GUEST COMMENTS 2013
25 Nov 2013: Karl, Austria
I have dived more than 27 years all over the world, with many good liveaboards, but YOU are the best I have ever stayed! Thanks to the crew and everybody, Jerry and Debbie you are all great!
25 Nov 2013: Ruth & Jurg, Switzerland
We are repeaters ... multiple repeaters ... and guess why? Because it is still the best you can get! The destination is top, the boat is top, the crew is top and the Cruise Directors are unbeatable!!! It is again this feeling of being in a micro-cosmos that you don't want to leave. Not ever...! Thank you so much for making the Arenui to what it is - a very unique experience.
25 Nov 2013: Monika, Germany
This is my 2nd trip on Arenui and I am sorry to leave my dive holiday. I'm feeling in a dive paradise with you. Thanks a lot!
25 Nov 2013: Uschi & Roger, Switzerland
The crew; Wawan, very patient, nice and humorous. Best dive guide ever! The food; we are getting fat!
25 Nov 2013: Harald, Germany
I don't want to repeat again all the positive aspects being connected to a dive trip on the Arenui. However, what I find is not that frequently reported - it is the passion of the entire dive crew in all aspects of marine life and its protection/conservation. This mindset is evident throughout all activities related to the sea.
25 Nov 2013: Edith, Germany
Thank you a lot for this all - for me it was fulfilling a lifetime dream in many ways - diving in Indonesia, diving from the boat and diving with very good friends Harald and Barbara. I appreciate most to see and feel your great passion for nature and the underwater life. To see there was nearly tears in your eyes moved me a lot!
11 Nov 2013: Corinne & Pascal, Switzerland
It was great to be back on Arenui. We felt more to be good friends than 'just guests'. The service attitude of the whole crew was just extraordinary. Terima kasih banyak to the whole crew, thank you for making these holidays unforgettable to us!
11 Nov 2013: Laura & Alexander, Germany
It was a great experience with the most friendly crew and cruise directors with amazing diving from pelagic fish, nudis, pygmies, leaf fish, frogfish, octopus and mantis shrimps. Thanks a lot for making this experience unforgettable ... again!
11 Nov 2013: Hannes, Austria
The crew; absolutely kind. Helpful. Did a great job!!!
11 Nov 2013: Julie, USA
The Arenui is a splendid ship! The crew has to be the most helpful and polite group of people I've ever met. The Cruise Directors are knowledgeable and put you at ease immediately. The food and service are one of a kind. A must redo for us and I'm not even a diver. The diving; although not a diver, enjoyed snorkeling over various sites. The crew; tender driver Yusuf proved to be an excellent snorkel guide. He evaluated my skill and snorkeling ability and took great care to put me at ease in the water. His patience and calmness made me feel safe and reassured so that I had a fantastic time watching Indonesia's underwater world!
25 Oct 2013: George Frye, USA
I've been amazed at the staff and crew who anticipate and think about the needs of the divers before they think of their requirements themselves.
25 Oct 2013: Anon, USA
After a wonderful muck night dive, with creatures galore, we were treated to hot towels, hot chocolate and a superb dinner under the stars. What a show!
25 Oct 2013: John, USA
Our divers ranged in experience from 20 dives to over 5,000 dives. The dive masters kept an eye on everyone and kept everyone involved to see all that each dive site had to offer. Jerry and Debbie and the rest of the crew are incredibly friendly and approachable. We haven't been on a dive trip in 12 years, within the first dive we felt at home again. Our first liveaboard, can't wait to come back. The boat; authentic. In great condition. Comfortable. Built for function. The diving; amazing. The crew; awesome, huge smiles from everyone every day. Everyone knew our names by the first evening. Jerry and Debbie were very approachable and got all the guests interacting as a group. The food; very good, abundant, fresh salad every day, accommodating.
25 Oct 2013: Diane & Bill, USA
Thank you for your support and understanding. Debbie is a wealth of knowledge as are the crew. The boat; we have been on approx. 10 liveaboard trips in Indonesia - all top-end. However, this was the best of all of them. The cabins and cleanliness were unexpectedly good - after all we were on the boat for 12 days. The diving; overall the safety was excellent especially one dive guide per group of four. The crew; we cant indicate above 'excellent' or we would. All the staff were warm and friendly. The food; the selection, freshness and preparation of the food was outstanding.
25 Oct 2013: Susan, USA
The boat; gorgeous! Loved the ease of the layout, common areas were plentiful and great for lounging and diving. Our room was well appointed (thanks for the reading light!) Beds comfortable (that is hard to find). The diving; excellent briefings - maps and dive descriptions were spot on. Dive masters extremely knowledgeable and always safety conscious! The crew; amazing, cohesive crew! Everyone made us feel like family. No one had a 'bad' day - everyone always smiling and happy to see us. Jerry and Debbie have an incredible relationship with the crew and it is reflected each day! Anto makes marvelous coffee! The food; fresh, beautifully presented, lots of choices. We were never left wanting and our very first liveaboard - the bar has been raised VERY HIGH! Thank you to Anto, Putu, Wayan, EVERYONE!
25 Oct 2013: Diane, USA
Divemasters were all fabulous. Gayus was my favourite, he could find anything. Food was the best, ate way too much.
25 Oct 2013: Anon, USA
Dive guides were extremely helpful in getting a good photo. They made sure to point out interesting photo subjects. The crew; amazing crew.
