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Dive Review of Arenui Liveaboard in
Indonesia/Komodo

Arenui Liveaboard, Nov, 2010,

by Ralph Arbeid, PI, Italy (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 5766.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Bunaken, Wakatobi, Philippines, Red Sea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 26 to 30 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth (30 meters) and time (70 minutes) limits
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments camera rinse tanks were available, tables for camera preparations available, abundant sockets for recharging

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our third cruise with Arenui in the last 9 months. The boat was excellent on both earlier occasions and we found it still improved on this third trip, so we booked the fourth for next year.
Rather than sitting back and enjoy their success, the owners of Arenui have taken guest suggestions to heart and made improvements where proposed, making the boat even better than it was before. One wonders how much better can it get???? There is absolutely no comparison with other liveaboards in the area, who all lag far behind Arenui in style and comfort. No other liveaboard has such beautifully designed and decorated huge cabins with real bathrooms not telephone boxes. No other liveaboard has such a huge comfortable lounge, sun deck and open air restaurant. There were 16 guests on board and we had 5 (FIVE) dive guides, all hugely experienced. We also made on-land trips and domestic flights before and after the cruise, which were organised by the Arenui office. All flawless!
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