Komodo

The King Of Critters

  Komodo is a great place for an abundance of critters and creatures but one of my absolute favourites is the Frogfish or Anglerfish. Sometimes we tend to forget about this majestic fish with the muppet-like face and down-turned mouth …

Aaaaand ACTION!!!”

Batu Bolong, a pinnacle in the middle of the Lintah Strait, is one of the signature dive sites of Komodo and exposed to strong currents due to its location. What looks like a small rock with a hole from the …

Grand Slam

Mermaid II’s most recent trip through Komodo, Sangeang Volcano and north cost of Sumbawa was an absolute grand slam. Our first day of the trip in Moyo Island and the extinct volcano Satonda, yielded great schools of long fin banner …

No Place Like It

I’ve probably written this before, but I’m going to do it again because enough can’t be said about how insanely diverse the diving in Komodo is. There is only one other place in the world that I know of, Raja …

I’m Wondering What’s Wandering

It has been a fantastic Komodo season so far for all kinds of rays especially Manta Rays. Often forgotten are the numerous encounters with Mobula and Eagle Rays, sometimes Cownose Rays and Whiptail Stingrays, which come in whole groups sitting …

Awesome Octopus

I think we can all agree the octopus is the coolest animal in the ocean, if not the planet. Before you start to say things like; well whale shark is better because they are really big and have spots, or …

Ketut Saves the Day

It’s heartbreaking to see such as small beautiful animal like this juvenile hawksbill sea turtle entangled in a discarded piece of fishing net. Luckily there was still time to turn this situation around. While on a surface interval at Castle …

How Good is Komodo?

Mermaid II just returned from quite possibly one of it’s most jaw dropping trips in Komodo. We had all the usual suspects like the stunning reefscapes filled with a bounty of reef fish and all the schools of fish in …

This Week at Manta Alley…

It’s clearly the year of the manta in Komodo. In the past three years that I’ve been onboard Mermaid II we’ve had some pretty outstanding manta encounters, but nothing with the magnitude and frequency that we are having this year …

The Rock

Batu Bolong is one of Komodo’s signature sites. It’s a small rock pinnacle that just breaks the waters surface with it’s signature rocky arch and it lies right in the middle of the Linta Straight which is the heart of …