25 Oct 2013: Katherine, USA
Debbie and Jerry have a huge range of skills - not only mastery of all the diving issues (sites, critters, photography, gear), but have tremendous people skills, have hired a fantastic crew, deliver very high value, and adapt and trouble shoot with grace. Debbie taught a nitrox course as well. My ears have been a problem for years and I was not surprised when on day number six I had a total block and could not descend. At the manta dive at Manta Alley the tender crew towed me, as I held to the rope and they made sure I saw the mantas, as well as so many other critters. We had a blast. Debbie then arranged for Yusuf to escort me on snorkel 'dives' along the reef. He was brilliant at spotting turtles, sharks, cuttlefish and helped fend off an attach of a titan trigger! I felt incredibly well cared for. The diving; diving was spectacular. Briefings kept me aware of current, where to find critters. Yusuf could not have been better in making snorkeling a wonderful 'plan B'. The crew-I had an unusual need - inability to dive because of ear problems. Jerry, Debbie and Yusuf arranged for me to snorkel which was wonderful. The tender crew made our diving so vey easy by helping with fins and caring for vests, masks, etc. The restaurant stewards were first rate. The last night party was a tremendous surprise. The food; amazing ability to keep lettuce fresh. All food served seemed high quality and very healthy.
25 Oct 2013: Anon, USA
The crew did an outstanding job of keeping the boat organized, neat, tidy and immaculate. Outstanding job! The diving; no words to describe how beautiful everything is. The crew; it is with tears in my eyes that I say goodbye to this crew. I have been smothered with attention. My needs have been met before I even knew them. Special acknowledgement to Anto and Putu. Also the tender drivers and the list goes on... The food; the best food on any liveaboard.
25 Oct 2013: Anon, USA
It truly felt like everyone was happy to have you aboard. The divemasters were very enthusiastic and very safety conscious. If you asked them to show you something they did their best to find it. The crew; everyone was top notch.
11 Oct 2013: Ellen & Alex, Germany
Everything was perfect!
11 Oct 2013: Jurgen & Susanne, Germany
All perfect!!! It was a wonderful time!!!
24 Sep 2013: Anon
The food; best liveaboard food I have had. This is my 7th liveaboard. Already booked for Raja Ampat Dec 2014.
24 Sep 2013: David, USA
Great experience. Unique part of the world, obviously the crew care about the country and its ocean. Thank you for a great week. The boat; great experience. Staff is first class. The diving; safety is obviously a priority. Felt very taken care of. The crew; best part of the trip was the service and people.
24 Sep 2013: Tom, USA
Approximately 10 liveaboard experiences - this was one of the best!!!
24 Sep 2013: Alice, USA
Already booked for Raja Ampat. I've been on liveaboards all over the world and this was the best in terms of small group diving and making sure everything was taken care of. Ronald was great with finding critters but also letting us kind of do our own thing. The boat; I was not sure about walking through the restaurant in wet dive gear but it all worked out great. The diving; all was great.
24 Sep 2013: Lisa, USA
The diving; all crew worked well together. The food; so much food!
24 Sep 2013: Ladonna, USA
The boat, crew and diving were exceptional. I really felt they made me a part of their family. I was a little concerned about the gear set up on the first day but it worked well. The dives were perfect, and we were allowed to leisurely complete our dives at a good pace. Wawan was exceptional. I hate to single out others, I will forget someone. I cant say enough. This crew is a well-oiled machine. I would definitely recommend this boat. The dives were well thought out and executed.
24 Sep 2013: Don & Tara, USA
Our experience on the Arenui was wonderful! The boat is unique, well decorated, very comfortable, and extremely clean. Limited wine but with a good reason. The entire crew was top notch! The crew was very friendly and accommodating. They all went the extra mile to make sure that all of your needs were met. Anto was great! He always remembered what your preferences were and was very attentive. The Cruise Director spent personal time repairing equipment for guests and in the case of my husband's camera spent two hours trying to dry it. My husband was encouraged to go on the next dive and not worry about the camera. We would highly recommend this boat and crew and hope to travel them again soon!
24 Sep 2013: Annette, USA
Amazing staff - dive guides, tender drivers, dining staff - everyone was wonderful and truly made this trip spectacular! The boat is beautiful and perfectly accommodates us all and the dive sites were incredible. Lounge areas were wonderful especially when the canopy was up. The diving; Wawan was always so cheerful and an excellent guide. Tender drivers extremely courteous when getting out of the water. The food; amazing food! Great choices/selection. Plus Anto truly made us feel special!
11 Sep 2013: Bob, USA
I had a wonderful time, have never been cared for so well.
11 Sep 2013: Ameer, USA
I didn't know what to expect but the diving was equally matched by the service. The food, diving and expertise was exceptional. I cant wait to come back and dive Raja Ampat with the Arenui - means little wave but they made a huge impression.
11 Sep 2013: Alessandra, Italy
It was all perfect. Thanks a lot to all.
29 Aug 2013: Tracy, USA
We arrived with high expectations which only grew during the initial briefing. The crew met and exceeded every expectation, hope and request. Thank you, Arenui team, for making this a most special treat. This was our 10th trip to Indonesia, six of them on liveaboards and was, most assuredly, the best.
29 Aug 2013: Dana, USA
The boat; the attention to detail on the boat is wonderful and the crew takes great care of it. The diving; excellent variety of diving to accommodate range of interests. The crew; extremely well organized and always willing to help. Very gracious staff. The food; wonderful food. I never touched any of the "back-up" food I brought. That's a first.
29 Aug 2013: Ted, USA
I had a great time. Special thanks to Jerry and Debbie. The whole crew was wonderful.
29 Aug 2013: Jessica, USA
This is our second trip aboard the Arenui and we love it more and more every time. To the wonderful crew, fantastic dive sites, amazing food and an overall great time with new and old friends, it will always be unforgotten memories. It is always sad to say goodbye but we always know that there will be another Arenui trip in our near future. I clocked my 100th dive on this trip to Komodo and nothing but the best dive - mantas! And I saw my first seahorse ever. Thank you Arenui team for another memorable experience.
29 Aug 2013: Alex and Jennifer, USA
This has been the greatest dive experience either of us has ever had. The crew was wonderful, the food was incredible, the dive sites were exceptional! Our divemaster Debbie was so knowledgeable and helpful. She made each dive memorable! Thank you all so much. As first time divers in Asia Pacific I feel we made an absolutely perfect choice booking with the Arenui! We asked around, read the reviews and couldn't find a reason to book anywhere else and it's clear we made the right choice. The beauty, the service, the experience from beginning to end is one we will never forget! It's also the reason we've already booked our next trip on the Arenui. Thank you so much for an absolutely first class experience.
