Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Sumbawa Surprise, Indonesia
In September 2012 Kelly and I did a week long liveaboard dive trip in Indonesia which went from Bali to Komodo and back. We went on the MV Mermaid II. Click here to read about the boat. This is one of the dive sites we did on the trip. The trip heads north-east from Benoa Harbour on Bali out north of Lombok and then north of the other islands to Komodo Island and then down the eastern side of Komodo to the southernmost point of Komodo. For all dives on this trip we used 31% Nitrox, so bear this in mind when considering the bottom times we did.
Sumbawa Surprise is a dive site located at the western point of Sumbawa Island. An approximate GPS mark for the dive spot is 8Âș 13' 54.3"S 117Âș 41' 38.3"E (using WGS84 as the datum). The site is to the south of the GPS mark.
|A satellite photo from Google Earth that shows the location of the dive site |
The lighthouse is at the tip of the point, the dive site is off the beach at the south
|A photo of the dive site|
The actual site is located off a beach which has some fishing nets and timber poles in the water 30 or 40 metres off the beach. The site is black sand which has a flatter shallow section at about three metres and then a gradual slope that goes to 30 metres or so.
|A map of the dive site - north is at the bottom left of the map as shown|
Used courtesy of Mermaid Cruises
As with virtually all dive sites that you do when on MV Mermaid II, you use the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) to get to the start of the dive (and also to get back to the boat). The RIB will drop you off the eastern end of beach.
Once in the water we drop to the bottom at five metres and then start working our way down the coral bommies located at the eastern end. At about 19 metres I cross over to the sand and start a gradual ascent back to 12 metres. I then head back down to 20 metres and then 24 metres before gradually ascending over the next 30 minutes to 12 metres. As I did this, I zig-zagged back up.
|Pleurobranchus grandis||Crested nembrotha|
|Sexy shrimp (yes, that is its real name)||Chromodoris aureopurpure|
As mentioned, the bottom is black sand. There is so much here to see. There are brilliant black and blue nudibranchs and other species all over the place. I find four pipefish and then we see a tiny 20 mm black anglerfish with red and yellow dots and blue lines on its fins. There is an ornate ghost pipefish next to a large log.
Another ghost pipefish is found, this time a white robust one. There are dancing shrimp in anemones as well as other species of shrimp. More nudibranchs are seen.