Indo Aggressor 12th Nov – 22nd November Captain’s Log.
Cruise Director: Michel
Dive Guides: Michel, Tarzane and Rizal.
Head Steward: Polos
Gary, LuAnn, Ying, Ho, Richard, Viola, Julie, Michael, Kimberly, Michael, Alexandra, Olga, Santiago, Dietmar, SvetLana, and Dorthe.
TEMPERATURE: Air 30, Water 26-29.
Sunday: Wanci, Combodia reef, Lighthouse
Monday: Fan 38, Spiral Corner, Tanjung Tanok and Tomia Harbor
Tuesday: Fan 38, Galaxy
Wednesday: Komba east, Komba south, Komba reef
Thursday: Cave rock, Babylon, Mucky mosque, Mucky Mosque
Friday: Holy Grail, Beangabang bay, Beangabang bay, Beangabang Bay
Saturday: Boardroom, Pleasant surprise, Black rhino and Mini wall
Sunday: Tanjung Bacatan, Bacatan wall, Kaula, Kaula.
Saturday 12th November 2016
Today was arrival day onboard the Indo Aggressor and with great excitement we welcomed 11 guests on board. We have guests joining us from USA, Hong Kong, China, Russia, Colombia, Denmark and Germany. Due to afternoon arrivals there was no time to dive but we enjoyed a beautiful sunset on our way to an island called Kaunadi.
Sunday 13th November 2016
Late this morning we arrived at Wangi Wangi island around 11am. When we arrived we were greeted by a big pod of dolphins (100+). For the check out dive we started at a dive site called Wanci. Wanci is in a protected bay and has a very gentle slope going down. The reef is covered in table corals and big sponges. Highlights included: Spotted eagle ray’s, Leaf scorpion fish, Popcorn shrimp and bumphead parrotfish.
For the second dive we went to a small island next to Wangi Wangi called Kapote. The dive site we dived was called Cambodia. A wall dive with 1000’s of small reef fish such as: red toothted trigger, pyramid butterfly fish. The wall was decorated in huge gorgonians all sorts and sizes. Highlight’s included: Spotted eagle ray’s, Banded sea snakes, Pygmy sea horses and Leaf scorpion fish. For the night dive we moved back to Wangi Wangi. The dive site was called Light House a sloping reef with lots of coral boomies here en there. Highlight’s included: Bobtail squid, Dwarf cuttlefish and a wide variety of crustaceans.
Monday 14th November 2016
Early this morning we arrived at Sawa island, a sister Island of Tomia. Over here we started our new day of diving at a dive site called Fan 38. A incredible wall dive with lots of huge gorgonian’s of all sorts. Highlight’s included: Pygmy Seahorses, Spotted eagle ray’s and Nudibranch’s For the second dive we did Spiral Corner. A combination of a sloping reef and a steep wall/slope. We were greeted by lots and lots of small reef fish and a couple of hawksbill turtle’s. Highlight’s included: Hawksbill turtle, Leaf scorpionfish and a wide variety of nudibranch’s. The second dive we did was called Tanjung Tanok. This dive is an extension of the Fan 38 dive site. Only this site is more like a steep slope then a wall. The slope is covered with lots of big barrel sponges and all sorts of gorgonians. Highlight’s included: Crocodile fish, Leaf scorpion fish, Green turtle’s and Dog toothed Tuna’s.
The night dive we did at Tomia harbor. A sandy reef slope. Highlight’s included: Bobtail squid, Mantis shrimp, Dwarf cuttlefish and a frogfish.
Tuesday 15th November 2016
This morning we moved back to the dive site called Fan 38. We did this site yesterday and we all liked it so much that we decided to do it again, only this time we decided to do it in the opposite direction. the visibility was super good, this made the reef look stunning with all its colors and different variety of corals and sponges. We had sightings of: bumphead parot fish, BargiBanti Pygmy seahorses, scorpionfish and Broadclub cuttlefish.
For the second dive we moved the boat to the outer reefs of Sawa Island. The dive site was called Galaxy. A sloping reef with a stunning coral coverage, especially huge table corals and barrel sponges. Highlight’s included: Ourang Outang crabs, Nudibranch’s, Green turtle’s and Dog toothed tuna’s. Due to the distance we had to travel to Komba Volcano we decided to leave after the second dive, and start to our 21hour trip to the volcano.
