The Indo Siren is back to Raja Ampat!
The Indo Siren liveboard, her crew and our famous cowbell welcomed on board a group of swiss divers all very excited to dive Raja Ampat! After a quick orientation, unpacking and set up of equipment they all enjoyed a relaxed afternoon with sun bathing and sleeping.
For the Indo Siren’s final cruise of the Komodo season, we welcomed aboard 16 divers from Minnesota. Our guests arrived wearing light clothing, but their footwear (heavy boots, thick socks) made it clear that they had begun their journey in a far less hospitable climate. A refreshing welcome drink, however, ensured that our snowbirds would make a speedy adjustment.
The Indo Siren and her crew said welcome to 11 Americans, 2 Canadians, 1 Swiss and 1 German. After the safety drill and the general dive briefing dinner was served, it was time to get a chatty evening. On the first dive day, we started our first and second dives at Bonto Reef, Sangeang Island. Wow! We spotted a lot of creatures for the first day. Everybody enjoyed getting wet so that they familiarized with their buoyancy and guides. After lunch, we moved over to Gili Banta for the third dive at K2. Everyone seemed amaze with the corals. What a great start in the week. Some did a night dive at west side of Banta Island, called Stargazer Beach or some called it Circus.
Welcome aboard! The Indo Siren Liveaboard had a full 16 returning Polish guests on board ready to dive Komodo! Everyone was so excited being on board and ready to unpack. It was actually a quick one as they seemed to know the drill. Introduction, safety drill, and general dive briefing were done. So, we were ready to go diving!
The Indo Siren boarded a mixed group of divers. After a quick orientation we went through the master drill and set up our equipment. While we had dinner the guests started to get known each other.
After a good night sleep on board we started our diving in Sangeang at Bonto Reef. Everybody enjoyed getting wet with ordinate ghost pipe fish, many reef octopus, cuttlefish and frog fishes. After lunch we moved over to Gili Banta. K2 surprised us with 2 Mantas. Gazor beach offered us stargazer, white V octopus, flounders, black frog fish and starry octopus. What a great start ! Everyone was very happy after the first diving day.
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!
The Indo Siren luxury liveaboard was happy to welcome on board a great group from Atmosphere Resort, all very existed to dive Komodo! Most of the guests already knew each other so the atmosphere on the boat was straight away relaxed and full on! Let’s go!
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 made 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 Ungke Bunke ( named after our guide). After that, we left Sangeang to go to Gili Banta where we already could encounter our first Mantas!
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.
Komodo is still my favorite. It was great to come back to the Indo Siren for her first voyage in the 2015 Komodo Season. The vessel just finished her dry dock and the whole team did an amazing job.
We spend the arrival day in Bima bay to take care of all paperwork, setting up the equipment and CD Kathy run through all the briefings and the muster drill. We departed the following morning at 2 am and Captains Hasbia and Defli drove to the lovely island of Sangeang . The black sand slopes offered a great variety of nudibranches and smaller creatures. Sightseeing on the first two dives included ornate ghost pipefish, leaf fish, cuttle fish, chromodoris and thecacera nudibranchs. For the afternoon and night dive we headed further south to Gilli Banta and had a great dive at “K2” with leaf fish, moray eels and beautiful corals before the first night dive of the cruise at Gazor Beach for the “hunt” of the stargazer.