Log Date: Thursday, Dec 24, 2015
Entry By: Indo Aggressor crew
Captain’s Log 24 Dec-3 Jan
Archie, Ruth, Sarah, Sofie, Ming, Viviene, Gerald, Ursula, Corin, Lizzy, Adam, Jennie, Guillaume, Hiro, Georg, Thadaea, Kay
Cruise Director: Rob
Dive Guides: Rob, Niko, Lexi
Head steward: Ushman
Friday: GLD Bay, Makasaar, Batu Balong,
Saturday: Batu Balong, Siaba, Mauwan, Wainilu
Sunday: W Reef, Secret Garden, Pusir Putih, Pusir Putih
Monday: The Alley, The Alley, Lahsera, Phinisi Wreck
Tuesday: Cannibal Rock, Pelican Head, Yellow Wall of Texas, Torpedo Alley
Wednesday: Middle Reef, Cannibal Rock, Secret Garden, Pusir Putih
Thursday: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Lighthouse Reef, Spanish Steps
Friday: Crystal Rock, Crystal Rock, Shotgun, GLD Bay
Saturday: Batu Balong, Makasaar
AIR TEMP: 29 Water Temp 24-28
Thursday 24th December
Today is arrival day on board the Komodo Dancer and with great excitement we welcomed 17 guests. We have guests from UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Austria, France and Germany. After the boat briefing we enjoyed a wonderful dinner together and celebrated Christmas Eve.
Friday 25th December
We began our cruise with a check out dive at GLD Bay. The water was 26 degrees and visibility was about 15 metres. Highlights included black tip reef shark, hawksbill turtles, green turtles and 5 leaf scorpion fish.
We then moved the boat into current city. Our second dive was at Makasaar where we hoped to find some mantas. We had an incredible dive with countless close sencounters with these wonderful creatures.
We then moved to Bidadari Island for our third dive of the day sadly visibility wasn’t very good and the water was a bit green. However we still managed to find an enormous great barracuda as well as a variety of nudibranchs, hairy squat lobster, pygmy seahorses and bumphead parrot fish.
The guests then decided to give the team an early Christmas present and decided to skip the night dive.
Saturday 26th December
We began our day diving Batu Balong. An incredible pinnacle dive full of life and amazing corals. Highlights included schooling anthias, white tip reef sharks, large hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse, giant sweetlips and giant trevally.
We then moved to Siaba kecil where the current was extremely fast. Instead of drifting with the current which would have been extremely dangerous we dived on the leeside of the island. We still had a lot of current even with the protection of the island however the corals and fish life were incredible.
After lunch we dived Mawaun the current had slowed but we enjoyed a pleasant drift dive. Highlights included a manta, black tip reef shark and an adorable little cuttlefish.
We then moved to the north of Rinja Island to an island known as Wainilu the location of our night dive. Highlights included strawberry nudibranchs, hunting morays, spiny devilfish and big fin squid.
Sunday 27th December
In the early hours we headed south to Padar Island. We began our day diving at W Reef. Three pinnacles close together with amazing corals. Highlights included Giant Frogfish, green turtles, white tip reef sharks and countless nudibranchs.
We then dived Secret Garden a great slope and mini wall combination. Highlights included schooling jacks, frogfish, and nudibranchs, mantis shrimp and leaf scorpion fish.
After lunch we dived at Pasir Putih a relaxed dive with many giant frogfish, oscillated frogfish, flying gurnards and nudibranchs.
Our night dive was highly productive with many feeding cuttlefish, big fin squid and a variety of crustaceans.
Monday 28th October
We began our day diving The Alley, crystal clear warm welcomed us down to a pristine reef full of life. Highlights included pygmy seahorses, bumphead parrot fish, napoleon wrasse and large schools of fusiliers, snappers and sweetlips.
Our second dive was also at The Alley this time diving on the western side. Sadly still no mantas but we did find painted frogfish, nudibranchs, potato grouper and large schools of reef fish.
We then moved to Lahsera the location of our third dive. Highlights included grey reef shark, white tip reef shark, green turtle and a large group of modular rays.
