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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Arenui, Mar, 2012,

by daniel a kurz, MT, US ( 1 report). Report 6496.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Raja Ampat, Bali, Galapagos, Hawaii, Caribbean, Socorro, California, French Polynesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions generally 100 ft and 70 min.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of dry storage and work areas for camera gear. sufficient charging stations and power in cabins both 110 in salon and 200 everywhere else. fresh rinse tank. The crew rinsed dried and returned cameras to your selected area after every dive. The crew also made sure all your equipment was on the dive boats prior to your arrival at each dive.

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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is our second trip on the Arenui in the last year. Both trips were so perfectly run that we can say that we have absolutely no suggestions to make them any better. We have been on many liveaboards and none have come close to the overall experience offered by the Arenui. Th accommodations on the boat are amazing for a liveaboard- the cabins are hugh, wonderfully decorated, comfortable beds and way more storage than we could use. They serve five meals a day- little breakfast, big breakfast, lunch, hot snack and dinner. We think that we are picky eaters and never on either trip did we have a bite of food that we did not like. They are also delighted to fulfill any request that any guest might have including extra helpings of ice cream! The staff of 22 - for 16 guests were friendly and professional and the service was so good at times it was almost too much- we do not need help taking off our booties! The crew takes care of all gear including washing and hanging wetsuits between dives as well as handling all your gear.n Hot shower and warm dry towels offered after each dive. The cruise directors Jerry and Debbie make sure that everything was to everybody's satisfaction and they take extreme care in selecting the dive sites to maximize the dive experience given the conditions that exist. Their briefings are extensive and the dive guides 1 for 4 divers are all very experienced and very helpful at critter locating. They crew met us at the airport took care of all our baggage and transportation and on departure they checked all are baggage and got our boarding passes while we hung around on the Arenui until it was time to get to the airport. While the Arenui is not inexpensive it is a great value given the entire experience. We have taken many less expensive trips and found them not to be worth it. We have been hesitant to write this report in the past because the Arenui has been discovered and we now have to wait until 2014 to take her to Alor but decided that it was unfair not tho share this amazing boat with the diving community.
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