GUEST COMMENTS 2014
2 Mar 2014: Sue, USA
I would go anywhere with you people! You need to come up with a higher rating system. "Excellent" doesn't begin to describe how wonderful everything was! Thank you for the gift bag and goodies. Again, attention to detail impeccable. Well done! Everyday was a new adventure filled with wonders of the sea, the warm hospitality of the crew and hanging out with old and new friends. The boat: Love how the culture is brought out throughout the entire boat, ie room names, carvings, batiks. The attention to detail is impeccable and absolutely beautiful. Environmental awareness is top notch. Boat design and layout superb! The diving: WOW! The crew: Entire crew is amazing!!!! Knowledgeable, helpful, happy, courteous, super cute, funny, witty, nice, thoughtful, eager to please, warm and gracious and kind. They all worked together as one solid team. A complete joy to be around all of them. Wawan (homosapien) is a brainiac! The food: Magnificent! My tummy was extremely happy and satisfied! Loved the choices! ... STORY: Here are a few memorable moments: A) Day 1, Dive 1 = 40 plus mobula rays and bait ball of anchovies. WOW! B) Making animal noises (monkey, elephant, chicken) for the crew when we returned to the boat after a dive to let them know we were back. Never got old! C) Enjoying the beauty of the islands and all the stars, planets and Milky Way in the night sky. D) Playing hangman with Wawan during safety stops or waiting for the mantas to show up! ... Hats off to the entire Arenui team. Well Done!
2 Mar 2014: Ashley, USA
The boat is very beautiful. Love all the carved wood. Service was great. Had a wonderful time. Hope to dive with the Arenui again. Thank you.
2 Mar 2014: Anonymous, USA
My first trip to Indonesia. The entire crew is so hospitable and caring, always smiling. Cruise Directors are the best I have experienced. I will highly recommend Arenui to others. Best dive briefings I have ever experienced. 5 star experience! Great job Wawan the dive master. Very friendly and interested in the guests. The boat: Great boat - lots of thought to the layout. The diving: Good variety of sites. For me the Misool area was the most beautiful. The crew: Stewards - FANTASTIC. The Cruise directors are amazing, very caring and accommodating. The stewards anticipated my every need. Two of the tender drivers were fantastic, understood my gear and how to help me to climb into the tender. The food: Amazing food!! Plentiful, beautifully prepared and presented, healthy. Outstanding!
2 Mar 2014: Richard, USA
Every member of the Arenui crew and staff are outstanding, pleasant, friendly, helpful and a pleasure to be around. My experience on the Arenui was wonderful. The diving was amazing. Wawan is an exceptional dive master and will make a great instructor.
2 Mar 2014: Nancy, USA
Great job on gluten free diet :-)
2 Mar 2014: Robyn, USA
The diving: Insane! Excellent! Beautiful! Astounding! The crew: Edu and Nic are the absolute bomb! Love love love their attitude, patience, helpfulness, skills, etc. Can't say enough. I wish I could pack Anto and Tony and the kitchen crew up to take them home. They were SO on top of every request that they seemed to know ahead and were at the ready at all times. The food: Thank you so much for accommodating for my lactose intolerance. The food was absolutely delicious, beyond all expectations!
2 Mar 2014: Josh, USA
Great trip! We hope to be back.
2 Mar 2014: Anonymous, USA
The diving: Liked when we were shown pictures of some of the sea life at the briefings. The crew: Everyone was so helpful and attentive to everyone's needs. I have never been on a boat with such a friendly staff. 2 thumbs up to the chefs and stewards. The food: Loved the hot cloth and chocolate after night dives.
2 Mar 2014: Holly, USA
We felt so happy to have Wawan as our DM. Talented, charming, encouraging and totally sweet. He took a lot of time to help me be a better diver. I had some dive issues, was discouraged and Nicole went out of her way to support me with her presence and to take me on a solo dive. She saved my vacation! The boat: I was thrilled to find that our cabin actually lived up to the website pictures. (Shinta). The crew did a great job keeping the room clean, beds made, chocolate on the pillows! And they were very kind. The diving: I am a brand new diver and have no frame of reference. But it was all good and I always felt safe. The crew: Every possible opportunity was taken by all members of the crew to inform, to help, to convey caring. Our stewards Anto and Tony were so wonderful and charming. Tony is a well-trained young man full of fun. Anto is expert at his job, very warm and dignified.
