Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of The Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

The Arenui, Jan, 2011,

by Nili Hudson, CA, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6276.

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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I have dived on The Bilikiki in the Solomon Islands and an Aggressor in Turks and Caicos so I do have liveaboard experience.
I took a January 2011 charter on the Arenui and loved it so much in fact that I immediately came home and booked it for this coming December 2011 to Ambon and Raja Ampat. If that doesn’t say I loved it, nothing does. Let me break it down for you. The boat itself is remarkable in comparison to others I’ve been on. Aesthetically and functionally both. You get the sense that you are staying in a boutique hotel in Ubud, Bali not on a utilitarian fishing vessel. Every square inch is spectacularly beautiful with gorgeous wood carvings and details that you know were lovingly and well thought out.
The rooms, the beds, the storage, the bathrooms, the salon…..Magnificant. Forget about bunk beds! Not that I spent much time in the bedrooms which were gorgeous, spacious and had every conceivable amenity, all I did was sleep in there. At all other times I was diving, eating, swapping out batteries & memory cards, sunbathing or reading on the oh so mind blowing upper deck (with hose to cool off, canopy's to sit under and dining tables). Or I was lounging in the salon reading a dive magazine, changing bathing suits, looking at someone else’s photos, or sipping on my made to order Latte’. Life doesn’t get much better.
The diving? The dive guides? The pangas? Nothing short of spectacular! Let’s see, I would rise in the a.m. roll out of bed into my bathing suit, grab a quick bite before jumping in my wetsuit. But not before they came over with a clipboard and asked me what I wanted for breakfast? Didn’t I just eat breakfast? “oh no, just a snack. How would you like your eggs cooked”. Seriously. Okay, so continuing on. I check my camera and make sure it’s set up, leave it in a basket and walk over to the Panga. All of my gear is set up and ready to go, all I need to do is walk down a few steps and climb aboard, sit down and wait for them to taxi us out to the site, usually a 3 minute ride tops. Now did I mention that the basket with my camera is also now on the boat? I didn’t actually bring it on, they did. Entry is a back roll and getting back on the panga equally a breeze because you just handed them your BC and tank in the water so you’re light as a feather on a really nice ladder (wonderful as I was post foot surgery). After the dive I leave all of my gear on the panga, step up a few steps to the shower, peel off my wetsuit and they hand me a dry towel! After every dive! After night dives they bring you a towel and a hot cocoa.
So there you have it. You can use your imagination as to how the rest of the day proceeds. It’s literally dive, shower, change, eat, dive, shower, change, eat….the most work you do is getting in and out of your wetsuit in between dives. It’s just heaven on earth with a staff to match on a boat that exceeded my every expectation. The diving is about as good as it gets anywhere in the world that I’ve been including Sulawesi, Solomons, Fiji, Central America, Carribean and more. Beyond words. The trip itself is also just mesmerizingly beautiful as you cruise past all the gorgeous islands and the seas were calm the entire time. There were some strong currents on some dives but nothing we couldn’t manage. The Manta dive was so phenomenally out of this world that they brought us back to let us do it again. More Mantas than you can imagine with some stopping at a cleaning station so close we could almost touch them. Not like previous Manta dives on other trips I’d done where they were flying by so fast that I had to whip my head around or miss them, these guys were just hovering! I saw an explosive amount of sea life that included every single thing on my wish list without fail. Including a dizzying amount of anemone fish, ornate and ghost pipefish, pipefish, mini warty frogfish, blue ringed octopus, crocodile fish, wobbegong sharks, walking sharks, porcupine whip ray, bumphead parrotfish, schools of batfish and juvenile penant batfish, spearing mantis shrimp, blue spotted rays, longspine waspfish, red tooth and clown triggerfish, tons of nudibranchs, hawksbill turtle, cometfish, Amazing Manta Rays, giant clams over 4' long, scorpionfish, OMG Pygmy Seahorses!!!, cuttlefish, gorgeous eels, snake eels, manderinfish, velvet fish, flying gunards, and so much more! We even saw whales! Not to mention exquisite corals, hard and soft. We had a few excursions including a visit to a village overflowing with the most precious and friendly children, so sweet and a pearl farm, where we got to watch them extract pearls and learn how they farm and raise the oysters, fabulous. Yes, the trip there is a bit brutal in terms of travel time from Los Angeles, but let me tell you, worth every hot and sweaty airport I had to visit to get there. But by the way, The Arenui even mitigates those issues by having someone every step of the way to help you get through customs and more. There’s so much more I can tell you but e-mail me directly if you want…I think you get the picture.
Websites The Arenui   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Solomon Islands, Fiji, Lembeh Strait and Gangga Island Sulawesi, Roatan, Belize, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Martinique, Turks and Caicos, Key West...and more
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-200 Ft/ 15-61 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 Extra large area for photography gear on the boat - baskets and towels...We left whatever gear we wanted in our baskets on the table and the crew brought it to us when we got in to the panga. We put it back in the basket and they brought it back up to the boat.
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 1228 dive reviews of Indonesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. Looking for Biodiversity, critters, Komodo, Raja Ampat, temples? We specialize in adventures to Indonesia.
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams specializes in dive travel to Indonesia. We've dived it many times ourselves, and stand ready to customize your Indonesia scuba diving adventure.

Want to assemble your own collection of Indonesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2022 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.12 seconds