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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 …

Ambush Season

From Komodo to Sangeang Volcano it’s hard to not find a bommie (coral head) that is not completely engulfed with a cloud of orange sweepers (little orange and silver fish). On certain bommies it’s really quite difficult to see what …

Fact: Komodo Has A Lot of Mantas

We all know Komodo is famous for it’s mantas, but when you’re diving on any of it’s well known manta sites such as Manta Alley or Takat Makasar, aka Manta Point, it’s difficult to tell just how may you are …

Welcome Back By Unusual Suspects

Our Komodo trips are always a nice contrast to what we usually get to see in Raja Ampat – in many respects. What I like the most is the diversity in dive sites: from endless hard coral reefs to current …

From Sea Snakes And Scorpionfish

From Raja Ampat in West Papua to Maumere in East Flores: over 14 days of diving, over 1,000 nautical miles, 5 different seas. Those are just technicalities about our “Biodiversity Special” or  “Crossing Trip” but what does the reality behind …

Three is a Crowd

Have you ever found your self stuck in the middle of a heated competition of underwater courtship by some of the oceans largest animals? Unless you are a BBC camera man paid to seek out these testosterone fueled forays or …

Delectable Anemones

  While on our most epic crossing trip, where Mermaid II sails from the notorious Raja Ampat though the Banda Sea and into Flores’s east coast port Maumere, we had some truly awesome encounters. From a small group of very …