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Indo aggressor 07 Dec – 17 Dec 2016 Captain’s Log
Cruise Director: Michel
Dive Guides: Tarzane, Rizal
Head Steward: Wayan
Mark, David, Stuart, Margaret, Linda, Daniel, Martine, Wolfgang, Manfred, Yang, Bai, Ted, Scott
Temp: Air: 30 Water 27-28
Thursday: GLD, Batu Balong, Makasaar, Spanish steps
Friday: Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, GLD Passage, Stargazer slope
Saturday: Rollercoaster, West point, K2, Circus
Sunday: Batomoncu bay, Toro Batu, Big nose, Spanish steps
Monday: Batu Balong, Siaba Kecil, Shotgun, Wainilu
Tuesday: Yellow Wall, Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley, Torpedo Alley
Wednesday: 3 Sisters, Pillar Steen, Secret Garden, Pasir Puti
Thursday: Tatawa Basaar, Tatawa Kecil, Sabayor, Sabayor
Friday: Batu Balong, Makasaar
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Today is arrival day on board the Indo aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 13 Guests from USA, Germany, UK, Netherlands, China, Australia. Due to late arrivals we had no time to dive but enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the way to an island known as Gili Lawa Darat. Arriving in time for our first dinner together.
Thursday 8th December 2016
We began our day with a check out dive in the bay of GLD. Crystal clear warm water welcomed us. Highlights included Manta ray, Hawksbill turtle and an assortment of colourful reef fish.
Our second dive was Batu Balong. An incredible pinnacle covered in small reef fish like red fuseliers and schooling anthias. Highlights included: Hawksbill turtle’s, Napoleon wrasse and free swimming giant moray eels. For the third dive we went to Makasaar reef hoping to find the Manta rays. We were very lucky as the Manta rays were out by the dozens. Highlights included: Emperor shrimp, Ribbon eels, Nudibranch’s Bumphead parrot fish, white tip reef shark and MANTA RAYS. The night dive we did at Spanish steps. Highlights included: Dwarf cuttlefish, Spanish dancers and a variety of crustaceans.
Friday 9th December 2016
This morning we started diving just north of Gili Lawa Laut at a dive site called Crystal Rock. A wonderful pinnacle dive, as we entered the water we were greeted by a Giant Trevallys and Jacks hunting in the blue. Highlights included: White tip reef shark, Grey reef shark, Giant trevallys and Napoleon wrasse. Our second dive was another incredible pinnacle dive at castle rock. Highlights included: Black/White tip reef sharks. Giant trevally and hawksbill turtles. For the third dive we went to GLD Passage, a nice drift dive with sightings of: Schooling batfish, Black and white tip reef shark, Green and Hawksbill turtle’s and Nudibranchs. And on our way back to the boat we had a sighting of a whale shark. Our night dive we did at Komodo steps. Highlights included: Nudibranchs, Octopus and a variety of crustaceans.
Saturday 10th December 2016
Early this morning we moved the boat just west of Gililawa Daret to an island called Banta.
The first dive we did was called Rollercoaster, a slope wall combination with a lot of colorful soft corals. Highlights included: Manta ray, Schooling barracuda and banded sea snakes. The second dive we did at West point. This is where we hoped to see lots of Manta rays, and yet again luck was on our side. Trough out the whole dive we had lots of giant manta rays circling us and putting up a very impressive feeding display. Highlights included: Manta rays, Banded sea snakes and white tip reef sharks. The third dive we did at a dive site called K2. This sandy slope has a lot of corral bomies, were lots of macro stuff likes to hangout. Highlights included: juvenile barramundi, Frogfish, Leaf scorpion fish and a variety of nudibranchs. The night dive we did at circus. Highlights included: Stargazers, Octopus, Devil scorpion fish, stonefish and a wide variety of nudibranchs.
