The Seven Seas News - August 2012
Fruit de Mer: Komodo Trip Report August 2012
We just finished our third Komodo trip of the season with 3 French families on board, each with their own interests and goals to achieve during the trip. The challenge was to offer something for everyone - beginner divers, divers continuing their education, advanced divers, as well as photographers & videographers who have already dived some of the best dive sites on the planet. The diversity of Komodo and surroundings, combined with some good planning from our Cruise Directors and a multi-talented crew ensured that a fun time was had by all.
Gili Lawa Laut, Batu Monco, Banta & Sangeang islands offered calm and protected bays with shallow water for completing Open Water Diver training with our PADI instructors Linda & Karl, as well as some world-class advanced diving on the sea mounts and points outside of the bays for our experienced divers and PADI Advanced Diver students.
Our beginner divers made some new underwater friends - a turtle in Gili Lawa Laut bay, a cuttlefish laying eggs in Batu Monco's Coral Garden, 2 giant manta rays, one of them so big that our 11 year old beginner diver thought it would swallow him up! Then star gazers in Banta's Circus and several white tip sharks at Castle Rock, as well as GT's hunting fusiliers and a very friendly eagle ray at Crystal Bommie.
After completing their Open Water training, a family of 6 got to dive altogether for the first time and 12 year old Pauline together with 14 year old Hugo did their first ever night dive - an experience they are sure to remember always. Photographer Claude had close-up experiences with both dolphins and mantas when he jumped in right by the boat in between dives and Tommy excelled in finding him many macro subjects: harlequin shrimp, coleman shrimp, zebra crabs, pygmy seahorses, ghostpipefish and frogfish. Other highlights of the trip included: an Ambon scorpionfish pair in Horseshoe Bay's Torpedo Point and a squadron of mobula rays (20+) at Padar's Three Sisters, as well as fighting Komodo dragons on the beach in Nusa Kode.
In between dives, our families explored remote white sand beaches, kayaked in our 2-seater ocean kayaks, or enjoyed "scurfing" - the challenge being trying to stand up on a surfboard while being towed by the tender boat at high speed! Our Chief Engineer, Udin, currently holds the record for the best scurfer on the Seven Seas and he was only too happy to teach the kids. If rejuvenation & relaxation was the order of the day, then an aromatherapy massage on the top deck with Widhi or Yaya did the trick, and what better way to end the day than with a cocktail and a stunning sunset?
While Mum & Dad went diving, Baby Theo, 11 months, was amused by Widhi or Yaya and the rest of the Seven Seas crew, who always take such great care of our younger guests, and all with a smile of course! 5 year-old Neo was entertained by the crew while his parents dived and as well as managing the hike up Gili Lawa Darat with the help of his new best-friend, Big Jon, took to the helm himself under the watchful eye of Captain Wahyu.
See our website for full details of all courses offered on board the Seven Seas. Besides the courses listed on the website, you can also complete your Open Water Diver Certification with us, provided you have already completed all Knowledge Development & Confined Water Dives, which can be done beforehand at your local PADI dive shop.