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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat, Banda, Ambon

Arenui, Apr, 2010,

by Ralph Arbeid, PI, Italy (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 5460.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Malaysia, Philippines, Micronesia, Madagascar, Kenya, Mauritius, Mediterranean, Maldives
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 27 to 31 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions depth, time
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Each dive was excellent

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We went in February with Arenui to Raja Amput and were very happy. The very best boat we have ever been on. We booked straight away for an April cruise so this report is a second experience. The experience was superb as before and we booked again for Bali-Komodo-Bali next October. The dive guides are all excellent but Toby is a class apart. He found 4 mm nudis, a rhinopia and the rarest of the rare of frogfishes, the psychedelic frogfish. What was appreciated was that we were not only diving but made several landtours as well with transport and guides on the ready.
The boat itself gives another meaning to the word "space" on liveaboards. Big cabins, big showers, big lounge, sundeck, big, big, big. There were 30 crew members for 12 guests! Service from A to Z. Although the cruise is fully and professionally programmed, there is enough flexibility to feel comfortable at any moment. Enthusiasm of the cruise director Jerry overflows and contaminates his staff. Briefing tables are works of art.
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