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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Alor / Komodo

Arenui, May, 2014,

by Gary & Robin Schiendelman, PA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 7709 has 1 Helpful vote.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Arenui is a beautiful and well appointed boat. Cabins and common areas are large, comfortable and well thought out. The food is top notch. The Indonesian crew is pleasant and hard working. DM's are all very good. The guests are divided into groups of 4 or 5 per DM so there is rarely a feeling of being overcrowded. Diving in Indonesia is some of the best in the world and on this, our third trip, we had high hopes. Unfortunately, we were severely disappointed. No matter how beautiful the boat, the bottom line for us is the diving. Given the area and how the trip was marketed, many choices of dive sites were not up to the the usual standards of liveaboard Indonesia diving. And on a 2 week trip, there were a total of only 37 dives offered with some sites dived multiple times. Bottom line, although we will go back to Indonesia, we would not chose the Arenui again.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Maldives, So Africa, Red Sea, Solomon Islands, Raja Ampat, Cocos Island, Socorro, Honduras, New Jersey, Florida, Various Caribbean locations
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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