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Log Date: Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019
Entry By: Indo Aggressor crew









 

Cruising Komodo

27th August- 5th September 2019

IA2019-17

Your itinerary in brief

27TH August 2019. 

All guests arrived on board on the morning so we have had some time go get to the cabins and get to know the boat and meet each other plus the crew, and around 4pm we started navigating towards our first stop in Sebayor for our check dive.

Dive Day 1: 27th August 2019. Sebayor

07:30: Dive 1- Sebayor Kecil 

10:45: Dive 2- Sebayor Wall

15:30: Dive 3- Tatawa Besar

18:00: Dive 4- Wainilu

Dive Day 2: 28th August 2019. Pulau Banta

07:30: Dive 5- K2 

10:45: Dive 6- Rollercoasters

15:30: Dive 7- Star Wars

18:00: Dive 8- The Circus

Dive Day 3: 29th August 2019. Pulau Sangeang

07:30: Dive 9- Tekno Reef

10:30: Dive 10- Bontoh Reef.

14:30: Dive 11- Bontoh Village

18:00: Dive 12- Bontoh Village at night

Dive Day 4: 30th August 2019. North Komodo 

07:30: Dive 13- Castle Rock

10:30: Dive 14- Crystal Rock

14:30: Dive 15- Shotgun

18:00: Dive 16- Alfredo’s Corner

Dive Day 4: 31th August 2019. Central Komodo 

07:30: Dive 17- Siaba Besar

10:30: Dive 18- Karang Makassar

14:30: Dive 19- Gld Passage

18:00: Dive 20- Spanish Steps

Dive Day 5: 1st September. Central Komodo 

07:30: Dive 21-Siaba Kecil

10:30: Dive 22- Tatawa Kecil

14:30: Dive 23- Tatawa Besar

18:00: Dive 24- GLD Bay

Dive Day 6: 2nd September. North Komodo 

07:30: Dive 25-Castle Rock

10:30: Dive 26- Crystal Rock

14:30: Dive 27- The Shotgun

18:00: Dive 28- Tanjung Komodo 

Dive Day 7: 3rd September. Central Komodo 

07:30: Dive 29- Police Corner

10:30: Dive 30- Batu Bolong

14:30: Dive 31- Mawan

18:30: Dive 32- Wainilu

Dive Day 8: 4th September 2019. Central Komodo

07:00: Dive 33- Pengah Kecil

09:30: Dive 34- Karang Makassar

11h30: Komodo Dragons Trecking

5th September. Labuan Bajo, Flores

Departure at Labuan Bajo

 27th August 2019, Central Komodo

Dive 1: Sebayor Kecil
Time In: 07:00. Visibility: Excellent 30m. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: Sebayor Kecil is located on the west part of Tatawa Island

Dive type: Sloping reef with some big sponge formations and drifting alongside the coral reef.

Special marine life: scorpion fish, ghost pipe fish, cuttlefish, leaf scorpion fish, cleaner shrimp, anemone shrimp and orang-utan crab.

 Dive 2:: Mini Wall 

Time In: 10:00. Visibility: Excellent 30M. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: Mini Wall is located West part of Tatawa Island, on Sebayor Island, north west of Labuan Bajo.

Dive type: Wall, and drop off from the shallow top reef, with some parts slope.

Special marine life: Octopus, leaf scorpion fish, cuttlefish, garden eels, scorpion fish.

 Dive 3: Tatawa Besar

Time In: 14:00. Visibility: Excellent 35m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: Tatawa Besar is located on the west part of Tatawa Island

Dive type: Sloping reef with some big sponge formations and drifting alongside the coral reef.

Special marine life: Drifting alongside the stunning reef in Tatawa Besar we encountered many black tip shark, plus a white tip shark, many hawksbill turtles, batfish, napoleon wrasse and a couple of  Manta Alfredi at the end of the dive that made our first day diving perfect one!

 Dive 4: Batu Moncho

Time in: 18:30. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: Dark.

First Night dive of the trip.

Location: Inside Batu Moncho Bay.

Dive type: Pretty sloping reef with large coral heads surrounded by sand. There is also a large flat topped sea/mount some 100 meters out from the reef with a shallowest depth of 10m.

Special marine life: Marble ray, nudis, ribbon eal, big puffer fish and white tip shark.

