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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

January, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Alice Ribbens, MN, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Raja Ampat with the Arenui"
Report Number 8749
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Komodo, Maldives, Palau, GBR, Fiji, British Columbia, Monterey, Hawaii,
Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Caymans, Honduras, Belize, Cozumel, Akumal,
Sea of Cortez, etc.
Closest Airport
Sorong
Getting There
We had to go through Makassar
to get to Sorong, but there
may be a direct flight from
Jakarta to Sorong now.

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were supposed to max out at an hour, but most of our dives were 70-80
minutes.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Comments
I am not an UWP, but my husband is.  There are several small tables where
people can work on cameras, charge gear, etc.  If the majority of the
divers o ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
With all of the Arenui bashing that seems to have happened on Undercurrent
in the last year, I wanted to throw in my two cents and tell everyone what
a great experience we had on the Arenui. We've been on liveaboards all over
the world, including 2 trips on the Arenui, one to Komodo in Sept. 2013 and
more recently to Raja Ampat in Jan. 2015.  You will not find a harder
working crew anywhere.  On our Raja Ampat trip, we had one of the larger
cabins on the upper deck.  When we boarded, the A/C in our room was barely
working.  One of cruise directors and two of the engineers on board
basically spent the next 24 hours repairing and eventually replacing our
A/C.  I am sure other boats would have just told us they were sorry, but
they didn't have any spare parts.  That was not the case with the Arenui. 
So ...
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