KM Black Manta Trip Reports

Sep 10, 2012

Komodo, 5-9 Sep 2012


The komodo trip from 5th to 9th September was once again an amazing journey! The first day, after an easy check dive at bidadari with a sight of the newly discovered lembeh sea dragon. 

Next, we went for a very nice sunset dive on the north side of Sebayor Island where we found a colourful painted frogfish in the middle of a pristine patch of branching coral while a giant cuttlefish was preying on a cloud of glassfish nearby.

At night we sailed south towards Kode Island early morning to explore the sandy slopes of Torpedo Alley. We spotted mimic octopus, several frogfishes, flamboyant cuttlefish, seahorses while a few divers, including Cedric the Cruise Director were enjoying the services of cleaning shrimps on a busy cleaning station!!!

We then had the chance to approach some Komodo dragons by speedboat while they were fighting on the beach - an intense momment! The second dive was on the famous seamount of Cannibal Rock with its dozens of nudibranchs, giant frogfish, zebracrab and very colourful softcorals.

Third dive was on the fishy slopes of pink beach where we stayed to apreciate a beautiful sunset. During the night dive, macro lovers observe a black hairy frogfish, loads of crocodilefishes, emperor shrimps and bobtailsquid!! What a day!!

Next, we went for a very nice sunset dive on the north side of Sebayor Island where we found a colourful painted frogfish in the middle of a pristine patch of branching coral while a giant cuttlefish was preying on a cloud of glass fish nearby.

At night we sailed south towards Kode Island early morning to explore the sandy slopes of Torpedo Alley. We spotted mimic octopus, several frogfishes, flamboyant cuttlefish, seahorses while a few divers, including Cedric the Cruise Director were enjoying the services of cleaning shrimps on a busy cleaning station!!!

We then had the chance to approach some Komodo dragons by speedboat while they were fighting on the beach - an intense moment! The second dive was on the famous seamount of Cannibal Rock with its dozens of nudibranchs, giant frogfish, zebra crab and very colorful soft corals. 

Third dive was on the fishy slopes of pink beach where we stayed to appreciate a beautiful sunset. During the night dive, macro lovers observe a black hairy frogfish, loads of crocodile fish, emperor shrimps and bobtail squid!! What a day!!

On the third day, we woke up facing Lawa Laut Island, and started with a superb drift dive at shot gun with giant trevally, sharks, turtles, giant sweetlips and...manta rays!!! Smiles were on every faces for breakfast. 

Next dive was on the magnificent Crystal Rock, grey reef sharks were waiting for us with several white tip reef sharks and tunas at their sides. A giant napoleon wrasse was studying the reef, undisturbed by the ecstatic divers around.

After a good nap, we jumped on Castle Rock and its millions of fishes playing with the currents that caress this amazing sea mount. Sharks, schooling sweetlips and a ballet of neon fusiliers. All the divers were so satisfied that nobody signed up for a night dive on this day!

On the last day, we drifted on the moonlike slopes of Makassar Reef where we could approach the graceful manta rays. No words can describe the emotions during an encounter with these giants. Towards the end of the dive, we bathed in a live fish soup. Batu Bolong is definitely one of the best dive site in the world!!! 

Such density of fish, with white tip reef shark, huge turtles, sweetlips, snappers, napoleon wrasse and millions of colourful anthias and some nice nudibranchs specimen crawling on a carpet of soft corals and sponges!! What a trip!

All the photos on this page have been taken by Nicholas Attenborough.