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Log Date: Sunday, Sep 10, 2017
Entry By: Indo Aggressor crew









 



Cruise Overview

Our cruise for the next ten days in the Komodo National Park and outer areas started out on 17th at the quaint harbour town of Labuan Bajo where all of our guests boarded on time after which we started the engines and made out way out to Sabolan Islands for our check out dive.

The following day we started our dive activities in the northern area of the Komodo National Park. The night dive we did at Wainilu, so we would be ready to head south the following day.

Since we started on the spring tide moon phases we moved down to Horseshoe Bay, where tidal flow is not so much of a concern. We were surprised at the great visibility that we had down here, very unlike the norm for August. Although we had some fairly strong winds and water four degrees colder than the north sites we spent a day and a half diving some of the most pristine and life packed sites anywhere.

Due to the windy conditions, we decided to miss out on diving Langkoi Bay,  went trekking on Padar Island and then moved our operations back up to the north, a popular decision with cold members the group.

As the moon phase clicked over to neap tides we moved up to the north, where tidal flow is more of a concern. We visited the best dive site’s the KNP has to offer. We had many sightings of sharks, mantas, trevallys and our snorkelers even saw a dugong.

Due to this missed day in the south we decided to repeat some of the dives we did in the first two days, with a little more current, once again in wonderful conditions.

Especially Shotgun was a big treat this trip with loads of sharks, napoleon wrasse, bumpheads and manta rays.

More exciting land excursions were on offer, including a trek on Gili Lawah Laut and the official Komodo Dragon Trek on Rinca Island.

After the Rinca land excursion our guests came back to see the Indo Aggressor under full sail as we made our way back to Labuan Bajo to finish the cruise.

  

10th September 2017

Dive 1: Sabolan Besar

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our first dive of this trip was a check-out dive at Sabolan Besar. We started off on the sand patch where we checked out weights and from there we made our way down to the beautiful coral reef.

Special marine life: 3 Broadclub cuttlefish, octopus and white tip reef shark.

 

11th September 2017

Dive 1: Sebayor Kecil

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: We began our day diving at Sebayor Kecil, this island is located just outside of the Komodo National Park and offers a great dive site with big coral heads and lots of fish.

Special marine life: hawksbill turtles, leaf scorpion fish and yellowhead jawfish.

Dive 2: Tatawa Besar

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our second dive off the day was on the stunning reef of Tatawa Besar. lots of red anthias and orange, yellow and pink soft corals are the highlights on this dive.

Special marine life: Black and white tip reef sharks, broadclub cuttlefish and a variety of nudibranchs

Dive 3: Mauan

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: for our third dive of the day we went off to search for manta rays. We were very lucky with up to 6 manta rays on 1 cleaning station. Everyone had close encounters with giant manta rays.

Dive 4: Wainilu

Time in: 18:15. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our night dive was at Wainilu, a sandy reef slope with excellent macro life.

Special marine life: spiny devil fish, soft coral crab, nudibranchs and HARLEQUIN SHRIMP.

 

12th September 2017

Dive 1: Cannibal Rock

Time in: 08:00. Water temperature: 23°C. Visibility: Moderate, 15 metres.

Dive report: We began our day diving at Cannibal Rock, a large submerged seamount that is covered in a variety of soft and hard corals and large sponge formations.

Special marine life: hawksbill turtles, ladybugs and nudibranchs.

 

Dive 2: Pelican Head

Time in: 11:30. Water temperature: 23°C. Visibility: Moderate, 15 metres.

Dive report: Our second dive was a stunning slope wall combination called Pelican Head. The wall part of the dive site is covered with crinoids and hard corals in all sorts of sizes and colors.

Special marine life: hawksbill turtle, ladybugs, nudibranchs and zebra crab.

 

Dive 3: Yellow Wall

Time in: 15:30. Water temperature: 23°C. Visibility: Good, 15 metres.

Dive report: Our third dive of the day was the famous wall dive “Yellow Wall”, we started off on the sloping part of the reef and drifted with the current along this stunning wall covered in a wide variety of marine life.

Special marine life: coleman shrimp, giant frogfish and leaf scorpionfish.

Dragon Cruise: Horse Shoe Bay

Time in: 16:30.

Report: After the third dive we all got in to the tender and made our way down to the beach to greet the many Komodo Dragons that live there. Everyone had close encounters with these magnificent animals.

 

Dive 4: Torpedo Alley

Time in: 18:30. Water temperature: 23°C. Visibility: Moderate, 15 metres.

Dive report: Our night dive was at Torpedo Alley, a dive site where there is a possibility for seeing the electric torpedo ray.

Special marine life: torpedo rays, nudibranchs, soft coral crab and ornate ghost pipefish.

 

13th September 2017

Dive 1: Crinoid Canyon

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 24°C. Visibility: Moderate, 15 metres.

Dive report: We began our day diving at Crinoid Canyon a fabulous wall/steep slope dive.

Like the name suggests the wall is covered in crinoids of all colours.

Special marine life: Nudibranchs, zebra crab, coral cat shark.

 

Dive 2: Cannibal Rock

Time in: 10:15. Water temperature: 24°C. Visibility: Moderate, 15 metres.

Dive report: our second dive was at at Cannibal Rock, a large submerged seamount that is covered in a variety of soft and hard corals and large sponge formations.

Special marine life: Hawksbill turtles, nurse shark, ladybugs and nudibranchs

 

Dive 3: Pasir Putih

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: bad, 10 metres.

Dive report: our third dive of the day was at Pasir Putih, a sandy reef slope with big coral heads all over the place that are home to giant frogfish.

Special marine life: giant frogfish, frogfish, Donald duck shrimp, barracuda.

