Only minutes from boarding the boat, we were diving at a fantastic muck site in Bima Bay, where we photographed an endless list of critters; frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, inimicus walking scorpion fish, hundreds of fire urchins - some with Coleman shrimps, lots of nudibranchs, sea horses, crabs, shrimps, large white pipefish, bubble corals with shrimps and orangutan crabs, pegasus sea moths, allied cowries..... and these were just the exotic critters. There were also more common fish and crustaceans as well!!
We dived the north coast of Sumbawa and discovered two sites with lots more critters, and mostly in quite shallow water. My computer hadn't been below 14 meters at the end of day two! A short run out to Sangeang Island, a magnificent active volcanic island that towers from the sea. We dropped onto a shallow black sand slope dotted with beautiful bommies, each loaded with nudibranchs, anemone fish, sea whips with commensal shrimps and gobies. Everyone liked this place so much we came back for an afternoon dive.
We stayed around Sangeang for two days, exploring more sites and finding pygmy seahorses, some pretty exotic nudibranchs and one of our guests (Amanda Blanksby) discovered a very nice Halimeda ghost pipefish in a white colour, quite a rare find - thanks Amanda!
We loved this 10 day trip so much we have already organised three more for 2013, one in June (FULLY BOOKED), one in September and another in November. See our Sumbawa to Flores page for more details or use our Contact Us - Live Aboard page for more information