 28th August 2019, Pulau Banta

Dive 5: K2

Time in: 7:30. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 25 metres.

Location: The K2 dive site can be found just 10m south of the north-west tip of Gili Banta.

Dive type: The dive at K2 is comprise of steep sandy slopes, scattered coral heads, a deep wall and some shallow coral rubble and reef patches. This site is good for easy critter diving but is sometimes visited by sharks and manta rays so keep an eye out in the blue. 

Special marine life: Some juvenile sweet lips, electric clam, blue spotted stingray, blue dragon, some Chromodoris nudis, peacock mantis shrimp, octopus and 3 Reef Manta at the end of the dive!

Dive 6: Rollercoaster 

Time in: 11:00. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 25 metres.

Location: The Rollercoaster dive site can be found on the South East part of Pulau Banta.

Dive type: The dive is a combination of sloping reef and drop mini wall with scattered coral heads and some shallow coral rubble and reef patches. This site is great for schooling fish and sometimes visited by sharks and manta rays so keep an eye out in the blue. 

Special marine life: Giant frogfish, Leaf Scorpion fish, Marble Ray Nudis Chromodoris, Octopus, Green turtle, porcelain crab, orang-utan crab, dancing shrimp, 2 big Nembrotha Cristata, and still more mantas at the end of the dive!

 Dive 7: Star Wars 

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 15 metres.

Location: The Star Wars dive site can be found on the North East part of Pulau Banta.

Dive type: The dive is sloppy reef coral heads and some shallow coral rubble and reef patches. This site is good for easy critter diving but is sometimes visited by sharks and manta rays so keep an eye out in the blue. 

Special marine life: Crocodile fish, white tip reef shark baby under the table coral, school of glass fish.

 Dive 8: The Circus 

Time in: 18:00. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 15 metres.

Location: The Circus dive site can be found on the South East part of Pulau Banta.

Dive type: The dive is sandy slopes, scattered coral heads and some shallow coral rubble and reef patches. This site is good for easy critter diving but is sometimes visited by sharks and manta rays so keep an eye out in the blue. 

Special marine life: Stargazer, ghost pipe fish, scorpion fish, juvenile spade fish, school of surgeon fish, and amazing coral reef that made everybody happy.

 

29th July 2019, Sangeang

Dive 9: Techno Point 

Time in: 08:00. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 20 metres.

Location: Techno Point can be found on Sangeang Island’s norh/west shoreline.

Dive type:  The dive site sloping black sand coral, coral heads and rubble ledges

Special marine life: Baby Cuttlefish , candy crab, lion fish, moray/eel, graceful anemone shrimp, orang-utan crab.

 Dive 10: Bonto village 

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 20 metres.

Location: Bonto Village can be found on Sangeang Island’s norh/west shoreline.

Dive type:  The dive site sloping black sand coral, coral heads and rubble ledges

Special marine life: Baby Cuttlefish, bubble coral shrimp, sexy shrimp, candy crab, lion fish, moray eel, graceful anemone shrimp, orang-utan crab, rabbit sapslucking slug, picachu nudibranch, ornate ghost pipefish.

Dive 11: Bonto village 

Time in: 14.30. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 20 metres.

Location: Bonto Village can be found on Sangeang Island’s norh/west shoreline.

Dive type:  The dive site sloping black sand coral, coral heads and rubble ledges

Special marine life: 2 Cuttlefish, bubble coral shrimp, painted frogfish, sexy shrimp, candy crab, lion fish, moray eel, graceful anemone shrimp, orang-utan crab, rabbit sapslucking slug, ornate ghost pipefish and robust ghost pipefish.

 Dive 12: Bonto village at night. 

Time in: 14.30. Water temperature: 27°C. Visibility: 20 metres.

Location: Bonto Village can be found on Sangeang Island’s norh/west shoreline.

Dive type:  The dive site sloping black sand coral, coral heads and rubble ledges

Special marine life: squid, pygmy octopus, ghost pipefish, marble octopus, decorator crab, and many frogfish!

 

 30th August 2019, North Komodo

Dive 13: Castle Rock

Time In: 07:30. Visibility: Amazing! 40m. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: The shallower part of Castle rock can be found 1,700 metres or one nautical mile north north-west from the Gili Lawah Laut main anchorage site on the north side of the island.