 

Land excursion: Padar Mountain

Time in: 16:30.

Report: After the third dive we hiked up the Padar Mountain and enjoyed an amazing sunset view.

 

Dive 4: Pasir Putih

Time in: 18:45. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: Bad, 10 metres.

Dive report: our night dive was at Pasir Putih, a sandy reef slope with big coral heads all over the place that are home to giant frogfish.

Special marine life:

 

14th September 2017

Dive 1: Shotgun

Time in: 08:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: We began our day diving at one of the signature dive sites in the KNP called Shotgun, an exciting drift dive between the 2 islands Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut.

Special marine life: White tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles and manta rays.

Dive 2: Crystal Rock

Time in: 11:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our second dive off the day was a stunning pinnacle dive called crystal rock. A wide variety of soft corals and lots of fish makes this for one of the best dive sites in the KNP.

Special marine life: white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, manta ray, giant trevally and hawksbill turtles.

Dive 3: Castle Rock

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: the third dive was at a submerged reef called Castle Rock, Castle Rock is home to large schools of fish and lots of sharks.

Special marine life: grey reef, white tip, dolphins and hawksbill turtles.

Dive 4: Crystal Bay

Time in: 18:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Dive report: Our night dive was at Crystal Bay, a sandy reef slope with a lot of big coral heads all over the place.

Special marine life: spiny devil fish, decorator crab, crocodile fish and octopus.

 

15th September 2017

Dive 1: West Point

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: We began our day diving at West Point, on this gentle reef slope we hoped to see lots of manta rays. Unfortunately no manta rays this time.

Special marine life: hawksbill turtles, banded sea snake and ribbon eels.

Dive 2: K2

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our second dive off the day was at K2, a sandy reef slope with big coral heads in the deep, a mini wall and electric clams.

Special marine life: Manta rays, leaf scorpion fish, giant frogfish.

Dive 3: Rollercoaster

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: The third dive of the day was an exciting drift dive at rollercoaster. A combination of a sloping reef covered in anthias and a stunning wall with large sea fans make this one of the best dive sites at Gili Banta.

Special marine life: white tip reef sharks, banded sea snakes, manta rays and leaf scorpionfish

Dive 4: Circus

Time in: 18:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Dive report: Our night dive was at the sandy reef slope called Circus

Special marine life: stargazers, spiny devilfish and stonefish.

 

16th September 2017

Dive 1: GLD Passage

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: We began our day diving with an exciting drift dive between Komodo Island and GLD. In the channel you find large coral rides covered in a wide variety of marine life.

Special marine life: octopus, bumphead parrotfish, white tip reef sharks and napoleon wrasse.

Dive 2: Karang Makasar

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our second dive was at Karang Makasar, a shallow rubble reef with large coral heads that function as cleaning stations for manta rays. Again we were unlucky with no manta rays.

Dive 3: Batu Bolong

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: our third dive was an incredible pinnacle dive called Batu Bolong. A reef loaded with little red anthias, fuseliers and super healthy corals.

Special marine life: napoleon wrasse, hawksbill turtles, banded sea snake and GT’s.

Dive 4: Wainilu

Time in: 18:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Dive report: Our night dive was at the sandy reef slope called Wainilu

Special marine life: cuttlefish, bobtail squid, zebra crab and a variety of nudi’s. 

 

17th September 2017

Dive 1: Siaba Kecil

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: We began our day with a gentle drift dive called Siaba Kecil, a sloping coral reef with some really nice overhang.

Special marine life: marbled stingray, hawksbill turtles and white tips.

Dive 2: Siaba Besar

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our second dive was on the sand at Siaba Besar. This site has 2 parts, you start on the sand and look for frogfish and sea horses. From there you make your way to a stunning coral reef that is full with green turtles.

Special marine life: frogfish, ambon scorpionfish, pipefish and green turtles.

Dive 3: Shotgun

Time in: 14:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: The third dive was at Shotgun, an exciting drift dive between the 2 islands Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut.

Special marine life: white tip reef sharks, banded sea snakes, manta rays and leaf scorpionfish

Dive 4: Spanish Step

Time in: 18:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Dive report: Our night dive was on a coral reef called Spanish Step.

Special marine life: Spanish dancers, octopus, white tip.

 

18th September 2017

Dive 1: Castle Rock

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: We began our day diving at Castle Rock, a submerged reef that is loaded with big schools of fish and lots of sharks

Special marine life: hawksbill turtles, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks.

Dive 2: Crystal Rock

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our second dive of the day was at Crystal Rock, another great pinnacle dive that is covered in a wide variety of soft and hard corals.

Special marine life: Manta rays, white tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles.

Dive 3: Lighthouse Reef

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: The third dive of the day started off as a exciting drift dive at Lighthouse Reef. The second part of the dive was an easy and relaxed reef dive with many critters and even a manta ray.

Special marine life: white tip reef sharks, manta ray, hawksbill turtle, leaf scorpionfish.

Dive 4: Komodo Step

Time in: 18:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Dive report: Our night dive was at Komodo Step.

Special marine life: octopus, Spanish dancers, crocodile fish and a variety of nudi’s.

 

19th September 2017

Dive 1: Batu Bolong

Time in: 06:45. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: We began our day diving at Batu Bolong, an incredible pinnacle dive loaded with all sorts of reef fish, shark and giant trevally’s

Special marine life: hawksbill turtles, white tip reef sharks, schooling trevally’s.

Dive 2: Crystal Rock

Time in: 10:15. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good, 25 metres.

Dive report: Our second dive of the day and last dive of the trip was at Mauan, here we hoped to see the mantas one last time.

Special marine life: Manta rays, black tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles.