cargo ship.
Those who want to take a break from the usual black sand and strange critters are provided with the perfect opportunity. The Mawali Wreck, a WW2 Japanese freighter, lies at 30 metres below the surface on her port side. Due to its depth this is the perfect opportunity to dive with enriched air (Nitrox) and extend your bottom time to maximise your time for exploration.
Descending down the mooring line you first come to the shallower starboard side towards the bow. The usual recommended course results in continuing your descent down to the deepest parts of the wreck. Moving along the lower areas you get to have a peek inside the hull. Of course if you hold the wreck specialty then we can take you inside for further exploration!
At the stern of the wreck you come across the propeller with each blade around 6ft long, providing a perfect photo opportunity. (Look out for the Bargibanti Seahorse on the sea fans nearby!)
As well as viewing a magnificent wreck there is also a cornucopia of marine life to behold. The wreck is completely encrusted with coral in most parts, resulting in a variety of fish living inside, including but not limited to Lionfish, Pipefish, Anemonfish and even warty Frogfish have been spotted crawling across the top. Out into the blue you may expect to find schooling barracuda, trevally and white tip/black tip reef sharks!
All in all a very interesting dive site. While not required, to optimise this dive site we recommend diving on Nitrox and being a Wreck diver. If you are interested in either of these courses then you can complete them during your stay here with our resident Nitrox and Wreck Instructor!