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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Komodo

May, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
Top Contributor   (45 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
"More great diving in Komodo"
Report Number 8277 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia
(Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red
Sea, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Maumere/Labuanbajo
Getting There
We flew from Bali to Maumere
on Wings and flew back to Bali
from LBJ on Garuda.  Both were
direct flights.  

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
76   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
5   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the divemaster and don't run your tank out of air.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
2 stars
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Comments
No camera room, small rinse tank for cameras.  Flat surfaces in the
lounge/di ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
2 stars   
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Comments  
I first dove Komodo in 2009 and had been anxious to get back ever since. 
When Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock (Secret Sea Visions) advertised a trip
to Komodo on the Arenui I signed up right away.  We got on the boat in
Maumere on the island of Flores and headed west, diving on the way, until
we got to the northern reaches of the Komodo National Park and then we
headed south until we got to Manta Alley in South Komodo.  After Manta
Alley we turned north again and ended up in Labuanbajo from which we flew
back to Bali.  (I will note that, in 2009, the LBJ airport was a shack. 
Now they have a brand new big, comfortable airport.)  Generally, the dives
on the north side of Flores were warmer (80F to 85F) while those in the
south like Manta Alley were on the cold side (76F).  As far as what we saw,
the dives were what I expected and more.  (The only issue was that the wind
blew a lot and there were some sites where the bottom was stirred up such
that the viz was very low.)  We saw a number of rhinopias, frogfish,
various ghost pipefish, a wide variety of scorpionfish, a wonderpus, other
octopi (including one reef octopus that decided that it wanted to pose for
photographs), ...
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