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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by daniel a kurz, MT, US (1 report)
Report Number 6496
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Komodo, Raja Ampat, Bali, Galapagos, Hawaii, Caribbean, Socorro,
California, French Polynesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
generally 100 ft  and 70 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Plenty of dry storage and work areas for camera gear. sufficient charging
stations and power in cabins both 110 in salon and 200 everywhere else.
fresh rinse tank. The crew rinsed dried and returned cameras to your
selected area after every dive. The crew also made sure all your equipment
was on the dive boats prior to your arrival at each dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This is our second trip on the Arenui in the last year. Both trips were so
perfectly run that we can say that we have absolutely no suggestions to
make them any better. We have been on many liveaboards and none have come
close to the overall experience  offered by the Arenui. Th accommodations
on the boat are amazing for a liveaboard- the cabins are hugh, wonderfully
decorated, comfortable beds and way more storage than we could use. They
serve five meals a day- little breakfast, big breakfast, lunch, hot snack
and dinner. We think  that we are picky eaters and never on either trip did
we have a bite of food that we did not like. They are also delighted to
fulfill any request that any guest might have including extra helpings of
ice cream!  The staff of 22 - for 16 guests were friendly and professional
and the service was so good at times it was almost too much- we do not need
help taking off our booties! The crew takes care of all gear including
washing  and hanging wetsuits between dives as well as handling all your
gear.n Hot shower and warm dry towels offered after each dive.  The cruise
directors Jerry and Debbie make sure that everything was to everybody's
satisfaction and they take extreme care in selecting the dive sites to
maximize the dive experience given the conditions that exist. Their
briefings  are extensive and the dive guides 1 for 4 divers are all very
experienced and very helpful at critter locating. They crew met us at the
airport took care of all our baggage and transportation and on departure
they checked all are baggage and got our boarding passes while we hung
around on the Arenui until it was time to get to the airport. While the
Arenui is not inexpensive it is a great value given the entire experience.
We have taken many less expensive trips and found them not to be worth it.
We have been hesitant to write this report in the past because the Arenui
has been discovered and we now have to wait until 2014 to take her to Alor
but decided that it was unfair not tho share this amazing boat with the
diving community.  
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