Raja Ampat is just fabulous!

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.

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All we have to say is that we saw 20 mantas!

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.

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Amazing dives for our Komodo farewell

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.

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Komodo always brings us big surprises!

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!

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Nudibranch dream

Nudibranch dream

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.

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Aqualung Safari

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.

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Rhinopious,mantas and Komodos. What else?

Rhinopious,mantas and Komodos. What else?   

This week the Indo Siren was happy to welcome aboard 15 divers from Underwater Phantaseas. Some were return customers; others keen to experience this type of diving for themselves.
Their first morning was gorgeous for their checkout dive at Techno Reef and they sharpened their dive skills through the next two sites—The Estuary and K2—marveling at how healthy and colorful the reefs were and the diversity of the teeny nudibranchs. That debut night dive at Circus was the first time many of these divers had ever seen stargazers and they were delighted with their sandy camouflage techniques!

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Nick’s 1st trip in Komodo

Nick’s 1st trip in Komodo…

Its Friday 13th June and 16 Australian, Canadian and American divers have arrived in Bima to board the Indo Siren! After some papper work and briefings, while watching the beautiful sunset over the mountans, we pulled anchor and headed on our way towards Komodo. In the morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise and calm seas as we aproched Coral Garden for our first dive of the trip. The site was full of life, massive schools of blue dash fusiliers and some very impressive schools of moorish idols danced in the gentle current. Blake even found a beautiful white leaf fish. Dive two was on Crystal Rock ; full of fish and with a couple white tip sharks. Inyo found the group a gorgonian giving us our first look and two fantastic pygmy sea horses whilst cruising along I found an egg sack anchored to the rocks by a bamboo shark… not a bad way to spend a day…

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Komodo Back Again

Back Again…

What a start for the Komodo season, the Indo Siren was on the way from Makassar to Bima when the news reached us that the volcano Sangeang has erupted. Sangeang being on our route and in close vicinity to Bima and Komodo it had a great impact on our tour and the cruise. All flights were canceled to Bima but a window of opportunity opened when Labuan Bajo airport declared itself open for business after a 3 day closure. We decided to reroute all guests to Labuan Bajo and bring the boat overnight to Flores. With all guests on board we started our Komodo adventure diving Bida Dari and Sebayur Kecil.

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Form Port to Port….

Port to Port…

For our latest Indo Siren adventure we would be making our way from Sorong to Ambon, so with guests boarded and dive gear set up we left the harbour for our first stop of the trip; Waigeo. In the morning we awoke to see fruit bats hovering over the island of Mioskon where we jumped in for a gentle check dive, seeing our first wobbegong sharks and pygmy seahorses of this 10-night liveaboard safari. Other highlights of the day were the schooling fish, hunting jacks and a solar-powered nudibranch.

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