Topside visual: This dive site is a submerged sea-mount in a depth of three metres at its shallowest point at low tide. It is however possible to spot the shallowest rocks of the reef very easily with good visibility and little surface chop. During a strong tidal flow, there is also the tell-tale smooth water up current and disturbed current lines after tide has rushed around the top of the dive site.

Dive type: Castle rock is a large uniform rocky sea-mount that drops down sharply around the shallower parts but flattens out at about 10 metres before the reef starts to slope gently into deeper water. 

This site is one of the most popular dives in the Komodo National Park and acts like a magnet for a massive amount of marine life. The rocks closest to the surface are easily visible most of the time and after entering either at the shallowest point or drifting down with the current onto the 10-metre mark, it is generally easy to swim down and onto the coral covered slopes.

Special marine life: As the tide ran down there were clouds of schooling fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current side of the rock, as well as at least 4/5 white-tip and a black tip reef-sharks, dogtooth tunas, schooling GT’s, schooling batfish, schooling surgeonfish.

 Dive 14: Crystal Rock

Time In: 7:30. Visibility: 25m. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: The Crystal Rock dive site is about 800 metres north of the anchorages along the north Gili Lawah Laut shoreline. 

Topside visual: Scanning the seascape at low tide from the anchorages a small craggy rock is visible offshore - this is Crystal Rock, another of the Komodo National Parks famous sea mounts and a firm favourite with divers. 

Dive type: Spectacular current swept pinnacle and deeper sea-mount. Rocky sloping reefs and large coral covered boulders.

The site spreads out from the visible rock and includes another deeper mount on the west side. Dive plans here begin by descending down the steep coral covered west facing slope to a saddle at 20 metres that links the two rock formations. From this position, the deeper sea mount can easily be seen and explored.

Special marine life: Many White tip sharks and a Grey Reef shark playing around us, Moray eels everywhere, pigmy sea horse, turtles, schooling surgeon fish, rainbow runners, fusiliers, batfish, octopus, plus schooling giant trevally, big eye trevally and blue fin trevally hunting alongside the massive napoleon wrasse and long nose emperor fish in a spectacular dive site.

 Dive 15: Shotgun

Time In: 14:30. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: The Shotgun dive is located in the narrow channel between Gili Lawah Laut and Gili Lawah Darat and includes the reef on the east side of Gili Lawah Laut, the marine ridge that connects the two islands together as well as the reefs and waterway on the eastern side of the gap.

Dive type: A dive of many parts. 1. Shallow reef and slope. 2. Sand and rubble area with nice coral heads with plenty of smaller marine life. 3. A deep current scoured bowl with coral covered walls on either side. 4. A tight vertically walled canyon rising up to the ridge, that crosses the channel. 5. Current washed gravel highway bordered by reef, rubble and coral heads.

Special marine life: Lots of schooling fish including snapper, jacks, fusiliers, surgeonfish and giant trevallys. A black tip shark and white tip swimming to us on the bowl and a group of 2 baby manta rays at the end of the dive that made our dive a perfect one!

Dive 16: Fetucini Alfredo

Time In: 18:30. Visibility: Regular. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: Fetucini Alfredo is located on the west part of Gili Lawah Derat

Dive type: Rubble and sandy slope reef with some coral bummies. 

Special marine life: 2 giant octopus, decorator crabs, anemone shrimp, bobtail squid, Nudibranch Chromodoris, Pelydesmium.

 

31st  August 2019, Central and North Komodo

Dive 17: Siaba Besar 

Time In: 07:30 Visibility: Very Good. Water Temperature:  26°C

There were a few small day vessels anchored in the sandy cut at Siaba Besar and we started the dive underneath them. Firstly, exploring the spectacular hard coral reef, and then spreading out onto the sandy bowl.

Location: This dive site can be found on the Siaba Besar side of the channel that separates this island from its smaller cousin to the west, Siaba Kecil. 

Topside visual: The west side of Siaba Besar is lined with mangroves that run out onto hard coral reefs, but close to the bottom of the channel there is a large notch that cuts into the reef with a distinctive sandy bottom. There are normally many small liveaboards and day boat either anchored or moored here.

Dive type: This is really a critter dive and there are plenty of sand dwellers out in the bowl and around the coral heads that punctuate the sea floor. However, the whole site is surrounded by a spectacular hard coral reef that is home to many different critters that prefer the cover of the different types of coral.