16 Aug 2013: Marleen, Holland
Great holiday in all respects enjoyed it tremendously. Great boat, lovely cabins. Saw so many fish etc that I had not seen before, nice variety of dive sites. The crew; very helpful and friendly crew. The food; great peanut sauce.
16 Aug 2013: Mary Jane, USA
The crew; couldn't be nicer or more helpful.
16 Aug 2013: Vanessa, Australia
The crew; great organization and logistics. Very knowledgeable and helpful crew and Cruise Directors. Jerry was excellent at sharing photo tips.
16 Aug 2013: Anon, USA
The diving; our diving skills have advanced under the guidance of Debbie. This has been a memorable experience.
16 Aug 2013: Anon
The boat; it was great having the grand cabin as a retreat, very comfortable and roomy. The diving; we learned so much from Debbie. She made it fun because she seems to be having fun as well. The crew; Bayu was a top notch steward, so warm and friendly. The food; all the choices were great, no one will go hungry on this boat.
16 Aug 2013: Marc, USA
The crew; the staff did a great job. Very personal service, remembering our likes and dislikes, calling us by our first names, etc. They're obviously well trained and kept to a high standard. Having access to massages was a real treat and they were good massages. The food; the food was really very very good. We've been on lots of liveaboards and the food on Arenui has been the best of all of them.
3 Aug 2013: Jessica
The diving; the dive staff at all levels was top notch. The crew; all lovely and wonderful people.
3 Aug 2013: Robin
It was a great pleasure to meet up with Ronald and Ali again too! Dive briefings were enthusiastic. The crew; everyone was great.
3 Aug 2013: Susie
Great boat, would definitely seek it out. Loved the crew entertainment the last night. The diving; Ali's drawings of sites were great. The crew; service was outstanding in all departments. Great dive master (Wawan).
3 Aug 2013: Tatum
The crew made me feel special! Did a lot of first time things. The boat itself was amazing you could not change it. It's the little things that count.
3 Aug 2013: Anon
The staff did an excellent job. The diving; the dive site drawings on the white board were always well done. The crew; the men who cleaned the room and helped with the wetsuits were always there to help, much appreciated. Bayu and Anto did an excellent job. The food; the chef and the kitchen staff did an awesome job with the food prep and selections.
20 July 2013: John and Ros, USA
You've made this special trip for us just that special. We appreciate the entire Arenui experience. The boat – esthetically pleasing, well planned space, comfortable beds and bedding, top notch amenities. The diving – appreciate the conservative, safe diving including client input on sites. The crew – can't say enough about their service and attitude. Did everything to individualise our trip. The food – incredible! Now I want 5 meals a day with the Arenui selection!
20 July 2013: Tian Tian, China
It's a great experience. We saw so many things that we never imagined to see before like sharks, manta rays, turtles, etc. Indonesia is a beautiful place and we surely will come back! The diving – very safe and reliable, making us feel relaxed and enjoyable. The crew – our divemaster also our coach, Debbie is great and helped us a lot, especially because we are quite fresh to diving. She is so patient and focused and serious. Excellent! The food – unbelievable nice, out of expectation.
20 July 2013: Marina, Argentina
The crew-loved diving with Ali, great DM! The stewards were AMAZING! As was all the crew. Very good trip. Great cruise directors. Thanks! The food – extremely accommodating, great. Thanks.
20 July 2013: Li, Sweden
Ali was a phenomenal guide. Loved the trip, the crew and the ship. Very nice and relaxed trip, despite a fever moment (which was greatly handled). Want to do Raja Ampat so please advise if you get cancellations (as I understand you're fully booked for a couple of years). The crew – loved the crew and much appreciated the flexibility and willingness to accommodate everything – small to big. Service was phenomenal.
20 July 2013: Reiko, Japan
Special thanks to Ali our divemaster. He worked very hard to find stuff also he led our team safely. He cares for his guests and gives us his good knowledge about marine life, dive sites and Indonesia. I'd love to come again and dive with Ali. Thanks! The crew – all excellent! Best crew ever had! The food – all excellent. Never get bored with food!
20 July 2013: Anna, China
Arenui is a great liveaboard. My friends and I will put it in our diving list – that means wherever Arenui goes we will follow.
20 July 2013: Mary and Fa, China
Excellent diving, phenomenal service, great crew! Highly recommend it!!! The crew – Ronald is extremely good in finding stuff for us to see and if he finds something he always makes great effort to tell the other groups. He is also very helpful in night dives to aid lighting effect to our pictures! He also paid a lot of attention to what interests each diver. Everyone has a lot of attention to details and always available to help.
20 July 2013: Anon
Excellent. Top services!!!
5 July 2013: Joe and Cheryl, USA
Had an incredible time. Crew couldn't do enough for you and everyone was extremely friendly. Highly recommended. Thank you for a great week.
5 July 2013: Palmer and Gwen, USA
This is an amazing experience for divers and non-divers alike. My husband is a diver and could not say enough about the dives, the array of sea creatures encountered and the organization of the dives. As a non-diver, there were opportunities to snorkel at or near the dive sites, visit a beach for lounging or shallow water snorkeling, kayaking or just sunbathing/reading on the deck. With your every need being anticipated and met, either way you could not go wrong. The boat – we were pleased to find the website represented the actual facility very well. Everything was true to form and well exceeded our expectations. The diving-excellent!!! Very knowledgeable divemasters, they were able to locate and point out things that would otherwise have been missed. The crew – each and every crew member went above and beyond to ensure our stay was pleasurable. They were personable and pleasant from sun up to sun down. The food – amazing!!! Words cannot describe the meals offered on this liveaboard.
5 July 2013: Len, USA
This has been one of the best trips I've ever been on. Everyone is so friendly and helpful.
