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Log Date: Saturday, Jul 27, 2019
Entry By: Indo Aggressor crew









 



 

The Indo Aggressor

Cruising Komodo

27th July/ 3rd August 2019

IA2019-14
 

Your itinerary in brief

27th July 2019.

All guests arrived on board at midday, we have had some time go get to the cabins and get to know the boat and meet each other plus the crew, and around 2pm we started navigating towards our first stop in Sebayor for our check dive.

Dive Day 1: 27th July 2019.

16:00: Dive 1- Sebayor

Dive Day 2: 28th July 2019. Central Komodo

07:45: Dive 2- Tatawa Kecil

10:45: Dive 3- Siaba Kecil.

15:30: Dive 4- Siaba Besar     

16:00: Dive 5- Wainilu at night

Dive Day 3: 29th July 2019. Pulau Padar

07:45: Dive 2- Three Sisters

10:45: Dive 3- Secret Garden.

14:30: Dive 4- Pasir Putih       

16:00: Trecking Padar

18:00: Dive 5- Padar Wreck At Night

Dive Day 4: 30th July 2019. Nusa Kode, South Rinca Island

07:45: Dive 2- Yellow Wall

10:45: Dive 3- Cannibal Rock.

14:30: Dive 4- Boulders          

18:00: Dive 5- Torpedo Alley

Dive Day 5: 31st July 2019. Langkoi-Lohksera, South Komodo

07:45: Dive 2- Manta Alley

10:45: Dive 3- Manta Alley 2.

14:30: Dive 4- Pinisi Wreck    

18:00: Dive 5- Pinisi Wreck at night

 

Dive Day 6: 1st August 2019. Gili Lawah Derat-Gili Lawah Laut, South Komodo

07:45: Dive 2- Castle Rock

10:45: Dive 3- Crystal Rock.

14:30: Dive 4- The Shotgun   

18:00: Dive 5- Alfredo’s Corner

Dive Day 7: 2nd August 2019. Central Komodo and Pulau Rinca

07:30: Dive 27- Batu Bolong  

10:30: Dive 28- Tatawa Besar

14h30: Komodo Dragons Trecking

3rd August. Labuan Bajo, Flores

Departure at Labuan Bajo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th July 2019, Sebayor

Dive 1: Sebayor Kecil

Time In: 16:00. Visibility: Good 15m. Water Temperature: 29°C

Location: Sebayor Kecil is located on the west part of Tatawa Island

Dive type: Sloping reef with some big sponge formations and drifting alongside the coral reef.

Special marine life: leaf scorpion fish, ghost pipe fish, cuttlefish, scorpion fish.

 

28th July 2019, Central Komodo

Dive 2: Tatawa Kecil

Time In: 10h00 Visibility: very good, 30m. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: West of Tatawa Besar, and close to Siaba Besar.

Dive type: The south also features steep walls and buttresses with cracks running down into the deeper water, some swim through, and overhang. The rocks are covered with soft coral. There can be strong currents as the main flow washes down the east facing side and so there are usually plenty of trevallies hunting in the current on the corner.

Special marine life: Giant Trevallies, Big Eye trevallys and blue fin trevally many Huge Napoleon Wrasse, schooling of Batfish, sweetlips, oriental sweetlips, midnight snappers, 2 Octopus and beautiful pink, white and yellow soft coral on the top reef with millions of anthias.

 

Dive 3: Siaba Kecil

Time In: 10:30 Visibility: Good. Water Temperature:  28°C

Location: This dive site is located north to Siaba Kecil, at the cousin island called Siaba Besar.. 

Dive type:  Reef top and sloppy hard coral, going down to 20 meters where we have a fishy channel with some strong currents.

Special marine life: Lots of turtles, pufferfish, porcupine fish, more turtles and one baby manta at the end of the dive! Plus some schooling surgeon fish, fusiliers and anthias at the shallow part on the soft coral.

 

 

Dive 4: Siaba Besar

Time In: 09:00 Visibility: Good. Water Temperature:  28°C

There were a few small day vessels anchored in the sandy cut at Siaba Besar and we started the dive underneath them. Firstly, exploring the spectacular hard coral reef, and then spreading out onto the sandy bowl.

Location: This dive site can be found on the Siaba Besar side of the channel that separates this island from its smaller cousin to the west, Siaba Kecil.

Topside visual: The west side of Siaba Besar is lined with mangroves that run out onto hard coral reefs, but close to the bottom of the channel there is a large notch that cuts into the reef with a distinctive sandy bottom. There are normally many small liveaboards and day boat either anchored or moored here.

