Indo Aggressor 20th May until 30th May Captain’s Log
Cruise Director: Rob
Head Steward: Rizal
Dive Guides: Rob. Niko, Lexi
Brian, Joanne, Francois, Didi, Jean, Bob, Neal, Bill, Luke, Madeleine, Diane, Jean, Peter, Sonja, Yuri, Aki
Saturday: Phinnissi Wreck, The Alley, Secret Garden, Pusir Putih
Sunday: Batu Balong, Makasaar, GLD Passage, Spanish Steps
Monday: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Lighthouse, West Point
Tuesday: Tatawa Besar, Tatawa Kecil, Sebayur, Sebayur
Wednesday: West Point, Rollercoaster, K2, Circus
Thursday: Hot Rocks, Technos, Bontoh Village, Bontoh Village
Friday: Black Magic, Sebayur Resort, Steep Sebayur, Sebayur Resort
Saturday: Angel Reef, Long Reef
Sunday :Benoa Port
WATER TEMP: 24-30 Air Temp: 30-32
Friday 20th May
Today is arrival day on board the Indo Aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 16 guests from the USA, Canada and Japan. After the boat briefing and lunch we headed to the north of Rinja for our official dragon trek. We saw many large Komodo Dragons as well as two juveniles around 1 and 2 years old as well as Timor deer, wild pigs and monkeys. We then returned to the boat and headed to Lahsera on the south of Komodo Island.
Saturday 21st May
We began our day with a check dive on the Phinnissi Wreck highlights included nudibranchs, hawks bill turtles, orangutan crabs and schooling bat fish.
We then moved to Langkoi where we hoped to find mantas although we had large swell to deal with the mantas were out in full force. Everybody had incredible encounters with these graceful and gentle creatures.
We then moved north to Padar Island and had our third dive at Secret Garden, a great wall slope combination. Highlights included many giant frog fish, mantis shrimps, leaf scorpion fish as well as incredible corals. For those with the energy we had a hike on Padar Island to the Pink Beach, a magical Island uninhabited and incredibly beautiful. Wildlife included Timor Deer and enormous spiders as well as footprints from Komodo Dragons!!!!!
Our night dive was at Pusir Putih highlights included spiny devil fish, ornate ghostpipe fish, giant frog fish and an assortment of hunting morays.
Sunday 22nd May 2016
Overnight night we headed north and began our day diving in an area known as Current City. We had our first dive at Batu Balong an incredible pinnacle dive. Crystal clear water with highlights bejing schooling anthias, giant trevally and fusiliers as well as white tip reef sharks, hawks bill turtles, giant barracuda, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses and napoleon wrasse.
Our second dive at Makassar was mind blowing manta after manta after manta.
We then moved to GLD Passage for our third dive a great drift with highlights of cuttlefish, leaf scorpion fish, giant trevally and white tip reef sharks.
For those with the energy a land excursion to the top of GLD was offered the pay off being an incredible birds eye view of the Komodo National Park.
Our night dive at Spanish Steps and was incredible highlights included many Spanish Dancers, broad club cuttlefish and free swimming morays.
Monday 23rd May 2016
We began our day diving two amazing pinnacle dives namely Castle and Crystal Rock. Highlights included gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, octopus, yellow pygmy seahorses as well as schooling Jacks, giant trevally and oriental sweet lips.
Our third dive was at Lighthouse Reef a wonderful reef slope with great corals, Highlights included dog tooth tuna, hawks bill turtles, leaf scorpion fish and nudibranchs.
Our night dive was at west point a healthy reef slope. Highlights included many painted lobsters, green turtles, hunting white tip reef sharks, dwarf cuttlefish, cling fish and nudibranchs.
Tuesday 24th May 2016
We headed back into current city for our first two morning dives. We began diving Tatawa Besar a great drift dive on a healthy reef slope. Highlights included leaf scorpion fish, hawksbill turtles, giant trevally and schooling fusiliers, red snapper, sweet lips and spade fish.
Our second dive was at Tatawa Kecil highlights included gray reef sharks, black tip reef shark, hawks bill turtles and schooling assortment of snappers.
We then moved to Sebayur Island for our third dive on a coral slope. Highlights included many leaf scorpion fish, flying gurnards, jaw fish and crocodile fish.
We had our night dive at Sebayor Island highlights included Spanish dancers, bamboo sharks, soft coral crabs, blue ring octopus and a large variety of crustaceans.
Wednesday 25th May 2016
In the very early hours we began heading west out of the national park to Banta Island. We began our day diving Roller coaster an incredible drift dive on a magnificent wall. Highlights included nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, groupers, coral cat shark and schooling snappers.
Our second dive at West point was amazing we were surrounded by mantas and incredible corals for the entire dive.
Our third dive was at K2 a great wall and slope combination. More of a macro site where highlights included juvenile spotted sweet lips, hairy squat lobsters, painted frog fish and of course an array of nudibranchs.
Our night dive was at Circus where highlights included many reticulated stargazers, cuttle fish, stone fish, cockatoo wasp fish, octopus, nudibranchs as well as an assortment of snake eels.
Thursday 26th May 2016
In the very early hours we headed towards Sangeang Volcano. We began our day on the signature dive site of the area known as Hot Rocks. Highlights included sulphur bubbles permeating from the black volcanic sand as well as a host of nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, mantis shrimp, octopus and a variety of nudibranchs.
Our second dive was at Techno incredible corals set against black sand. Highlights included a wide array of nudibranchs, mantis shrimps, leaf scorpion fish, pygmy seahorses, cuttlefish and painted frog fish.
Our third dive was at Bontoh Village once again highlights included an array of nudibranchs, Jenkins rays, stone fish and a lot of cuttlefish. We then had a land excursion to the local village where we inspected the local herd of domestic buffalo as well as their ship building expertise and got a chance to interact with the locals.
Our night dive was also at Bontoh village where highlights included ornate ghost pipe fish, nudibranchs, cuttlefish and harlequin crabs.
Friday 27th May 2016
We travelled all night arriving at Satonda Island just in time to dive. We began our day diving Satonda Reef a beautiful tranquil site with good coral. Highlights included ornate ghostpipe fish, nudibranchs and a variety of reef fish.
Our second dive was at Satonda Resort another interesting reef slope. Highlights included cuttlefish, pygmy seahorses and flatworms.
Our third dive was at Sebayor Reef. Highlights included many painted lobsters, nudibranchs, baby hawks bill turtles and juvenile emperor angel fish.
A land excursion was then on offer to visit the Island and take a walk to the lake in the centre of the Island, an Island known for its large residence of flying foxes.
Our night dive was at Satonda Resort highlights included stargazers, dragon sea moths, flounders and octopus.
For those not night diving they got the opportunity to watch thousands of flying foxes leaving the Island of Satonda in search of food whilst at the same time enjoying a spectacular sunset.
Friday 27th May 2016
In the early hours we headed west to Moyo Island. Due to the long crossing we only have two dives on offer today. The first was at Angel Reef a magnificent wall dive highlights included white tip reef sharks, juvenile white tip reef sharks, black tip reef sharks and schooling fusiliers.
Our second dive was at Long Reef a fabulous seamount highlights included octopus, ribbon eels, trevally and schooling fusiliers.
We then began the long crossing towards Bali and travelled for the remainder of the day and all evening.
Saturday 28th May 2016
We then began the long crossing to Bali only reaching Benoa at about 6pm., along the way we hoisted the sails so guests could photograph the Indo Aggressor in all her glory. We also enjoyed a farewell cocktail party and a wonderful final dinner together.