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Log Date: Saturday, Mar 28, 2015
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Komodo Dancer Captains Log 3/28/2015

Ombak Biru

Guests
Jonathan (USA), Teresa (USA),
Stephen (USA), Lucy (USA), Denise
(Australia), John (Australia), Peter
(USA), Jeremy(USA), Andy (USA), Bill
(USA), Bud (USA), Gene (USA), Bryan
(USA), Cheynne (USA), Kim (South
Korea) and LILA (USA)

Crew
Captain: Kasim
Cruise Director: Rob
Dive Guides: Gde and Niko
Head Steward: Rizal
Chef: Totok

Dive Sites
Sunday: Sebayor Kecil, Makasaar,
Wainilu
Monday: The Alley 1,2 & 3, Padar Bay
Tuesday: Cannibal Rock, Pelican Head,
Yellow Wall Of Texas, Torpedo Alley
Wednesday: W Reef, Secret Garden,
Padar Bay
Thursday: Crystal Rock, Castle Rock,
Shotgun, Spanish slope
Friday: Batu Balong, Tatawa Besaar

Saturday, 28th March
Today is arrival day on board the
Komodo Dancer and with great
excitement we welcomed 15 of our
16 guests. Frustratingly Lila’s flight was
cancelled at the last minute but we
got her arriving first thing tomorrow
much to everybody’s relief. Our
guests are from USA, Australia and
South Korea.

Sunday 29th March
Air Temp: 30
Water Temp: 28
Visibility: 20+

We began our cruise with a check
dive at Sebayor Kecil. Crystal clear
warm water greeted us and as well as
giving everybody a chance to check
out their equipment. Highlights were 3
large cuttlefish, Leaf scorpionfish and a
wide array of other marine life.
During lunch we headed to Makasaar
and enjoyed an incredible dive with
lots of Mantas.
Tonight’s night dive is at Wainilu
situated at the north of Rinja island.
Highlights of the dive were bobtail
squid, ornate ghostpipefish, sea
snakes, cuttlefish, juvenile batfish,
stone fish to name but a few.

Monday, 30th March
Air Temp: 31
Water Temp: 28-26
Visibility: 15-20
In the early hours of the morning we
headed south to Langkoi, the location
of today’s diving. Having done so well
the previous day with Mantas we
wondered whether our luck would
continue in the south….IT DID !!!!
We were blown away by 3 incredible
dives on an incredible reef with
endless Manta encounters, rob an
incredible falsely accused Rhodesian
cruise director found the only pygmy
seahorse of the day. It was a truly
wonderful day of diving spent with 16
equally incredible guests.
Jon (USA) one of our many fantastic
guests has been introducing us to the
world of Shiatsu and we have become
true believers.     …Thank you Jon
 
We then headed north to Padar Island
the location of our night
dive… highlights of which were
Bamboo shark, giant frogfish, starry
night octopus, zebra crabs and Dwarf
cuttlefish.

Tuesday, 31st March
Air Temp: 31
Water Temp: 26
Visibility: 10-15
Our first dive was at Cannibal Rock a
superb pinnacle dive. Highlights
included Bamboo sharks, frogfish and
pygmy seahorses.
We then dived Pelican Rock a great
wall dive on a productive reef full of
Hawksbill turtle’s, nudibranchs and
schooling reef fish.
After lunch it was time to dive Yellow
Wall of Texas another great wall dive
full of life with highlights being
nudibranchs, frogfish and Napoleon
wrasse.
After tea and cakes we headed to the
beach on the tenders to get up close
and personal with the dragons on the
beach. A fantastic photo opportunity
was enjoyed by all.
Our night dive was on Torpedo Alley
a great muck diving site with highlights
being juvenile ornate ghostpipe fish,
cuttlefish, carrier crabs, decorator
crabs and nudibranchs.

Wednesday, 1st April
Water Temp: 26
Air Temp: 31
Visibility:5-15
Our first dive of the day was on W
reef. 3 submerged pinnacles absolutely
covered in colour and life. Highlights
were white tip reef sharks, Giant
frogfish and pygmy seahorses. Guests
enjoyed it so much they demanded to
do the same dive again.
After lunch we dived Secret Garden,
sadly the visibility had closed down
detracting from the beauty of the site.
Highlights were giant frogfish, hairy
squat lobsters, elegant squat lobsters
and mantis shrimps.
We then did a little hike to the Pink
Beach and guests enjoyed an
incredible sunset on an exquisite
beach.
Having all succumbed to an alcoholic
beverage during the sunset walk on
the Pink Beach we had no night dive
and began our journey north to Gili
Lawa Durat.

Thursday, 2nd April
Air Temp: 32
Water Temp: 28
Water Temp:27-28
Visibility: 15-25
We began our day diving both Crystal
Rock and Crystal Rock. Two
awesome pinnacle dives with white
tips, black tips, grey reef sharks and
huge schools of a variety of Trevally,
sweetlips and snappers. Highlights for
the photographers were pygmy
seahorses on Crystal Rock and a
banded sea snake.  
After lunch we dove Shotgun, a great
drift dive with sightings of Giant
trevally, white tip sharks and large
schools of snappers.
It was then time for the more
adventurous of us to climb to the top
of Gili Lawa Durat a great climb with
spectacular views.
Our night dive was on Spanish Steps
with highlights being a blue-ring
octopus, Spanish dancers and a variety
of crustaceans.

Thursday, 3rd April
Air Temp: 32
Water Temp: 28
Visibility:20+
We began our final day of diving at
Batu Balong an incredible pinnacle day
full to over flowing with life if you
don’t fall in love with this site you
simply don’t love diving.
We then headed to Tatawa Besaar a
great drift dive on a fabulous reef
once again full of life ending with close
encounters with turtles.
After lunch and a little rest we visited
Rinja Island for our official hike with
the dragons. Another wonderful
photographic opportunity for our
guests as we go up close and personal
with the dragons as well as Water
buffalo, deer, wild pigs and monkeys.
It was then time to hoist our sails and
enjoy a sunset cruise back to Labuan
Bajo. This cruise has been incredibly
special, life-long friendships formed
and magical experiences shared.