As mentioned before, after leaving Labuan Bajo we went to the north side of Komodo Island to Gili Lawa Laut. This is a diving and snorkeling mecca. Although I spent most of my hours in the water cleaning Tahina’s hulls, we did manage to sneak off and do some snorkeling and two amazing dives. The water here was ultra clear (over 30 m visibility), the coral life was the liveliest we have seen anywhere, and the fish life was plentiful. We wish we could have stayed for many days more.
The photo album below contains first a few shots of Labuan Bajo, then some pictures of the anchorage at Gili Lawa Laut. You can see some photos of the many Indonesia dive boats (mostly with tourist on multi-day dives from Bali). Next you will see a few photos from snorkeling nearby. Then a group of photos from the dive Karen and I did at Crystal Rock. And finally, another group of photos from the dive we did at Castle Rock. The sea life was amazing here, and was some of the best diving we have ever done.
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We had two cruising sailboats join us – s/v Naturally High of New Zealand, and our friends on s/v Migration – a red-hulled trimaran from the USA. We had a birthday celebration one night on Migration for Bruce and Karen. Migration has a tradition of reading from a funny Dr. Suess book about birthdays.
On the Crystal Rock dive the currents were challenging! We had to swim like crazy to get to the rock, then it was really hard to hold on to rocks and check out the scenery. There were both up and down drafts which made it hard to stay at the right level. We were finally ripped right off the rock at the end – probably 4-5 knots of current.
We timed it better at Castle Rock and had less current at first. So, we had a better opportunity to watch the big fish like the shark, grouper, great trevally, etc. There was so much to see, it was hard to concentrate on what was probably a great opportunity to see really small creatures as well.