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Log Date: Tuesday, Dec 25, 2018
Entry By: Indo Aggressor crew







 



The Indo Aggressor

Cruising Komodo,

December 25, 2018/ January 4, 2019

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Your itinerary in brief

Day 1: 25th December 2018.

All guests arrived on board around midday and we have had some time go get to the cabins and get to know the boat and meet each other plus the crew. Before dinner we brief about Ombak Biru and have dinner all together and then we start navigating towards our first stop in Gili Lawa Derat.

Dive Day 1: 26th December 2018. Gili Lawah Derat

07:45: Dive 1- West Reef (check dive)

10:45: Dive 2- Batu Monco

15:00: Dive 3- K2

18:30: Dive 4- The Circus

Dive Day 2: 27th December 2018. Seangan Island

07:45: Dive 5- Deep Purple

10:45: Dive 6- Hot Rocks

Dive Day 3: 28th December 2018. Siaba Besar

07:15: Dive 9- Siaba Besar

10:15: Dive 10- Tengah Kecil

15:30: Dive 11- Mauan

18:30: Dive 12- Wainilu

Dive Day 4: 29th December 2018. Padar Island

08:00: Dive 13 – 3 sisters (W Reef)

12:30: Dive 14 – Secret Garden

15:45: Dive 15 – Padar Wreck

17:00: The Padar Island Hill Trek

18:45: Dive 16 – Padar Wreck at night

Dive Day 5: 30th December 2018. Langkoi

07:45: Dive 17- Manta Alley

11:30: Dive 18- Manta Alley 2

15:00: Dive 19- Pinisi Shipwreck

18:45: Dive 20- Pinisi Shipwreck at night

Dive Day 6: 1st January 2019. Horseshoe Bay, Nusa Kode

08:00: Dive 21- Pelican Head

11:15: Dive 22- Cannibal Rock

15:15: Dive 23- Yellow Wall

17:00; Visit to the Komodo Dragons at Nusa Kode Beach

18:45: Dive 24-Cannibal Rock at night

Dive Day 7: 2nd January 2019. Horseshoe Bay, Nusa Kode

07:45: Dive 25- Cannibal Rock

10:15: Dive 26- Boulders

14:15: Dive 27- Banana Rock

18h30: Torpedo Alley

Dive Day 8: 3rd January 2019. Horseshoe Bay, Nusa Kode and Flores

07:45: Dive 28- Rodeo Rock

10:45: Dive 29- Taka Mota

15:00: Dive 30- Kambing Corner

18:45: Dive 31- Torpedo Alley

Dive Day 9: 4th January 2019. The Linta Strait

07:45: Dive 32- Siaba Besar

11:00: Dive 33- Mawan

15:00: The Dragon Walk at the Rinca Ranger Station

5th January. Labuan Bajo

Departure at Labuan Bajo

  

26th DECEMBER 2018

Gili Lawah Derat

Dive 1: West Reef

Time in: 08:00. Water temperature: 26°C. Visibility: 5 metres.

After leaving from Labuan Bajo the previous evening, we wake up this morning on the beautiful bay of Gili Lawaderat, and we go for the first dive of our trip, our check dive.

Location: West of GLD

Dive type: Sloping coral reef, nice table coral and sponges.

Special marine life: 3 Ghost Pipefish, 2 white tip shark, 3 sting rays, and school of redtooth triggerfish and snappers plus some beautiful coral formation, staghorn coral and table coral

 

Dive 2: Batu Moncho

Time in: 11:30. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: 1215 metres.

Second dive of the trip, good conditions, on time, except for the visibility the first part of the dive, and a few cold thermoclines, everybody is happy about encountering schools of fish and colourful corals.

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.

 

Dive 3: K2

Time in: 11:30. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: 1215 metres.

Location: The K2 dive site can be found just 1000m 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: Electric Clam, nudis, peacock mantis shrimp, langouste, stone fish, scorpion fish.

 

Dive 4: The Circus (night dive)

Time in: 11:30. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: 1215 metres.

Location: The K2 dive site can be found just 1000m south of the north-west tip of Gili Banta.

Dive type: The site is comprised of a flat and sloping sand area bordered by rocky reef on both sides that runs down to deeper sand at around 15 to 25 meters. The central focus of this site is the flat sandy patch about 60m across, close to shore in depths wich ranges in depts from three to eight meters and then gradally slopes down to 1520m.

