Rarely does Damai dive further west than Komodo but once in a while we organize a charter all the way back to Bali. This usually coincides with an appointment for dry dock in Surabaya which is where Damai II is right now enjoying some well-deserved maintenance.
On the journey over the top of Sumbawa there are a few places to dive including Satonda, Moyo, Lawang, Madang and the Gilis before reaching the waters of Bali. One of our favourite places to dive is on the west side of the island of Moyo along a steep wall with lovely coral, large elephant ear sponges and fish life, hopefully schooling oceanic triggerfish. If the conditions permit there is also a large seamount which is always worth a visit.
We had heard rumours of a beautiful waterfall on the island but this was the first time that the guests had been up for an adventure! They were a fabulous group of younger divers from Jakarta, Singapore and US and they really wanted to visit this waterfall. So in true Damai style we obliged.
While they were out diving, we sent the crew to shore to the village of Labuan Haji and they commandeered every last scooter for the 4km journey into the jungle. We left a skeleton crew on Damai II as everyone was excited about this excursion including our captain! All guests and crew perched on the back of scooters to enjoy the scenery for the 20 minute ride.
The waterfall was stunning! We found these cascades and limestone pools of turquoise water cutting through the tropical forest. What a delight! The pictures speak for themselves…
We will make sure that this becomes part of our itinerary from now on. Many thanks to the crew for organizing the logistics and more thanks to our guests for having the sense of adventure to try it in the first place.
While we were waiting for the tenders to collect us we were lucky enough to buy some delicious local honey too! Yet another reason to visit Moyo.
Damai II will be returning to Moyo on 21 June 2019 on her way to Bali after some world-class diving in Komodo. Join us!
Thanks to our cruise director, Sylvain, for his great photos from this excursion.