5 July 2013: Al and Melanie, USA
The entire crew is over the top. They have raised the bar as far as taking care of their guests. I have been on lots of liveaboards and hands down this was the best. Our group loves to have fun. A bunch of us brought pirate outfits with us and we had 'pirate night' during our stay. Needless to say it caught on and I hope there are future pirate nights onboard the boat. It was great fun. There's nothing like traveling to a remote location such as this for us NorthEasterners and feeling so welcomed and a part of it all to really get the exposure to the people, the most beautiful Indonesian people and the great diving that this part of the world has to offer. We so hope to come again to visit Raja Ampat and dive again with the same crew and with Jerry and Debbie and all the rest of the crew. Thank you again. The boat – the boat was so different from all the other boats we have been on before. We really enjoyed the uniqueness. The cabins were roomy and extremely comfortable. The diving – it took us a bit to get used to the system used on the boat but I love the fact that when you board the tenders you have nothing in your hands. The crew – the crew could not do enough for you. They attended to all our needs, were very polite and friendly. Just the fact that they knew our names right away made us feel right at home. Our dive guide Ali was the best. The food – I loved all the great food you served.
5 July 2013: John, USA
Had a great dive experience. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. Great crew and directors!
5 July 2013: Sharon, USA
Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable voyage on your pristine vessel. It was a trip of a lifetime. The boat – what can I say? Total luxury. The diving – the coral reefs and diversity of marine life was spectacular. I always felt safe. The crew – the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff and crew was outstanding. They were always there with your favourite beverage, your dive towel, helping remove gear or putting on fins. A total luxury liveaboard. The food – I have to learn how to make my husband mie goreng now for breakfast!
5 July 2013: Ernie, USA
The service was great. I will give you a good review on Undercurrent.
5 July 2013: Don and Linda, USA
Jerry and Debbie run a great boat. The staff works around the clock to take care of every passenger. If you do not enjoy this crew and boat you most likely deal! As a non-diver I was also treated great and shown the same fun as divers. The boat – this boat excels in every factor. There is nothing you can ask for. Everything was handed to us with a smile. The diving – great dive sites and the best organization International Scuba ever experienced. The crew – everyone knew their jobs and took great care in making sure all our needs were met. The food – you cannot say enough about the food. The meals, snacks, drinks just great.
25 June 2013: Szilvia, USA
There are several dive destinations in the world, but one of the most spectacular adventures is right here on the Arenui, in Indonesia. My 'normal' day onboard would start with yoga on the sky lounge. After fresh fruits and coffee, go for an ocean swim on the reefs, then a dive with manta rays just before lunch. In the afternoon headed for kayaking and enjoyed a balancing oil massage before the formal four course dinner. It's easy to get used to because it feels energizing and relaxing at the same time, on the most beautiful dive boat I've ever been on. Thank you! The crew – the crew could not have been more attentive and professional. The dive crew is exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They did a great job pairing the right buddies in groups, based on their skills.
25 June 2013: Barbara and Jim, USA
Excellent crew! So well trained and so helpful. Best dive guides we've ever seen!
25 June 2013: Andrea, USA
The boat – best dive boat ever, no doubt. The food and the rooms are eons above any other boat. The diving – will be back to Indonesia, for sure - amazing. The crew – the crew lovely. Kerri and Hurgen were tops! Altogether a wonderful group. The food – delicious, more than I would ever have expected.
25 June 2013: Anon, USA
Kerri and Hurgen [cruise directors] were great. We loved them.
25 June 2013: Nancy, Singapore
Crew is always smiling and alert. Good boss makes great crew. Will definitely recommend divers to try Arenui or they will never know what a real liveaboard is like. Thank you for a great trip. In one of our dives one of the diver's high pressure hose burst at about 80ft. Wawan our divemaster turned around and rushed toward her, gave her his octopus and signaled for her to calm down. The diver was a very experienced diver and was very calm. We felt so safe diving with Wawan as he is very alert and caring and he is also very good at spotting small creatures underwater and patient too! Thank you Wawan. The crew – very good team work. Good bunch of people. Cruise directors are kind and caring and willing to give some good advice on taking photos underwater and I got some great pictures as a first timer, thank you Kerri and Hurgen. The food – meat and fish dishes were cooked just right, pantry and cakes and dessert are very good. Better than many restaurant food, getting fat!
25 June 2013: Tom and Tita, USA
The crew – crew was courteous, helpful and professional. They went out of their way to please guests and make them feel welcome.
25 June 2013: Faith, USA
The crew – cruise directors were the best ever!
25 June 2013: Sharyn, Singapore
This is my first liveboard and I think I am definitely spoilt. The food is better than any high class restaurant. It has many varieties and I never got hungry. The crew members are always so polite and willing to help us. Divemaster Wawan also showed me a million things and taught me so many things. It's great to see how passionate everyone is. DIVE STORY: “It was the last dive. We decided that we should dive a little longer than usual. Four of us, including our divemaster Wawan went down to about 80 feet. As soon as he showed the Spanish mackerel we heard a 'boom' and we looked around and saw that the air from one of our dive members was gushing out at high speed. We all were stunned but Wawan reacted fast and swam to her and gave her his octopus. He quickly turned off her air. The diver did not panic as she was experienced. He then signaled to me and my mom to continue while he and the diver slowly surfaced. We hung around for a while, taking photos, while Wawan went to change the hose. After that we met again and continued our dive. It is very reassuring to know that our divemaster is always alert in case anything happens to us and at the same time entertain us and find many interesting things for us!” It is definitely the best liveaboard ever! Even though it's my first, if I had a choice I would choose Arenui without a doubt! Wonderful experience. The boat – everything is just perfect!!! The diving – saw too many things for me to take it all in! The crew – simply awesome! Especially my divemaster Wawan, he really took care of me and showed me so many new things. It's so great that he has so much knowledge and passion for the underwater world and diving. The stewards are super friendly! Wawan never fails to make me laugh!