Special marine life: Manta alfredi passing through on the night dive!, stargazers and octopus.

 

27th DECEMBER 2018

SEANGAN ISLAND

Dive 5: Deep Purple

Time in: 07.30. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: 15 metres.

Location: Deep Purple can be found on Sangeang Island’s norh/east shoreline.

Dive type:  Fantastic dive site with a great deal of variation and habitats. It includes sloping black sand coral, coral and rubble terraced ledges, a large canyon and deep wall as well as a colourful coral reef.

The site is named for the large number of huge purple muricela sea fans that have gronw on the sheer sides of a massive volcanic boulder that, along with the vertical wall at the furthest end of the extending reef, form the deep canyon. A huhe rock, one of several in this deep arean and the size of a double decker bus, is only about five meters away from the deepest part of the reef and forms a sloping sandy bottomed canyon.

Special marine life: Peackok mantis shrimp, Nudis, ghost pipefish, orang-utan crab and astonishing purple sea fans on the deepest part.

 

Dive 6: Hot Rocks

Time in: 12h30. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: 15 metres.

Location: Hot rocks can be found 1.7 nautical miles south east from the tall lighthouse along the northe eastern shoreline of Sangeang Island.

Dive type:  Hot rocks is the signature dive at Sangeang Island and a big favourite with anybody who has ever dived down in the bubbles rising up from the black sand and then down over the kaleidoscopic coral heads and colourful reef.

Special marine life: Goniobranchus, Glossodoris. Nembrotha Chamberlaini and Nembrotha Milleri, Blue dragon (Cuthona)

 

Due to a problem with one of the compressors and with a big storm we had on our way back to central Komodo, the 3rd day of our cruise we do only 2 dives.

 

28th DECEMBER 2018

SIABA BESAR ISLAND

Dive 7: Siaba Besar

Time In: 8:15 Visibility: Good. Water Temperature:  27°C

There were a fair number of small day vessels anchored in the sandy cut at Siaba Besar and we started the dive underneath them. Firstly, exploring the sandy bowl and then spreading out onto the spectacular hard coral reef, this was a nice and easy first dive of the day.

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: Crocodile fish, lots of turtles, pyjama damselfish. The staghorn corals festooning the shallower parts of the hard-coral reef look like they would harbour the elusive mandarin fish, but we didn’t find any.

 

Dive 8: Tengah Kecil

Time In: 10h30 Visibility: good, 15m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Location: West of Pulau Tengah Besar which in turn is west of Pulau Paparagan. These Islands are at the most western point of the mangrove and reef areas north of Rinca Island.

Dive type: The south also features steep walls and buttresses with cracks running down into the deeper water. The rocks are covered with soft coral, tunicates and other sessile marine life. Three are quite a few puffer fish and porcupine fish present, particularly on the south/east point. 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:

 

Dive 9: Mauan: Into the Arena

Time In: 14:30. Visibility: good, 15m. 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: 4 individuals Manta Alfredi.

 

Dive 10 Wainilu (night dive)

Time In: 18:30. Visibility: Good. 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 LohBuaya 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:

 

29th December

Padar Island

Dive 11: Three Sisters

Time In: 7:45. Visibility: Excellent. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: Three sisters consists on three pinnacles located south east of Pulau Padar.

Dive type: We dive alongside the three pinnacles, starting from the deeper around 25m on the bottom and navigate around the three of them, with some pelagic fish passing in between there are chances to see Mobulas or grey sharks.

Special marine life: Schools of surgeon fish, rabbit fish, sweetlips, leaf scorpion fish, decorated crab and leaf scorpion fish.

 

Dive 12: Secret garden

Time In: 10h45. Visibility: Good. 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.

Special marine life: Thorny sea horse, ghost pipefish, batfish and trevallys on the black coral.

 

Dive 13: Padar Wreck

Time In: 14h45. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: Nice rubble sandy part with a ship wreck, where we find a big frogfish.

Special marine life: Pipefish, frogfish, decorated crab, peackok mantis shrimp.

 

Padar Island trekking with some beers at the sunset.

Dive 14:  Padar Wreck at Night Dive

Time In: 19h00. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location: Nice rubble sandy part with a ship wreck, where we find a big frogfish.

