Komodo

Legendary Season

It’s the end of the Komodo season, and quite possibly my best season with Mermaid II in Komodo. As I scroll through my computer’s hard disk which is absolutely packed with all of my most memorable Komodo moments from 2016. …

Shimmering Armada

Last week, everyone on board Mermaid II witnessed something that I’ve never witnessed in Komodo, or ever for that matter. While moored up in South Komodo’s Horseshoe Bay and sat and watching the seven Komodo dragons bathing in the last …

Mountains of Fish

When you have a whole collective of fish in tight groupings, they are referred to as schools, or shoals. While these terms may be the scientific description of large aggregations of fish, it doesn’t really do much as far a …

Marine Mammals

Komodo is famous for its biodiversity in marine life, stunning coral reefs, challenging currents and big fish. What we tend to forget though is the fact, that it’s also a very good place for spotting cetaceans – marine mammals like …

The Great White…Manta

There’s a dive site just off the north coast of Sumbawa well known for it’s benthic critters like the wonderpus, ghost pipefish, and and a rainbow of nudies, called Sumbawa Surprise. This week however, the surprise wasn’t the beautiful little …

Wildlife Above, In and Below The Water

No matter if snorkeling or diving, what we all have in common when going on a trip like that, is the love and passion for any kind of wildlife. Indonesia, and in particular the Komodo National Park, is so rich …

Dolphins on the Rock

Dolphins are a regular encounter when you visit Komodo or any of the other islands that Mermaid II visit during our voyage from Bali to Komodo and back, though most of the encounters are had as they ride the bow …

A Day In The Bay

Horsehoe Bay, the bay between the island of Rinca and Nusa Kode, is quite a mystical place. Most of the time, there is no other boats around which turn this bay into such a treat from the sometimes so busy …

Chaos on the Surface

Nusa Kode,one of the southern most bays in Komodo National Park, also known as Horseshoe Bay, put on quite the show for everyone onboard Mermaid II this week. It wasn’t the famous Komodo Dragons either, that are residents to the …

Like In An Aquarium

Diving in Komodo can feel like swimming in a gigantic aquarium with countless numbers and species of fish, calm and clear waters – only difference being that there is no glass windows! Our morning dive at all time favourite “Batu …