25 June 2013: Sibylle, Switzerland
The crew – great. The food – too much food but excellent. Thank you.
25 June 2013: Hilaire, USA
With an over 30% return rate you are obviously doing most everything right. Congrats! Hergen and Kerri are spectacular at their jobs. And should be seriously commended for calmly dealing with any issue that arose. The diving – great for macro! The crew – awesome crew!
16 May 2013: Kathy and Sheldon, USA
We have had a spectacular adventure with all of you on the Arenui. You have set the bar for liveboards right out of the gate - very high quality. Our dive master Ali was tops and together with the support team on the boat all were attentive, helpful and fun to be with. Even the room boys pitched in - and in multiple roles. The captain and the crew kept us on course while the chefs made us gain weight. The meals were so delicious and the presentation was 'wow' each and every night. Our incredible stewards Anto and Bayu remembered us from the beginning, didn't mix up orders and made us fell like part of a family. Debbie and Jerry provided all the glue and grease holding everything together and making it slide easily along. They demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the boat and dive region and flexibility in meeting the demands of the weather and the group. They made our trip flawless as we floated along. Thanks to all of you.
16 May 2013: Nancy, USA
The crew – the entire crew was fantastic - so attentive to any and every need. The food – delicious food, great variety.
16 May 2013: Gudrun, Germany
Very nice and friendly atmosphere, excellent service.
16 May 2013: Josef and Petra, Germany
Don't change anything!
16 May 2013: Eric, Germany
Nice and friendly crew.
16 May 2013: Anon, USA
This was our first liveaboard and we are now hooked! It will be hard (if not impossible) for other liveaboards to measure up in the future. Really hope we can get booked on an upcoming Raja Ampat cruise. Swimming with the manta rays was just amazing and the highlight of the trip. Can't wait to cruise again with you all! The boat – cabins were great. The crew were just great!
16 May 2013: Kristin and Steve, USA
Our first liveaboard and we loved it. Thanks for making sure we were safe and happy at all times. The crew – fantastic team! Made our trip fun and always insured we were content with all. Wouldn't change anything.
16 May 2013: Anon, USA
Very nice crew, delicious food, great diving = perfect trip!
16 May 2013: Sheldon, USA
This was our first liveaboard experience and we expect to be disappointed by all those others to come! Thanks for a wonderful excursion.
16 May 2013: Kathy, USA
This was my first liveaboard experience and it was hard to do better - everyone was super. It is a team that took care of us which made for a good trip - keep up the good work. The crew – the entire team was thoughtful and helpful – superior knowledge of the fish and how to find them.
26 April 2013: Ryan, USA and Eliza, Brazil
Exceptional experience - truly a trip of a lifetime! Even for me that did not dive, it was an amazing experience! We would love to join you all again in another unforgettable journey. Thank you! The boat – beautiful boat and excellent facilities! Safe, comfortable, clean and very well decorated. Attention to detail is amazing. Also we can notice how well maintained it is. The diving – amazing experience! Beautiful location. The crew – it's clear that the success of Arenui is the combination of a beautiful boat, amazing dive sites and wonderful food. But what really stands out is the crew. They continually go above and beyond to ensure we are having the best possible experience. Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful are a few of the words that can describe how wonderful their team is! Definitely keepers! The food – Putu and his team are geniuses! The best menu selection we have had in many years!
26 April 2013: Heather, USA
Another exceptional trip - crew is exceptional!
26 April 2013: Michael and Francoise, Canada
Thank you for everything. Very educative, loved to learn about mantas!
26 April 2013: Barbara, USA
I cannot return soon enough! The perfect blend of flexible, yet very well run and organised operation. My dive buddy had an accident and could not make the trip with me. However, I never felt odd or strange being on my own. Everyone was so wonderful and I had an amazing experience. The diving – there is not another place like Indonesia. I was so impressed! The crew – an absolutely fantastic cast of characters. You could tell that each and every person loved their jobs and were like a family. What a wonderful selection of people that truly made a team. The food – like dining in a five star restaurant each night!
13 April 2013: Anon, USA
Exceptional. If guests have issues with their gear they fix it! Wonderful staff, the best I have ever had the pleasure of traveling with.
13 April 2013: Franziska, Switzerland
Debbie and Jerry are the heart of their boat and crew - a very nice crew! We felt like the first time with Arenui: in the 7th sky 'like in paradise'. Thank you for the special days with you and hopefully we will see you again for a third trip. It's a very good atmosphere here. And diving with Wawan was just great.
13 April 2013: Thomas, Denmark
Thank you for a lovely cruise!
13 April 2013: Louise, Denmark
A perfect trip. Thank you so much guys. This journey will stay in my heart.
13 April 2013: Judith, Canada
Wonderful comfortable bedding and pillows and towels excellent. The diving – love the digital briefings, very enthusiastic briefings. The crew – no criticism, wonderful attitude of staff, team atmosphere. The food – love the afternoon snacks and fish! Great breakfasts. Love the cappuccino.
13 April 2013: Katherine, UK
Great veggie food.
13 April 2013: Benny, Belgium
Service of the crew - excellent, 9 out of 10. Kindness - all crew so very kind. Cruise Directors - best experience: 9 out of 10. Food - really great.
31 March 2013: Andrea, USA
I have been researching giant mantas all over the globe for the last decade. Our dives at Blue Magic rate in my top 10 sites and certainly are some of my most memorable ever. It is wonderful to see such a healthy population of giant mantas in Indonesia and a team that is so keen to protect them! The boat – by far the best dive boat I have ever been on in my 22 year diving career. Wonderful and top class. The diving – lovely to have seen so many areas of Raja Ampat. The crew – marvelous crew. Real attention to detail and friendly smiling faces every day! The food – going home fat! ☺ –
31 March 2013: Steve and Ann, USA
Number 1 liveaboard: after 14 months of waiting we have just experienced Raja Ampat diving and liveaboard of our dreams. You've seen the pictures, then you truly see the mind blowing creature of see the mind blowing creature of the shallow and deep for real. We were awestruck at the amount of fishes, octopuses, crabs, etc!!! The Mantas were here for Andrea Marshall and us all. Majestic special mantas. Let's not forget teeny tiny seahorses, so small. Wobbegongs, my new all-time favourite. The Arenui made this possible. The most gorgeous ship. Lovely crew and dive staff. Debbie and Jerry are awesome. Great guests. Forever memories and lots of pics! Awesome cabin Shinta. Thank you all, so much!! The boat – wow if I built a boat this would be my cabin.