Dive type: This is really a critter dive and there are plenty of sand dwellers out in the bowl and around the coral heads that punctuate the sea floor. However, the whole site is surrounded by a spectacular hard coral reef that is home to many different critters that prefer the cover of the different types of coral.

Special marine life: Cuttlefish, lots of turtles, leaf scorpion fish and giant moray eel, panda nudibranch, big sweetlips, unicorn fish, white tip shark, and more turtles!

Dive 5: Wainilu

Time In: 18:30. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: Nice rubble sandy part on the first part of the dive and then we move into a little wall decorated with many sea fans and soft coral.

Location: The island of Wainilu is at the top of the Loh Buaya  island  with the dive site off the north facing beach.

Topside visual: White sand beach bordered by mangroves on east side and a rocky shoreline on west.

Dive type: One of the best critter dives in the Komodo National Park, Wainilu is a fantastic critter dive very popular with photographers and creature spotters. With easy entries and exits and not suffering greatly from strong currents it is a firm favourite for night divers although it can also be very productive during the day. The site consists mostly of sandy slopes, coral rubble and small coral heads and is constantly coming up with lots of weird and wonderful critters.

Special marine life: cuttlefish, snow moray eel, bobtail squid, strawberry nudi, scorpion fish and ribbon eel, leaf scorpion fish, octopus.

 

 

 

29th July 2019, Central Komodo

Dive 6: Three Sisters

Time In: 7:45. Visibility: Good 15m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: Three sisters consists on three pinnacles located south east of Pulau Padar.

Dive type: We dive alongside the three pinnacles, starting from the deeper around 30m on the bottom and navigate around the three of them, with some pelagic fish passing in between there are chances to see Mobulas or grey sharks.

Special marine life: Schools of surgeon fish, rabbit fish, sweetlips, leaf scorpion fish, decorated crab, school of mobulas, white tip shark and one reef manta on a quick cleaning!

 

Dive 7: Secret garden

Time In: 10h45. Visibility: 10m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: Nice rubble sandy part on the first part of the dive and then we move into a little wall decorated with many sea fans and soft coral.

Special marine life: Blue Ring octopus!, pipefish, Willey’s Algerda Nudibranch, schooling batfish, giant trevally, ocellated phyllidia Nudibranch, many decorator crab, baby cuttlefish, elegant crinoid squat lobster, spider crab, flat rock crab.

Dive 8: Padar Wreck

Time In: 14h45. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 25°C

Location: Nice rubble sandy part with a ship wreck, where we find a big frogfish, and lots of soft coral along the reef.

Special marine life: Pipefish, frogfish, decorated crab, peacock mantis shrimp.

 

Padar Treccking

Dive 9: Padar Wreck Night

Time In: 14h45. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 25°C

Location: Nice rubble sandy part with a ship wreck, where we find a big frogfish, and lots of soft coral along the reef.

Special marine life: Pipefish, frogfish, decorated crab, peacock mantis shrimp.

 

30th July 2019, Nusa Kode, South Rinca

Dive 10: Yellow Wall

Time In: 07:30. Visibility: Regular 810m. Water Temperature: 28°C

Our first dive today is another of Horseshoe Bay’s more well-known dive sites, Yellow Wall. Named by the late Larry Smith, it is a deep vertical/negative drop-off from a steep sloping reef covered with yellow crinoids and yellow soft corals with an excellent shallow reef at the top as well as many deeper rubble areas and a few other secondary smaller walls as the dive moves further into the bay.

Location: The sites main vertical rock wall and two secondary mini walls are located on the south-eastern side of the eastern entrance to the Horseshoe Bay waterway.

Dive type: The main focus of the dive, that the larger and deeper wall starts at 15m/48ft at the edge of a sloping reef that then drops negatively (over hanging) and then vertically down to 50m/157ft. As with most of the sites at Nusa Kode there are many large volcanic boulder coral heads scattered on the rubble areas and at the bottoms of the other smaller walls, some with swim-throughs.

Special marine life: Nudibranchs, one large octopus, plenty of schooling fish and sweeper covered coral heads.

 

 

Dive 11: Cannibal Rock

Time In: 10h30. Visibility: 15m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: Cannibal Rock is a sea-mount around 120 metres out in the waterway from a large dome shaped rock formation that separates to two main Komodo Dragon activity beaches. The dive site got its name after two of Indonesia’s diving veterans, Wally Siagian and Cody Shwaiko witnessed the spectacle of one dragon attacking and eating another close by.

