There are so many things to see in Komodo! Muck diving, coral gardens, macro, sharks, mantas, drift dives and much more!
There are so many things to see in Komodo! Muck diving, coral gardens, macro, sharks, mantas, drift dives and much more
After a 3 ¼ 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 marble ray hiding in the coral, garden eels, white-eyed morays, blue spotted stingray, twinspot lionfish, peacock mantis shrimp and juvenile emperor angelfish? We liked it so much that we made a second dive at Bonto Reef, witnessing an ornate ghost pipefish being eaten by a scorpionfish. After diving the beautiful wall with lots of coral of the dive site K2 at Gili Banta, we arrived at Coral Garden, on the northern part of Komodo, for anchoring. Two “die hard” guests made the night dive at Coral Garden and saw many beautiful things like flatworms and blue dragons.
The next day two guests reached their 100th dive. Kathy, our Cruise Director, surprised them by painting “100” on their forehead and handing a flower neckless to them for their 100th dive. The Indo Siren arrived at shotgun, Gili Lawa Laut. The guests were lucky and encountered eight Mantas including one totally black. To end this amazing day, we drove to Gili Lawa Darat Beach for a stunning sunset walk on the beach and hills.
After an early wake up by the engine at 5:30 AM, we got accompanied by the sunrise all the way to Makassar Reef in Current City. We dived with four Mantas. Wainilu at Rinca was our next destination and seeing a hairy frogfish, two rhinopia’s and two strawberry nudi’s mating proved this was a good choice. In the late afternoon we had the chance to see the Komodo Dragons at Rinca. Everybody was really excited and in the end they saw three medium to big size Komodo Dragons, lying nicely next to each other being the perfect models.
The next day was a good mix of beautiful diving at Secret Garden and Padar Bay, playing games in the saloon and a nice and long beach walk including playing beach volleyball.
On the sixth diving day we 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 25 degrees Celcius waters of the amazing dive site Cannibal Rock. The soft corals opening all up due to the incoming current into the bay were just astonishing. At Cannibal Rock we found zebra crabs, dorid nudibranchs, flabelina nudibranchs, barramundi’s, lady bugs, chamberlain nembrotha, glassodoris, chromodoris and warty sea star. Later that day, we celebrated one of our guest’s 50 years of diving, with having a lovely chocolate cake made by our chef.
After another dive at Cannibal Rock and Rhino Rock the next day, we started to make our way back to the north. We continued with the big stuff and together we saw ten to fifteen Mantas in Makassar Reef, followed by two Mantas and a White Tip Reef Shark at Shotgun. We could call this an amazing ‘wide angle day’.
On our second to last day diving we dived Techno Reef at Sangeang. The guests enjoyed the opportunity of taking pictures of the Indo Siren with the sails up and the volcano of Sangeang in the background. After that we drove back to Bima Bay for a spectacular night dive with all the crazy creatures at the dive site Unusual Suspects.
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, octopus, harlequin shrimps, scorpion fish, and lots of other creatures.
We ended the trip with a nice BBQ 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.
Thank you everyone for this great trip! It was fun to have you on board!