Gerald Rambert underwater photography workshop in Komodo

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Gerald Rambert underwater photography workshop in Komodo

The Indo Siren Liveaboard welcomed this week the Gerald Rambert photography workshop!

After a 3¼ hours boat drive over night from Bima Bay to Sangeang, we made our check dive at Bonto Reef. The 26 degrees Celsius seawater and the beautiful black sand make this a wonderful start of the trip. Who wouldn’t want to wake up with a mimic octopus, white painted frogfish, White-Eyed Morays, Blue Spotted Stingray, Twinspot Lionfish, Peacock Mantis Shrimp and juvenile Emperor Angelfish? Everyone was so amazed from the first dive that we went straight away again for Bonto Reef. After the 2 dives we moved the boat further to Komodo. We stopped at Gili Banta for the afternoon dive and then straight to Komodo north. It was a beautiful start into the week with a lot of macro like orangutan crabs, hairy squat lobsters and much more!

diver turtles

Next day we started already in Komodo with Coral Garden. A wonderful dive with mild current where everyone could spread out. We moved over to Gili Lawa Laut to dive Castle Rock with white tip sharks, turtles and scorpion leaf fish. We kept on going east close to Flores where we dove Sabayur Kecil and Bidadaru. Both dives offered us plenty of opportunities to make great shots.

After an early wake up by the engine at 5:30 AM, we got accompanied by the sunrise all the way to Batu Bolong in Current City. With a good strong current we dove the lee side with schooling fish, sharks and turtles. Second dive of the day was Makassar Reef we were very lucky with quite a few Mantas!
The afternoon and night dives were at Wainiloo where we were very lucky and could encounter rhinopias, dragonets, strawberry nudibranch and many other night creatures as octopus.

Dragon

The following day we started with a Dragon walk in Rinca Island. We were lucky and encountered Komodo Dragon and other wild life as birds, monkeys and deer. Than it was time to move on to the south. We stopped for two dives and a great walk with beach time in Padar.

The next morning, woke up in the Horse Shoe Bay at Nusa Kode/Rinca, the most southern destination of this trip. Seven Komodo Dragons were gazing at us from the beach and we had the chance to get a closer to them with the dinghy’s. We dove the 20 degrees Celcius waters of the amazing dives at Boulders and Cannibal Rock. Coleman shrimp, Zebra Crabs, Dorid Nudibranchs, Flabelina Nudibranchs, Barramundi’s, Lady Bugs, Chamberlain Nembrotha, Glassodoris, Chromodoris, sea apples and Warty Sea Star are just a few highlights of that day. The night was a great success with ordinate ghostpipe fish, bobtail squid and many shrimps and crabs.

diving with mantas

Manta Alley was our start for the next day. Some Mantas joined our dive and many reef fish. In the afternoon we moved slowly back north to Phinisi and then Pink Beach.

The next day we went back to Current City where we dove Siaba kecil, Batu Bolong and Makassar Reef. Amazing day with Manta mania, fish soup, sharks, bump head parrotfish and stunning corals. For the night dive we went to Sebayur Kecil and once again encountered soft coral crabs, frog fish and other night creatures.

mountain top walk
Next stop: Gili Lawa Laut where we dove Crystal Rock, Shotgun and Castle Rock. The guests loved it so much that we did it twice. Stunning dives with huge amount of fish, sharks, eagle rays, mantas and giant trevallies in clear blue water. Even after the 2 days they would love to stay and do it again and again. For the evening, we went for a mountain top walk and Gerald took his drone and made amazing videos. Everyone is mega happy and just sharing pictures and experiences!

The last day of diving ended with two more muck dives at Unusual Suspect in Bima Bay. We found an incredible amount of amazing animals: frogfish, juvenile wunderpus, octopuses, harlequin shrimps, scorpion fish, and lots of other creatures.

We ended the trip with a nice barbeque dinner on the last night aboard the Indo Siren. Happy faces amongst the guests and the crew for a great week in Komodo National Park! Thanks everyone for this incredible trip!

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