Welcom to Komodo
Trip Start May 04, 2011
125Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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Twenty meters from the ranger station we saw our first dragon basking in the sun. A few facts about the Komodo dragon, their attacks are deadly, their best weapons are their sharp teeth and dagger-sharp claws not to mention their potent bacteria their mouths contain. Their jaws are considerably large to the point that they can swallow a goat whole.
Let me remind you, I was within 10 feet proximity to these creatures with nothing but a young kid with a stick there to defend me, if need be
Back on the boat by 8:40AM we were in the water diving Wanilu by 9:30AM. This "muck dive" was good for seeing Nudi Fish and Cleaner Shrimp. We also saw a giant Cuttle Fish. After 46 minutes in the water we were back on board for breakfast. After a surface interval of 3:20 we moved to a sheltered reef called Bata Bolong. I’m calling this the “big picture” dive because there are just so many tropical fish and things to look at, that it’s just one wide screen TV view. Here we saw Giant Moray Eel, Yellow Tail Eel, Napoleon Wrasse, and the star of the show were several large Hawksbill Turtles.
The day was not over yet, at around 4:00PM we went back down for our third dive of the day. This spot, Karang Mantassar, is known for spotting Manta Rays which we could see just from the boat actually
Once everyone returned we shared notes about the impressive dive. We not only saw the Manta and Blue Spotted Sting Ray but there was one White Tip Shark spotting as well.
Unfortunately, this is the second afternoon that we have surfaced from a cold dive and the sky is clouded over. So much for sun-bathing this trip. I spent the afternoon downloading Umut’s underwater photos and learning the names of the various marine life before a fantastic barbeque chicken was served.
I’d like to say that evening activities of card playing and reading were all that occurred tonight before bedtime but not necessarily the case. First we were entertained by tossing the compost and chicken bones into the sea to witness the outline of a very large fish. Some believe it was a shark, the silhouette seemed like an eight foot Jaws like beast, while what we saw after ten minutes was more like a Giant Travelly. The next bit of excitement was the discovery of several cockroaches in Martin and Joan’s toiletry bag. Ironically, we were just commenting on how clean the boat appeared until now. Regardless, the women that we are, this scared Joan and Burcu enough to bring them all out on deck with me for the night. It was like a dorm room as well all dragged out our individual mattresses and set up camp. Good night!