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Indo aggressor 17 Feb – 27 Feb 2017 Captain’s Log
Cruise Director: Michel
Assistant Cruise Director: Rizal
Dive Guides: Rama, Tarzane
Head Steward: Polos
Jim, Sheri, Karl, Ana, John and Ralph
Temp: Air: 30 Water 26-28
Friday: GLD Bay, Spanish Steps
Saturday: Batu Bolong, Makasaar, Siaba Besar, Wainilu
Sunday: Manta Alley, Manta Alley, Loh Sera, Loh Sera
Monday: Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Crinoid Canyon, Torpedo Alley
Tuesday: Middle Reef, Pelican Head, Torpedo Alley, Torpedo Alley
Wednesday: Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Torpedo Alley, Torpedo Alley
Thursday: Boulders, Pulau Pisang, Secret Garden, Pasir Putih
Friday: Three Sisters, Secret Garden, Tatawa Besar, Spanish Step
Saturday: Golden Passage, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Shotgun, Spanish Step
Sunday: Batu Bolong, Makasaar
Tuesday 17th February 2017
Today is arrival day on board the Indo aggressor with great excitement we welcomed 6 Guests from USA and Ukraine. Around 4pm this afternoon we arrived at GLD just in time for the checkout dive. The checkout dive was in the bay of GLD, a sloping reef with lots of staghorn coral in the shallows. Highlights included: Leaf scorpionfish, Broadclub cuttlefish and Nudibranchs. The night dive was at Spanish steps. Highlights included: Nudis, Decorated crab and Octopus.
Wednesday 18th February 2017
We began our day diving at Batu Bolong, an incredible pinnacle dive with lots and lots of schooling anthias and baslets in the shallows. Highlights included: Napoleon wrasse, Giant trevally and Hawksbill turtles. The second dive was at Makasaar Reef this is where we hoped to see the manta rays. Highlights included: Mantas, Hawksbill turtles and Mantis shrimp. The third dive was at Siaba Besar, a sandy reef slope with excellent macro life. Highlights included: Cuttlefish, pipefishes, spiny devil fish and nudibranchs. The night dive was at Wainilu. Highlights included: Starry night octopus, dwarf cuttlefish and a wide array of nudibranchs.
Sunday 19th February 2017
Early this morning we arrived at the most southern spot of Komodo Island called Lankoi. The first dive was at Manta alley. Highlights included: manta ray, bumphead parrotfish and nudibranchs. The second dive was at Manta Alley as well. Highlights included: manta rays, white tip reef shark and bumphead parrot fish. After the second dive we moved to a place called Loh Sera, this is where we did the third and night dive. This sandy slope is covered in coral boomies and even has a old wreck were big schools of batfish like to hangout. Highlights included: cuttlefish, nudibranchs, harlequin pipefish,
Monday 20th February 2017
Early in the morning we arrived at the most southern part of Rinja Island called Nusakode, In this beautiful bay we anchored just of the beach that is loaded with Komodo dragons. The first dive we did was at Cannibal Rock, a submerged seamount with big schools of snappers. Highlights included: bamboo shark, white tip reef shark, nudi’s and octopus. The second dive was at Yellow Wall, This stunning wall is covered in yellow crinoids and yellow/green soft coral. Highlights included: scorpion fish, nudi’s, and giant frogfish. The third dive was at Crinoid Canyon, a beautiful wall dive. Highlights included: nudi’s, sea apples and moray eels. The night dive was a muck dive called torpedo alley. Highlights included: juvenile frogfish, decorated crabs, squad lobsters and cuttlefish.
Tuesday 21st February 2017
We began our day diving at Middle Reef, an incredible pinnacle dive covered in stunning corals and sponges. Highlights included: Octopus, Bamboo shark and nudibranchs. The second dive was at Pelican Head, A gorgeous wall covered in crinoids and soft corals. Highlights included: nurse sharks, broadclub cuttlefish, nudibranchs and coleman shrimp. The third dive was at the northern part of Torpedo Alley. Highlights included: white v octopus, cuttlefish, nudis and a wide array of crustaceans. The night dive was at Torpedo Alley. Highlights included: Torpedo ray, nudis, hairy squad lobster and starry night octopus.
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
We started off diving at Cannibal Rock, everyone enjoyed this dive site so much last time that we wanted to revisit this excellent sea mount. Highlights included: white tip reef sharks, nudibranchs and leaf scorpion fish. The second dive was at Yellow Wall, an incredible wall dive covered in yellow crinoids. Highlights included: Giant frogfish, Green turtles, Giant Trevallys and an array of Crustaceans. Dive 3 and the night dive were at Torpedo Alley again. Highlights included: boxer crab, nudibranchs, frogfish and a wide array of crustaceans.
Thursday 23rd February 2017
We began our day diving at Boulders, a reef slope with 6 huge boulders on it. These boulders are home to lots of little reef fish like anthias and baslets. Highlights included: Leaf scorpion fish, giant frogfish, nudibranchs and moray eels. The second dive was at Pulau Pisang, a small island in the middle of the Nusakode bay. Highlights included: stonefish, nudibranchs and white tip reef sharks. The third dive was at secret garden. Highlights included: giant frogfish, nudibranchs and schooling batfish. The night dive was at Pasir Putih. Highlights included: frogfish, seahorses, nudibranchs and a wide array of crustaceans.
Friday 24th February 2017
We began our day diving at 3 sisters. These 3 pinnacles are just magical with lots of fish and beautiful hard and soft corals. Highlights included: White tip reef sharks, Nudibranchs, Mantis shrimp and hawksbill turtles. The second dive was at Secret Garden. Highlights included: Sea horses, giant frogfish and a wide variety of nudibranchs. The third dive was a very gentle drift dive at Tatawa Besar Highlights included: Broadclub cuttlefish, leaf scorpionfish, white/black tip reef sharks and lots of hawksbill turtles. The night dive was at Spanish Step. Highlights included: nudis, Spanish dancers, leaf scorpionfish and a wide array of crustaceans.
Saturday 25th February 2017
We began our day diving in the bay of GLD at a dive site called the Golden Passage, a strong drift dive trough the channel between Komodo Island and GLD. Highlights included: Giant trevallys, white/black tip reef sharks, schooling batfish and mobula ray. Our second dive was just north of Gili Lawa Laut on an exciting pinnacle known as Castle Rock. Highlights included white tip reef sharks, free swimming moray, schooling trevally, giant trevally and napoleon wrasse.Our third dive was at Crystal Rock another wonderful pinnacle with many sightings of white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, jacks, schooling surgeon fish and an assortment of various reef fish. The fourth dive was at Komodo signature dive site called Shotgun. Highlights included: White tip reef sharks, giant trevallys, leaf scorpionfish and nudibranchs. Our night dive was at Spanish Steps highlights included Spanish Dancers, a variety of other nudis, carrier crabs, decorator crabs and dwarf cuttlefish.
Sunday 26th February 2017
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, Timor deer and wild pigs.
On returning to the boat we hoisted the sails and guests got the opportunity to have a final photo of the Indo aggressor in all her glory. 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.
Anastasiia, John and Sheri