Colorful Pink Beach Beauties and the Best Night Dive Ever!

Day 5 of our Ray of Hope Expedition on The Arenui in Komodo National Park, Indonesia and it brought colorful Pink Beach beauties, and the best night dive ever!

The day started out sunny and beautiful, and the first two dives were spent searching for mantas, as I published last Friday at http://travelswithtam.com/fab-photo-friday-reef-mantas/. In the afternoon we did a dive at Pink Beach. Pink Beach got its name from its mixture of white and red sand. The red sand came about because of red fossilized Foraminifera…just think to yourself, oh, pretty red shells/shellfish created the color of the sand. It’s easier than learning about Foraminifera!

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Pink Beach, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

Pink Beach…we didn’t go on the beach because Komodo Dragons live there!

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Porcelain Crab in anemone

 

Pink Beach, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

A Gorgeous Leaf Fish at Pink Beach

Pink Beach, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

Little yellow nudibranchs!

Pink Beach, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

Looks like a part of the coral doesn’t it?

Pink Beach, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

A gorgeous Fire Urchin!

 

Pink Beach, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

Sunset at Loh Liang Bay

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

Sunset

The evening rolled around at Loh Liang Bay, and no one in my dive group had the energy to do it. I had missed a night dive and had no intention of missing another, so off I went with my own dive guide! I am so glad I did not miss it…it was the best night dive I’d ever had! What made it so fabulous? The animals, of course!

Pink Beach, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

A Flamboyant Cuttlefish! It was half the size of my hand…and I have a small hand!

Pink Beach, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

This is a Mantis Shrimp! Their “boxing gloves” in the middle are strong enough to break an aquarium!

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

A beautiful Sea Pen…you can see where they got their name. See the little crustacean at the top?

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

Check out this tiny shrimp hanging out next to the anemone!

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

Teeny tiny shrimp on a sea pen!

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

A crab and a shrimp!

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

This is a type of sea cucumber, but looks like a big worm!

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

This tiny Midnight Snapper makes its home in an Australian Hat.

 

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

Flatfish, or Flathead.

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

A Hermit Crab carrying anemones! Nice of her!

Night Dive, Scuba, Dive Trip, empty nest

A tiny Coconut Octopus hiding in a coconut!

 

 

 

 

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. noel says:

    Wow, you’ve captured some amazing sealife, I love that cuttlefish,I’ve only seen it in aquariums. My time in the pink beach was too short – had a choice of just relaxing or going to another island to climb and see an amazing sunset, and that won out in the end.

  2. barbara free says:

    I so appreciate you sharing your experiences with us. It is always a good education for me. It makes me realize how much I miss diving, and need to get a trip planned. What amazing adventures you are having !!! you go girl !

  3. This looks to be an absolute epic experience~ Love your photos!

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