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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Arenui: "Raja Ampat with the Arenui", Jan, 2015,

by Alice Ribbens, MN, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8749.

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
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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