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Komodo Dancer Captains Log March 8-14
David, Isha, Melita, Ales, Aaron, Lisa, Wayne, Wayne, Tomasz, Angus, Syika, Peter, Franklin, Chris, Katherine and Jessica
Sunday: Honeymoon Rock, Wainilu Monday: Manta Alley, Phinisi Wreck
Tuesday: Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall Of Texas,
Wednesday: W Reef, Secret Garden, Three sisters, Padar Bay
Thursday: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, GLD Passage, Spanish Steps
Friday: Tatawa Besaar, Batu Balong
Arrival day on board the Komodo Dancer is always a day of great excitement. We welcomed guests from USA, Australia, Slovakia, UK, Poland and Indonesia. Once everyone had been shown to their cabins and dive equipment had been set up we set sail towards Honeymoon Rock the location of our check dive. The water had cleaned up dramatically allowing us to really appreciate the diversity of corals on this dive site. A highly productive reef full of life with large schools of fusiliers and many turtles making it a great way to start our trip together.
We then moved to the north of Rinja to Wainilu the location of our night dive. We had an awesome night dive with sightings of Bobtail squids, Devil Fish, morays, Zebra crabs and so much more. All of this meant we had an incredible first day together.
Monday March 9th
Air Temp: 31
Water Temp: 26
Before lunch we had 2 fabulous dives not only was the water clear and blue but the Mantas were out in full force. Everybody got an opportunity to have a close encounter with these graceful creatures.
Today we also celebrated David and Isha (Indonesia) 100th dive together as a couple. Congratulations to you both.
It was decided to remain at Manta Alley and have our third dive of the day at Manta Alley. Another incredible dive in perfect conditions with lots of Mantas as well as Black tip reef sharks, turtles and octopus sightings.
We then moved slightly north to Lansera and did our night dive on the phinisi wreck a great little sight with focus firmly on the macro.
Tuesday 10th March Air Temp: 31
In the early hours of the morning we headed east to Nusakode the location of todays diving. Our first dive was on Cannibal Rock and great pinnacle dive full of fish with sightings of white tip sharks, turtles, Nudibranches and zebra crabs.
After a hearty second breakfast we geared up to dive Cannibal Rock once again. Having focused initially on the northern side this time we dived the southern side once again we found everything we had on the first dive as well as the frogfish who had eluded us on our first dive. An incredible site and already a firm favourite so far with many of our guests.
After lunch and a bit of time to relax we geared up to dive Yellow Wall Of Texas a breathtaking wall dive full of life with highlights being hairy squat lobsters, frogfish and ladybugs.
After a short rest we boarded the tenders and headed for the beach in search of Komodo Dragons. We had six on the beach all coming close to the tenders ensuring all guests got some great shots of the dragons.
This evenings night dive was at Torpedo Alley an interesting dive searching in the black volcanic sand for critters.
Wednesday 11th March
Air Temp: 31 Water Temp: 26 Visibility: 15-20
Our first dive of the day was on W Reef the layout of the dive site is 3 submerged pinnacles close together with fabulous corals and rich with life. Highlights were Giant Frogfish, white tip sharks and large schools of beautiful reef fish.
We then dived Secret Garden a great little slope that transforms into a mini wall full of soft corals. Teeming with life making it a wonderful dive.
We then revisited W Reef in the afternoon once again we found Giant Frogfish, white tips, Nurse sharks and so much more.
In the late afternoon we had a land excursion to the Pink Beach a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit.
Our night dive was on a wonderful sight close to our anchor point where we went in search of ornate ghostpipe fish, frogfish and Spanish dancers.
Thursday March 12th
Air Temp: 31 Water Temp: 26-25
We moved to the north of the park to GLD during the evening ready to dive Castle Rock. A great pinnacle dive with big schools of tuna, Trevally, Giant Trevally, Sweetlips, Snapper, white tip sharks and Grey reef sharks.
After breakfast we dived Crystal Rock another pinnacle dive with all the similar life to Castle Rock. Once again we saw lots of sharks, tuna and travelly as well as 4 pygmy seahorses.
After lunch we dived GLD Passage incredible corals with highlights being Ornate Ghostpipefish, Leaf Scorpionfish and ribbon eels.
We then had a land excursion for the more energetic guests and climbed to the top of Gili Lawa Durat and enjoyed an incredible view of the Komodo National Park.
Finally it was time for our last night dive of the cruise at Spanish Steps.
Friday 12 March
Air Temp: 31 Water Temp: 25-26 Visibility: 15-20
We began our day diving at Tatawa Besaar a great drift dive across mind blowing corals. Highlights of the dive were
We then moved across to Batu Balong a fabulous pinnacle life full of life with schooling Antheas, sergeant majors, white tip sharks, turtles and Napoleons. Adding to the excitement we found a banded sea snake, Manta and a juvenile African pompano.
During lunch we moved to Wainilu to do the official dragon trekking accompanied by the local rangers. Once again we had an opportunity to get up close and personal with some Komodo Dragons.
On returning to the boat we hoisted the sails allowing guests the opportunity to photograph the Komodo Dancer in all her glory before heading back to Labuan Bajo as sadly this incredible cruise has come to an end. All thats left is to say fond farewells and enjoy one anothers company for one final evening. We only had one Iron diver on this trip and that was Angus (Australia) CONGRATULATIONS J