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Indo aggressor 31st Dec – 10th Jan 2017 Captain’s Log
Cruise Director: Michel
Assistant Cruise Director: Rizal
Dive Guides: Rama
Head Steward: Polos
Shailesh, Isabelle, Clint, Serena, Max, Karina, Sid, Toni, Raveen, Michel, Cheryl, Silvia, Alisa, Stephanie, Daniel
Temp: Air: 30 Water 26-29
Sunday: GLD bay, Makasaar, Tatawa besaar, Siaba besaar
Monday: 3 Sisters, Secret Garden, Pasir Puti, Pasir Puti
Tuesday: Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Torpedo Alley, Torpedo Alley
Wednesday: Cannibal rock, Crinoid canyon, Boulders, Torpedo Alley
Thursday: Middle reef, Rizals reef, Loh sera, Loh sera
Friday: Manta alley, Manta alley, Pink beach, Pink beach
Saturday: Batu Bolong, Makasaar, Siaba besaar, GLD
Sunday: Crystal rock, Batu bolong, Mauan, Siaba besaar
Monday: Castle rock, Makasaar reef (manta point)
Saturday 31st December 2016
Today is arrival day on board the Indo aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 16 Guests from USA, Canada, China, Mauritius, Germany, Brazil and Australia. Due to late arrivals we had no time to dive but enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the way to an island known as Gili Lawa Darat. Arriving in time for our first dinner and new year celebration.
Sunday 1st January 2017
We began our day with a check out dive in the bay of GLD. Highlights included Broadclub cuttlefish, Nudibranchs, Hawksbill turtle and an assortment of colourful reef fish.
Our second dive was at Karang Makasaar, a very shallow reef covered in coral rubble and coral boomies (cleaning stations) here we hoped to see manta rays. Highlights included: Manta rays, Marbled stingray and Black tip reef sharks. The third dive we did at Tatawa Besaar, a sloping reef with excellent coral coverage and large schools of fish. Highlights included: White tip reef shark, Leaf scorpion fish, Hawksbill turtles and a variety of nudibranchs. The night dive was at Siaba Besaar. Highlights included: Robust ghostpipe fish, Dragon sea moth, Octopus and a variety of Nudibranchs.
Monday 2nd January 2017
This morning we started our day at a island called Padar. The first dive we did was 3 Sisters, 3 submerged pinnacles covered in an incredible variety of corals and sponges. Highlights included: Giant frogfish, White tip reef shark, Mantis shrimp and a variety of nudibranchs. The second dive was at Secret Garden, A sloping reef which changes into a mini wall. Highlights included: Broadclub cuttlefish, 5 Giant frogfish!, Coleman shrimp and a variety of nudibranchs. The third dive was at Pasir Puti, again a sloping reef with lots of volcanic rocks in the shallow area covered with soft corals. Highlights included: again 5 Giant frogfish, Seahorse, Nudibranchs and scorpion fish. The night dive was at Pasir Puti as well. Highlights included: Giant Frogfish, Dwarf cuttlefish and a wide variety of Nudibranchs.
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Early this morning we arrived at a place called Nusakode, Nusakode is the southern part of Rinca island and has a beautiful bay surrounded by high mountains and dragons on the beach. The first dive we did was Cannibal rock, a incredible sea mount. Highlights included: Whip coral shrimp, White tip reef shark, and a variety of nudibranchs. The second dive was at Yellow Wall. A stunning wall covered in yellow and black crinoids and a variety of soft corals. Highlights included: Giant Frogfish, Nudibranchs, Hawksbill turtles and leaf scorpionfish. The third dive was at Torpedo Alley, a typical muck dive with a few little rocks here and there. Highlights included: Juvenile painted frogfish, Solarpowered nudibranchs and a wide variety of crustaceans. The night dive was at Torpedo alley as well. Highlights included: Hairy octopus, Spanish dancer, Frogfish and a wide variety of crustaceans.
