Komodo Dancer Captain’s Log 27th Sept-7th Oct
Cruise Director: Rob
Dive Guides: Rob, Niko, Gede
Head Steward: Rizal
James, Diane, Christine, Jeff, Greg, Cheryl, Jeff, Gabie, Mike, Dan, Doug, Sue, Mary, Kathy, Brenda, David
Monday: Depekong, Mimpang
Tuesday: Angel reef, Long reef, Jeff’s Delight
Wednesday: Fuzzy Bottom 1, Fuzzy Bottom 2, Fuzzy bottom 1
Thursday: Tecniks, Estuary, Bontoh Reef, Bontoh Village
Friday: Coral Garden, Spanish Steps, Komodo Steps, Spanish Steps
Saturday: The Alley, The Alley, The Alley 2, Phinissi Wreck
Sunday: Cannibal Rock, Rhino Rock, Yellow Wall of Texas, Torpedo Alley
Monday: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Lighthouse Reef, GLD Bay
Tuesday: Batu balong, Tatawa Besaar
Sunday 27th September
Today is arrival day on board the Komodo Dancer and with great excitement we welcomed 16 guests from the USA. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner together and then it was early to bed for everyone in preparations for the morning dive.
Monday 28th September
In the early hours of the morning we left the port of Benoa and headed north to Padang Bay, Bali. Only a few days ago we spent 60 minutes with 2 mola mola so we are all hoping for a bit of magic. Luck was with Rob and his group as they found a Mola Mola not a bad way to spend a check dive!!!! Other highlights included a hawksbill turtle and large schools of goat fish and sweet lips.
Our second dive was at Mimpang where once again Mola Mola were on everybody’s minds. Two of the three groups spent the entire dive with a Mola Mola sadly the third group missed out.
After two incredible dives it was time to make the long crossing to Moyo Island.
Tuesday 29th September
Due to large swells and strong currents our progress during the evening was slowed down and we only arrived at Moyo Island in time to dive at 9am. We had our first dive on angel reef a fabulous wall dive with amazing corals. Highlights included spotted eagle rays and large schools of banner fish, fusiliers and trevally.
Our second dive was on Long Reef a wonderful seamount. Highlights included large schools of fusiliers, banner fish and butterfly fish as well as a hawksbill turtle.
We then attempted to head for Satonda Island but due to strong winds and huge swell we were forced to turn back and return to Moyo where we did our night dive.
Wednesday 30th September
As soon as there was a gap in the weather we pulled anchor and headed for Bima. We arrived at 9 am and immediately prepared to dive Fuzzy bottom a great muck diving site. Highlights included thorny seahorses, nudibranchs and clown frogfish.
After lunch it was time to dive Fuzzy bottom 2. Highlights included Thorny seahorses, mimic octopus, coconut octopus, ornate ghostpipe fish and robust ghostpipe fish.
Our night dive was back at Fuzzy bottom 1. Highlights included spiny devil fish, thorny seahorses, painted frogfish and nudibranchs.
Thursday 1st October
In the early hours we headed for Sangeang volcano the location of today’s diving. We began the day diving at Tecniks. A great and colourful reef slope contrasted with black volcanic sand. Highlights included ornate and robust ghostpipe fish, nudibranchs and cuttlefish.
We then dived at The Estuary another wonderful site. Highlights included ornate ghostpipe fish, coconut octopus, Ambon scorpion fish and a variety of nudis.
We then moved to the shelter of Bontoh village due to strong winds. Our third dive had a bit of current which made seeking out macro slightly tricky. However we still managed to find ornate and robust ghostpipe fish as we as several juvenile emperor angel fish.
We then went to visit the local village before gearing up for our night dive. On the night dive highlights included
Friday 2nd October
We travelled all night reaching the island of Gili Lawa Laut in the early hours. We began our day diving Coral Garden. A beautiful site with highlights being a manta, white tip reef shark, green turtles and leaf scorpion fish.
After breakfast it was time to dive Spanish Steps. Highlights included 2 mantas, white tip reef sharks and a crocodile fish.
After lunch it was time to dive Komodo Steps where we spent most of our dive with both hawksbill and green turtles.
Later in the afternoon we visited Gili Lawa darat and walked up to the viewing point before returning to the boat in preparation for our night dive on Spanish Steps. Highlight of the dive was 2 Spanish Dancers.
Saturday 3rd October
Overnight we headed to the south of Komodo Island. We did our first 2 dives at The Alley in search of mantas. Our first dive only one group managed to see 2 mantas however the second dive we all spent the entire dive with mantas. Other highlights included napoleon wrasse, hawksbill turtles, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses and Napoleon wrasse.
After our third dive we moved to Lahsera Bay where we enjoyed a night dive on the phinissi wreck. Highlights included dwarf cuttlefish, Spanish Dancers, upside down jellyfish and a large crocodile fish.
Sunday 4th October
In the early morning we moved east to Nusakode. We began our day diving Cannibal Rock. An amazing seamount full of life and colour. Highlights included nudibranchs, white tip reef shark, large hawksbill turtle as well as a great barracuda.
Our second dive was at Rhino Rock highlights included nudis, cuttlefish and frogfish.
After lunch it was time to dive Yellow Wall of Texas. A great wall dive with focus on the macro.
In the late afternoon we boarded the tenders to get up close and personal with 7 Komodo Dragons sunning themselves on the beach.
Our night dive was at Torpedo Alley. Highlights included frogfish, bobtail squid and nudis.
Monday 5th October
During the night we headed north to Gili Lawa Laut. We began our day diving Castle Rock and Crystal Rock. Incredible pinnacles with highlights being white tip reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, pygmy seahorses and large schools of trevally, sweetlips and fusiliers’.
After lunch it was time to dive Lighthouse Reef. One group was lucky enough to see a manta other highlights included white tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles and nudis.
Our night dive was at GLD Bay with highlights being Spanish dancers, bobtail squid and longfin squid.
Tuesday 6th October
Today is sadly our last day of diving. We began our day in Current City diving Batu Balong an awesome pinnacle full of life. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, large hawksbill turtles and massive schools of anthias.
Our final dive of the trip was at Tatawa Besaar. A great drift dive full of life and colur. Highlights included leaf scorpion fish, cuttlefish and hawksbill turtles. After lunch we went dragon trekking on Rinja island.