Special marine life: Pipefish, frogfish, decorated crab, peackok mantis shrimp.

 

30th December 2018

LANGKOI AND LEHOKSERA BAY

Dive 15: Manta Ale

Time In: 07:30. Visibility: Excellent. Water Temperature: 28°C

We arrived to Pulau Langkoi early in the morning to look for the mantas on the south of Komodo Island. The visibility today is the best we had in our trip, and the conditions of swell and current are excellent.

Location: : Manta Ale consists of two dives in a rock in front of small island of Langkoi, one side with shallow cleaning station and sloppy reef and the other side, going through the channel were the mantas are feeding.

Dive type: Beautiful coral formation populated with an outstanding amount of fish, colourful soft coral growing on black rock, forming a gentle cliff from the surface to 20m.

Special marine life: Two baby mantas feeding on the surface at the beginning of the dive and school of snappers, school of sweetlips, school of surgeon fish, some blue spotted sting rays, octopus, frogfish, and eagle ray.

 

Dive 16: Manta Ale II

Time In: 11:30. Visibility: Excellent. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: : Manta Ale consists of two dives in a rock in front of small island of Langkoi, one side with shallow cleaning station and sloppy reef and the other side, going through the channel were the mantas are feeding.

Dive type: Beautiful coral formation populated with an outstanding amount of fish, colourful soft coral growing on black rock, forming a gentle cliff from the surface to 20m.

Special marine life: Two baby mantas feeding on the surface at the beginning of the dive and school of snappers, school of sweetlips, school of surgeon fish, some blue spotted sting rays, octopus, frogfish, and eagle ray.

 

Dive 17: Phinisi Shipwreck

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

Location: : In a calm bay on the north facing side of the Lehoksera isthmus. There used to be a big boat mooring directly opposite the beach above the site..

Dive type: Broken up wreck but good for night dive with good coral reefs on the shallow side.

Special marine life: Very friendly batfish, frogfish, lionfish, scorpion fish and many nudibranchs, among side a huge Phyllodesmium longicirrum.

 

After the third dive of the day we went for a walk on the beach in the search of Komodo Dragons, we didn’t find any dragons but as the beach was full of plastic, we decided to do a beach clean up: in 20 min we filled two big bags of garbage, it was the good action of the day, the best way to finish the year 2018.

 

Dive 18: Phinisi Shipwreck at night

Time In: 18h30. Visibility: Excellent. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: : Manta Ale consists of two dives in a rock in front of small island of Langkoi, one side with shallow cleaning station and sloppy reef and the other side, going through the channel were the mantas are feeding.

Dive type: Beautiful coral formation populated with an outstanding amount of fish, colourful soft coral growing on black rock, forming a gentle cliff from the surface to 20m.

Special marine life: Very friendly batfish, frogfish, lionfish, scorpion fish and many nudibranchs, Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus Sanguineus)

 

31st December 2018

HORSESHOE BAY, NUSA KODE

Dive 19: Pelican Head

Time In: 8:00. Visibility: Very good. Water Temperature: 28°C

We arrived around 6:30 in the morning to the island of Rinca with a beautiful sunrise and quiet sea, protected by Nusa Kode, anchored close to the beach, where we spotted some Komodo Dragons and got ready for the first dive of the day.

Location: On the south-eastern end of Nusa Kode close to the eastern entrance to Horseshoe Bay entrance.

Dive type: Rocky walls, gully and reef dive with deep ledges and canyons, colourful corals and dramatic architecture that finishes to the west on a shallow coral reef with an interesting sand and rubble area slightly deeper. There is also a deep but small coral head that supports a cloud of glassfish that provide wonderful photographic opportunities and at times also attracts the odd frogfish.

Special marine life: Plenty of nudibranchs on this dive. On the sandy slopes close to our entry point there were quite a number of blue spotted stingrays hovering over the bottom too.

 

Dive 20: Cannibal Rock

Time In: 11:30. Visibility: Very Good. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: Cannibal Rock is a sea-mount around 120 metres out in the waterway from a large dome shaped rock formation that separates to two main Komodo Dragon activity beaches. The dive site got its name after two of Indonesia’s diving veterans, Wally Siagian and Cody Shwaiko witnessed the spectacle of one dragon attacking and eating another close by.

