The third day of our Komodo diving trip just coincided with the feast of Eid al-Adha. So, when we did the cruise plan along with Captain Meko a.k.a. Pak Makarudin, the ship captain, and Wilson, our dive guide, we set it up that on the second night MV Tarata will be anchored off the coast of Komodo village located on the east coast of the Komodo island so in the next morning my fellow Moslem friends onboard and I can go down to the village for the Eid prayers. So, after spending time enjoying the sunset view at Pink Beach, we all immediately returned to the ship, got freshened up and had dinner. And MV Tarata slowly began to move west, toward the east coast of the Komodo island..
The waves tossed around the rubber boat that took the six of us to the dive point. Doubt and hesitant started to emerge, but the flowing adrenaline then overtook, as we were expecting to meet one of the most beautiful marine creatures. And we didn’t have to wait for long at all. As soon as we back-rolled from the boat and started to dive, we were immediately greeted by one, two, three, four of 2-3 meters wide manta rays. We continued to descent to 27 meters depth, and more manta rays appeared. The healthy coral reefs around us with all its occupants were momentarily forgotten as we enjoyed the beautiful performance of dozens of manta rays that come and say hello. Komodo archipelago waters was really spoiling us..
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..!