Sunday 11th December 2016
This Morning we started diving at a site called Batomoncu bay, a sandy slope with big coral boomies scattered around. Highlights included: Leaf scorpion fish, Mantis shrimp and a variety of nudibranchs. The second dive we did at Toro Batu, A super healthy coral reef with lots of schooling anthias. Highlights included: Pygmy seahorses, Black tip reef sharks and green turtles. For the third dive we went to Big nose, A wall slope combination with lots of whip corals. Highlights included: whip coral shrimp, Mantis shrimp, Mobula rays and Black tip reef sharks.
The night dive we did at Spanish steps. Highlights included: Spanish dancers, Black tip reef shark and dwarf cuttlefish.
Monday 12th December 2016
Today we started diving at a site called Batu Balong, an incredible pinnacle dive. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, large hawksbill turtles, giant morays, nudis and schooling fusiliers and giant trevally. The second dive we did at Siaba Kecil, amazing corals and highlights included white tip reef sharks, a wide array of nudibranchs, hawksbill turtles and a wide assortment of reef fish. The third dive we did at the famous site called shotgun. Highlights included: Manta ray, White tip reef sharks, Giant trevallys and mobula rays. For the night dive we went to Wainilu. Highlights included: Frogfish, Spanish dancers and a variety of crustaceans.
Tuesday 13th December 2016
At 7am this morning we arrived in Nusakode. The first dive we did was Yellow wall, a stunning wall covered in yellow soft corals and crinoids. Highlights included: Giant frogfish, Warty frogfish, Hawksbill turtle and a variety of nudibranchs. The second dive was at cannibal rock. Cannibal rock is a stunning sea mount with a beautiful coral garden were big school of fish like to hang out in the shallows. Highlights included: Nudibranchs, White tip reef sharks, whip coral shrimp and Mantis shrimp. For the third dive we did a muck dive called torpedo alley. Highlight included: Frogfish, Mating cuttlefish, seahorses and a wide variety of crustaceans. The night dive we did at torpedo alley as well. Highlights included: Nudibranchs, Frogfish and seahorses.
Wednesday 14th December 2016
We began our day diving at 3 sisters, 3 sisters is a dive site around the island of Padar.
3 stunning pinnacles rise up from 20 meters to about 5 meters beneath the surface. Highlights included: White tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, Juvenille emperor angelfish and a variety of nudibranchs. The second dive we did at Pillar Steen, an incredible wall dive. Highlights included: Black tip reef shark, Coleman shrimp and a variety of nudibranchs. For the third dive we went to Secret Garden, A sandy slope with a beautiful mini wall covered in soft corals. Highlights included: 4 Giant frogfish, Coleman shrimp, Cuttlefish and a variety of nudibranchs.
The night dive we did at Pasir Puti. Highlights included: swimming giant frogfish, flying gurnard and a variety of crustaceans
Thursday 15th December 2016
We began out day diving at Tatawa Kecil highlights included stunning corals as well as Napoleon wrasse, white tip reef sharks and schooling jacks. The second dive we did at Sebayor. Highlights included: Cuttlefish, Spotted eagle rays and a variety of nudibranchs. The third dive was at Tatawa besaar, a drift dive over an incredible healthe coral reef. Highlights included: Manta rays, Spotted eagle rays, Leaf scorpionfish and a variety of nudibranchs. The night dive was at coral garden. We had many sightings of: Spanish dancers, dwarf cuttlefish and a wide array of crustaceans. After the diving we had dinner and Celebrated Scott’s birthday.
Friday 16th December 2016
Our first dive was at Batu Balong an incredible pinnacle dive highlights included schooling anthias, giant trevally, white tip reef sharks, giant morays, nudibranchs and schooling fuseliers.
Our final dive of the trip was at Makassar where we hoped to find mantas.
We then headed to the north of Rinja Island and anchored just off the island of Wainilu in preparation for our official dragon trekking experience. We had close encounters with Komodo Dragons, monkeys and timor deer. On our way back to port guests enjoyed a farewell cocktail party followed by a viewing of the official trip video and a small award ceremony. We then enjoyed a farewell dinner together on board the Indo Aggressor. Sadly tomorrow is departure day and guests disembark.
Margaret, Yang and Martine