Special marine life: Cuttlefish, lots of turtles, leaf scorpion fish and giant moray eel, big sweetlips, unicorn fish, white tip shark, and more green turtles being cleaned!

Dive 18: Karang Makassar

Time In: 10:30. Visibility: Excellent. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: Karang Makassar is a huge reef, rubble and sandbar area stretching down the western side of the Linta Strait, close to the east shoreline of Komodo Island.

Topside visual: This is fairly difficult for divers visiting the area for the first time as it is not really clear exactly where the entry point is as this varies and the site covers a long distance, 3,000 metres.

Dive type: Karang Makassar is subject to the strong currents that surge up and down the strait every day but it’s relatively shallow aspect and position mean that it does not get hit too hard, making it a very convenient meeting point for feeding and cleaning manta rays, sometimes in large numbers. The dive is almost always done as a shallow drift over the rubble fields which are dotted with small corals heads.

Special marine life: Many Manta Alfredi being cleaned by cleaner fish and butterfly fish, and many turtles, plus one big white tip shark, and fun drifting dive.

 Dive 19: Lighthouse Reef

Time In: 08:00. Visibility:  Very good 20m. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: Lighthouse reef starts on the north-east facing tip of Gili Lawah Laut and runs down the east side of the island.

Dive type: At the lighthouse point the reef runs down into deep water along a coral head ridge. The bottom of this ridge is where the current hits the site and is a good place to see large animals. The reef to the west of the point is quite nice as the slope becomes gentler but is the reef that runs down the east side that is the most popular.

Special marine life: Blue spotted sting ray, gold leaf scorpion fish 3 of them on the same spot), 2 white tip shark, and amazing coral reef.

 Dive 20: Spanish Steps

Time In: 18:45.Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: In front of Gili Lawah Darat bay, Komodo islands.

Dive type: The dive at Spanish steps is comprised of sandy slopes, scattered coral heads, a deep wall and some shallow coral rubble and reef patches.

Special marine life: Leaf scorpion-fish, pigmy cuttlefish, bobtail squid, frogfish, stargazer.

 
1st September 2019, Central and North Komodo

Dive 21: Siaba Kecil

Time In: 7:30 Visibility: Good. Water Temperature:  28°C

Location: This dive site is located north to Siaba Kecil, at the cousin island called Siaba Besar.  

Dive type: Reef top and sloppy hard coral, going down to 20 meters where we have a fishy channel with some strong currents.

Special marine life: Lots of turtles, pufferfish, porcupine fish, more turtles and one baby manta at the end of the dive! Plus some schooling surgeon fish, fusiliers and anthias at the shallow part on the soft coral.

 Dive 22: Tatawa Kecil

Time In: 10h30 Visibility: Excellent, 30m. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: West of Tatawa Besar, and close to Siaba Besar.

Dive type: The south also features steep walls and buttresses with cracks running down into the deeper water, some swim through, and overhang. The rocks are covered with soft coral. There can be strong currents as the main flow washes down the east facing side and so there are usually plenty of trevallies hunting in the current on the corner.

Special marine life: Schooling of Giant Trevallies, schooling of Big Eye trevallys and  Schooling of blue fin trevally!!! Many Huge Napoleon Wrasse, schooling of Batfish, sweetlips, oriental sweetlips, midnight snappers, schooling of fusiliers, and beautiful pink, white and yellow soft coral on the top reef with millions of anthias. One of the top dives from this trip!

 Dive 23: Tatawa Besar

Time In: 14:00. Visibility: Excellent 35m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: Tatawa Besar is located on the west part of Tatawa Island

Dive type: Sloping reef with some big sponge formations and drifting alongside the coral reef.

Special marine life: Drifting alongside the stunning reef in Tatawa Besar we encountered many black tip shark, plus a white tip shark, many hawksbill turtles, batfish, napoleon wrasse and a couple of  Manta Alfredi at the end of the dive that made our first day diving perfect one!

 Dive 24: GLD Bay Night

Time In: 18:45.Visibility: Dark.Water Temperature: 26°C

The last night dive of the trip was a blast! We encounter lots of creatures and the coral is astonishing.

Location: In the bay of Gili Lawah Darat.

Dive type: The dive at GLD Bay is comprised of sandy slopes, scattered coral heads, a deep wall and some shallow coral rubble and reef patches.

