Amazing dive adventures in Komodo with our friends from Equator Diving
Several years ago we made numerous trips to Komodo on small dive boats that allowed us to dive around the islands for a few days at a time. What we saw then solidified our love for the underwater world. This time we would return for a 10 night itinerary on Indo Siren Liveaboard allowing us to dive all our favourite dive sites plus many sites we had never visited. We were of course keen to see how Komodo had changed over the years and we hoped the diving we had loved all those years ago would still be just as good.
Our trip to Komodo would start and finish in the sleepy port town of Bima on Sumbawa Island. Onboard this trip were an international mix of divers from the UK, US, Norway, Czech, Ireland, South Africa and Germany.
Raja Ampat Rocks! by Susie Erbe
Diving Raja Ampat with old friends aboard the Indo Siren – what could be a better combination? After 2 years’ anticipation the trip day was finally here for me and the group of Brits who make up part of the British Society of Underwatwer Photographers (BSoUP). We boarded the yacht in Sorong and with harbour clearance approved, the engines kicked into life and off we cruised towards the Misool region of the Four Kings – our first dive stop on this 10-night liveaboard safari…
Raja Ampat… Divers’ heaven! Mantas, sharks, huge school of fish, macro and amazing healthy reefs!
The Indo Siren was happy to welcome on board a group of 15 Australian. Many of them were repeat guests and they were all very excited to dive Raja Ampat on board the Indo Siren. Most of them already knew each other already so there was much to catch up with their friends.
First day ,we started with Daram Islands in the south of Raja Ampat. Here we already could encounter denise, bargabanti and misool pigmy sea horse, beautiful coral reefs and schooling fish.
Raja Ampat: The Kingdom of Wobbegong sharks!
The Indo Siren and her crew welcomed on board a new group of American, British, French and German divers ready to dive Raja Ampat. After arrival and the first orientation on board the guests had time to relax and to catch up with their new friends. Many of them dove already with the Siren Fleet somewhere else and were now very excited with their new dive adventure on board the Indo Siren. Once everything was ready, the Indo Siren set sails and moved over night to Daram Islands in the south of Raja Ampat.
Raja Ampat is just fabulous!
On 11 of January we got a mixed group with Americans, Canadiens, Belguims, Germans and Brazielians. After arrival and the first orientation on board the guests had time to relax and create first relationships. At 18.30 Siren set sail and moved over night to Daram Islands in south Raja Ampat.
We arrived at our first stop just in time to enjoy the sunrise over Daram Islands. The diving, however, was spectacular. Minutes into our check dive at Candy Store, we spotted our first Denise pygmy seahorse camouflaged in a sea fan. The excitement continued with barded scorpionfish, peacock mantis shrimps and many different nudi branches. Our second dive at Andiamo was all about the the coral…soft coral, gorgonians and black coral. For our afternoon dives, we went to living colors… a dive site beautiful colourful corals and a lot of fish. Erol even found a boxer crab. WOW! After this 3 dives Siren moved to Yellit to stay overnight.
All we have to say is that we saw 20 mantas!
The Indo Siren and her crew welcomed this week a group of 15 divers from USA, Germany and UK that decided to come to Raja Ampat for fantastic diving aboard the Indo Siren. A few of our guests had dived with the Siren Fleet at other destinations, and all were excited to see what Raja Ampat had to offer. They would not be disappointed.
We first introduced our divers to the strange and wonderful creatures of Candy Store, on the islands of Daram. After breakfast we went to Andiamo a dive site with a beautiful scenery big and small creatures and amazing corals. After some relaxation it’s time to get wet again… at Living Colors with Overhangs, pigmy seahorse, gorgonians and octopus a fantastic dive to finish with. After the dive Indo Siren set sail to Warakaraket.
Amazing dives for our Komodo farewell
Our new guests were ready for a new adventure on board the Indo Siren. First on the schedule was Sangeaong were we arrived at our first stop just in time to enjoy the sunrise. We all hoped to see lava flowing, but on this day the volcano was silent under bands of wispy haze. The diving, however, was spectacular. Minutes into our check dive at Techno Reef, we spotted yellow and white ornate ghost pipefish camouflaged in a feather star. The excitement continued with leaf and Papuan scorpionfish, peacock mantis shrimps, the cacera nudibranchs and, best of all, two swimming stonefish. Our second dive at Hot Rocks was all about the small stuff: the bargibanti pygmy seahorse and the tiny bublles rising up from the dark volcanic sand! Our guests were crazy about both. For our afternoon and evening dives, we moved the Indo Siren to the island of Gili Banta, where our guests enjoyed enticing a juvenile ribbon eel from its hole at K2 and snapping pictures of the wonderfully odd creatures (e.g., the reticulate stargazer) that inhabit the night diving site known as Circus.
Komodo always brings us big surprises!
The Indo Siren was happy to welcome on board this week 13 divers from Sweden. All thrilled to discover what Komodo Marine Park had to offer. A few of them were repeat customers. The dive crew introduced our divers to the strange and wonderful creatures of Bima Bay on the island of Sumbawa. A checkout dive at Nudi Reef proved that the astounding diversity the nudibranchs we had spotted on our last cruise was no fluke, while the following dives in Bima Bay offered many of our guests their first glimpse of the thorny seahorse, pygmy cuttlefish and even Wunderpus!
The Indo Siren and her crew was happy to welcome this week guests from six countries spread across three continents for nine days of spectacular diving in the Komodo Marine Park. The first dive of the trip set a high bar as our keen-eyed guides spotted a freckled frogfish, arrow crabs, golden mantis shrimp and several flabellinanudibranchs at Sangeang’sBonto Reef. A late morning dive at Techno Reef brought a huge reef octopus as well as candy crabs and thecaceranudibranchs. And the night dive at Circus once again proved to be a crowd pleaser, especially among the photographers in our group, with multiple stargazers, pygmy cuttlefish and a white “V” octopus making the dark sands their stage.
Aqualung Safari trip
This new trip truly had everything: great guests, great aquatic life and a great opportunity for our divers to benefit from the presentations and innovative dive equipment provided by our friends at Aqualung, two of whom joined us for a special 10-day Aqualung Safari. We kicked things off with a check dive at Techno Reef, where we enjoyed the company of a gregarious reef octopus under the smoldering peak of the Sangeang volcano. Later that morning, our guests marveled at the diversity of nudibranch species gliding (ok, more like creeping) over the dark sands at the Estuary. Then it was on to Gili Banta and the abundant sweetlips, crustaceans and turtles of K2. For many of our guests, however, the best part of Day 1 was the night dive at Circus. Highlights included stargazers peeking up from beneath the sand, snake eels, otherworldly decorator crabs and pygmy octopuses. It was all we could do to get the guests out of the water and back on the Indo Siren for dinner.