Our night dive was on the Phinnissi Wreck. Highlights included Spanish dancers, carrier crabs, decorator crabs and mandarin fish.
Tuesday 29th December
In the early hours we moved to the south of Rinja Island to an area known as NusaKode. Our first dive of the day was at Cannibal rock an incredible seamount full of colour. Highlights included giant trevally, giant moray, white tip reef sharks and a wide array of nudibranchs.
Our second dive was at Pelican Head a beautiful wall dive with amazing corals. Highlights included hawksbill turtles, spotted eagle ray and once again many different nudibranchs.
Our third dive was at Yellow Wall of Texas. Another wall dive with highlights including painted frogfish, ribbon eels, nudibranchs and napoleon wrasse.
We then visited the Komodo dragons that were patrolling the beach and guests got the opportunity to get up close and personal with the dragons.
Our night dive was at Torpedo Alley. Highlights included cuttlefish, carrier crabs, decorator crabs, thorny seahorses, and bobtail squid.
Wednesday 30th December
We began our day diving Middle Reef and it was absolutely spectacular. Crystal clear warm water welcomed us and we had massive schools of surgeon fish, snappers and sweetlips. The fish life was simply incredible with colour and life as far as the eye could see. We also had sightings of white tip reef sharks, giant trevally, octopus and hawksbill turtles.
Our second dive was at Cannibal Rock a wonderful seamount. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, zebra crabs and a wide array of nudibranchs.
We then moved back to Padar Island and did our third dive at secret Garden. A wonderful dive with highlights being an extremely pregnant giant frogfish, mantis shrimps, marble rays and leaf scorpion fish.
We then had a land excursion to the Pink Beach on Padar Island and watched the setting sun. A wonderful way to end the day.
Our nigfght dive was at Pusir Putih. Highlights included giant frogfish, ocellated frogfish, painted frogfish, octopus and big fin squid.
Thursday 31st December
We began our day diving Castle Rock an incredible pinnacle dive with some moderate current. Highlights included Grey Reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse and large schools of surgeon fish, giant trevally and sweetlips.
Our second dive was at Crystal Rock another great pinnacle dive. Highlights included yellow pygmy seahorses, white tip reef shark and huge schools of giantb trevally, jacks, unicorn fish and surgeon fish.
Our third dive was at Lighthouse Reef highlights included a brief sighting of a manta, hawksbill turtles and a wide array of reef fish.
We then moved into the bay of GLD and had our night dive at Spanish steps. Highlights included Spanish dancers, carrier and decorator crabs as well as cuttlefish.
It was then time to welcome in the new year and a celebratory dinner was followed by large festivities late into the evening.
Friday 1st January 2016 !!!!
We began our day diving Crystal Rock not everybody was strong enough after the festivities but for those of us feeling fresh highlights included gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and large schools of sweetlips, surgeon fish, jacks and giant trevally. We repeated Crystal Rock for our second dive.
We then moved the boat and had our third dive at the famous drift dive called Shotgun. Highlights included devil rays, mantas and white tip reef sharks.
We then moved to GLD and for those with the energy we visited the island and climed to the top of the hill. An incredible view of the Komodo National Park with a beautiful sunset.
Our night dive was at GLD Bay highlights included clown frogfish, nudibranchs and a variety of crustaceans.
Saturday 2nd January
Sadly it is our final day of diving together we began our first dive at Batu Balong. An incredible dive on an extremely health pinnacle. Highlights included a great experience with a large octopus, manta, white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, large hawksbill turtles and large schools of a variety of reef fish.
Our final dive of the trip was at Makasaar reef where we hoped to find mantas. Luck was with us and we had an incredible dive with many sightings of mantas. An incredible end to an incredible trip.
During lunch we began moving the boat to the north of Rinja Island in preparation for our official dragon trekking. We enjoyed a hike with local guides and encountered many dragons, timor deer, wild pigs and monkeys.
We then returned to the boat and hoisted our sails allowing the guests an opportunity to photograph the Komodo dancer in all her glory.
We then cruised slowly back to port in Labuan bajo. Enjoying a farewell cocktail party and a wonderful final dinner together.