31 March 2013: Francoise, Canada
This is a repeat trip for me. As enchanting as the first, and one of many more. Arenui's distinction is the quality of the vessel, the diving, but most of all a serendipitous bringing together of all divers into a fun, memorable and rewarding experience thanks to its superb crew.
31 March 2013: Steve, USA
This trip aboard the Arenui has been my best diving experience to date. I celebrated my 200th dive on this trip, while seeing a huge variety of marine life, from a newborn baby pygmy seahorse no bigger than a grain of rice, to seven metre giant mantas. And a pod of dolphins even escorted us back into Sorong harbour at the end of the trip. Well done! You offer a very high level of service for your guests. Stacey and I have been on several different liveaboards and dive operations with different procedures and set ups. Your service level is a point of differentiation for the Arenui. I suppose at the same time it's possible that some guests become forgetful or complacent and don't really take responsibility to get themselves prepared to dive. We shared a tender with divers who forgot their dive computers three different times, dive booties, lights and pointer sticks several times. So I offer only constructive criticism and/or something to consider: divers still need to act and be responsible for themselves, even with a high level of service. (Too much of a good thing I suppose!) The boat – very responsive to repair a small maintenance item in our cabin. Thanks again.
31 March 2013: Rene, Canada
At the recommendation of the Cruise Directors, we would like to explore Sorong to Ambon for 2015 (with Jerry and Debbie). The crew – outstanding all! The food – fantastic!
31 March 2013: Stacy, USA
At 30+ minutes into Manta Sandy I was certain we were going to have more bad luck, but out of nowhere there was a shadow off to the right behind us and a single black reef manta entered the cleaning station. As we were the 'lazy' group we were alone there and we watched as the manta circled the station over and over for the next 12 minutes. On its final pass through the station it seemed to come toward us across the corals, then turn its wings and body up then down, swaying forward as if to bow and wave us goodbye. Then it left as silently as it came: an awe-inspiring experience. Thank you. Everyone did a wonderful job. We had a great time and were lucky to have a good dive group and an outstanding crew. Despite being on a liveaboard for over a week, we never felt cramped, on top of one another or overwhelmed. The crew struck the right balance of helpful or 'present' but not smothering!! The boat – good size, comfortable and well maintained. The diving – great sites: it was frustrating to delay due to other boats but understandable: it's too bad other boats and their crew/guests do not follow common acceptable PADI rules! The crew – everyone did a fabulous job: Wawan in particular was a wonderful divemaster! The tender drivers were always helpful and friendly, the stewards were very polite and helpful and the therapists became my local language tutors!! Cruise directors are very enthusiastic about both Arenui and Raja Ampat! Terima kasih!! The food – chefs did a fabulous job: especially dealing with special requests!!
31 March 2013: Sharon, USA
When my luggage failed to arrive in Sorong, the crew didn't miss a beat getting me clothes and gear and tracking my bag for five days. It arrived in perfect shape, thanks to many watchful eyes. My diving and trip were not interrupted one bit. Excellent!!! Thank you.
31 March 2013: Anon, USA
It is wonderful to dive in a location where the reefs and ocean life are so healthy. The crew and staff are so helpful and friendly, sharing in our excitement with genuine enthusiasm. This was a great trip!
31 March 2013: Jon and Linda, USA
The crew – fabulous crew!
31 March 2013: Stephen, USA
My wife injured her knee (torn ACL) two weeks before the trip. This was no trouble underwater but the crew accommodated her disability providing assistance and ice and bringing her gear to her so that she did not have to hobble around. his was above and beyond the exceptional attention to detail given to all of us anyway. From help getting in and out of wetsuits to hot towels and cocoa after the night dives. Altogether the service was excellent. The service and staff were excellent. We will have to learn again how to be self sufficient.
31 March 2013: Judy, USA
The single best dive trip I've ever had in my 20 years of diving! Would recommend to anyone! I'll let someone else tell about the summoning of the mantas via pink toes. My story is more serious. I went on this trip with a recent knee injury. Three weeks prior I tore my ACL in my knee in a ski accident. I arrived at the boat with a brace and a cane. If the crew was at all nervous about my condition they never showed it, which was great. They did however take amazing care of me to make sure I was comfortable and provided for. I'm not a helpless person and I hate being unable to care for myself. Yet this crew took such good care of me, in such subtle ways, I never felt like a burden. That meant a lot to me. This trip was magical! The boat – the support staff is the best group I've ever had both liveaboard and land diving. I want to take them home with me!! The diving – guests do not know best: divemasters and hosts know best! Fantastic choices!! The crew – excellent is not a high enough rating. Best crew I've ever seen! The food – wonderful!!
31 March 2013: Kathy, Canada
We booked this particular trip in hopes of seeing giant mantas close up. This wish was more than realized with multiple dives that brought us face to face with these gentle giants of the deep. I will never forget the feelings of awe and wonder as they slowly swam just over our heads to lazily hover at the cleaning stations. Mantastic! I'm in love! The boat – you've already thought of everything! The crew – it was so nice to be with a crew for almost two weeks and see or hear nothing but camaraderie and good spirits. It's clear everyone feels valued and respected.
31 March 2013: Darlene and Gary, USA
We learned that a dear friend of Gary's passed away while we were on this trip. He went through dive training with Gary in Hawaii. Gary had not had a chance to say goodbye. Knowing that he was in a place, diving, that his friend would have loved brought Gary peace. You have all been a treasure to spend this time with. We will miss all of you! The crew – the attention to every detail made this trip incomparable to other liveaboard experiences. You have set the new standard for excellence. The food – well trained chef and crew were a very pleasant surprise.
