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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat, Banda, Ambon

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ralph Arbeid, PI, Italy
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5460
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Malaysia, Philippines, Micronesia, Madagascar, Kenya, Mauritius,
Mediterranean, Maldives
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
27   to 31    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth, time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Each dive was excellent
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
We went in February with Arenui to Raja Amput and were very happy. The very
best boat we have ever been on. We booked straight away for an April cruise
so this report is a second experience. The experience was superb as before
and we booked again for Bali-Komodo-Bali next October. The dive guides are
all excellent but Toby is a class apart. He found 4 mm nudis, a rhinopia
and the rarest of the rare of frogfishes, the psychedelic frogfish. What
was appreciated was that we were not only diving but made several landtours
as well with transport and guides on the ready.
The boat itself gives another meaning to the word "space" on
liveaboards. Big cabins, big showers, big lounge, sundeck, big, big, big.
There were 30 crew members for 12 guests! Service from A to Z. Although the
cruise is fully and professionally programmed, there is enough flexibility
to feel comfortable at any moment. Enthusiasm of the cruise director Jerry
overflows and contaminates his staff. Briefing tables are works of art.
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