Dive type: Submerged domed sea-mount resembling in size and shape the two on shore rock formations on Rinca close to the site. The whole site is covered with corals all the way around, from 2 metres down past 30 metres. Cannibal Rock is not uniform in shape, on one side there are a lot of boulders and slabs of rock forming mini walls, cracks and crevices, while the rest of the site is composed of sloping reef and the top of the rock features an amazing anemone and coral garden.

Cannibal Rock is reckoned by many to be one of the top five dive sites in the world and a lot of people who have dived it would not argue with that.

Special marine life: Most of the usual Cannibal Rock suspects were out and about today, plenty of schooling fish too. The stand-out critters on this dive were octopus, zebra crab, sea apple, baby turtle, some baby white tip sharks and nurse sharks.


Dive 21: Yellow Wall

Time In: 15:00. Visibility: Regular 810m. Water Temperature: 28°C

Our third dive today is another of Horseshoe Bay’s more well-known dive sites, Yellow Wall. Named by the late Larry Smith, it is a deep vertical/negative drop-off from a steep sloping reef covered with yellow crinoids and yellow soft corals with an excellent shallow reef at the top as well as many deeper rubble areas and a few other secondary smaller walls as the dive moves further into the bay.

Location: The sites main vertical rock wall and two secondary mini walls are located on the south-eastern side of the eastern entrance to the Horseshoe Bay waterway.

Dive type: The main focus of the dive, that the larger and deeper wall starts at 15m/48ft at the edge of a sloping reef that then drops negatively (over hanging) and then vertically down to 50m/157ft. As with most of the sites at Nusa Kode there are many large volcanic boulder coral heads scattered on the rubble areas and at the bottoms of the other smaller walls, some with swim-throughs.

Special marine life: Nudibranchs, one large octopus, plenty of schooling fish and sweeper covered coral heads.

 

Dive 22: Cannibal Rock (at night)

Time In: 18:30. Visibility: Very Good. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: Cannibal Rock is a sea-mount around 120 metres out in the waterway from a large dome shaped rock formation that separates to two main Komodo Dragon activity beaches. The dive site got its name after two of Indonesia’s diving veterans, Wally Siagian and Cody Shwaiko witnessed the spectacle of one dragon attacking and eating another close by.

Dive type: Submerged domed sea-mount resembling in size and shape the two on shore rock formations on Rinca close to the site. The whole site is covered with corals all the way around, from 2 metres down past 30 metres. Cannibal Rock is not uniform in shape, on one side there are a lot of boulders and slabs of rock forming mini walls, cracks and crevices, while the rest of the site is composed of sloping reef and the top of the rock features an amazing anemone and coral garden.

Cannibal Rock is reckoned by many to be one of the top five dive sites in the world and a lot of people who have dived it would not argue with that.

Special marine life: Several nudis, Some slugs, baby cuttlefish, two white tip sharks.

 

1st January 2019

Dive 23: Cannibal Rock

Time In: 8:30. Visibility: Very Good. Water Temperature: 28°C

1rst of January 2019!! Happy New Year Diving.

Location: Cannibal Rock is a sea-mount around 120 metres out in the waterway from a large dome shaped rock formation that separates to two main Komodo Dragon activity beaches. The dive site got its name after two of Indonesia’s diving veterans, Wally Siagian and Cody Shwaiko witnessed the spectacle of one dragon attacking and eating another close by.

Dive type: Submerged domed sea-mount resembling in size and shape the two on shore rock formations on Rinca close to the site. The whole site is covered with corals all the way around, from 2 metres down past 30 metres. Cannibal Rock is not uniform in shape, on one side there are a lot of boulders and slabs of rock forming mini walls, cracks and crevices, while the rest of the site is composed of sloping reef and the top of the rock features an amazing anemone and coral garden.

Cannibal Rock is reckoned by many to be one of the top five dive sites in the world and a lot of people who have dived it would not argue with that.

Special marine life: Nudibranchs (Nembrothas, Tambja), hawksbill turtle, schooling of yellow snappers, schooling of surgeonfish and big eye trevallys plus long nose emperor hunting together alongside with a grouper, 2 nurse shark and 1 white tip shark.

 

Dive 24: Boulders

Time In: 11:30. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 27°C

Location:  Located on the east part of Nusa Kode.

Dive type: sloppy reef and sandy rubble.

Special marine life: giant frogfish, several nudibranchs, great barracuda, cuttlefish, moray/eel.