2 Mar 2014: Sean, USA
Excellent operation, I will recommend.
2 Mar 2014: Doug, USA
Everything was top notch and we could not have a better time! Perfect! The diving: Very nice ladders on the tenders. I have travelled on many liveaboards around the world and Arenui is tops on my list. ... STORY: I don't think any tale of our cruise would be complete without talking about the curious 8 foot saltwater crocodile. Near the end of our dive we heard the recall signal from the tenders hovering above us on the surface. Upon surfacing we were warned of a croc in the area and quickly brought into the tender. Thanks to the boat crew that watched for things like this and responded perfectly. It made for a great dive trip story and we had fun spotting and following the croc after we were all safely onboard.
2 Mar 2014: Anonymous, USA
The crew: Nic and Edu ran a great trip. I had the opportunity to dive with two of the guides they were both great. Everybody was attentive and were great to be around.
17 Feb 2014: Kirk, USA
Phenomenal trip ... Definitely trip that sets the standard for all dive trips. Diving was incredible nice variety and divemasters did a great job on showing marine live. Tony beyond excellent as steward on duty. Our very last dive of the trip my dive buddy and I had over thirty minutes of air left and were the last to surface of the dive group. After the rest of the group had ascended we spent about 8 minutes with a very curious and friendly giant manta. The video and pictures of the gentle giant will always remind us of a great - no phenomenal - ending to a first class dive trip. Thanks to the entire crew of the Arenui.
17 Feb 2014: John, Hong Kong
I have been diving for years on a variety of liveaboards. This, the Arenui, is simply the best liveaboard experience.
17 Feb 2014: Bryn, USA
I loved on the last day during the photo competition how Edu went into description of each picture. It was wonderful and he is so knowledgeable. Edu and Nic are wonderful! Very professional yet made me feel very much like a family at the same time. Edu is HILARIOUS! I greatly enjoy his briefings with funny detailed descriptions of creatures and corals. I would follow this team anywhere! Tony was amazing. He always had a smile on his face and could make you laugh. Everyone was wonderful! One of the best safety stops in my life was swimming in a baitball being chased by mobulas, it was amazing. This experience is my second favorite of this trip to reef-hooking within arm's reach of an oceanic manta ray. That was a magical experience. One I'll remember for a lifetime. Best dive trip ever! Thank you all so much.
17 Feb 2014: Greg, USA
Crew was outstanding in every way! Superb attitude by all; very cheerful at all times. Thank you so much for the best dive trip of my life!
17 Feb 2014: Frank, USA
In a group of 3 guests, 1 dive master very nice. End up with no crowding around something interesting.
17 Feb 2014: Craig, USA
I have been fortunate to have visited many upscale sports destinations - diving, fishing, skiing etc. This trip was without doubt my best travel experience. The diving and photo opportunities unmatched, and the service and crew amazing! The crew from cruise directors to the seldom seen aft deck guys were great at their work and genuinely enjoyed interaction with the guests. I honestly would have nothing to suggest for changes additions or corrections to your program. The crew even made the weather cooperate. Thanks to all. Ronald was great!! He sized us up and let us do our own thing while looking for creatures, excellent dive master. Crew all outstandiung. Cruise director team were terrific!! Very attentive and friendly. Could not have made us feel more at home. Food outstanding. Best service than most 5* restaurants in USA.
17 Feb 2014: Hadrien, France
A truly wonderful experience, which is possible thanks to an impeccable team lead by super professional and super friendly directors and to a wonderful boat.
17 Feb 2014: Lin, Vietnam
Very professional and attentive crew.
17 Feb 2014: Daniel, USA
Keep up the good work.
