Indo Aggressor Trip Report 25th August – 1th September
Cruise Director: Rob
Head Steward: Polos
Jeff, Scott, Mary, David, Mike, Kari, Walter, Tim, Chris, Brooke, Kim, Michelle, Lahna, Judy, Charissa, Ray, Sibylle
Temperature: Air: 30 Water 25-28
Friday: Sebayor West, Sebayor East, Siaba Kecil, Wainilu
Saturday: Manta Alley, Manta Alley, Phisini wreck, Phisini wreck
Sunday: W-Reef, Secret Garden, Pasir Putih, Pasir Putih
Monday: Crystal Rock, Shotgun, GLD Passage, Spanish Steps
Tuesday: Tatawa Kecil, Tatawa Besar, Honeymoon Rock, Wainilu
Wednesday: Batu Bolong, Makassar
Thursday 25th August
With great excitement we welcomed our guests from the USA and Germany on board the Indo Aggressor. After the official welcome and during the boat briefing we headed to the island of Sebayor Kecil in the North of the park. Due to late arrivals we sadly had no time for a check dive but we watched a beautiful sunset and enjoyed our first dinner together.
Friday 26th August
We began our day with a check dive on Sebayor. Highlights included leaf scorpion fish, sting rays, sweetlips, juvenile painted lobsters and a white tip reef shark. During the second dive, at Sebayor East, an eagle ray circled around and our photographers spent a good time with a few cuttlefish. We started our third dive at Siaba Kecil with an exciting drift before exploring the beautiful reef at the North of the island. We saw sharks, turtles and did our safety stop surrounded by huge schools of antheas.
Our night dive was at Wainilu and the site did not disappoint with lots of critters like various decorator crabs, devil scorpion fish and colorful nudibranchs.
Saturday 27th August
Overnight we moved to Lankoi in the south of Komodo to dive Manta Alley. The site was true to its name and during both our dives there we were surrounded by mantas, a great experience. The third and fourth dives were on the Phisini wreck in Loh Sera, just around the corner of Lankoi. The wreck was a great place to explore and a very different experience during day and night. We saw a lot of nudibranchs, lots of well-hidden scorpion fish and even a crocodile fish. Many jaw fish were hiding in their holes just above the wreck.
Sunday 28th August
Going a little further North, in the early hours of the morning we moved to Padar island where our first dive was on W-reef, a great site with three pinnacles. We saw sharks, a leaf scorpion fish, sea apples and large schools of fusiliers while we did our safety stop.
During the second dive on Secret Garden the highlight was finding frog fish and we also saw long-nose hawkfish and many blue-spotted stingrays.
We did the third and night dive both on Pasir Putih and had great dives, seeing more frog fish, catfish, cleaner and banded boxer shrimp and a bobtail squid.
Monday 29th August
Having moved to the far North of Komodo overnight, we started the day at Crystal Rock, a great pinnacle dive. We saw white tip and grey reef sharks, bat fish, mantis shrimp and a manta ray cruised by. The drift dive at shotgun we did as a second dive was an exhilarating experience. It started with seeing spotted garden eels in the white sand and when the current picked up a bit we went through the fishbowl and to the beautiful soft coral fields where we saw a turtle. During the third dive at GLD Passage we saw more turtles, sharks and abundant fish life at the corals in the bay. The night dive was at Spanish steps and the site definitely lived up to its reputation. We found many Spanish dancers but also lots of different shrimp and crabs.
Tuesday 30th August
The first dive of the day was at Tatawa Kecil, a site with great boulders with moray eels hiding, shrimp and many dragonets. There was a great school of fusiliers around, an impressive sight by the boulders. At Tatawa Besar we found damsel fish eggs, two crocodile fish and many sweetlips. Diving the wall of Honeymoon Rock for the third dive the highlights were a pygmy seahorse, ladybugs and a frog fish. The night dive on Wainilu was full of different lionfish, a devil scorpion fish, zebra crabs on a fire urchin and a bobtail squid.
Saturday 20th August
Our last day of diving started with Batu Bolong, called the aquarium for a reason. Such abundant fish life around. We saw sea snakes, a turtle, cleaner shrimp and some sleeping sharks. For the last dive we went to Makassar Reef and found many mantas. We spent time watching them cruising by and being cleaned, a truly great experience and a wonderful way to end the diving. After lunch we moved to Rinca island to see the Komodo dragons, a highlight of the trip. We saw many dragons and saw them guarding their nest. We also saw Timor deer and monkeys during the trek. After this we headed back to Labuan Bajo enjoying a farewell cocktail party along the way. We had our final dinner together while anchored in the port of Labuan Bajo. We’re sad to say goodbye to the guests tomorrow but we had a great time together.