Special marine life: Leaf scorpion-fish, crocodile fish, bobtail squid, baby cuttlefish, pigmy frogfish, decorated crab.

 

2nd September 2019, North Komodo

Dive 25: Castle Rock

Time In: 07:30. Visibility: Good 15/20m. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: The shallower part of Castle rock can be found 1,700 metres or one nautical mile north north-west from the Gili Lawah Laut main anchorage site on the north side of the island.

Topside visual: This dive site is a submerged sea-mount in a depth of three metres at its shallowest point at low tide. It is however possible to spot the shallowest rocks of the reef very easily with good visibility and little surface chop. During a strong tidal flow, there is also the tell-tale smooth water up current and disturbed current lines after tide has rushed around the top of the dive site.

Dive type: Castle rock is a large uniform rocky sea-mount that drops down sharply around the shallower parts but flattens out at about 10 metres before the reef starts to slope gently into deeper water. 

This site is one of the most popular dives in the Komodo National Park and acts like a magnet for a massive amount of marine life. The rocks closest to the surface are easily visible most of the time and after entering either at the shallowest point or drifting down with the current onto the 10-metre mark, it is generally easy to swim down and onto the coral covered slopes.

Special marine life: As the tide ran down there were clouds of schooling fusiliers and surgeonfish on the current side of the rock, as well as at least 4/5 white-tip and a black tip reef-sharks, dogtooth tunas, schooling GT’s, schooling batfish, schooling surgeonfish.

 Dive 26: Crystal Rock

Time In: 7:30. Visibility: 25m. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: The Crystal Rock dive site is about 800 metres north of the anchorages along the north Gili Lawah Laut shoreline. 

Topside visual: Scanning the seascape at low tide from the anchorages a small craggy rock is visible offshore - this is Crystal Rock, another of the Komodo National Parks famous sea mounts and a firm favourite with divers. 

Dive type: Spectacular current swept pinnacle and deeper sea-mount. Rocky sloping reefs and large coral covered boulders.

The site spreads out from the visible rock and includes another deeper mount on the west side. Dive plans here begin by descending down the steep coral covered west facing slope to a saddle at 20 metres that links the two rock formations. From this position, the deeper sea mount can easily be seen and explored.

Special marine life: Many White tip sharks and a Grey Reef shark playing around us, Moray eels everywhere, pigmy sea horse, turtles, schooling surgeon fish, rainbow runners, fusiliers, batfish, octopus, plus schooling giant trevally, big eye trevally and blue fin trevally hunting alongside the massive napoleon wrasse and long nose emperor fish in a spectacular dive site.

 Dive 27: Shotgun

Time In: 14:30. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: The Shotgun dive is located in the narrow channel between Gili Lawah Laut and Gili Lawah Darat and includes the reef on the east side of Gili Lawah Laut, the marine ridge that connects the two islands together as well as the reefs and waterway on the eastern side of the gap.

Dive type: A dive of many parts. 1. Shallow reef and slope. 2. Sand and rubble area with nice coral heads with plenty of smaller marine life. 3. A deep current scoured bowl with coral covered walls on either side. 4. A tight vertically walled canyon rising up to the ridge, that crosses the channel. 5. Current washed gravel highway bordered by reef, rubble and coral heads.

Special marine life: Lots of schooling fish including snapper, jacks, fusiliers, surgeonfish and giant trevallys. A black tip shark and white tip swimming to us on the bowl and a group of 2 baby manta rays at the end of the dive that made our dive a perfect one!

 

3rd September 2019, Central Komodo

Dive 28: Police Corner 

Time In: 07:30. Visibility: Ok 15m. Water Temperature: 23°C

Location: Police corner is a special site on the west reef of Siaba Besar Island.

Dive type: The main attraction for this site is the overhead formation one can find between 14 and 30 meters deep. From a slope starting at 5meters and navigating towards south-west, we can find a big overhead 40meters long with some rocky formation in the front that goes to 50/60meters, where usually the current goes quite strong so we can observe schools of big fish.

Special marine life: Schooling fusiliers, anthias, hunting GT’s, batfish, rabbit fish, marbled shrimp, lady bugs.

Dive 29: Batu Bolong

Time In: 10:30. Visibility: 25m. Water Temperature: 24°C

The current was just coming to a slack low when we entered the water and then fairly rapidly switched to a rising tide which pushed us onto the good side of the site. After 30 minutes the current was getting stronger so we decided to stay on the shallow part of the reef and enjoy the last minutes of the dive.