4 March 2013: Kathleen, USA
This crew is truly service orientated. The happiness factor is off the charts high starting with the two Cruise Directors and throughout the crew. Your Debbie and Jerry are true assets to Arenui. They set a tone that is infectiously happy to all. The boat – Wow! From the craftsmanship to the decor, all the attention to detail is visible and appreciated. Safety concerns were always addressed and appreciated. Cleanliness factor is uber high – very impressed with all aspects – cabin, restaurant, etc. The diving - wow thank you for showing us amazing dive spots. am impressed about communication between boats so groups take turns at locations. It makes us feel we’re the only ones in the location! (which we usually were!) Briefings – great video presentations! Rental equipment – my own mask cracked in travel but rental mask even better than mine! The crew – oh my! Bravo! Brava! The truly personalized service was really felt. I felt all crew knew me by name, which made me want to know them all by name. So good you have the computer monitor flashing all the crew and their names! Food was excellent – so many choices! The food – as mentioned above, food was excellent, fresh and in huge ample quantity. Keep it up!
4 March 2013: Billy, USA
Don't miss the swim trip through the caverns. The caverns are enormous and full of stalactites and stalacmites. Bats swoop around the ceilings. Make sure Debbie shows you the secret cavern which you can just barely squeeze into through a secret passageway. An awesome excursion. The crew – very friendly and helpful crew. I enjoy the performance and dancing last night.
4 March 2013: Michelle, USA
Best liveaboard I've ever been on. This crew is superb. We will be back! The boat – what a gorgeous boat. I am spoiled for any other. The diving – diving was amazing. The briefings were thorough and so helpful with the graphics. The crew – I cant say enough good things about the crew. The service we received was 5 stars – out of this world. Every little touch was thought of and every need or desire attended to with a smile. Plus, they are wonderful, fun people to spend time with. The food – the food was excellent, and I probably gained 5lbs this trip to prove it.
4 March 2013: Dave, USA
Debbie and Jerry are great leaders. They knew just when and how hard to push us to do things. When we leaned toward snorkeling, Jerry encouraged a second scuba dive at Manta Sandy and the dive was mind blowing. We heard birds of paradise were in the area and they encouraged us to trade a dive for a spectacular walk. The birds were so inspiring I imitated them to make an underwater proposal! So now I'm getting married and you're partially to blame! Thank you. The boat – unexpected and great to have the 2 iMacs to review photos and transfer files. The diving – Debbie and Jerry are so well organized, no wasted motion. The food – the expense of alcohol was well explained.
4 March 2013: Herb, USA
Fantastic trip!!! You spoiled us in every way.
4 March 2013: Tonia, USA
The diving – wow! Thanks for helping us become better divers and to enjoy Raja Ampat! The crew – what a team! So responsive and helpful and warm and patient with us! Rare to have such a cohesive team. The food – wonderful, but too much for me! I felt bad that I couldn't eat it all every meal. Thanks for offering ½ portions!
22 February 2013: Anon
Thank you so much for sharing your boat with us. We had a wonderful trip!!! The best crew ever!!!
22 February 2013: Michael, Germany
I will come back for the Komodo trip!!! Amazing, amazing, amazing!!!
22 February 2013: Melanie, Germany
It was a great experience. And we come back!!! The team and the boat all was amazing!!! And I will miss you!
25 January 2013: Mary Anne and Eddie, USA
We had a great time. The crew made us feel right at home. We felt so pampered it was amazing. Our divemaster Ali was so in tune with how we dive and our skill level. Thank you all for the best vacation ever. We hope to meet again. The diving-beautiful. The crew - Ali was great! Stewards - loved them! All the crew were great. Food wonderful.
25 January 2013: Anon, USA
En route to the Arenui we had a chance encounter with someone who had just disembarked. They had lots of rain on their voyage and some of their comments left us apprehensive. I am pleased to say that our voyage has been spectacular. In fact, I cannot imagine how it could be improved upon. The crew knows us very well now, our likes and dislikes, they are like old friends in many ways. We cannot wait for the opportunity to travel on the Arenui again. Debbie and Jerry made us feel very confident and safe. They are brilliant!! The boat - I loved the amazing smell in the room after it was cleaned each day!! The diving-WOW!!! AMAZING!!! The crew - there could not be a lovelier group of people to guide us on this journey. Love Jerry and Debbie!! The food-I ate too much!! :)
25 January 2013: Mick Petersen, USA
Every once in a while you have an underwater experience you will never forget. I came here hoping to see a walking shark. Witnessing walking sharks mating on a night dive was over the top if not a little too personal! Thanks! Pricey trip but worth it! Crew fantastic to last person and service unmatched in my experience (5th liveaboard). The diving - awesome diving. The crew - best food by far of any liveaboard I have been on!
25 January 2013: Peter Erling, South Africa
All the stories in your experiences (Debbie and Jerry) are fantastic! Two special people you have found Luigi!!! Thank each and every one of you, from Siska in Bali to the others we never saw. What a truly amazing experience. I will gladly write and support/be a reference for you any time! The boat - what a spectacular lady she is! The diving - WOW!!! The crew - the attention to detail is spectacular. The food - five great meals a day.
25 January 2013: Anon, USA
Debbie and Jerry are great Cruise Directors. Knowledgeable about all aspects of the operation, properly professional while being appropriately personal and friendly. Great working with them! Wawan's ability to locate minute creatures is incomprehensible. He can go to virtually any fan and locate a pygmy seahorse on it. I was with him when he found a 1cm lump in coral rubble. He pointed it out to me and all I saw was rubble until that little blue ringed octopus moved. Then it popped out - obvious what it was. Anybody wanting to see small stuff...dive with Wawan. The boat - everything was great! The assistance with dive gear was outstanding. The diving - gorgeous dive sites! Reefs routinely in good condition. The crew - crews are routinely good, these guys were great! Always helpful, always said "yes". Focus was obviously to provide service and anticipate our every desire. The food - five meals a day is great! Unfortunately my activity at home doesn't allow me to continue this there.
