Smiles all over the trip!

Smiles all over the trip!

All aboard! On this trip, the Indo Siren had a mixed group from the UK, Germany and USA. After a quick orientation we went through the master drill and set up our equipment. In the first day, while we had dinner the guests started to get to know each other. We started our first and second dives in Sangeang island at Bonto Reef . Everybody enjoyed getting wet so that they familiarized with their buoyancy and guides. We saw 15 ornate ghostpipe fish, cuttle fish, a big variety of nudibranch, and frog fish. After lunch, we moved over to Gili Banta for the third dive at K2. Everyone seemed amazed with the corals. What a great start for the week! Some did a night dive at North West of Komodo, called Coral Garden.

 

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A real manta ray trip!

A real manta ray trip

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.

 

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Gerald Rambert underwater photography workshop in Komodo

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!

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There was too much fun out there!

There was too much fun out there!

 

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!

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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

 

The Indo Siren liveaboard welcomed on board this week our friends from Waterworld for a new adventure diving Komodo!

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.

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The Indo Siren is back to Komodo

The Indo Siren is back to Komodo

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.

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Amazing dive adventures in Komodo with our friends from Equator Diving

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.

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Raja Ampat Rocks! by Susie Erbe

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

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Raja Ampat… Divers’ heaven! Mantas, sharks, huge school of fish, macro and amazing healthy reefs!

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.

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Raja Ampat: The Kingdom of Wobbegong sharks!

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.

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