Lembeh is world-known for muck diving and critter hunting but wreck diving?! Although it sounds hard to believe, diving the Mawali Wreck offers unique opportunities for macro as well as wide angle enthusiasts and of course those who enjoy wreck diving in general.
The 70m long Japanese cargo ship was sank by the US Navy during WW2 in 1944. It lies on its port side but still entirely intact including the propeller. The top of the wreck starts at 16m and hits the sandy bottom at around 33m.
Wreck diving is especially fun when you can swim in and out of the ship: the deck is the most interesting part of the “Mawali” with the massive cargo rooms. Beautiful Soft Corals cover the steel structure, a perfect opportunity to shoot some great wide angle pictures. Around the propeller you will find a nice school of Tall Fin Batfish hanging around.
Tons of different species of Nudibranchs have been spotted recently amongst a whole bunch of Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorses, Warty Frogfish as well as several Giant Frogfish! As a result, our group of happy divers requested to go wreck diving again the next day.