25 January 2013: Patti Vickers, USA
Wonderful experience! Rating five stars plus! Thank you so very much! Blessings... It was our second dive at Manta Sandy. Jerry was our divemaster. We hung out waiting for the mantas to come around for around 50 minutes. A no show on the mantas. Jerry motioned for us to swim up to the shallower reef. Just as we were approaching 35 feet, Jerry began pointing back towards the rock at the heart of the cleaning station. Two mantas swam in, one left and the other danced for us for about ten minutes. It was amazing! Mantas are my favourite sea critter! The boat - five stars plus. The diving - Amazing dive sites. The crew - This is a top notch run liveaboard. Debbie made me feel right at home from the minute I stepped on the ship. The crew was amazing, very friendly and always there to lend a hand. The trip was awesome and the entire crew made it so. Thank you! The food - the food was exceptional! The cooks, Bayu and Anto made sure I didn't go without soup or dessert because of my dairy allergy. Every thing was made fresh and from scratch!
25 January 2013: Tina, USA
It's like a restaurant; order up a rare Pontohi seahorse - tick! Blue ringed octopus - tick! Ok and mating walking sharks on a gorgeous sunset dive - tick, tick, tick! Oh and if you need a good pit boss for liars dice, Bayu is your man! Can't say enough about the staff. They make or break a ship and you all were exceptional! Diving was mind blowing. Saw several things on my bucket list and...fornicating walking sharks!!! The boat - very spacious rooms never smelled musty like other liveaboards. The diving - don't know where to begin. EPIC!!! All the way around. The crew - could not have been more friendly and knowledgeable. From tender drivers, to chefs, to DMs ALL smiling, helpful and great at their jobs. The food - customer service, cappuccinos, noodles, eggs, brownie dessert etc all wonderful.
25 January 2013: Terrie Gray, USA
As a photographer I really appreciated all the support I got from Jerry and Debbie above water with my sometimes unreliable camera system and below water from them and the divemasters. It was great to be shown critters to photograph - even if it meant pulling my arm to drag me over to the spot to see it! Jerry and Debbie were helpful with tips and technical suggestions too. Thank you! My husband and I have been diving for eight years. In the last five years we've taken several trips, including Mike Ball liveaboard on GBR. This Arenui trip beats them ALL! The boat - no complaints at all, everything was great. The food - thank you all for accommodating my dietary restrictions so well! I'd love to get the recipes for the non-dairy soups, very tasty!
25 January 2013: Anon, USA
The boat - comfortable, roomier than expected. The diving - best ever! The crew - professional, attentive, friendly. The food - lots of choices.
25 January 2013: Anon, USA
We play liars dice. We have ended up teaching many of our travel buddies. Bayu, who will have an amazing career in the tourism industry, was involved first just as our wine getter. Then he became our 'pit boss'. His quick wit, quiet demeanor but funny stabbing commentary kept us laughing hysterically. The entire Arenui crew was perfect for our group - warming over the trip and realising even with language barriers, that we could be teased and we would tease back - loved this trip!
25 January 2013: Johnny, Fish Eye Scuba owner, USA
Thanks for the wonderful vacation!
12 January 2013: Dave and Gwen, USA
Overall ... one of the best crews and operators and the food was superior, well prepared and presented. Because of that we rank this from the dive destinations - service as equal to the number one cruise we took out of the 19-20 we've done all over the world. The crew - Ali our divemaster was fantastic, superior in every way from checking gear, entry into water, navigation, spotting critters and getting us back onboard! Tender drivers were spot on! Bayu in the restaurant was also outstanding - really showed he cared about all of the guests - excellent customer service skills. Jerry and Debbie did a great job! Well versed in all aspects of the operation, genuinely personable to meet each individual's needs.
12 January 2013: Steven, USA
Debbie was our Divemaster. During one dive my wife had a small issue with her mask and panicked a bit at 60 feet. Debbie handled it extremely professionally. She got my wife to calm down, breath and do the safety stop before surfacing. Overall, the crew was the best I have seen.
12 January 2013: Jeanette, USA
This was our first liveaboard. We were truy spoiled. We ran into rain and some bumpy water at the beginning and the crew made choices in boat position and dive sites to keep us comfortable and safe. We ended our trip with calmer seas and sun. What a great experience! The diving-our dive sites were amazing! We had such variety. Debbie and Jerry make sure we knew what the key sights and critters were and did a good job helping us observe them and answered any questions I had post dive. I loved Debbie's stickers for the logbook for special sightings. The crew-the crew has been remarkable. Every member has been polite, courteous, friendly, and has done their job with our comfort in mind. We were greeted by Bayu every morning, smiling with our choice of breakfast, drinks quickly appearing before we asked. Debbie did a wonderful job calming me underwater and returning me to the surface safely after I had a panic situation underwater. The tender workers were helpful and fun. The workers on the dive deck were also very helpful. The food-the food was plentiful and tasty. It was fun looking into the kitchen to watch the preparation.
12 January 2013: Chris, USA
I'll be back. This was the best two weeks of my life. From the moment we were met at the airport, to the very last goodbye I've felt like royalty. World class food, diving, luxury and staff. I can't wait to come back. The diving-Debbie and Jerry are awesome hosts and the divemasters are excellent. Even the tender drivers are wonderful. The crew-everyone from the cruise directors down to the engineers made me feel so welcome and always had an honest smile. The food-the cooks could work in any five star restaurant. It felt like it was their goal to make me fat!
12 January 2013: Laila, USA
Thanks for another great dive experience. Well done! The crew - nice massage. Excellent boat drivers, very cheerful. Excellent divemaster - Wawan. The food - thanks for cooking without garlic. I felt very good the entire trip.