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Log Date: Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018
Entry By: Indo Aggressor crew









 



March28, 2018



Your itinerary in brief

Dive Day 1: 29th March 2018. Dawera/Dawelor.

07:45: Dive 1 – Mushroom Rock.

10:45: Dive 2 – Coliseum.

14:00: Dive 3 – Dawera Reef.

Dive Day 2: 30th March 2018. Serua.

06:45: Dive 4 – Serua Kecil.

09:45: Dive 5 – Serua Kecil.

14:45: Dive 6 – Nildesperandun.

Dive Day 3: 31st March 2018. Terbang/Nusleur.

07:15: Dive 7 – Terbang Utara North.

10:00: Dive 8 – Terbang Utara South.

14:00: Dive 9 – Nusleur.

Dive Day 4: 1st April 2018. Maopora/Laut (Romang area).

07:15: Dive 10 – Pulau Laut.

10:00: Dive 11 – Kital.

14:00: Dive 12 – Yellow.

16:00: Afternoon beach walk.

Dive Day 5: 2nd April 2018. Reong.

07:00: Dive 13 – Reong Wall.

10:00: Dive 14 – Reong Reef.

14:00: Dive 15 – South Wall.

 


 

Dive Day 6: 3rd April 2018. Alor.

07:00: Dive 16 – Yann Village.

11:00: Dive 17 – Yann Village

15:00: Dive 18 – Mucky Mosque

18:30: Dive 19 – Mucky Mosque

Dive Day 7: 4th April 2018. Beangabang.

07:45: Dive 20 – Hot Property

10:15: Dive 21 – Hot Property/Black Fingers

14:15: Dive 22 – Hot Property/ Black Fingers

17:00: Dive 23 – Hot property

Dive Day 8: 5th April 2018. South West Pantar.

09:45: Dive 24 – Fisherman’s Cove

11:30: Dive 25 – Batu Walu

15:00: Dive 26 – Batang

Dive Day 9: 6th April 2018. Lembata.

07:30: Dive 27 – Bacatan Ledges

11:00: Dive 28 – Lohollo Village

14:30: Dive 29 – Eagle Point

18:45: Dive 30 – Lohollo Village

Dive Day 10:

11:15: Dive 34

8th April 2018 Maumere.      

Departure Maumere.

 


 

Cruise Overview

Our cruise for the next eleven days started off in the small harbour town of Saumlaki. It is here where all the guest boarded the Indo Aggressor. After having setup all dive equipment, enjoyed lunch and listened to the general briefing it was about 5pm when we left the Saumlaki harbour on our way Dawera which is about 75nm north west of Saumlaki.

When we woke up the following morning we had already arrived at Dawera. We got the tenders in the water, checked out the dive site and gave a briefing about our check-out dive. Conditions were excellent with crystal clear and warm water. We then enjoyed two more dives, one around Dawelor and the third dive back at Dawera. After our third dive we loaded up the tenders and headed 90nm north for Serua.

Around 5am we arrived at Serua, around 6am we enjoyed a stunning sunrise and at 6.30am we started our dive activities a little earlier in the hope to spot the scalloped hammerheads around Serua Kecil. The second dive was at Serua Kecil as well, and for the third dive we headed 25nm south west to Nildesperandum.

On March 31st we began diving around the Terbang area, the 2 dive sites visited were around Terbang Utara. We dived the most southern and most northern tip of Terbang Utara. After finishing the two morning dives we did our third dive over at Nusleur.

During dinner we were already moving again on our way to the next group of islands. This time we were heading about 50nm West to Maopora where we arrived at about 1am and dropped anchor. Finally, after 5 days our big engine was given a rest.

Around 5pm on April 1st we fired up the engine and hoisted the anchor we headed further west, about 80nm to an island called Reong. This will be the last island in the Forgotten Islands that we visit.

In the early hours this morning we arrived in Alor and started our diving activities around Pura island for the first two dives. We then moved our operation into the Kalabahi inlet to finish the day.

The following morning, we left the Kalabahi inlet around 4am and headed west to Beangabang which is located on south west of Pantar island. We remained in the Beangabang Bay for the full day and had some excellent critter dives.

From Beangabang we headed further west and then North trough the Pantar straight, on the way we visited some excellent dive sites on the south side of Pantar such as Fisherman’s Cove and Batu Walu.

We then continued diving the north side of Lembata island, diving some excellent walls and we did two critter dives at Lohollo Village.

