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Log Date: Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
Entry By: Indo Aggressor crew









 



Indo aggressor 23th March – 2nd April 2017 Captain’s Log

 

CREW:

Captain: Kasim

Cruise Director: Michel

Dive Guides: Tarzane, Rama, Michel

Chef: Surip

Head Steward: Polos

 

GUESTS:

Jason, Jerry, Louise, Glen, Markus, Cristina, Dirk, Elena, River, Julia, Vicki, Arjun and Thomas

 

Temp: Air: 30 Water 23-28

 

DIVE SITES:

Friday: Padangbay Jetti, Blue Lagoon

Saturday: Penjangan, Angel Reef

Sunday: Hot Rocks, Hot Rocks

Monday: Golden Passage, Makasar Reef, Horse Shoe Bay, Pulau Monyet

Tuesday: Tatawa Besar, Batu Bolong, Siaba Besar, Spanish Steps

Wednesday: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Shotgun, West Side

Thursday: Batu Bolong, Siaba Besar, Wainilu, Pulau Kelor

Friday: Tatawa Besar, Mauan, Mauan, Wainilu

Saturday: Makasar Reef, Siaba Kecil

 

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Today is arrival day on board the Indo aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 13 Guests from USA, Australia, Russia, Germany, China, Switzerland and Italy. Due to late arrivals we had no time to dive but enjoyed dinner in the Bali harbor.

Friday 24th March 2017

We began our day with a check out dive in Padang bay at a dive site called Padangbay Jetti. This long jetti is home to a wide variety of macro critters. Highlights included frogfish, spiny devilfish, mantis shrimp and a wide variety of nudibranchs.

The second dive was at Blue Lagoon, a combination of reef slope and wall. Highlights included paddleflap rhinopias, seahorse, mantis shrimp and leaf scorpionfish.

After the second dive we prepared for our 20 hour crossing to Moyo island.

Saturday 25th March 2017

Around 6am this morning we arrived at the beautiful island of Moyo.

We started of diving at a dive site called Penjangan, this small submerged seamount is home to large schools fish such as fuseliers, pyramid butterfly fish and sergeant majors.

Highlights included: spotted eagle ray, dog toothed tuna and hawksbill turtles.

The second dive was at Angel Reef, another beautiful seamount that is covered in stunning corals in the shallows. Highlights included banded sea snake, giant trevally, moray eels and blue spotted stingray.

After the second dive we prepared to go to a island called Satonda. Once we arrived we went for a land excursion on the island. In the middle of this island is a beautiful lake, and on our way towards the lake we spotted lots of fruit bats hanging in the trees.

The night dive we did was called Black Rocks. Highlights included: Nudibranchs, Octopus, Cuttlefish and a wide variety of crustaceans.

Sunday 26th March 2017

Early this morning we arrived at Sangeang volcano.

We began our day diving at a dive site called Bubble Reef, on this impressive sandy slope you can see the bubbles escaping from the sand. Highlights included: Juvenile painted frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus and a variety of crustaceans.

The second dive we did at Hot Rocks, massive boulders that are covered in the most impressive soft and hard corals you’ve ever seen. Highlights included frogfish, nudibranchs, leaf scorpion fish and octopus.

Monday 27th March 2017

We began our day diving at Golden Passage, a exciting drift dive over a beautiful coral reef. Highlights included giant trevallys, hawksbill turtles, black tip reef sharks and schooling batfish.

Our second dive was at Makasar Reef, a shallow drift dive over coral rubble. Here is where we hoped to see manta rays. We were in luck and had many close encounters with giant manta rays.

The third dive was at Sebayor at a dive site called Horse Shoe Bay, a sandy reef slope covered in coral boomies. Highlights included jawfish, pygmy seahorses, skeleton shrimp and a variety of nudibranchs.

The night dive was at Pulau Monyet. Highlights included broadclub cuttlefish, octopus, leaf scorpion fish and a wide variety of nudibranchs.

Tuesday 28th March 2017

We began our day diving at Tatawa Besar, a gentle drift dive over a sloping reef. Highlights included: Manta ray, Hawksbill turtles, leaf scorpion fish and nudis.

The second dive was at Batu Bolong, a incredible pinnacle dive that is covered in schooling anthias and baslets. Highlights included: fighting hawksbill turtles, Murray eels, White tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevallys and a wide array of Nudibranchs.

The third dive we did was Siaba Besar, a sandy reef slope with excellent macro life. Highlights included hairy seahorse, juvenile clown frogfish, robust ghostpipefish and a variety of nudibranchs. The night dive was at Spanish Steps. Highlights included Spanish dancers, octopus and a variety of nudibranchs.

Wednesday 29th March 2017

We began our day diving 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 second 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 third dive was at the famous drift dive known as Shotgun. Highlights included manta rays, giant trevally, hawksbill and green turtles.

Our night dive was at West Side. Highlights included Spanish dancers, as well as an assortment of other nudis and various crustaceans.

Thursday 30th March 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.

Our second dive was at Siaba Besar. Highlights included clown frogfish, flying gurnards, spiny devil fish and a wide variety of nudibranchs.

The third dive was a marco dive at Wainilu. Highlights included juvenile frogfish, zebra crab, coleman shrimp, nudibranchs and mating cuttlefish.

Our night dive was at Pulau Kelor. Highlights included giant frogfish, whip coral shrimp, squid and a variety of nudibranchs.

Friday 31st March 2017

We began our day diving at Tatawa Besar, a gentle drift dive over a sloping reef. Highlights included: Manta rays, Hawksbill turtles, leaf scorpion fish and nudis.

For our second dive we went to Mauan to look for manta rays, and we were in luck big time! About 20 huge mantas circled the cleaning stations for over 2 hours.

After our awesome second dive the group decided that they wanted to redo this dive site so we went back a second time and again we were in luck this about 15 mantas circling the cleaning station for over an hour.

The night dive was at Wainilu. Highlights included zebra crab, coleman shrimp, frogfish, white v octopus and a variety of ribbon eels.

Saturday 1st April 2017

We began our day diving at Makasar Reef at this dive site we hoped to see the manta rays one last time. Highlights included manta rays, black tip reef sharks and hawksbill turtles.

The second dive was at Siaba Kecil, a gentle drift over a combination of reef slope and some overhang here and there. Highlights included manta rays, giant trevally, moray eels and blue spotted stingrays.

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.

 

IRON DIVERS:

Elena, Julia, Jason and Markus

 

Trip pictures by Glen Cowans photography.

 

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