Log Date: Saturday, May 09, 2015
Entry By: Komodo Crew
Komodo Dancer Captains Log 9 May-19 May
Cruise Director: Rob
Guides: Gede, Niko and Rob
Head Steward: Ushman
Air Temp: 32 Celsius
Water Temp: 25-28 Celsius
Guests: Ted, Paul, Elise, Adam, Vincent, Eugeenie, Debra, Cindy, Belaid, Michel, David, Catherine, Andrew, Barbara, Gina and Ted
Sunday: Lahsera, They Alley 1 and 2, Pinisi Wreck
Monday: Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall of Texas, Boulders, Torpedo Alley
Tuesday: Cannibal Rock, Pelican Head, Rhino Rock, Torpedo Alley
Wednesday: W Reef, Purih Putah, Secret Garden, Purih Putah
Thursday: Tatawa Kecil, Lighthouse Reef, Crystal Rock, Spanish Slope
Friday: Makasaar, Batu Balong, Shotgun, GLL Outer Reef
Saturday: The Corner, Rollercoaster, Star Wars, Circus
Sunday: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Tatawa Besaar, Wainilu
Saturday 9th May
Today is arrival day on board the Komodo Dancer and with great excitement we welcomed our new guests on board. We have guests from France, Canada and the USA. Due to late arrival times and the fact we are heading to the far south of the park there was no diving but great festivities as we got to know one another.
Sunday 10th May
We arrived at Lahsera Bay last night the location of our check dive. Everybody was up early with the excitement of the day ahead. The check dive went well and was on a reef slope highlights of which were Jenkins rays, green turtles and nudibranchs. During second breakfast we headed slightly south to Langkoi and a dive site known as The Alley the location of our next two dives where we hope to find Mantas. Lady luck was with us and we spent two dives surrounded by mantas. An incredible experience for each and every one of us but especially for Adam and Elise as Adam proposed in the shadow of an enormous manta. Congratulations to an absolutely delightful couple we wish you a life time of happiness together. We then headed for Lahsera and the pinhisi wreck the location of our night dive. Highlights included scorpion fish, cuttlefish and nudibranchs.
Monday 11th May
In the early hours of the morning we made the short journey east to Nusakode on Rinja Island. Our first dive of the day was at Cannibal Rock an incredible seamount full of life and colour. Highlights included painted lobsters, hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks, bamboo sharks, nudibranchs and zebra crabs.
Our second dive of the day was on Yellow Wall of Texas a great wall dive. Highlights included solar powered nudibranchs, incredible corals and colemans shrimps.
Our third dive was at Boulders a great site with highlights being swimming octopus, turtles and cuttlefish.
We then visited the dragons on the beach before preparing for out night dive at torpedo Alley. Highlights included dwarf cuttlefish, bobtail squid, pygmy octopus, nudibranchs, decorator crabs and longfin squid.
Tuesday 12th May
We began our day diving Cannibal Rock and was again this incredible seamount delivered highlights included turtles, bamboo cat sharks, nudibranchs and a wide array of reef fish.
After second breakfast we geared up to dive Pelican Head a great wall full of turtles, sharks, crustaceans and nudibranchs.
After lunch we dived Rhino Rock where one group managed to find 8 pygmy seahorses the remainder of us had to settle for nudibranchs, cuttlefish and crustaceans.
Our night dive was back at Torpedo Alley highlights included bobtail squid, ornate ghostpipe fish, coconut octopus and a blue dragon nudibranch.
Wednesday 12th May
We began our day at Padar Island diving W reef. Three submerged pinnacles full of life and colour. Highlights included Giant Frogfish and pygmy seahorses.
We then dived Puriah Putah a great slope with combinations of sand, reef and a mini wall. Highlights included Giant Frogfish, Warty Frogfish and crocodile fish.
After lunch we dived Secret Garden another great slope that turns into a mini wall. Highlights included cuttlefish, nudibranchs,octopus and wasp fish.
We then visited the Pink Beach and enjoyed a little hike through incredible scenery with sightings of deer. We enjoyed watching the setting sun and then headed back to the boat to gear up for our night dive. Highlights included various frogfish, bobtail squid and Spanish dancers.
Thursday, 14th May
In the early hours of the morning we headed north to the centre of the park and an island called Tatawa Kecil the location of our first dive of the day. A spectacular dive with incredible coral.
We then headed to Gili Lawa Laut and lighthouse reef. Another wonderful dive on a coral slope. Highlights were leaf scorpionfish, napoleon wrasse and crocodile fish.
In the afternoon we dived Crystal Rock a great pinnacle dive with highlights being white tip reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, Giant Trevally and large schools of snapper, trevally and sweet lips.
For those with lots of energy a hike to the summit of Gili Lawa durat was on offer. A great but exertive climb. However the effort was worth the fabulous view of the area.
It was then time for our night dive on Spanish slope a great reef full of crustaceans, morays and sightings of Spanish dancers.
Friday, 15th May
In the early hours we began our journey to the centre of the park and an area known as current city. Our first dive of the day was at Makasaar reef where we hoped to find Mantas. Our luck was in and we saw many mantas as well as spotted eagle rays and black tip reef sharks.
We then moved to a site known as Batu Balong. A fantastic pinnacle dive with wonderful corals. Highlights included large schools of Anthias, fusiliers and Trevally. Also Napoleon wrasse, large turtles, morays the list is endless.
We then moved back north to Gili Lawa Laut and a site known as Shotgun. A great drift dive where once again we were lucky enough to see mantas as well as Tahitian rays and Giant Trevally.
Our night dive was at GLL outer Reef an enjoyable night dive with Spanish Dancers, Sea slugs and a variety of crustaceans.
Saturday 16th May
In the early hours we headed west to Banta Island the location of todays diving. We began our day diving The Corner. Once again incredible corals as well as two Manta’s, ribbon eels and large schools of Unicorn fish.
We then dived Rollercoaster an incredible wall dive full of life. Highlights included pygmy seahorses, octopus and orangutan crabs.
After lunch we geared up and dove Star wars. A fun drift dive the highlight of which was 5 mating cuttlefish.
Our night dive was at Circus an incredible night dive highlights of which included Stargazers, Bobtail squid, Flying Gurnard and Jaw fish.
Sunday, 17th May
We began our day diving Castle Rock and Crystal Rock both pinnacle dives with seamounts close by. Highlights included schooling sweet lips, trevally and Anthias as well as Bamboo sharks, hawksbill turtles, white tip sharks and pygmy seahorses.
After lunch it was time to dive Tatawa Besaar a great drift dive full of life. Highlights included Hawksbill turtles, leaf scorpion fish, cuttlefish and banded sea snakes.
Our night dive was at Wainilu a great muck diving site with highlights being painted frogfish, a massive green turtle, bamboo shark, pygmy cuttlefish and spiny devilfish.
Monday 18th May
We began our day diving at Batu Balong an incredible pinnacle dive with highlights of mantas, Hawks bill turtles, Napoleon Wrasse and white tip sharks.
We then did our final dive of the cruise at Honeymoon Rock another great pinnacle dive and a wonderful site to end our cruise on.
During lunch we headed back to Wainilu on the north of Rinja Island and in the afternoon enjoyed a hike with the Komodo Dragons. We were also fortunate enough to see deer, monkeys and wild pigs.
It was then time to take a slow cruise back to the port of Labuan Bajo. On the way we had the farewell cocktail party and award ceremony.
All that’s left is to sadly say farewell to an awesome group of guests and thank them for joining us on board the Komodo Dancer.
A final congratulations to our Iron Divers Andy and Bobbi.