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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Komodo

Arenui: "More great diving in Komodo", May, 2015,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 47 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 8277 has 2 Helpful votes.

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
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No camera room, small rinse tank for cameras. Flat surfaces in the lounge/di ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
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), ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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