Indo aggressor 24 Jan - 3 Feb 2017 Captain’s Log
Cruise Director: Michel
Assistant Cruise Director: Rizal
Dive Guides: Rama, Tarzane
Head Steward: Polos
Ernest, Cheryl, Anna, David, Jenny, Wendy, David, Peter, Debbie, David and Chrissie
Temp: Air: 30 Water 26-28
Wednesday: GLD Bay, Makasaar reef, Siaba besar, Spanish steps
Thursday: Golden Passage, Batu Bolong, Shotgun, Spanish Steps
Friday: 3 Sisters, Secret Garden, Pasir Putih,
Saturday: Pelican Head, Middle Reef, Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley/Banana Island
Sunday: Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Crinoid Canyon
Monday: Secret Garden, Pasir Putih, Batu Bolong, Green Peace
Tuesday: Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, Tatawa Besar, Wainilu
Wednesday: Siaba Besar, Mauan, Horse Shoe Bay, Wainilu
Thursday: Castle Rock, Makasaar Reef
Tuesday 24th January 2017
Today is arrival day on board the Indo aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 16 Guests from USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. 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 together.
Wednesday 25th January 2017
We began our day with a check out dive in the bay of GLD. Crystal clear warm water welcomed us. Highlights included leaf scorpion fish, Nudibranchs, Hawksbill turtle and an assortment of colourful reef fish. The second dive was at makasaar reef, on this shallow reef covered in coral rubble we hoped to see manta rays. Highlights included: Manta rays, Spotted eagle rays, Turtles and moray eels. The third dive was at Siaba Besar, a sandy sloping reef were you can find superb macro life. Highlights included: Flamboyant cuttlefish, Nudibranchs, robust ghostpipefish, pipefish and spiny devilfish.
Thursday 26th January 2017
We began out day diving at the Golden Passage, an exciting drift dive between Komodo Island and GLD. Highlights included: white tip reef shark, black tip reef sharks, giant trevally and turtles. The second dive was at Batu Bolong, a incredible pinnacle with an incredible amount of fish life. In the shallow area it is covered in schooling anthias and baslets. Highlights included: White tip reef sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, Turtles and octopus. The third dive was at one of Komodo’s signature dive sites called Shotgun. Highlights included: Devil rays, Giant trevally, Turtles and Leaf scorpionfish. The night dive was at Spanish steps. Highlights included: Spanish Dancer and a variety of nudibranchs.
Friday 27th January 2017
This morning we arrived at Padar Island, the first dive was at 3 Sisters. 3 incredible pinnacles positioned close to each other that are filled with super healthy corals and lots of reef fish. Highlights included: Nudibranchs, Giant Frogfish, Mantis Shrimp and Moray eels. The second dive we did at Secret Garden. Highlights included: Giant frogfish, Nudis and free swimming morays. The third dive was at Pasir Putih, a sandy reef slope covered in coral bommies. Highlights included: giant frogfish, octopus and flying gurnard. After the third dive we went for a hike on Padar Island, Where we enjoyed a stunning scenery at the top of the mountain. Due to strong winds we didn’t do a night dive but moved the boat to a place south of Rinja Island called Nusakode.
Saturday 28th January 2017
Today we began diving in a place south of Rinja Island called Nusakode. The first dive was at Pelican Head, a beautiful wall dive with excellent photo opportunities for macro and wide angle. Highlights included: nudibranchs, dog toothed tuna, white tip reef sharks and leaf scorpionfish.
The second dive was at Middle Reef, this pinnacle is located just outside of the Nusakode bay. Highlights included: potato grouper, reef sharks, nudibranchs and octopus. The third dive was at one of our signature dive sites called Cannibal Rock. Highlights included: Big schools of fish, reef sharks, turtles and nudibranchs. The night dive was at Torpedo Alley. Highlights included: bobbit worms, nudibranchs, cuttlefish and white v octopus.
Sunday 29th January 2017
We began our day diving at Cannibal Rock, this beautiful pinnacle is home to thousands of reef fish and covered in beautiful hard and soft coral. Highlights included: nurse sharks, turtles, nudibranchs and schooling batfish. The second dive was at Yellow Wall, this stunning wall is decorated with yellow sponges and yellow hard and soft corals. Highlights included: giant frogfish, spiny devilfish, cuttlefish and a variety of nudibranchs. The third dive was at Crinoid Canyon. Highlights included: nudibranchs, blue spotted stingrays and big schools of reef fish.
Monday 30th January 2017
We began our day diving at Secret Garden. Highlights included: schooling batfish, giant frogfish, coleman shrimp and moray eels. The second dive was at Pasir Putih, during this dive we discovered a wreck underwater. A typical Indonesian schooner which just sank. Highlights included: giant frogfish, stingrays and hairy shrimp. The third dive was an incredible pinnacle called Batu Bolong. Highlights included: moray eels, schooling jacks, giant trevallys and napoleon wrasse. The night dive was at Green Peace. Highlights included: nudibranchs, white tip reef sharks and Spanish dancers.
Tuesday 31st January 2017
We began our day diving just north of Gili Lawa Laut on an exciting pinnacle known as Crystal Rock. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, free swimming moray, schooling trevally, giant trevally and napoleon wrasse.
Our second dive was at Castle Rock another wonderful pinnacle with many sightings of white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, jacks, schooling surgeon fish and an assortment of various reef fish.
The third dive was at Tatawa Besar Highlights included: Manta’s, Devil ray’s, leaf scorpion fish and nudi’s. The night dive was at Wainilu. Highlights included: Nudibranchs, leaf scorpionfish, white v octopus and dwarf cuttlefish.
Wednesdat 1st February 2017
Today we started diving at Siaba besar, a sandy reef slope with excellent macro life. Highlights included: Wonderpuss, Pipefish, Frogfish and many nudibranchs. The second dive was at Mauan, here we hoped to see the manta ray’s again. We were in luck and had many many sightings of giant manta rays. The third dive was in the bay of Sebayor Island at a dive site called Horse Shoe Bay, This beautiful reef is home to thousands of small reef fish. Highlights included: Pygmy seahorses, Nudibranchs, green turtles and broadclub cuttlefish. The night dive was at Wainilu. Highlights included: Mandarin fish, Cuttlefish, Seahorses and nudibranchs.
Thursday 2nd February 2017
We began our day diving at Castle Rock, a submerged pinnacle with strong current and lots of big fish. Highlights included: 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 returning to the boat we hoisted the sails and guests got the opportunity to have a final photo of the Indo aggressor in all her glory. 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.
Ernest, Cheryl, David, Wendy