Today is our last day of diving, we started of diving at Pengabatang and finfished our diving activities at Babi island.

 

29th March 2018

Dive 1: Mushroom Rock

Time in: 07:30. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: excellent.

After we left the Saumlaki harbour at about 5pm the previous day we arrived at Dawera Island at about 6am on March the 29th. The sky was blue and everybody was ready to get in the water for the first dive of this trip.

Location: Dawera Island is located 12 nautical miles north east of the bigger island Babar. our dive site was on the east side of the island.

Dive type: Since this was our check-out dive we started of over a large sand patch at about 5 metres. After having checked our weights and equipment we made our way over to the wall part of the dive site. The shoulder of the wall is overgrown with a variety of hard corals. On the wall itself we found large smoking barrel sponges.

Special marine life: barracudas, giant trevally, hawksbill turtles and dog toothed tunas.

 

Dive 2: Coliseum

Time in: 10:45 Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: excellent.

After finishing our check dive at Dawera we moved our operation about 5nm south to dive around a island called Dawelor. After having arrived at Dawelor we reported to the local village, checked out the dive site and went for our second dive of the day.

Location: 5nm south of Dawera, our dive site is on the north east side of the island.

Dive type: The Coliseum is quite similar to our previous dive site at Dawera, again we have a sloping reef till about 8 metres or so and from there a steep wall drops all the way to 60+ metres. Once we got in the water we followed the current east. Again we got lucky on this dive site with schooling barracuda.

Special marine life: schooling barracuda, giant trevally, dog toothed tuna and a couple of nudibranchs.

 

Dive 3: Dawera Reef

Time In: 14:00. Visibility: excellent. Water Temperature: 28°C

After having enjoyed our lunch aboard the Indo Aggressor and relaxed a little bit on the sundeck it was time for our third and last dive of the day at Dawera Reef.

Location: Dawera Reef is just south of Mushroom Rock.

Dive type: Crystal clear and warm water welcomed us again on our third dive of the day. We started of in the shallow coral garden which is made out of hard and soft corals, small reef fish find shelter here but we also had some sightings of hawksbill and green turtles. The drop off itself was overgrown with large gorgonians and here and there some large overhang.

Special marine life: hawksbill & green turtles, dog toothed tuna, giant trevally and nudibranchs.

 

30th March 2018

Dive 4: Serua Kecil

Time in: 06:45. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: excellent.

After a very easy crossing of 90nm miles we arrived at Serua Kecil at about 5am this morning. Serua is known for schooling scalloped hammerheads. Because of this we started our dive activities a little earlier than usual.

Location: most northern tip of Serua Kecil.

Dive type: this dive site is a combination of a sloping reef and a wall. The hard coral formations in the shallow area are just stunning and the large amount of small reef fish in the deep tops it all off! During our first dive here we got lucky with about 3 scalloped hammerheads and one group saw a blue marlin.

Special marine life: scalloped hammerheads, blue marlin, schooling jacks and a black spotted moray eel.

 

Dive 5: Serua Kecil

Time in: 09:45. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: excellent.

After having completed our first dive at Serua Kecil we came back to the main yacht to enjoy our second breakfast. After breakfast was finished we got back in the water in the hope to spot more scalloped hammerheads.

Location: most northern tip of Serua Kecil.

Dive type: this dive site is a combination of a sloping reef and a wall. The hard coral formations in the shallow area are just stunning and the large amount of small reef fish in the deep tops it all off! During our first dive here we got lucky with about 3 scalloped hammerheads and one group saw a blue marlin.

Special marine life: scalloped hammerheads, blue marlin, schooling jacks and a black spotted moray eel.

Dive 6: Nildesperandun

Time in: 14:45. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: excellent.

Once back from our second dive we all relaxed for a bit and started our 20nm trip to Nildesperandun while enjoying a nice lunch. Nildesperandun is large submerged reef with a diameter of about .8nm and is known for hammerhead sightings.

Location: East side of Nildesperandun

Dive type: This dive was not our typical Forgotten Islands wall dive but actually a sloping reef. We started of on the east side and drifted with a very gentle current in a north east direction. Soon we spotted a huge marbled stingray in the deep and not soon after we had more sightings of scalloped hammerheads.

Special marine life: scalloped hammerheads, moray eels, marbled stingray and hawksbill turtles.

