Komodo Dancer Captains Log 30 April-7May
Cruise Director: Rob
Guides: Gede, Niko
Head Steward: Rizal
Air Temp: 30-32 Celsius
Water Temp: 26-28 Celsius
Visibility: 15-25 meters
Andrei, Elena, Vladislav, Taisiia, Vitalii, Yulia, Martynenko, Andrey, Yury, Vladislav, Nikolai, Sergey, Yulia, Tatiana, Michael and Olga
Friday: GLD Passage, Lighthouse, Shotgun, Spanish Steps
Saturday: Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, Tatawa Besaar, Wainilu
Sunday: The Alley (1,2&3),Phinisi Wreck
Monday: Pelican Head, Cannibal Rock, Boulders, Torpedo Alley
Tuesday: Makasaar, Siaba Kecil, Honeymoon Rock, Wainilu
Wednesday: Makasaar, Batu Balong
Thursday 30th April
Today was arrival day on board the Komodo Dancer and with great excitement we welcomed 17 guests from Russia. Due to late arrivals we left Labuan Bajo in the late afternoon and headed for Gili Lawa Durat the location of tomorrow’s diving.
Friday 1st May
Our check out dive was at GLD passage a great slow drift with awesome coral. Highlights included Hawksbill turtles, white tip reef sharks, marble ray, schooling Trevally and leaf scorpion fish.
After a hearty second breakfast it was time to dive Lighthouse reef. Mind-blowing coral particularly in the shallows with highlights being Napoleon Wrasse, white tip sharks and a large crocodile fish.
Our third dive was at the infamous Shotgun a great drift between the islands of GLL and GLD. Highlights were eagle rays, black and white tip sharks as well as Bumphead parrot fish.
In the afternoon we visited the island of GLD for some relaxing on the beach as well as a short hike to the viewpoint to watch the setting sun.
Our night dive was at Spanish Steps sadly no Spanish Dancers tonight however it still remained an interesting night dive.
Saturday 2nd May
We began our day diving Castle Rock and Crystal Rock both pinnacle dives absolutely full of life. The visibility was not perfect but we got DOLPHINS, white tip reef sharks, schooling Jacks, pygmy seahorses, scorpion leaf fish and hawksbill turtles.
During lunch we headed to current city and Tatawa Besaar the location of our afternoon dive. Highlights included turtles and leaf scorpion fish.
We then made our way to the north of Rinja Island and a dive site known as Wainilu. A great muck diving site highlights included tiny frogfish, juvenile black tip reef shark, a massive green turtle, long fin squid, carrier crabs, decorator crabs, snake eels and a variety of morays free swimming as well as nudibranchs.
Sunday 3rd May
Overnight we headed south to Langkoi situated on the southern most tip of Komodo Island. Today we are looking for and hoping for Manta’s. All 3 day dives will be at the Alley. All though the day remained overcast the water was warm and the manta’s were absolutely everywhere both feeding and cleaning making for an incredible days diving.
After our third dive we headed slightly north to Lahsera Bay and the location of our night dive on the Phinisi Wreck. Highlights included scorpion fish, upside down jellyfish and nudibranchs.
Monday, 4th May
In the early hours of the morning we moved east to Rinja Island to a location known as Horse Shoe Bay. Our first dive was at Pelican head on the outside of the bay a wall and slope reef full of life. Highlights included lots of hawksbill turtles and white tip reef sharks as well as a wide array of nudibranchs amongst pristine corals.
After second breakfast it was time to dive Cannibal Rock the signature dive site of the area. Highlights included eagle rays, white tip sharks, nudibranchs, colemans shrimps and so much more.
We then did our third dive of the day at Boulders another great site full of life. After the dive and afternoon tea we headed to the beach to get up close and personal with the dragons.
The night dive was at Torpedo Alley a great muck diving site with frogfish, crustaceans and torpedo rays.
Tuesday 5th May
We headed north overnight in preparation to dive in an area known as Current city. Our first dive was at Makasaar reef and to say we saw a lot of mantas would be an understatement. It was an incredible and memorable dive.
We then dived Siaba Kecil a fast drift at the beginning slowed to calm water. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, turtles and incredible corals
We then dove Honeymoon Rock an impressive wall and slope dive and although a degree cooler than we had gotten used to still a wonderful dive full of life.
Our night dive was at Wainilu a great muck site with highlights being frogfish, bobtail squid, sea snakes, juvenile spotted sweetlips and a wide range of nudibranchs and crustaceans.
Tuesday 5 May 2015
Sadly it is our last two dives of the cruise the first of which was at Makasaar due to popular request. This trip has been especially memorable for the fantastic experiences we have had with mantas and this dive was no exception.
Our final dive of the cruise was at Batu Balong an amazing pinnacle dive full to overflowing with life. Incredible corals and schooling anthias as well as turtles, white tip sharks, Napoleon wrasse, groupers and octopus.
During lunch we headed back to Rinja Island for the official dragon hike. A great walk with fantastic opportunities to photograph komodo dragons, monkeys, water buffalo as well as deer and wild pigs.
We then hoisted the sails and guests got an opportunity to photograph the Komodo Dancer in all her glory as we sailed slowly back to the port of Labuan Bajo. All that’s left is our farewell cocktail party and our final dinner together before our guests depart the following day.