We’re pleased to be leading several special dive events this year. These expeditions include:
April 20-27, 2013 The South China Sea with a focus on the HMS Repulse
June 23-28, 2013 Diving the HMS Hermes
July 14-21, 2013 The Wrecks of Truk Lagoon
August 28 - September 2, 2013 Exploring the HMAS Perth and USS Houston
April 20-27, 2013
Tech Asia is pleased to offer an opportunity to dive some of the World’s finest wrecks.
After six consecutive weeks of trips on the Liveaboard - M/V Empress in 2006, and then again in 2008 & 2009, she was an obvious choice for this trip. Skippered by the vastly experienced Vidar Skoglie, the Empress has everything a Tech Diver could ask for including:
300kg Diver lift
Continuous Trimix blending
Deco Bar for O2.
Accommodation on board is in four air conditioned cabins, although there are bunks for thirteen guests we are limiting the trip to eight, so there will be plenty of room to spread out. Food on board is fantastic with a combination of Western and Asian Cuisine. All meals are served as a buffet and offer ample servings and variety. Special dietary requirements can be met if sufficient notice is given. Hot drinks are included in the package price and canned soft drinks, beer, wine etc. are available at reasonable prices.
26th April - Board M/V Empress 4pm, Depart 8pm
27th April - Two dives Pulau Aur Tanker
28th April - Two dives HMS Repulse
29th April - Two dives HMS Repulse
30th April - One dive each on HMS Repulse and Prince Of Wales
1st May - One dive each on HMS Repulse and Prince Of Wales
2nd May - One dive M/V Maritime Fidelity
Arrive Singapore approx 8-9pm
June 23 - 28, 2013
The HMS Hermes I was sunk along with HMAS Vampire, HMS Hollyhock and the RFA Athelstane. The attack went down in history as one of the most accurate bombings of a ship ever seen as she was caught without fighter escort by some eighty Japanese aircraft, the majority of which scored hits on the ship. She now lies port side down in 53m of water off shore from Batticoloa. As such, she is genuinely one of a kind, so few aircraft carriers have ever sunk in such shallow water that this fact alone makes her an incredibly unusual wreck.
A certification of Normoxic Trimix or equivalent would be ideal, and Technical Wreck certainly an asset. A maximum of eight divers plus one or two Tech Asia staff members ( with extensive experience running trips on the Hermes from 2010, 2011 & 2012 ), will be present on the trip to advise as required and ensure smooth logistics and filling.
The access point for the wreck is the eastern Sri Lankan town of Batticoloa. This is six to seven hours drive across the country from the International arrival point in Colombo, and will be made by small a/c coach. Accommodation in Batticoloa will be at the Deep Sea Resort,. On arrival and departure, accommodation if needed, is best arranged in Negombo, close to the airport. Please note that the Batticoloa resorts are basic, simple lodging houses, not International class hotels. Expect the best food to be local style cuisine, again simple and inexpensive.
July 14 - 21, 2013
A liveaboard on the MV Odyssey, aimed at technical or simple nitrox diving on the huge shallow wrecks of the Lagoon. Fully booked. Drop a line if you want to be waitlisted - next trip July 7th 2015.
Tech Asia has organized another week of diving aboard the Liveaboard Odyssey in Truk ( Chuuk ) Lagoon, Micronesia. This former Japanese WWII supply base was the scene of the American carrier strike, Operation Hailstone, which in February 1944 sank over forty vessels and destroyed countless aircraft in a thirty six hour period. Untouched for decades, and always protected by local laws, this now constitutes by far the largest, and most pristine concentration of shipwrecks anywhere in the world. The dive sites and depth ranges lend themselves equally well to either recreational or technical penetration dives, both of which Odyssey will support during the trip.
The charter starts on July 14th 2013, running Sunday to Sunday with seven nights aboard the boat. Travel is best via Manila, with typical schedules having us fly Manila-Guam on the Saturday night, arriving early morning Sunday and spending a day in Guam before flying on to Chuuk that evening to board the boat. Up to five dives a day, including night dives, are available Monday to Saturday, with Saturday afternoon or evening seeing a return to port. Divers disembark Sunday morning and generally fly late night to Guam to make their onward connections.
August 28 - September 2, 2013
The wrecks of the HMAS Perth and USS Houston, two heavy cruisers sunk in the Battle Of The Java Sea, are occasionally touched by recreational charters but have received much less technical diving attention in recent years due to lack of local operations able to support it. In 2009 though 2012 we chartered the liveaboard MB Cecelia Ann and made arrangements to outfit her with double tanks and a gas blending capability. The trips were a great success and we are now chartering the boat for a repeat in late August 2013. In only moderate depths, very reminiscent of the classic wreck USS New York in Subic for example, these large warships, particularly the HMAS Perth, offer some fantastic penetration diving opportunities, with many original artifacts still strewn inside the various accessible areas of the wrecks.
Two trips of three days each will be run, with divers having the option to remain on board and do both trips if they wish.