 

31st March 2018

Dive 7: Terbang Utara North

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

After a 80nm trip south west we arrived the Terbang dive area at about 5am this morning. We had another very easy going crossing with flat seas and almost no wind. The Terbang area consist out of two small island, Terbang Utara (North) and Terbang Selatan (South) we began our dive activities around Terbang Utara.

Location: Terbang Utara is 6nm South of the bigger island Damar. Our dive site was on the most Northern tip of Terbang Utara.

Dive type: Stunning shallow area with beautiful hard corals and lots of small reef fish. Just of te reef into the blue we saw large schools of small baitfish. The drop off starts at about 3 metres and drops down to over a 100 metres in certain places. The wall itself has some beautiful overhang with colourful soft corals growing on it.

Special marine life: leaf scorpion fish, moray eels, green turtles and dog toothed tunas.

 

Dive 8: Terbang Utara South

Time in: 10:00. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

For our second dive of the day we didn’t have to move our operation a lot because our next dive site was on the other side of Terbang Utara, the second dive was at the most southern point of Terbang Utara.

Location: most southern tip of Terbang Utara.

Dive type: When we entered the water there was almost no current so we decided to start the dive with the reef on our left shoulder. After about 15 minutes we noticed a little bit of a current and decided to turn around. Our sloping reef soon turned into a steep wall and once we reached the corner we found large schools of fish and a variety of vary colourful soft coral.

Special marine life: schooling jacks, moray eels, octopus, dog toothed tuna and some nudibranchs.

 

Dive 9: Nusleur

Time in: 14:00. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

After we finished our second dive we headed 15nm north west to two small islands called Nusleur. During our trip over we all enjoyed an Indonesian style lunch buffet.

Location: 15nm north west of Terbang Utara.

Dive type: this reef started of as a rubble reef slope that at first sight didn’t look very promising, but as we descended further next to the wall we noticed large patches of soft corals in all colours you can imagine. A couple of the groups were lucky to see a scalloped hammerhead patrolling the deep area of the dive site.

Special marine life: dog toothed tunas, scalloped hammerhead, moray eels and schooling ruby snappers.

 

1st April 2018

Dive 10: Pulau Laut

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

This was the first night that we didn’t have to travel for hours. We reached Maopora at about 1am this morning after which we dropped anchor and gave our engine a little bit of a rest.  

Location: Pulau Laut is located east of the bigger island Romang.

Dive type: This was our first dive with some real current on this trip. We dropped in over a steep reef slope were we drifted with a gentle current. After about 10 -15 minutes we ended up on a sandy plateau where the current really picked up. Due to this strong current there was a lot happening in this area, we had schooling giant trevally, nurse, silver tips and white tip sharks in the area.

Special marine life: nurse sharks, giant trevally, silver tip sharks, white tip reef sharks.

 

Dive 11: Kital

Time in: 10:00. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

For our second dive we didn’t have to move our dive operation because the islands in the Maopora area are all very close to each other. After breakfast was finished we prepared our second dive of the day.

Location: East of Romang

Dive type: Our second dive was at a dive site we had not dived before so it was a little bit of an exploratory dive. The dive site was a reef slope that gently disappeared into the deep. Fields of hard and soft corals made this an excellent place to search for cuttlefish.

Special marine life: silvertip sharks, cuttlefish, moray eels and green turtles.

 

Dive 12: Yellow

Time in: 14:00. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

Our third and last dive of the day was at ???????? we visited this dive site on our previous trip and it was a great site for cuttlefish, silver tip harks and turtles. After we finished our dive some of us headed to the beach to enjoy some time in the sun.

Location: East of Romang

Dive type: Our third dive is a sandy reef slope with many large coral heads in the 10 – 15 metre area, this is where we started our dive and saw a few silver tip sharks passing by. After about 30 minutes in we continued our dive in the shallower area over the the large fields of soft corals, again searching for cuttlefish.

Special marine life: silvertip sharks, cuttlefish, moray eels, nurse shark and green turtles.

 

2nd April 2018

Dive 13: Reong Wall

Time in: 07:00. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

In the early hours this morning we arrived at Reong Island. We were on time and ready to go explore these stunning reefs!  

Location: Reong is located north west of Wetar.

Dive type: This first dive started of as a gentle drift dive but soon turned into a fast/exciting drift dive. The wall was completely overgrown with black corals in which anthias made their home.

