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Dive Review of Arenui in

Arenui , Aug, 2013,

by Dana Muir, MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 7280.

No photos available at this time

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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I've been on at least eight other liveaboards and had wonderful trips on nearly all of them. The Arenui, though, is the best.

The Arenui is well equipped for divers, is supremely comfortable, and is gorgeous. Every member of the crew is professional, nice, and always anxious to do whatever is possible to make your dive trip better. Jerry & Debbie, the cruise directors, are always willing to listen and make every effort to accommodate the varying wishes of divers with diverse interests. If something goes wrong, they will do their best to fix it. The entire operation is conservation oriented and - this is a compliment - will not tolerate harassing or damaging the marine life.

All of the diving is organized to maximize the time divers can spend in the water on quality dives and minimize the hassles. Availability of the tenders, care of gear, filling of tanks, even rinsing & drying of wetsuits, etc. all happens without divers having to devote any thought or effort. The crew makes it look so easy that one can forget how much work and attention to detail goes into this operation. Even the dive briefings are unusually well organized, including the site maps displayed on the monitors in the restaurant/inside lounge area.

The food is plentiful, varied, and outstanding, particularly given the remote location. If it is a cold dive, someone will be waiting with a hot towel. If it is a night dive, it will be hot cocoa. If you've been on a hot trek on land, it will be a cold towel and drink. They think of everything.

Good luck snagging a cabin - the Arenui's popularity is well-deserved. And, I'll be fighting with you for whatever cabin is available. We've already booked our next trip and are bringing friends.
Websites Arenui   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Caribbean, throughout Indonesia,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 74-80°F / 23-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions usually 70 minute time limits
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

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