Diving Komodo: Angel Reef and Satonda

I have to confess that the first dive in Komodo was unbelievable! It was like turning a sugar lover loose in a candy store. There was so much to see!

The Arenui is LUX. At 6:30 a.m. we were awakened, and everyone met in the dining room for “first breakfast”. First breakfast is continental…coffee, fruit, yogurt. Then, first dive of the day, followed by Second Breakfast which was anything you wanted: pancakes, french toast, eggs, baked beans on toast (for the Brits and Aussies), noodles…as I said, anything you want! And of course, by the time we came up from the first dive, our cabin was clean and sparkling.

Our first stop was Moyo Island and Angel Reef. I have to say that Angel Reef was heavenly, indeed! My first Komodo dive…and how gorgeous it was!

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

A Red Spinecheek Anenome fish with its baby

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

The contrast of the deep red and ethereal color of the anemone was spellbinding.

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

In case you haven’t noticed, I love seastars.

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

Gorgeous sea star

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

This is a Pin Cushion Sea Star

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

A Giant Moray

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

Soft Corals and brittle stars.

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

Cool clam or oyster…not completely sure!

After Angel Reef and Second Breakfast (I felt like a Hobbit!) our second dive site was Satonda. I saw Pygmy Sea Horses for the first time! I was too excited to focus on them with my camera, but still! Pygmy sea horses!

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

I know the photos are crystal clear and focused, but I was so excited to find these Pygmy Seahorses!

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

Can you find all 4?

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

They were so tiny…smaller than my pinky nail!

Angel Reef, Satonda, scuba, Arenui

Adorable. This was my only sighting, and I regret the photos are no better than this, but I was shaking with excitement to see these creatures!

Of course, there was much more to see!

Komodo, scuba, diving, Arenui

A Giant Clam!

Komodo, scuba, diving, Arenui

These feather stars look like they are on FIRE!

Komodo, scuba, diving, Arenui

A cute little baby boxfish…barely has a face! They are so cute.

Komodo, scuba, diving, Arenui

Aren’t these worms cool?

Komodo, scuba, diving, Arenui

Darling Hawksbill Turtle

Komodo, scuba, diving, Arenui

A nudibranch! I just love these tiny creatures! I think they are a sea slug.


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Lionfish Portrait by Andrea Marshall.

After finishing dive two, lunch is served! After lunch, dive 3. After dive 3, snacks! If a night dive is on the schedule, you do the night dive and then have dinner. The crew of the Arenui anticipate every thing you want. They really are amazing. If you want to dive Indonesia, do go on the Arenui! It is an incredible experience.

Komodo, scuba, diving, Arenui

The crew is so thoughtful! Their service is impeccable.

I will be back with scenes from Day 2!



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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. Each time i see you write Komodo I think about the dragon. I can’t help it, Tam!
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  2. You’re photographs are always so amazing but I think you topped yourself with these. AMAZING!

  3. How gorgeous! Beautiful photos!

  4. What amazing pictures. You must have had an awesome time. Scuba or snorkel? What fun!
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  5. Your underwater photos are always amazing. I’m happy to be seeing all those gorgeous creatures vicariously since I will never be diving like that!

  6. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Thank you for taking me along on this virtual trip. Your photos are always so gorgeous.

  7. barbara free says:

    O.M.G. What amazing pictures…..I have never seen Pygmy Seahorses. I can’t believe you actually saw them. Tam, you are an excellent diver, in so many ways. I am so glad you are willing to share your adventures with us all. What a luxury dive boat you found.

  8. Tam Warner says:

    The boat was deluxe! It was a lovely trip in so many ways. I’m ready to get back in the water.

  9. Wow….thanks for taking me on the dive with you. These pictures are so gorgeous.

  10. Sue says:

    Stunning photography Tam – thanks for brightening my day. You have some wonderful adventures and I hope you enjoyed your recent trip ‘Down Under’

  11. Leanne says:

    Gorgeous photos and I love the idea of food being interspersed with the dives – great way to fuel up again each time. It sounds like you had a fabulous time.

  12. Estelle says:

    This is an unbelievable trip. You take the best, most beautiful photos so we feel like we are there with you!

  13. Rosemond says:

    Wow, your pics are amazing. Where does the boat depart from? Looks like an unbelievable trip.

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