Special marine life: grey reef shark, giant trevally, silver tip sharks, white tip reef sharks.

 

Dive 14: Reong Reef

Time in: 10:00. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

Location: Reong is located north west of Wetar.

Dive type: Our second dive was on a sloping reef for a change. A nice gentle reef slope that had many large coral heads on it. We followed the current in a northern direction and had a couple sightings of sharks and hawksbill turtles as well as many fusiliers.

Special marine life: white tips, giant trevallies, hawksbill turtles and some nudibranchs.

 

Dive 15: South Wall

Time in: 14:00. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

Our third and last dive of the day was at South Wall.

Location: Reong is located north west of Wetar.

Dive type: Our second dive was an exciting drift dive along the southern wall of Reong Island. This reef was actually a combination of a wall and a sloping reef. The sloping reef was covered in an abundance of fish life, schooling anthias and fusiliers were seen here. The wall had large gorgonians growing on it and in the blue we saw the occasional turtle and grey reef shark swimming past.

Special marine life: silvertip sharks, grey reef sharks, moray eels and green turtles.

 

3rd April 2018

Dive 16 & 17: Yann Village

Time in: 10:00. Water temperature: 26°C.Visibility: good.

We began our day diving at Yann Village, this is a great critter dive and the main site in Alor to find rhinopias.

Location: Yann Village is located at Pura Island, start by the dock.

Dive type: We began our dive close to the main dock in front of the village and from there made our way down on to the black sand reef slope. On this reef you find lots of large and small coral heads with many different sorts of hard and soft corals on it. The main attraction on this dive site are the rhinopias and we were in luck today with finding 3 different rhinopias is a variety of colours.

Special marine life: nudibranchs, rhinopias, ribbon eels and Coleman shrimp.

 

Dive 18 & 19: Mucky Mosque

Time in: 15:00. Water temperature: 26°C.Visibility: good.

For our third and night dive we moved our operation a couple miles east into the Kalabahi inlet.

Location: Mucky Mosque is located in the Kalabahi inlet.

Dive type: Mucky Mosque is one of the best critter dive sites in Alor, the dive site itself is a sloping reef over black sand. Here and there you might find a large coral head or someone’s old shoes. The mooring blocks for the boats above us act as critter magnets and many times you can find a lot of marine life around it.

Special marine life: rhinopias, zebra crab, Coleman shrimp, ornate and robust ghost pipefish.

 

4th April 2018

Dive 20: Hot Property

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: good.

Early this morning we left the Kalabahi inlet and made our way to Beangabang. On our way we were lucky to spot a blue whale in the distance.

Location: Beangabang is a small bay located south east Pantar.

Dive type: When you start this dive you might think in the beginning that its not very good, black sand everywhere. But if you follow your guide and make sure you check every little rock or piece of thrash you soon see the beauty of this dive site.

Special marine life: robust & ornate ghost pipefish, frogfish, seahorse, juvenile stingray and many different shrimp.

 

Dive 21 & 22: Hot Property/Black Fingers

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: good.

For the second dive we split the groups up because the black sand critter diving is not for everyone. The blue and black team went over to a reef called Black Fingers and the red team with the die hard photographers stayed in the bay hunting for critters on the sand.

Location: Beangabang is a small bay located south east Pantar.

Dive type: We started our dive on the West side of the Beangabang bay and swam in a southern direction. The reef started off as a gentle sloping reef with here and there some large coral heads with an abundance of fish life around it. We also encountered a couple of mini walls that where beautifully covered in yellow and orange soft corals.

Special marine life: Moray eels, Octopus, Nudibranchs and Ornate ghost pipefish.

 

Dive 23: Hot Property

Time in: 18:30. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: good.

Early this morning we left the Kalabahi inlet and made our way to Beangabang. On our way we were lucky to spot a blue whale in the distance.

Location: Beangabang is a small bay located south east Pantar.

Dive type: When you start this dive you might think in the beginning that its not very good, black sand everywhere. But if you follow your guide and make sure you check every little rock or piece of thrash you soon see the beauty of this dive site.

Special marine life: robust & ornate ghost pipefish, frogfish, seahorse, juvenile stingray and many different shrimp.

 

5th April 2018

Dive 24: Fisherman’s Cove

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: good.

At about 3am this morning we left the Beangabang Bay and headed west, we started our diving activities on the south east side of Pantar.

Location: South east Pantar.