Location: Batu Bolong lies right in the middle of the Linta Strait around 1,600 metres south west of Tatawa Kecil and is one of the Komodo National Park’s most popular dive sites.

Topside visual: Batu Bolong is Indonesian for Rock with the Hole and although the islet is only 60 metres from north-east to south-west it is easy to see and identify as there is indeed a hole formed in the surface rock formation.

Dive type: The site comprises of a small current strewn rock pinnacle breaking the surface with steep walls, deep ledges, canyons and external marine pinnacles creating breathtaking underwater topography. When there is a strong incoming or outgoing tidal current the turbulent water running past the rock resembles the rapids in a fast-flowing river.

Special marine life: Schooling fusiliers, anthias, turtles, Napoleon wrasse, moray eels, hunting GT’s, huge sweetlips and midnight snappers all combined with a spectacular reef-top.

 Dive 20: Mawan

Time In: 15:30. Visibility: Excelent 35m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: Mauan is a very pretty small island in the Linta Strait.

Dive type: Special dive for the mantas: shallow slope (max 10m), cleaning station for manta alfredi.

Special marine life: 5 mantas for one hour on the cleaning station! Amazing diving and everybody happy about having interacted with mantas (Manta Alfredi, Reef Mantas)

 Dive 13: Wainilu 

Time In: 18:30. Visibility: Dark. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: Nice rubble sandy part on the first part of the dive and then we move into a little wall decorated with many sea fans and soft coral. 

Location: The island of Wainilu is at the top of the Loh Buaya  island  with the dive site off the north facing beach.

Topside visual: White sand beach bordered by mangroves on east side and a rocky shoreline on west.

Dive type: One of the best critter dives in the Komodo National Park, Wainilu is a fantastic critter dive very popular with photographers and creature spotters. With easy entries and exits and not suffering greatly from strong currents it is a firm favourite for night divers although it can also be very productive during the day. The site consists mostly of sandy slopes, coral rubble and small coral heads and is constantly coming up with lots of weird and wonderful critters.

Special marine life: Bobtail squid, blue ring octopus, rhinopias, strawberry nudi, scorpion fish and ribbon eel, leaf scorpion fish, octopus, pigmy cuttlefish. 

 

4th September 2019, Central Komodo

Dive 11: Siaba Besar 

Time In: 07:00 Visibility: Good. Water Temperature:  26°C

There were a few small day vessels anchored in the sandy cut at Siaba Besar and we started the dive underneath them. Firstly, exploring the spectacular hard coral reef, and then spreading out onto the sandy bowl.

Location: This dive site can be found on the Siaba Besar side of the channel that separates this island from its smaller cousin to the west, Siaba Kecil. 

Topside visual: The west side of Siaba Besar is lined with mangroves that run out onto hard coral reefs, but close to the bottom of the channel there is a large notch that cuts into the reef with a distinctive sandy bottom. There are normally many small liveaboards and day boat either anchored or moored here.

Dive type: This is really a critter dive and there are plenty of sand dwellers out in the bowl and around the coral heads that punctuate the sea floor. However, the whole site is surrounded by a spectacular hard coral reef that is home to many different critters that prefer the cover of the different types of coral.

Special marine life: Cuttlefish, lots of turtles, octopus and giant moray eel, big sweetlips, unicorn fish, white tip shark, and more green turtles being cleaned!

Dive 13: Wainilu 

Time In: 18:30. Visibility: Dark. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: Nice rubble sandy part on the first part of the dive and then we move into a little wall decorated with many sea fans and soft coral. 

Location: The island of Wainilu is at the top of the Loh Buaya  island  with the dive site off the north facing beach.

Topside visual: White sand beach bordered by mangroves on east side and a rocky shoreline on west.

Dive type: One of the best critter dives in the Komodo National Park, Wainilu is a fantastic critter dive very popular with photographers and creature spotters. With easy entries and exits and not suffering greatly from strong currents it is a firm favourite for night divers although it can also be very productive during the day. The site consists mostly of sandy slopes, coral rubble and small coral heads and is constantly coming up with lots of weird and wonderful critters.

Special marine life: Blue ring octopus, rhinopias, scorpion fish and ribbon eel, octopus, pigmy cuttlefish.