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Dive Review of The Arenui in
Indonesia/North Raja Ampat, Papua

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Mario Mizrahi, Mex, MX
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6441
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Sea of Cortez, Cocos Island, Galapagos, Cozumel, Cancun, Malpelo, Maldives,
South Africa, Tahiti, Wakatobi, Komodo, Palau, Bahamas, Belize, St. Thomas,
Thailand, PNG, Malaysia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
29   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
70 minutes max and not touching anything  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Only 2 tables in the main salon which were a little cramped with stuff
(other than cameras) belonging to everybody.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This is one of my best dive trips ever.
The Arenui is a luxurious, roomy and beautiful ship but on top of that, we
had a level of service never before experienced by me or any of my group.
We were pampered by the crew who every day filled the boats with our gear
and would take on baskets our extras, like lights, gloves, pointing sticks,
masks, computers, cameras, etc. After each dive, we could throw our stuff
on the boats and take a shower on the ship´s entrance; our custom
cabin towels were waiting for us to dry and go change to dry clothes in our
cabins. All our gear was then rinsed in separate places and put to dry in
the bow ready for our next dive.
The food was like dining in an expensive restaurant with every day
surprises of meat, fish, rice, vegetables, etc. One day they made tacos for
our Mexican group and other entrees included delicious Indonesian and
International cuisine.
Diving was outstanding with a combination of large and small creatures. We
saw Manta Rays on a number of dives, like Manta Sandy, Eagle Rock, Sardine
Reef and the incredible Blue Magic. Wonderful small critters were
everywhere and I did one of my best ever night dives in Cendana Jetty,
where we saw Stripped Catfish, Giant Mantis Shrimp, Wobbegong,
Cuttlefishes, Octopi, Lionfishes, Coconut Octopus, Demon Stinger,
Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Dragon Seamoth, Cockatoo Waspfish, Nudibranchs,
On other dives we saw many Pigmy Seahorses (Denise, Bargibanti and
Pontohi), up to eight Blue Ringed Octopi, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Hump Head
Parrotfish, Great Barracuda, Blacktip Sharks, Dogtooth Tuna, Ornate Ghost
Pipefish, Snow Flake Moray Eel, Painted Frogfish and the list went on and
On at least three times we had a chance to visit beautiful virgin beaches
and do kayaking there or in mangroves; we also climbed a small mountain to
see a spectacular view and once we visited a small island with a village
where we gave gifts to the local children.
On our way back to Sorong we encountered 2 Killer Whales who came close to
our ship and played with a rope that was towing one of the boats.
Absolutely Fantastic Trip!
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