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Log Date: Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015
Entry By: Komodo Crew



 



Komodo Dancer Captain’s Log 15th Sep-25th Sep

CREW:

Captain: Kasim

Cruise Director: Rob

Dive Guides: Rob, Gede, Niko

Head Steward: Rizal

Chef: Totok

 

GUESTS:

Dennis, Linda, Donna, Danny, William, Jason, Will, Jennifer, Barbara, Vickie, Cynthia, Brian, Laura

 

Temperature: Air: 32

Water: 22-27

 

DIVE SITES:

Wednesday: Lahsera, The Alley 1, The Alley 2, Pusir Putih

Thursday: Makasaar, Batu Balong, Wainilu

Friday: Siaba Kecil, Tatawa Kecil, Tatawa Besaar, Sebayor

Saturday: Lighthouse Reef, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Spanish Steps

Sunday: The Corner, Rollercoaster, K2, Circus

Monday: Tanjung Sai, Fuzzy Bottom 1 & 2, Fuzzy Bottom 1

Tuesday: Satonda Resort, Satonda Reef, Satonda Slope

Wednesday: Angel Reef, Long Reef

Thursday: Tepekong, Mimpang

Tuesday 15th September

Today is arrival day on board the Komodo dancer and with great excitement we welcomed 13 guests. We have guests from the USA and Canada. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch together before setting sail for the south. As we began sailing we had the boat briefing followed by a viewing of the video filmed on the last trip.

Dinner was a celebration of the good diving ahead of us and gave us an opportunity to get to know one another.

Wednesday 16th September

We began our day diving in the south of Komodo Island in a bay known as Lahsera. The check out dive went well with highlights being a number of hawksbill turtles, a large marble ray and a variety of nudi’s.

We then moved further south to Langkoi where we hoped to find some mantas. We did our next two dives at The Alley 1 and The Alley 2. Highlights included many close encounters with mantas, 3 Jenkins rays and a bumphead parrot fish.

We then moved north to an island known a Pusir Putih for our night dive. Highlights included bobtail squid, nudibranchs and a juvenile bat fish.

Thursday 17th September

We began our ding Makasaar where once again we had incredible encounters with 20+ mantas as well as a juvenile black tip reef shark and green turtles. An awesome way to start any day.

After our second (well deserved) breakfast it was time to dive Batu Balong. An incredible pinnacle dive over flowing with life. Highlights included thousands of schooling anthias, white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse and so much more.

We then moved to the north of Rinja to do some dragon trekking. Guests got to get up close and personal with Komodo dragons, monkeys and deer.

We then went back to the boat to prepare for our night dive at Wainilu. Highlights included stone fish, ornate ghostpipe fish, thorny seahorse, spiny devil fish and rhinopias.

Friday 18th September

We began our day diving at Siaba Kecil. A gentle reef slope with healthy corals. Highlights included mantas, nudibranchs and ribbon eels.

Our second dive of the day was at Tatawa Kecil. A great pinnacle dive where once again highlights included mantas, large schools of snappers and several hawksbill turtles.

It was then time for our third dive of the day at Tatawa besaar. A great drift dive with highlights of cuttlefish, white tip reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, mantas and leaf scorpion fish.

We then moved the boat to Sebayor for our night dive however the group decided not do dive and enjoyed an evening of watching stars, chatting and possibll enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two.

Saturday 19th September

We began our day diving close to the island of Gilli Lawa Laut. We began our day diving Lighthouse Reef. A beautiful reef slope full of life. Highlights included hawksbill turtles, white tip reef sharks and nudibranchs.

Our second dive was at Castle Rock. An incredible pinnacle dive full of life. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse and large schools of fuseliers, trevally and surgeon fish.

After lunch it was time to dive Crystal Rock. Another incredible pinnacle dive. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, larger morays, napoleon wrasse, great barracuda and large schools of fusiliers and snappers.

We then had a land excursion to the island of Gili Lawa Darat where we climbed to the top of the island and enjoyed a spectacular view of the Komodo National Park.

It was then time for our night dive at Spanish steps. However our guests chose to rather enjoy an alcoholic beverage.

Sunday 20th September

In the early hours we headed west leaving behind us the Komodo National Park. We arrived at Banta just before 7am. Our first dive of the day was a site known as The Corner. Highlights included 60 minutes with mantas.

After breakfast it was time to dive Rollercoaster. A great wall dive with highlights being mobular rays, pygmy seahorses and turtles.

Our third dive of the day was at K2. A relaxing dive with beautiful corals.

Our night dive was at Circus. A great site with highlights being Stargazers, longfin squid, stone fish and white v octopus.

Monday 21st September

Overnight we travelled to Bima for a day of muck diving. We began at Tanjung Sai. Highlights included giant frogfish, thorny sea horses and many nudibranchs.

Our next two dives were at Fuzzy Bottom 1 and 2. Highlights included Thorny seahorses, mimic octopus, nudibranchs, flasher scorpion fish and a wide variety of crustaceans.

We then returned to Fuzzy bottom for our night dive. This site really comes alive at night. Highlights included thorny seahorses, Pegasus, mimic octopus and spiny devil fish to name a few.

Tuesday 22nd September

Overnight we travelled all the way to the island of Satonda. We began our day diving Satonda Resort. Highlights included painted lobsters and cuttlefish.

It was then time to dive Satonda Reef. Highlights included ornate ghostpipe fish, robust ghostpipe fish and wonderful corals particularly on the reef top.

Our third dive was at Satonda Slope. Another pretty site with highlights being leaf scorpion fish and robust ghostpipe fish.

After tea we visited the island of Satonda where there is a salt water lake. After a few photographs we slowly made our way back to the boat where we watched the flying foxes leaving Satonda on their way to find food on the island of Sumbawa.

Wednesday 23rd September

In the early hours we continued west for Moyo Island. Due to the fact we have to make the long crossing to Bali we are only having two dives today.

Our first dive at Angel Reef was incredible. Unbelievable corals on an incredible wall and slope. Highlights included spotted eagle rays, black tip reef sharks and large schools of a variety of fish.

Our final dive of the day was on Long Reef an incredible seamount with more amazing coral growth. Highlights included octopus, white tip reef sharks and a large banded sea snake.

We then hoisted the sails and the guests enjoyed the opportunity to photograph the Komodo Dancer in all her glory. It was then time to begin the long crossing to Bali and guests enjoyed a few alcoholic beverages as we sailed west.

Thursday 24th September

After a long crossing we reached Padang bay in Bali just in time for our final day of diving. Our first dive was at Gili Tepekong where we hoped to find a mola mola. Sadly luck was not with us.

Our second dive was at Mimpang and our final dive of the cruise luck was with us as we got 2 Mola Mola’s. Everybody was ecstatic.

We then took a slow cruise to Benoa Port whilst enjoying a cocktail party together. A wonderful end to an incredible trip.

THE END