Komodo Dancer Alor trip 10th Oct-20 Oct
Cruise Director: Rob
Dive Guides: Rob, Gede, Niko
Head Steward: Rizal
Bob, Janelle, Kent, Deborah, David, Delayne, Alan, Bridget, Sue, Ann Marie, John, Michael, Gary, Edward, Souza
Sunday: Gadong West, Gadong East, Serbete Wall, Serbete Wall
Monday: Bachatan Ledge, Batchatan Wall
Tuesday: Pak Jan’s Village, The Boardroom, Mucky Mosque, Mucky Mosque
Wednesday: Shark’s Glory, Clown Fish Valley, Mini Wall, Mucky Mosque
Thursday: Beangabang Bay x4
Friday: Beangabang Bay x4
Saturday: Mucky Mosque, Blue Corner, Babylon, Abola’s Village
Sunday: The Ledge 1, The Ledge 2, Palm Tree, Loholo Village
Monday: The Crack 1, The Crack 2
Water Temp: 28-21 degrees Celsius
Saturday 10th October
Today is arrival day on board the Komodo Dancer and with great excitement we welcomed 15 guests all from the USA. We began sailing to the far north and eastern side Flores Island.
Sunday 11th October
In the early hours of the morning we reached Gadong. With great excitement we prepared ourselves for our first dive of the trip at Gadong west followed by Gadong East. Highlights included Denise’s pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, juvenile painted lobsters and 5 black tip reef sharks.
We then moved slightly east to the island of Serbete the location of our third dive of the day. On Serbete Wall highlights included mobulas rays, green turtle and nudibranchs.
Our night dive was also on Serbete Wall highlights included a variety of crustaceans and nudis.
Monday 12th October
Overnight we travelled to Kawula Island and began our day diving at Bachatan Ledge. Highlights included grey reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and an ornate ghostpipe fish.
Our second dive was at Bachatan wall. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, and nudibranchs including the largest Spanish dancer I have ever seen.
We then headed for Komba Volcano certainly one of the many highlights of the Alore itenerary. An extremely active volcano which erupts every 20-40 minutes. We arrived in the late afternoon and had dinner watching one of nature’s greatest fireworks.
Tuesday 13th October
Overnight we travelled to Pura Island. We began our day diving Pak Jan’s Village. An incredibly beautiful wall and slope with amazing corals. A perfect way to start the day. Highlights included huge schools of fusiliers, napoleon wrasse and scorpion fish.
Our second dive was at The Boardroom. Another breath taking site where highlights included banded sea snakes, napoleon wrasse and huge schools of anthias.
We then moved into the bay of Kalabahi. Our third dive was at Mucky Mosque a muck diving site. Highlights included painted frogfish, nudibranchs, flat worms and ornate ghost pipe fish.
Our night dive was at the same site and was highly productive. Highlights included robust ghostpipe fish, bobtail squid, longfin squid, frogfish and starry night octopus.
Wednesday 14th October
In the early hours we headed back to Pura Island this time to dive on the southern side. Temperatures dropped to 23 degrees which was a bit of a shock after all the warm water. Our first dive was at Shark’s Glory but due to some fierce currents we were forced to dive on the calmer section. Amazing corals with lots of nudibranchs and large schools of anthias.
Our second dive was at clown fish Valley. A truly unique site littered with anemone’s. Highlights included nudi’s, ribbon eels and scorpion fish.
We then headed back to Kalabahi to a site known as Mini wall. Highlights included a fleeting glimpse of large tuna being chased by dolphins, nudibranchs, pipe fish and mantis shrimp.
We then headed back to Mucky Mosque for another wonderful night dive. Highlights included short fin lion fish, nudibranchs, robust ghost pipe fish and painted frogfish.
Thursday 15th October
In the early hours we headed south to a bay known as Beangabang. We spent the entire day diving in the bay and we saw incredible things. Highlights included blue ring octopus, Wunderpus, coconut octopus, long arm octopus, white V octopus, thorny seahorses, hairy frogfish, painted frogfish, robust ghostpipe fish, ornate ghostpipe fish, long fin squid and nudibranchs.
We also visited the land and had a chance to interact with the local children as well as vist the hot springs.
Friday 16th October
Having had such a wonderful day yesterday we remained at Beangabang in the hope of finding more amazing creatures. Once again nobody was disappointed. Highlights included papillose melibe (nudi), mimic octopus, Wunderpus, poison ocellate octopus, white V octopus, bigfin reef squid, pagasus, 7 Ornate ghostpipe fish together, robust ghost pipe fish, harlequin shrimp and frogfish.
Saturday 17th October
After dinner we moved north back to Kalabahi. Our first dive of the day was at Mucky Mosque. Highlights included banded sea snake, flat worms, nudibranchs and spiny devil fish.
We then moved to Pura Island and a site known as Blue Corner. Warm water with amazing corals. Highlights included painted frogfish and large schools of anthias and fuseliers.
During lunch we moved to Ternate Island and a site known as Babylon. Incredible corals with highlights being a very large scorpion fish, 2 white eyed morays coiled up together and a large banded sea snake.
Our night dive was at Abola’s Village. Highlights included stargazers
Sunday 18th October
We travelled west all evening arriving at Bachatan just in time to dive. We began our day diving The Ledge. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, nudibranchs, hawksbill turtle and large schools of fusiliers.
Our second dive was at The Ledge 2. Another great dive with highlights being pygmy seahorses, robust ghostpipe fish, white tip reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse and a large yellow fin tuna.
After lunch it was time to dive Palm Tree. Highlights included nudi’s, flatworms and a variety of shrimps.
Our night dive was at Loholo Village. Highlights included a large black-fin snake eel, white V octopus and a variety of crustaceans.
After dinner guests held a talent show which was incredibly fun. However I’m sure a lot of people are hoping the photographic evidence never reaches the light of day!
Monday 19th October
We travelled all night reaching Babi Island just in time to dive. We began our day diving The Crack. A great wall dive with highlights being white tip reef sharks, painted lobsters, crocodile fish and nudis.
Our second dive was at The Crack 2. Highlights included pygmy sea horses and nudis.
We enjoyed our final lunch together and the raised the sails to allow guests to photograph the Komodo dancer in all her glory. Following that we enjoyed a festive cocktail party and a final dinner together. Sadly our guests leave very early tomorrow morning and all that’s left is to thank them for a wonderful 10 days together.