17 Feb 2014: John, USA
Rarely does a trip live up to expectations set by the website destination. The Arenui website is a little hard to believe because it makes claims about the diving service and accommodation that seem impossible to achieve. Yet everything presented on the website is in fact true. I can't imagine another dive boat that can match the Arenui. Everything done for the guests is done with a smile. The route the dives and service onboard are tailored to accommodate guests. It's hard to get a combination of structure and flexibly that appears seamless, but it was certainly evident on this cruise. Wetsuits perfect fit. Crew; every single one of the crew that one interacted with was very helpful and courteous. Anything resembling work for a guest was immediately taken on by a crew member. Extremely well organized and trained. Food; variety offered meant that we never had to have the same meal twice. Everything produced by the kitchen was to high standard.
17 Feb 2014: Garion, Australia
Crew were extremely service focused; special mention for Tony, Edu and Nic.
17 Feb 2014: Christina, Australia
All staff were fantastic accommodating all requests. Great divemaster Edu who made every dive fantastic and help improve diving skills.
17 Feb 2014: Kristi, USA
Once onboard we were at ease, pampered and had a great experience and diving. Budi helped take my booties on and off and pulled my wetsuit unbelievable! When I was assisted putting on my fins I began to understand how royalty must feel! Nic was a great divemaster for me. Despite my many years of diving there were difficulties with buoyancy, decent and my BCD. She was extremely patient with teaching me some new skills no other divemaster had bothered with. I feel I am a much more competent and comfortable diver, thanks to the time and attention she gave me. Thank you!. Easy in and out, thanks to metticilous care of crew on tenders helped with everything! :-) Everyone was friendly, helpful, accommodating - and learned quickly what you liked, wanted, needed and provided it beyond expectations; mind readers! All deserve huge kudo but I especially enjoyed Tony; always happy, funny, helpful and fun to be around. Had some good laughs and excellent service, I want to adopt him, lol. Chef accommodated several special requests; onion rings for snack. Everything was great. Didn't have to worry about a thing - love that the guys rinse and hang wetsuits after each dive and hot coco after night dive. It's our second time on the boat and we loved both trips.
3 Feb 2014: Carla, USA
The best liveaboard boat I have been on - ever!!! (30+) Every detail has been taken care of - you have given others a standard to aspire to! This trip goes to the top of my list and I've been diving 30 years! I would love to return some day when I can find an open spot!! Keep up the excellent work you're doing! The boat; very clean and organized!! The diving; really enjoyed having 4-5 divers per dive master/tender - entries, etc much more comfortable. The crew; all crew friendly and helpful. Service was a 10+!!
3 Feb 2014: Martha, USA
Everything was great. Didn't have to worry about a thing - love that the guys rinse and hang wetsuits after each dive and hot coco after night dive. It's our second time on the boat and we loved both trips.
3 Feb 2014: Francis, China
My new semi dry wetsuit was just going to ruin my first day when Edu came to the rescue (the conditioner idea is fabulous). Good showcase of outstanding service standard at Arenui! The boat; really appreciate the environment friendly attitude!!!The diving; clear and outstanding pre-dive briefings! Lots of fun! The crew; kind and helpful all the time, best crew I've ever met!
3 Feb 2014: Stephanie, USA
This was a spectacular experience from the fabulous diving, to the beautiful and comfortable boat, to the incredibly friendly and helpful crew and cruise directors. Everything was wonderful - no downside whatsoever. Thanks so much for a great, great trip!! I will be back. J I love little critters and macro photography and our dive guide was wonderful at finding subjects and being patient during photos. But I think the highlight of the trip came on our last day, when we dove with giant mantas. Our guide scouted the reef in healthy current, finding just the right spot to observe these magnificent creatures. This attention to details and customer service is found across the spectrum of activities on the Arenui - simply spectacular. The boat; dive prep area was super - plenty of room for all. Everything is very well designed, efficient and spacious. Extremely comfortable boat - can't believe two weeks went so fast without feeling need for space. Attention to safety and cleanliness was superb. The diving; fantastic! Really enjoyed the diversity in diving. Guides were wonderful and so were boat crew members. Dive briefings were awesome! Accurate and engaging - great work all around. The crew; absolutely the best, most attentive crew I've experienced. Our Cruise Directors were wonderful - friendly, accommodating and helpful with all sorts of things, plus just great fun to be around. They made the trip extra special. The same is true for dive guides, steward (Tony is awesome!) and everyone else - just great!!! The food; amazingly fresh and good food - particularly given our remote location. Crew was super helpful with dietary requests. Chefs are very talented - kudos!