 

Dive 25: Banana Island

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

Location: Midway inside Horseshoe Bay at the apex of the waterway.

Dive type: Shallow sloping rocky reef with sandy patches.

Special marine life: Pikachu Nudibranch!! (Thecacera pacifica), black coral bushes, batfish and schooling of snappers.


Dive 26: Torpedo Alley

Time In: 18:45.Visibility: Very good for the area. Water Temperature: 27°C

Our night dive tonight is at the renowned Torpedo Alley. The water was fairly cold so we didn’t have too many takers tonight but the willing participants had a fascinating insight into the night macro life of Horseshoe Bay.

Location: Along the Rinca shoreline deep inside Horseshoe Bay close to the most popular anchoring sites.

Dive type: Torpedo Alley is one of the best critter dive sites in the park and is a particular favourite for great night dives.

Special marine life: Lots of creepy crawlies were on display tonight.

 

2nd January 2019

Dive 27: Rodeo Rock

Time In: 07:30. Visibility: Good. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: About 30 meters offshore from the south facing cliffs of Nusa Kode Island, not too far west from the eastern entrance into the horseshoe Bay waterway.

Dive Type: Current swept rocky/sea mount disconnected from the main island of Nusa Kode. The site features a vertical wall that stops at a sandy bottom, a steeply sloping reef that stops at a rocky rubble bottom and also features some smaller coral strewn boulders in much deeper water.

Special marine life: Pygmy sea horse, schooling of surgeon fish, big eye trevally, batfishes, snappers, 4 octopuses.

Dive 28: Taka Mota

Time In: 10:45. Visibility: Excellent. Water Temperature: 28°C

Location: Taka Mota is a pinnacle in the channel between south-west Flores and Gili Motang.

Dive type:  Starting from the north-west part we follow the wall that goes 15m to 30m deep and heading south we can find some beautiful overhangs and cuts, while there are on the bottom some deeper small pinnacles populated with schools of fish and sometimes some sharks on the sandy bottom. We leave the current takes us until the end of the pinnacle and we start ascending through the sloping reef to finish the dive.

Special marine life: We can find here the famous sea apple, as with the dives in Nusa Kode, and the wall is populated with hundreds of colourful crinoids, where we had the chance to spot a pygmy seahorse. Close to the deep small pinnacles we find a juvenile grey shark and lots of fish schooling, plus at the end of the dive we had a visit from a very old hawksbill turtle.

 

Dive 29: Kambing Corner

Time in: 15:45. Water temperature: 28°C.

Exploration site! We go exploring some new spot over the island of Flores, and we try a new corner that we named Kambing corner (Goat Corner).

Location:  A little north west of Taka Mota pinnacle, we can find an island.

Dive type: Rocky dive with the wall dropping directly to 30 meters, with caves and cracks, southern side with galley, colourful crinoids, gorgonian fans.

Special marine life: eagle ray, pygmy sea horse, octopus.

 

Dive 30: Torpedo Alley

Time In: 18:45.Visibility: Very good for the area. Water Temperature: 27°C

Our night dive tonight is at the renowned Torpedo Alley. The water was fairly cold so we didn’t have too many takers tonight but the willing participants had a fascinating insight into the night macro life of Horseshoe Bay.

Location: Along the Rinca shoreline deep inside Horseshoe Bay close to the most popular anchoring sites.

Dive type: Torpedo Alley is one of the best critter dive sites in the park and is a particular favourite for great night dives.

Special marine life: Lots of creepy crawlies were on display tonight.

  

4th  January 2019

Dive 31: Siaba Besar

Time In: 8:15 Visibility: Good. Water Temperature:  27°C

Our intention for the last was to do Batu Bolong, but a big storm and current conditions didn’t allowed us, we had to change the plan and go to the turtle soup, as the customers called Siaba Besar, due to the amount of turtles we can find in there.

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: Crocodile fish, lots of turtles, pyjama damselfish. The staghorn corals festooning the shallower parts of the hard-coral reef look like they would harbour the elusive mandarin fish, but we didn’t find any.

Dive 32: Mauan: Into the Arena

Time In: 10:30. Visibility: good, 15m. Water Temperature: 26°C

Last dive of the trip we wanted to have a farewell with the floppy creatures, but unfortunately we didn’t find any.

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.