Dive type: Submerged domed sea-mount resembling in size and shape the two on shore rock formations on Rinca close to the site. The whole site is covered with corals all the way around, from 2 metres down past 30 metres. Cannibal Rock is not uniform in shape, on one side there are a lot of boulders and slabs of rock forming mini walls, cracks and crevices, while the rest of the site is composed of sloping reef and the top of the rock features an amazing anemone and coral garden.

Cannibal Rock is reckoned by many to be one of the top five dive sites in the world and a lot of people who have dived it would not argue with that.

Special marine life: Octopus, schooling of surgeon fish, yellow snapper, black tip and white shark, moray eel, turtles and lots of Nudis.

 

 

Dive 12: Boulders

Time In: 14:30. Visibility: 20m. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location:  Located on the east part of Nusa Kode.

Dive type: sloppy reef and sandy rubble.

Special marine life: Giant Frogfish, Pyhollodesmium longicirrum, several nudibranchs, at least 3 cuttlefish, giant moray/eel, Orangutang Crab and beautiful top reef.

 

 

Dive 13 Torpedo Alley

Time In: 18:00. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: Torpedo Alley is a sloping reef at Nusa Kode.

Dive type: Starts as a sloping reef with some coral formations that goes from 12/20 meters to a rubble area.

Special marine life: Orbicular burfish, coleman shrimp, cleaner shrimp, frogfish, decorator crab, peackok mantis shrimp, Arminid Nudibranch, Kubaryana’s Nembrotha, Pikachu Nudibranch.

 

31st July 2019, South Komodo

Dive 14: Manta Alley

Time In: 07:30. Visibility: Good 20m. Water Temperature: 24°C

Location: : Manta Ale consists of two dives in a rock in front of small island of Langkoi, one side with shallow cleaning station and sloppy reef and the other side, going through the channel were the mantas are feeding.

Dive type: Beautiful coral formation populated with an outstanding amount of fish, colourful soft coral growing on black rock, forming a gentle cliff from the surface to 20m.

Special marine life: Cleaning Station for mantas, at least 10/15 on the first dive, and some octopus playing around made our first encounter with mantas on this trip amazing!

 

 

 

Dive 15: Manta Aley II

Time In: 11:00. Visibility: 20m. Water Temperature: 25°C

Location: : Manta Ale consists of two dives in a rock in front of small island of Langkoi, one side with shallow cleaning station and sloppy reef and the other side, going through the channel were the mantas are feeding.

Dive type: Beautiful coral formation populated with an outstanding amount of fish, colourful soft coral growing on black rock, forming a gentle cliff from the surface to 20m.

Special marine life: More mantas, some Oceanic Manta (Manta Birostris) and mostly Reef Manta (Manta Alfredi) cleaning and playing around, at least 20 individuals, juvenile and adult.

 

 

Dive 16: Phinisi Shipwreck

Time In: 14:30. Visibility: 15m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: : In a calm bay on the north facing side of the Lehoksera isthmus. There used to be a big boat mooring directly opposite the beach above the site..

Dive type: Broken up wreck but good for afternoon dive with healty coral reefs on the shallow water.

Special marine life: Very friendly batfish, lionfish hunting, scorpion fish and many nudibranchs, among side a huge Phyllodesmium longicirrum.

 

 

Dive 17: Phinisi Shipwreck at night

Location: : In a calm bay on the north facing side of the Lehoksera isthmus. There used to be a big boat mooring directly opposite the beach above the site..

Dive type: Broken up wreck but good for afternoon dive with healty coral reefs on the shallow water.

Special marine life: Very friendly batfish, a turtle sleeping and many small creatures around the reef.

 

 

 

 

1st August 2019, Gili Lawah Derat, Gili Lawah Laut, Komodo

Dive 18: Castle Rock

Time In: 7:30. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: The shallower part of Castle rock can be found 1,700 metres or one nautical mile north north-west from the Gili Lawah Laut main anchorage site on the north side of the island.

Topside visual: This dive site is a submerged sea-mount in a depth of three metres at its shallowest point at low tide. It is however possible to spot the shallowest rocks of the reef very easily with good visibility and little surface chop. During a strong tidal flow, there is also the tell-tale smooth water up current and disturbed current lines after tide has rushed around the top of the dive site.

