The Xian MA60 turbo-prop aircraft that we are in descends and makes a slightly awkward approach toward landing at Frans Seda airport, touches the runway, bumps twice, and finally rolling smoothly on the runway as it slows down and heads to the apron. All passengers breathe with relief and applaud, loosen the tension off after such landing sequence. Quite a thrilling experience 😀 But anyway, here we are, at Maumere. Ready for another trip to explore the place where we haven’t been there before. It’s still a half of the journey, as we prepare for the next 3-hours land ride to Moni where we are going to stay. Kelimutu, here we come..!
Today is the fifth and last day of the trip.
Our Temukira ship anchored at the south-east of the Kri island. In the morning, there were also other pinisi ships anchored in this area as their divers also prepared for their first dive of the day. Chicken Reef is our first dive point today. Most of us opted to dive without their camera and just wanted to enjoy the dive and the scenery down there. “We will do another negative entry this morning, straight to the depth of 25 meters…” Weka told us during the briefing. Another strong current area, apparently. Soft corals and hard corals filled the slope, and again we met two turtles who were busy with their breakfast. The third group had small problem when Hadi lagged behind his group due to the current. As per procedure, Joni-Franky-Hari-Reza climbed straight back to the surface. Hadi was already on the boat with the Open. He also immediately climbed back up to the surface and Open’s watchful eye on the boat immediately recognized him and came over. Great crew!