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WHEN TO GO Arenui vis­its Komodo from May to early Oc­to­ber. DIVE CON­DI­TIONS A full Komodo itin­er­ary in­cludes dives in north and cen­tral Komodo, where the tem­per­a­ture av­er­ages 84 de­grees F and vis­i­bil­ity ranges from 40 to 100 feet, and in south Komodo, where colder wa­ter from the In­dian Ocean drops the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture about 5 de­grees. OP­ER­A­TOR Arenui ( thearenui.com) is a 140-foot clas­sic In­done­sian-style wooden ves­sel, with a 30-foot beam. The boat is hand­crafted from 12 types of wood — much of it re­cy­cled and lo­cally sourced. The decor re­flects lo­cal In­done­sian cul­ture, with a carv­ing on the stairs de­pict­ing the Hindu Ra­mayana story, and each room fea­tur­ing lo­cal art and themes. The ship’s beau­ti­ful de­sign is out­done by the crew’s ser­vice, in­clud­ing five meals a day with am­ple op­tions, and a com­pli­men­tary 30-minute mas­sage. PRICE TAG An eight­night Komodo ex­cur­sion starts at $5,040; park fees, port fees, fuel sur­charge and ni­trox are not in­cluded. Clock­wise, from top right: Fusiliers cover a soft-co­ral reef; a rib­bon eel peeks out of its bur­row; a tube anemone blooms at Can­ni­bal Rock in south Komodo; drag­ons ap­proach the wa­ter’s edge at Rinca is­land.

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