The Wetpixel 2014 South Komodo Expedition’s first group, led by Wetpixel Publisher Eric Cheng and Editor Adam Hanlon joined The Seven Seas liveaboard at Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on 5 February. The trip then took in the following reefs around South Komodo: Wainilu, Karang Makassar, Baleh, Sowalu, Eagle Rock, Pelekan Head, Three Sisters, Cannibal Rock (a lot!), Dragon Creek and Yellow Wall. There is an active thread about the trip, with many images, on the Wetpixel forum.
The advantage of diving in the area during the wet season in significantly improved visibility, combined with warmer water temperatures. Although this was less in evidence at the beginning of the trip, there was no doubt that the warmer, clearer water was improving the conditions towards the end. The trip returned to Labuan Bajo on 16 February. The second group, led by Jason Bradley is, as I write, still enjoying and photographing the area.
Successful trips are always down to a combination of factors, and ours had great diving and photographic opportunities, a comfortable vessel with a marvelous crew and a fantastic group of people. These images show that they are talented photographers, but don’t show how much fun they were to hang out with. Many thanks to you all and I can’t wait for the next time….