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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.