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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Forgotten Islands

Arenui: "Forgotten Islands on Arenui", Oct, 2016,

by Kathleen Coyle, NJ, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9234 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I cannot speak highly enough about this experience. The diving was all that I expected, but the Arenui made the trip for me. This was my 3rd diving trip to Indonesia, first time on this boat, and the diving was all that I expected. BUT the Arenui boat and crew made my trip. There are only 16 guests and there were 23 crew to attend to our needs, and attend they did. The diving set up was great. By using 2 fast boats the dive groups were limited to 4 divers to each guide. The groups were whisked to the dive sites, entered the water together, and proceeded to enjoy the diving. The dive groups were the "early" groups and the "lazy" groups, which were switched each day. This allowed each group to have the entire boat to get kitted up and gave us a chance to get in the water without a large group of divers heading out to the same site at the same time. The eagle eyed guides spotted everything no matter how small.

The boat is very comfortable and the food was fantastic!! Individual selections were available at every meal. No bunk beds and all cabins have en-suite facilities, as well as a public one for all to use. Lots of public space for the guests to congregate and socialize.

Over all the diving was great, but the 3 days spent in Ambon Bay doing muck diving was the icing on the cake. This was my first experience doing muck diving and it exceeded my very high expectations. My guide, Ronald, was eagle eyed. He found multiple subjects at the same time to keep all the photographers busy rather than waiting in line for each shooter to get his/her shots.

Arenui has various diving locations during the year and I am looking forward to my next opportunity to sail with her and her great crew.
Websites Arenui   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Australia, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Bali, Philippines, Maldives, Cocos, ABC islands, US and British Virgin Islands, Guam, Yap, Palau, Chuuk, Belize, Honduras, Roatan, etc.
Closest Airport Ambon Getting There Long flight from eastern USA

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving permitted. Nitrox depth limits followed. 5 minute safety stops.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera table space was limited, but sharing was implemented and all seemed to work out. Lots of electrical outlets at the camera tables.
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