Dive type: We started this dive of in a small protected cove. We followed the sloping reef down to about 20 metres. That’s were a part of the reef went further out into the blue, following this reef will bring you to three or four massive boulders that are covered in black corals and fish.

Special marine life: octopus, schooling anthias and surgeon fish, nudibranchs and many oriental sweetlips.

 

Dive 25: Batu Walu

Time in: 11:30. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: good.

The second dive this morning was in the Pantar straight at the most southern island. The dive was a little later then planned due to the distance travelled to the dive site. Another factor that made us a little late was the strong current that runs trough this straight.

Location: most southern island in the Pantar straight.

Dive type: This reef is very much subjected to current and you’re only able to dive this site on the lee side. The reef is about a hundred metres long

Special marine life: Moray eels, Octopus, Nudibranchs and Ornate ghost pipefish.

 

Dive 26: Batang

Time in: 15:00. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: good.

The third dive was again a little later then planned due to the distance we had to cover to the next dive site. When we arrived we were surprised to see that the island is inhabited. The last time we were here it was an island with no inhabitants.

Location: Batang is the most northern island in the Pantar straight.

Dive type: This dive was an exciting drift dive past a very steep wall, here and there some overhang and small cavern in which you could hide from the current for a second. On the wall you can find a lot of black coral as well as beautiful sponge formations and lots and lots of fish.

Special marine life: dog toothed tuna, grey reef shark, white tip reef sharks, green turtles and barracudas.

 

6th April 2018

 

Dive 27: Bacatan Ledges

Time in: 07:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Marginal, 10 metres.

We started our day of diving at Bacatan which is north on Bacatan.

Location: Lembata Island

Dive type: Bacatan Ledges starts of as a gentle sloping reef till about 10 metres where a steep wall drops off into the deep. The wall itself is covered in large gorgonians and some beautiful yellow soft coral.

Special marine life: Black-tip and white-tip reef-sharks, spine cheeked anemone fish as well as some nice nudibranchs.

 

Dive 28: Lohollo Village

Time in: 11:00. Water temperature: 28°C.

The second dive was done at Lohollo Village, a beautiful village at the base of a volcano.

Location: Lembata Island

Dive type: We started this dive on the sand but then went reef left and onto the sloping coral reef. Another option is staying on the sand and hunt for weird critters but we left that for the night dive this time. On the reef you can find large sponge formations as well as many sergeant majors and fusiliers.

Special marine life: Ornate ghost pipefish, leaf scorpionfish, soft coral crab and a large marbled stingray.

 

Dive 29: Eagle Point

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: Marginal, 10 metres.

Our third dive was back in the outer areas of Bacatan again, on a wall dive called Eagle Point. We frequently spot eagle rays and schooling barracudas on this excellent dive site.

Location: Lembata Island

Dive type: Shallow gentle sloping reef that with sand patches that gradually turns into a steep wall covered in a variety of hard and soft corals.

Special marine life: Green turtles, Black tip reef sharks, nudibranchs.

 

Dive 30: Lohollo Village

Time in: 18:45. Water temperature: 28°C.

The third night dive of the trip was done at the Lohollo Village, surprisingly almost everyone joined for this excellent night dive in front of the beautiful village that lays at the base of a stunning volcano.

Location: Lembata Island

Dive type: This night dive is a real critter dive over black sand. Stargazers, pipehorse, seahorses

Special marine life: Stargazers, pipehorse, seahorses.

 

6th April 2018

 

Dive 31: Pengabatang

Time in: 07:30. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Marginal, 10 metres.

Location: Maumere Harbour.

Dive type: This is actually a very interesting reef with two reefs, as we start our descend over the sloping reef we hit the sand at about 18 metres, If you follow the sand further out there will be a second reef starting at about 22 metres with lots of reef fish and the occasional reef sharks swimming past.

Special marine life: Black-tip and white-tip reef-sharks, spine cheeked anemone fish as well as some nice nudibranchs.

 

Dive 32: Lobster Wall

Time in: 11:00. Water temperature: 28°C.

Location: Maumere Harbour.

Dive type: Our last dive of the trip was at Lobster Wall which is an excellent wall dive with great fish life and as the name suggests many lobster. During this dive we spotted about 14 large lobsters hiding in the wall.

Special marine life: Ornate ghost pipefish, leaf scorpionfish, soft coral crab and a large marbled stingray and lobsters.