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Indo aggressor 27 July - 3 August 2017 Captain’s Log
Cruise Director: Michel
Dive Guides: Rama, Obi & Michel
Head Steward: Polos
Ann, Ed, Steve, Sydney, Tony, Peter, Andrew, Pet, Michael, Marc, Bryan, Mark
Temp: Air: 30
Friday: Tatawa Besar, Tatawa Besar, Wainilu, Wainilu
Saturday: Shotgun, Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, Spanish Step
Sunday: Cannibal Rock, Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley, Torpedo Alley
Monday: Three Sisters, Secret Garden, Batu Bolong, GLD Bay
Tuesday: Crystal Rock, Castle Rock,
Thursday 27th July 2017
Today is arrival day on board the Indo aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 16 Guests from USA, New Zealand and Australia. After the general boat briefing we headed for Sebayur Island where we did the check-out dive on a stunning coral reef. Highlights included: moray eels, cleaner shrimp and hawksbill turtles. In the evening we enjoyed a beautiful sunset and enjoyed our first dinner together.
Friday 28th July 2017
We began our day diving in the central area of the Komodo National Park. Our first and second dive were at Tatawa Besar, an incredible sloping reef beautifully covered in orange and yellow soft corals and nice sponge formations. Highlights included: Black tip reef sharks, schooling anthias, hawksbill turtles and dog toothed tuna.
Dive 3 and the night dive were at Wainilu, a sandy reef slope covered in a wide variety of soft corals. Highlights included: coleman shrimp, zebra crab, juvenile frogfish, cuttlefish, ribbon eels, sea horses and a wide variety of nudibranchs.
Saturday 29th July 2017
We began our day diving at Gili Lawa Laut at the famous drift dive known as Shotgun. Highlights included manta rays, giant trevally, hawksbill and green turtles.
Our second dive site was just north of Gili Lawa Laut and called Crystal Rock, this stunning pinnacle is covered in yellow and orange soft corals and home to a big school of fuseliers, giant trevallys, white tip reef sharks and napoleon wrasse.
The third dive was an exciting pinnacle known as Castle Rock. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, free swimming moray, schooling trevally, giant trevally and napoleon wrasse.
Our night dive was of Komodo island at a dive site called Spanish Step. Highlights included: Spanish dancers, decorator crabs, hunting morays and nudibranchs.
Sunday 30th July 2017
We began our day diving all the way south of Rinca island at a place called Nusakode. The first and second dive site we visited was Cannibal Rock, an incredible seamount completely covered in crinoids soft corals and stunning sponge formations. Highlights included: lady bugs, ribbon eels, nudibranchs and sea apples.
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.
Monday 31th July 2017
This morning we started our day at an 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: Mobula Ray, hairy squat lobster, Coleman shrimp and a variety of nudibranchs.
The third dive was 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 night dive was at GLD Bay. Highlights included: octopus, leaf scorpion, decorator crabs and nudibranchs.
Tuesday 1st August 2017
Our first two dives were at Crystal and Castle Rock incredible pinnacle dives. Highlights included napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, octopus sweetlips, spotted eagle rays and large hawksbill turtles.
Our third dive was a stunning pinnacle dive called Batu Bolong. Highlights included: giant sweetlips, white tip reef sharks and napoleon wrasse.
The night dive was at Komodo Step, a combination of reef and sandy slope. Highlights included: starry night octopus, cuttlefish and nudibranchs.
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Our first dive was at Batu Balong an incredible pinnacle dive highlights included schooling anthias, giant trevally, white tip reef sharks, giant morays, nudibranchs and schooling fuseliers.
Our final dive of the trip was at Tatawa Besar, an exciting drift dive over a stunning field of orange, yellow and pink soft corals.
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.
Tony, Patricia, Andrew