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Dive Review of The Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

January, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Nili Hudson, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6276
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Solomon Islands, Fiji, Lembeh Strait and Gangga Island Sulawesi, Roatan,
Belize, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Martinique, Turks and Caicos, Key
West...and more
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Extra large area for photography gear on the boat - baskets and towels...We
left whatever gear we wanted in our baskets on the table and the crew
brought it to us when we got in to the panga. We put it back in the basket
and they brought it back up to the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
I have dived on The Bilikiki in the Solomon Islands and an Aggressor in
Turks and Caicos so I do have liveaboard experience. 
I took a January 2011 charter on the Arenui and loved it so much in fact
that I immediately came home and booked it for this coming December 2011 to
Ambon and Raja Ampat. If that doesnt say I loved it, nothing does. Let me
break it down for you. The boat itself is remarkable in comparison to
others Ive been on. Aesthetically and functionally both. You get the sense
that you are staying in a boutique hotel in Ubud, Bali not on a utilitarian
fishing vessel. Every square inch is spectacularly beautiful with gorgeous
wood carvings and details that you know were lovingly and well thought
The rooms, the beds, the storage, the bathrooms, the salon..Magnificant.
Forget about bunk beds! Not that I spent much time in the bedrooms which
were gorgeous, spacious and had every conceivable amenity, all I did was
sleep in there. At all other times I was diving, eating, swapping out
batteries & memory cards, sunbathing or reading on the oh so mind
blowing upper deck (with hose to cool off, canopy's to sit under and dining
tables). Or I was lounging in the salon reading a dive magazine, changing
bathing suits, looking at someone elses photos, or sipping on my made to
order Latte. Life doesnt get much better.
The diving? The dive guides? The pangas? Nothing short of spectacular!
Lets see, I would rise in the a.m. roll out of bed into my bathing suit,
grab a quick bite before jumping in my wetsuit. But not before they came
over with a clipboard and asked me what I wanted for breakfast? Didnt I
just eat breakfast? oh no, just a snack. How would you like your eggs
cooked. Seriously. Okay, so continuing on. I check my camera and make sure
its set up, leave it in a basket and walk over to the Panga. All of my
gear is set up and ready to go, all I need to do is walk down a few steps
and climb aboard, sit down and wait for them to taxi us out to the site,
usually a 3 minute ride tops. Now did I mention that the basket with my
camera is also now on the boat? I didnt actually bring it on, they did.
Entry is a back roll and getting back on the panga equally a breeze because
you just handed them your BC and tank in the water so youre light as a
feather on a really nice ladder (wonderful as I was post foot surgery).
After the dive I leave all of my gear on the panga, step up a few steps to
the shower, peel off my wetsuit and they hand me a dry towel! After every
dive! After night dives they bring you a towel and a hot cocoa.
So there you have it. You can use your imagination as to how the rest of
the day proceeds. Its literally dive, shower, change, eat, dive, shower,
change, eat.the most work you do is getting in and out of your wetsuit in
between dives. Its just heaven on earth with a staff to match on a boat
that exceeded my every expectation. The diving is about as good as it gets
anywhere in the world that Ive been including Sulawesi, Solomons, Fiji,
Central America, Carribean and more. Beyond words. The trip itself is also
just mesmerizingly beautiful as you cruise past all the gorgeous islands
and the seas were calm the entire time. There were some strong currents on
some dives but nothing we couldnt manage. The Manta dive was so
phenomenally out of this world that they brought us back to let us do it
again. More Mantas than you can imagine with some stopping at a cleaning
station so close we could almost touch them. Not like previous Manta dives
on other trips Id done where they were flying by so fast that I had to
whip my head around or miss them, these guys were just hovering! I saw an
explosive amount of sea life that included every single thing on my wish
list without fail. Including a dizzying amount of anemone fish, ornate and
ghost pipefish, pipefish, mini warty frogfish, blue ringed octopus,
crocodile fish, wobbegong sharks, walking sharks, porcupine whip ray,
bumphead parrotfish, schools of batfish and juvenile penant batfish,
spearing mantis shrimp, blue spotted rays, longspine waspfish, red tooth
and clown triggerfish, tons of nudibranchs, hawksbill turtle, cometfish,
Amazing Manta Rays, giant clams over 4' long, scorpionfish, OMG Pygmy
Seahorses!!!, cuttlefish, gorgeous eels, snake eels, manderinfish, velvet
fish, flying gunards, and so much more! We even saw whales! Not to mention
exquisite corals, hard and soft. We had a few excursions including a visit
to a village overflowing with the most precious and friendly children, so
sweet and a pearl farm, where we got to watch them extract pearls and learn
how they farm and raise the oysters, fabulous. Yes, the trip there is a bit
brutal in terms of travel time from Los Angeles, but let me tell you, worth
every hot and sweaty airport I had to visit to get there. But by the way,
The Arenui even mitigates those issues by having someone every step of the
way to help you get through customs and more. Theres so much more I can
tell you but e-mail me directly if you wantI think you get the picture.
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