Dive type: Castle rock is a large uniform rocky sea-mount that drops down sharply around the shallower parts but flattens out at about 10 metres before the reef starts to slope gently into deeper water.

This site is one of the most popular dives in the Komodo National Park and acts like a magnet for a massive amount of marine life. The rocks closest to the surface are easily visible most of the time and after entering either at the shallowest point or drifting down with the current onto the 10-metre mark, it is generally easy to swim down and onto the coral covered slopes.

Special marine life: As the tide ran down there were clouds of schooling fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current side of the rock, as well as at least 4 white-tip reef-sharks, dogtooth tunas and some huge GT’s, schooling batfish, schooling surgeonfish, 2 crocodile fish, turtle and some moray eel.

 

Dive 19: Crystal Rock

Time In: 10:30. Visibility: 15m. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: The Crystal Rock dive site is about 800 metres north of the anchorages along the north Gili Lawah Laut shoreline.

Topside visual: Scanning the seascape at low tide from the anchorages a small craggy rock is visible offshore - this is Crystal Rock, another of the Komodo National Parks famous sea mounts and a firm favourite with divers.

Dive type: Spectacular current swept pinnacle and deeper sea-mount. Rocky sloping reefs and large coral covered boulders.

The site spreads out from the visible rock and includes another deeper mount on the west side. Dive plans here begin by descending down the steep coral covered west facing slope to a saddle at 20 metres that links the two rock formations. From this position, the deeper sea mount can easily be seen and explored.

Special marine life: White tip shark, Moray eels, pigmy sea horse, turtle, schooling surgeon fish, batfish, octopus, giant trevally in a spectacular dive site.

Dive 20: Shotgun

Time In: 14:30. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: The Shotgun dive is located in the narrow channel between Gili Lawah Laut and Gili Lawah Darat and includes the reef on the east side of Gili Lawah Laut, the marine ridge that connects the two islands together as well as the reefs and waterway on the eastern side of the gap.

Dive type: A dive of many parts. 1. Shallow reef and slope. 2. Sand and rubble area with nice coral heads with plenty of smaller marine life. 3. A deep current scoured bowl with coral covered walls on either side. 4. A tight vertically walled canyon rising up to the ridge, that crosses the channel. 5. Current washed gravel highway bordered by reef, rubble and coral heads.

Special marine life: Lots of schooling fish including snapper, jacks, fusiliers, surgeonfish and giant trevallys. We spotted many white tip sharks swimming around and sleeping on the bowl and a manta ray at the end of the dive that made our dive a perfect one!

Dive 21: Alfredo’s Corner

Time in: 18:00. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 15 metres.

Location: Alfredo’s Corner dive site can be found on the South East part of Pulau Banta.

Dive type: The dive is sandy slopes, scattered coral heads and some shallow coral rubble and reef patches. This site is good for easy critter diving but is sometimes visited by sharks and manta rays so keep an eye out in the blue.

Special marine life: Spanish Dancer, moray eel, snake eel, stargazer, and lots of Nudis!

 

 

 

 

2nd August 2019, Central Komodo

Dive 22: Batu Bolong

Time In: 07:30. Visibility: 30m. Water Temperature: 28°C

The current was just coming to a slack low when we entered the water and then fairly rapidly switched to a rising tide which pushed us onto the good side of the site.

Location: Batu Bolong lies right in the middle of the Linta Strait around 1,600 metres south west of Tatawa Kecil and is one of the Komodo National Park’s most popular dive sites.

Topside visual: Batu Bolong is Indonesian for Rock with the Hole and although the islet is only 60 metres from north-east to south-west it is easy to see and identify as there is indeed a hole formed in the surface rock formation.

Dive type: The site comprises of a small current strewn rock pinnacle breaking the surface with steep walls, deep ledges, canyons and external marine pinnacles creating breathtaking underwater topography. When there is a strong incoming or outgoing tidal current the turbulent water running past the rock resembles the rapids in a fast-flowing river.

Special marine life: Schooling fusiliers, anthias, turtles, Napoleon wrasse, moray eels, hunting GT’s, white tip shark, giant barracuda, huge sweetlips all combined with a spectacular reef-top.

 

Dive 23: Tatawa Besar

Time In: 15:00. Visibility: Excelent 35m Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: Tatawa Besar is located on the west part of Tatawa Island

Dive type: Sloping reef with some big sponge formations and drifting alongside the coral reef.

Special marine life: Leaf Scorpion fish, zebra moray eel, lots of turtles and spectacular reef that made our last dive of the trip a great one!