Indo aggressor 2nd May – 12th May 2017 Captain’s Log
Cruise Director: Michel
Assistant Cruise Director: Rizal
Dive Guides: Tarzane, Rama, Rizal, Michel
Head Steward: Polos
Ken, Preston, Greg, Gernot, Sonja, Ben, Linn, Ruth, Pete, Michael, Sabrina, Daniel, Juan, Shaun, Alison
Temp: Air: 30 Water 26-29
Wednesday: GLD Bay, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, West Side
Thursday: Hot Rocks, Tykno, Bonto, Bonto
Friday: West Point, Rollercoaster, K2, Circus
Saturday: Crystal Rock, Golden Passage, Shotgun, Spanish Step
Sunday: Makasar, Batu Bolong, Wainilu, Wainilu
Monday: Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall of Texas, Boulders, Torpedo Alley
Tuesday: Batu Bolong, Mauan, Tatawa Besar, Coral Garden
Wednesday: Castle Rock, Shotgun, Horse Shoe Bay, Horse Shoe Bay
Thursday: Siaba Kecil, Makasar Reef
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Today is arrival day on board the Indo aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 13 Guests from USA, Australia, Hong kong, Austria and Spain 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 3rd May 2017
We began our day with a check out dive in the bay of GLD. Crystal clear warm water welcomed us. Highlights included Broadclub cuttlefish, Nudibranchs, Hawksbill turtle and an assortment of colourful reef fish.
Our second dive was just north of Gili Lawa Laut 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 third dive was at Crystal Rock another wonderful pinnacle with many sightings of white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, jacks, schooling surgeon fish and an assortment of various reef fish.
Our night dive was at West Side highlights included octopus, a variety of nudis, carrier crabs, decorator crabs and dwarf cuttlefish.
Thursday 4th May 2017
During the night we travelled 5 hours north of Gili Lawa Laut to a volcano called Sangeang.
We began our day diving at a dive site called Hot Rocks, a black sandy reef. Highlights included frogfish, decorated crabs, leaf scorpion fish and a wide variety of nudibranchs.
The second dive was at a dive site called Tykno, another sandy reef slope with a nice coral formations. Highlights included: seahorse, starrynight octopus, clown frogfish and cuttlefish.
The third dive was at Bonto, at Bonto we encountered an exciting current that pushed us over a stunning coral reef. Highlights included: nudibranchs, mosaic boxer crab, leaf scorpionfish and whip coral shrimp.
The night dive was at Bonto as well and we had many sightings of decorated crabs, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs and squid.
Friday 5th May 2017
Early this morning we arrived just West of the Komodo national park at a island called Banta.
Our first dive was at West Point, on this dive site we hoped to see manta rays. Unfortunately no manta rays, however we did have many sightings of hawksbill turtles, mantis shrimp and a variety of nudibranchs.
We then moved to Rollercoaster an incredible wall and slope combination. Highlights included frogfish, banded sea snake, schooling jacks and whip coral shrimp.
Our third dive was at K2 another great wall slope combination. Highlights included frogfish, juvenile barramundi, juvenile emperor angel fish, leaf scorpion fish and nudis.
Our night dive was at Circus highlights included stargazers, stonefish, leaf scorpion fish, dwarf cuttlefish, twin spotted lionfish, harlequin snake eels and white V octopus.
Saturday 6th May 2017
We began our day diving at Crystal Rock, a beautiful pinnacle covered in orange and yellow soft corals. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally and dog toothed tuna.
The second dive was in the channel between Komodo island and Gili Lawa Darat called the Golden Passage. A exciting drift dive over a super healthy reef inhabited by anthias. Highlights included schooling pinate batfish, white tip reef sharks, giant sweetlips and manta rays.
The third dive was at the famous dive site called Shotgun. Highlights included manta rays, hawksbill turtles, giant trevally and a variety of nudibranchs.
The night dive was at Spanish Steps. Highlights included Spanish dancers, white tip reef sharks, octopus and a variety of nudibranchs.
Sunday 7th May 2017
We began our day diving at Makasar Reef on this long shallow reef we hoped to see manta rays, fortunately we had a few manta rays around. And we did have many sightings of hawksbill turtles, black tip reef sharks and bumphead parrotfish.
The second dive was at Batu Bolong, this incredible pinnacle dive is one of the best dive site’s in Komodo national park. Highlights included napoleon wrasse, giant trevallys, moray eels, hawksbill turtles and white tip reef sharks.
The third dive was a macro orientated just of off Rinca island called Wainilu. Highlights included seahorses, robust ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp and a wide array of nudibranchs.
The night dive was at Wainilu as well and we had many sightings of seahorses, ornate ghost pipe fish, mantis shrimp and dwarf cuttlefish.
Monday 8th May 2017
Early this morning we started sailing to Nusakode, Nusakode is the most southern part of Rinca island. The first dive was at cannibal rock. Cannibal rock is a stunning sea mount with a beautiful coral garden were big school of fish like to hang out in the shallows. Highlights included nudibranchs, white tip reef sharks, whip coral shrimp and mantis shrimp.
The second dive we did was Yellow wall, a stunning wall covered in yellow soft corals and crinoids. Highlights included turtles, leaf scorpion fish and a variety of nudibranchs.
The night dive was at Torpedo Alley. Highlights included: Nudibranchs, bobbitworm, spearing mantis shrimp and a wide array of crustaceans.
Tuesday 9th May 2017
We began our day diving a spectacular pinnacle known as Batu Balong. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, large hawksbill turtles, giant morays, nudis and schooling fusiliers and giant trevally.
The second dive we did was at Mauan, at this dive site we hoped to see the manta rays. This time we were in luck and had 4 giant manta rays being cleaned on the cleaning stations.
We had our third dive at Tatawa Besar. A great drift dive on a stunning reef slope. Highlights included Mantas, spade fish, leaf scorpion fish and many hawksbill turtles.
The night dive was at Coral Garden, highlights included octopus, white tip reef sharks and a wide array of nudibranchs.
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Our first dive was at Castle Rock, incredible pinnacle dive. Highlights included napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, octopus sweetlips, spotted eagle rays and large hawksbill turtles.
The second dive was at Shotgun, one of the signature dive site in Komodo national park. Highlights included Manta rays, black tip reef sharks and leaf scorpion fish.
The third and night dive were at Horse Shoe Bay. Highlights included: starry night octopus, white V octopus and a wide array of nudibranchs.
Thursday 11th May 2017
We began our day back in Current City diving Siaba Kecil this time on the northern side. Highlights included amazing corals, giant trevally, hawksbill turtles, white tip reef sharks, red snappers, eagle rays and nudis.
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.
Ben, Ruth, Dan, Juan and Sabrina