Wednesday 16th November 2016
This morning we arrived at komba volcano the first dive we did on the northern side of the volcano. Crystal clear and warm water welcomed us on this sandy reef slope. Highlight’s included: Green turtle’s, Dog toothed tuna, and Nudibranch’s. The second dive we did on the southern side of the island. A sandy slope that turned into a wall with lots of different corals and sponge’s on it. Highlight’s included: lobster’s Nudibranch’s. The third dive we did was called Komba Reef: A sloping reef with lots of big coral heads and immensely big barrel sponges. Highlight’s included: Hamerhead shark, Nudibranch’s and porcelain crab. Due to the distance we had to travel to Calabahi we didn’t do a night dive.
Thursday 17th November 2016
Early this morning we arrive at Pulau Buaya (crocodile Island) the dive we did here is called Cave Rock. A stunning wall dive with lots of overhang and little cave’s in the wall. The coral coverage on this site is just excellent. Highlight’s included: White tip reef shark, Green turtle, V white octopus and Nudibranch’s. For the second dive we moved the boat to Pulau Ternate, to a dive site called Babylon. The reef slope here is just incredible with super healthy corals and sponges. A wide variety of reef fish welcomed us as we descended. Highlight’s included: WartyFrogfish, Crocodile fish, Mantis shrimp and a variety of Nudibranch’s. The third dive we did at mucky mosque. A incredible slope with lots of variation of different marine life. Hgihlight’s included: Fighting Rhinopias, Frogfish, Thorny seahorses and a wide variety of nudibranch’s. The night dive we did at mucky mosque as well. Highlight’s included: Bobtail squid, Frogfish, variety of nudibranch’s, Squid, Zebra crab, Coleman shrimp and rhinopias.
Friday 18th November 2016
This morning at 7am we arrived in the bay of Beangabang. Beangabang is well known for it’s excellent muck diving. The first dive was called “ Holy Grail” A incredible reef slope with lots and lots of different sorts of hard and soft corals. Highlight’s included: Devil Ray’s, White tip reef shark, variety of nudibranch’s and Frogfish. The second, Third and the night dive we did in the bay of Beangabang. The bay of Beangabang is covered in black sand with here and there some coral boomies. Highlight’s included: Coconut octopus, Rough snout ghost pipefish, Ornate and robust ghost pipefish, Spearing and clubbing mantis shrimp, frogfish, Waspfish, Candycrab, Bobtail squid’s, Juvenile pinate batfish and a wide variety of Nudibranch’s.
Saturday 19th November 2016
Today we arrived at Pulau Pura, a small island next to Alor. The first dive we did was Boardroom, a stunning reef slope with a wide variety of corals and sponges. Highlight’s included: Frogfish, White tip reef shark’s and eagle ray’s. for the second dive we went to Pleasant surprise. A beautiful wall dive with lots of overhang and big cavity’s in the wall. Everywhere you looked you could see the schooling fuseliers and the travelies hunting them. Highlight’s included: Ribbon eels, Frogfish and broadclub cuttlefish. The third dive we did was called Black rhino. A typical muck dive on a gentle slope with black sand and some coral boomies here and there. Highlight’s included: Rhinopias, Rhinopias, Rhinopias and more rhinopias. For the night dive we moved the boat back to Alor to do a dive called Mini wall. Highlight’s included: Lots of mandarin fish, Dwarf cuttlefish and a wide variety of Nudibranch’s.
Sunday 20th November 2016
Today we started diving at a place called bacatan. The first dive we did was a stunning wall dive with lots of big seafans and a beautiful healthy reef in the shallow area. Highlights included: d to Bumphead parrotfish, Baracuda, Napoleon wrasse, Black tips and a pygmy seahorse.
Our second dive was an incredible wall dive called Bacatan wall. Highlights included: Denise pygmy seahorse, Hawksbill turtle, dog toothed tuna and nudibranch’s.
Our third dive we did at Kauna a dive on black sand with excellent macro life.
Highlights included: Ribbon eels, Nudibranch’s, Juvenile pinate batfish and frogfish.
The night dive we did at Kauna. Highlights included: Flying gurnard, frogfish and Nudibranch’s.
Monday 21st November 2016
This morning we arrived at Babi island where we did the last 2 dives of this cruise. The first dive we did on the southern part of the island a steep slope
With sightings of Jenkins rays, hawksbill and green turtle’s.
The second and final dive of this trip we did on the east side of the island a nice wall dive with sightings of Jenkins ray’s green turtle’s and dog toothed tuna’s.
After the dive we started moving towards Maumere. On our way back to port guests enjoyed a farewell cocktail party followed by a small award ceremony. We then enjoyed a farewell dinner together on board the Indo Aggressor. Sadly tomorrow is departure day and guests disembark.
Iron Divers: Santiago, Gary, LuAnn, Pat, Horace