Wednesday 4th January 2017
We began our day diving at Cannibal rock, This incredible seamount is loaded with big schools of fish and a beautiful coral garden in the shallows. Highlights included: Whip coral shrimp, White tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles and a variety of nudibranchs. The second dive we did at Crinoid canyon, crinoid canyon is a superb wall dive and like the name says it the wall is covered in crinoids. Highlights included: Clingfish, Squad lobsters, Sea apples and nudibranchs. The third dive was at boulders, this sloping reef has huge boulders scattered around with lots of fish and macro life around them. Highlights included: zebra crabs, nudibranchs and a variety of crustaceans. The night dive was at Torpedo alley again. Highlights included: Bobtail squid, Juvenile painted frogfish and a wide variety of Nudibranchs and Crustaceans.
Thursday 5th January 2017
We began our day diving at middle reef just outside of the Nusakode bay. A submerged pinnacle with an incredible diversity of marine life, in the shallows lots of hard corals covered in schooling anthias. Highlights included: White tip reef sharks, giant frogfish, Potato grouper and a variety of nudibranchs. The second dive was at Rizals reef. Highlights included: Nudibranchs, Mantis shrimp and leaf scorpionfish. The third dive we did at Loh sera, this sandy slope has at about 15 meters an old wreck on the bottom were you normally can find schooling batfish. Highlights included: nudibranchs, seahorses, banded pipefish and cuttlefish. The night dive was on the wreck as well. Highlights included: seahorses, mandarinfish, and a variety of nudibranchs.
Friday 6th January 2017
This morning we arrived all the way south of Komodo island at a place called Langkoi. The first dive we did was manta alley were we hoped to see the manta rays. Unfortunately no manta rays to be found but we did have many sightings of: bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse and Giant trevallys. The second dive was on the other side of manta alley were we hoped to find the manta rays feeding. Unfortunately again no mantas, however the reef on that side is just gorgeous and we had many sightings of: Octopus, bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse and black tip reef sharks. The third dive was at pink beach, a sandy slope with coral boomies scattered around. Highlights included: Giant moray, Sea horse, Mantis shrimp and leaf scorpionfish. The night dive was at pink beach as well. Highlights included: nudibranchs, dwarf cuttlefish, broadclub cuttlefish and a wide array of crustaceans.
Saturday 7th January 2017
We began our day diving at one of the best dive sites in Komodo national park called Batu Bolong. An incredible pinnacle dive with superb corals and lots of schooling anthias, sergeant majors and fuseliers. Highlights included: Manta ray, White tip reef sharks, Octopus and barracudas. The second dive was at makasaar reef, on this shallow reef we hoped to see the manta rays again. This time luck was on our side and we saw lots of manta rays hanging out on the cleaning stations getting cleaned. The third dive was at Siaba besaar, a sandy reef slope with excellent macro life. Highlights included: FLAMBOYANT CUTTLEFISH, juvenile painted frogfish, hairy pipefish and robust ghost pipefish. The night dive was at Spanish steps. Highlights included: Spanish dancers, Octopus and a nurse shark.
Sunday 8th January 2017
We began our day diving at Crystal Rock a wonderful pinnacle with many sightings of white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, jacks, schooling surgeon fish and an assortment of various reef fish. Our second dive was at Batu Balong. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, large hawksbill turtles, giant morays, nudis and schooling fusiliers and giant trevally. Our third dive we did at Mauan, here we hoped to see the mantas again. Unfortunately no mantas but we did have many sightings of Black/White tip reef sharks, turtles and even a frogfish. The night dive was at Siaba besaar. Highlights included: 3 FLAMBOYANT CUTTLEFISH!!!!, frogfish, pipefish and robust ghost pipefish.
Monday 9th January 2017
We began our day diving on an exciting pinnacle known as Castle Rock. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, free swimming moray, schooling trevally, giant trevally and napoleon wrasse. Our final dive of the trip was at Makassar where we hoped to find mantas.
We then headed to the north of Rinja Island and anchored just off the island of Wainilu in preparation for our official dragon trekking experience. We had close encounters with Komodo Dragons, monkeys, Timor deer and wild pigs. On our way back to port guests enjoyed a farewell cocktail party followed by a viewing of the official trip video and a small award ceremony. We then enjoyed a farewell dinner together on board the Indo Aggressor. Sadly tomorrow is departure day and guests disembark.
Shailesh, Chandra, Stephanie