Indo aggressor 18th April – 29th April 2017 Captain’s Log
Cruise Director: Michel
Assistant Cruise Director: Rizal
Dive Guides: Tarzane, Rama, Seno, Rizal
Head Steward: Polos
Takako, Stephen, Greg, Ken, Preston, Jim, Rebecca, Jenny, Sylvia, Deb, Cindy, Fudge, Jiat, Sharin, Greg
Temp: Air: 30 Water 23-28
Friday: Tanjung Corner, Lonely Coconut, Hot Spring, West Side (Manuk Island)
Saturday: Seruwa Kecil, Seruwa Kecil, Neil Desperandun (Seruwa Island & Neil Desperandun)
Sunday: Dawera Wall, Dawera lawolo, Dawera (Dawera Island)
Monday: Terbang Tanjung, Terbang Tanjung ii, Terbang Selatan (Terbang Island)
Tuesday: North Side, North Wall, West Side (Nyata Island)
Wednesday: Reong Wall 1, Reong Wall 2 (Reong Island)
Thursday: Boardroom, Black Rhino, Mucky Mosque, Mucky Mosque (Pura Island & Alor)
Friday: Tanjung Bacatan, Tanjung Corner (Kawula)
Saturday: Babi (Babi Island)
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Today is arrival day on board the Indo aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 16 Guests from USA, Switzerland, Malaysia, Japan, UK, Australia, New Zeeland, Due to late arrivals we had no time to dive but enjoyed a beautiful sunset and dinner on our way to an island called Wonin.
Wednesday 19th April 2017
We began our day diving with our check-out dive at an island called Wonin Crystal clear warm water welcomed us on a beautiful reef slope covered in a variety of hard and soft corals. Highlights included: mating hawksbill turtles,
Thursday 20th April 2017
Early this morning we arrived at the volcanic island called Manuk, around this island we did 4 dives.
The first dive was at Tanjung Corner, a sloping reef with black sand and beautiful hard corals. Highlights included: banded and Chinese sea snakes, giant groupers and a variety of reef fish.
The second dive was at Lonely coconut, a combination of a steep slope and a wall covered in huge formations of barrel sponges. Highlights included: banded and Chinese sea snakes, giant trevallys and bumphead parrotfish.
The third dive was at hot sping, a dive over black sand were hot sulfuric gas escapes trough the ocean floor. Highlights included: banded and Chinese sea snakes, leaf scorpionfish and a variety of reef fish.
Dive four was at west side. Highlights included: barracuda, bumphead parrotfish and dog toothed tuna.
Friday 21th April 2017
This morning we arrived at our next location called Seruwa, Seruwa consists out of 3 small island of which one is inhabited.
Our first dive was at Seruwa Kecil, a steep wall that disappears in the depths of the banda sea. Highlights included: dog toothed tuna, schooling jack and large schools of hammerhead sharks.
The second dive was at Seruwa Kecil again and again we had many sightings of hammerhead sharks, dog toothed tuna and bumphead parrotfish.
For the third dive we traveled 4 hours west to a place called neal desperandun, neil desperandun is a very large submerged reef. Highlights included: hammerhead sharks, dog toothed tuna, octopus and barracudas.
Saturday 22nd April 2017
We began our day diving at an island called Dawera. The first dive site we visited was called Dawera Wall, a combination of a wall and a sloping reef covered in a wide variety of hard and soft corals. Highlights included: spotted eagle ray, hammerhead sharks, bumphead parrotfish and barracudas.
The second dive was at Dawera Sawolo, another incredible wall dive with some exciting swim troughs. Highlights included: barracudas, bumphead parrotfish and a wide variety of reef fish.
The third dive we did was an exploratory dive around the island of Dawera. Highlights included: hammerhead sharks, spotted eagle ray and bumphead parrot fish.
Sunday 23rd April 2017
Early this morning we arrived at an island called Terbang. Our first dive was at Terbang Tanjung, an incredible wall dive loaded with lots of small reef fish. Highlights included: mating green turtles, barracudas, rainbow runners and a variety of nudibranchs.
The second dive was at Terbang Tanjung ii, another amazing wall dive. Highlights included: barracudas, white tip reef sharks, green turtles and nudibranchs.
The third dive was at Terbang Selatan. A dive that starts of on a gradual reef slope and turns in to a steep wall with nice overhang. Highlights included: giant trevally, hawksbill turtles and black tip reef sharks.
Monday 24th April 2017
Early this morning we arrived at Pulau Nyata.
We began our day diving at North Side a stunning wall dive inhabited by small reef fish, beautiful overhang and some swim troughs. Highlights included: marble stingray, dog toothed tuna, black tip reef sharks and nudibranchs.
For the second dive we went to the North side of the island. The shallows where covered in beautiful healthy coral as on the wall itself we found lots of gorgonia’s. Highlight’s included: Dog toothed tuna, Turtle’s, Nudibranch’s and leaf scorpionfish.
The third dive was at West Side a sandy sloping reef with an incredible wall starting at about 20-25 meters. Highlights included: squid, broadclub cuttlefish, lobster and nudibranchs.
Tuesday 25th April 2017
This morning we arrived at Reong island and began diving at North Side, an incredible wall dive with a great assortment of corals and sponges. Highlights included: schooling baracuda’s, black/white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks and dog toothed tuna’s.
The second dive was at West Side, this time we were diving over a sloping reef that is habited by 1000’s of red toothed triggers and sergeant majors. Highlights included: hawksbill turtles, dog toothed tuna and spotted eagle rays.
After the second dive we prepared for our 147Nm trip to Alor.
Wednesday 26th April 2017
This morning we arrived at the north side of pura island where we started diving at a dive site called “the board room” a stunning reef slope with super healthy coral’s everywhere. Highlights included: Ribbon eel’s, pygmy seahorses, Nudibranch’s Octopus and mantis shrimp.
The second dive was at Black Rhino, a dive over volcanic black sand with here and there some soft corals. Highlights included: Rhinopias, warty frogfish and mantis shrimp.
The third dive was a muck dive at Mucky Mosque. Highlights included: banded pipefish, cuttlefish, ornate ghost pipefish, nudibranchs and octopus.
The night dive was at Mucky Mosque as well. Highlights included: mosaic boxer crab, juvenile pinnate batfish, frogfish and dwarf cuttlefish.
Thursday 27th April 2017
We began our day with a check out dive at Tanjung Bacatan, a stunning wall dive with lots of big seafans and a beautiful healthy reef in the shallow area. Highlights included: Bumphead parrotfish, Baracuda, Napoleon wrasse and Black tips.
The second dive was at Tanjung Corner, another stunning wall dive with a pristine coral garden up in the shallows. Highlights included black tip reef sharks, green turtles, dog toothed tuna and a variety of nudibranchs.
The third dive and the night dive were in the bay of Bacatan, a beautiful reef slope with excellent opportunities for macro photographers. Highlights included ornate ghost pipefish, seahorse, stargazers, stary night octopus. White v octopus, bobtail squid and dwarf cuttlefish.
Friday 28th April 2017
This morning we arrived at Babi island. For our first dive we went over to the East side of the island. A combination of a steep sandy slope and wall with beautiful overhang. Highlights included: dog toothed tuna, Whit tip reef sharks and turtle’s.
For the second dive we moved the boat to the west side of babi island. A steep sloping reef with lots of seafans. Highlights included: Leaf scorpion fish, Octopus and turtles.
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.
Iron Divers: Cindy, Deb, Jenny
Hammerhead picture by Preston Flick