3 Feb 2014: Anon
After the first day I felt like I was on a trip with friends. The crew knew you by name and their attention to your personal needs was fantastic. I thought I'd see a few things for the first time but never imagined to see all and species of pygmy seahorse on multiple occasions. Truly an amazing experience. Thank you. The diving; amazing diving. The crew; amazing.
3 Feb 2014: Kittye, USA
Exceeded all expectations. Crew were wonderful. Rooms were excellent, I don't know how it could possibly be better. Our luggage was lost by the airline. But the Arenui crew went out of their way to provide us everything we needed to start diving and enjoying our trip. We didn't miss anything and their office tracked down our bags in the meantime and got them to us a few days later. I can't say enough about their wonderful care and service by each and every member.
3 Feb 2014: Connis, USA
This was our first liveaboard and we could not have picked a better one. The Arenui and its crew are Class A and sure know how to take care of their guest and the ship. I plan on using Arenui again someday. The boat; I was very pleased with the dive equipment because our luggage was late so we used the rental equipment and it was very good.
3 Feb 2014: Anon
Great boat. Great crew. Great diving. Great trip. We will be back! J I saw my first blue ringed octopus on the Arenui. It was mesmerising as it traversed the reef hunting! Briefiings and guides are all excellent. The crew; all excellent. The food; again excellent.
3 Feb 2014: Debra, USA
This was a wonderful experience. I will recommend this boat to all divers I know. I hope to join you again soon. (When I left Houston I was overwhelmed with mixed emotions. I didn't want to leave home which is unusual for me. Over 40 hours of travel later, I met the boat in Sorong. After orientation to the Arenui and reminding talks about safety, I questioned my sanity again. The first day of diving began to clear my head. And now I am sad to leave. It's been a wonderful experience. I am so lucky to be able to have this adventure and plan to return. Terima kasih). The boat; the boat is the best. The bar is now set high, so I'll be back! The crew; the crew is fabulous. I have never seen such attention to detail. They are number 1. The food; warn your clients that ½ orders are quite filling. The chefs were superb and the kitchen pristine.
3 Feb 2014: David, USA
Thank you for another wonderful trip. The boat; this is the nicest boat we have been on. The crew; all the crew were knowledgeable and pleasant at all times. The food; this is the only boat I do not lose weight on. Food is excellent and plentiful.
3 Feb 2014: Rob, USA
A long dive trip to a distant part of the world. The graciousness and attention to detail by the Arenui crew made it a non-stop pleasure. Thank you so much. Loved eating upstairs under the stars. The boat is wonderful. Nic and Edu made the experience magnificent!
3 Feb 2014: Kimnora, USA
This was a trip of a lifetime! Nic is knowledgeable about undersea life and worked very hard for us. Massages were wonderful. Napkin folding by Tony added a beautiful touch! We had the good fortune of sharing the holiday with other wonderful guests.
3 Feb 2014: Susan, USA
The diving was superb, the crew fantastic, the boat is so comfortable. I loved seeing Tony’s smiling face very morning and having my coffee fixed the way I like it. The dive masters were fun, knowledgeable, great guide to current diving.
19 Jan 2014: Russell, USA
From the moment we landed in Sorong I knew we were in for something special! We were greeted at the airport and transported with a fleet of cabs. Introduction on the boat and we were off. Nic and Edu were fantastic hosts who saw to our every need. The whole operation is first class, everything has been thought of and the entire crew has been impeccably trained! We came to Raja Ampat for the diving, but it was the crew that really made the trip! We will certainly be back soon! The food; despite remote location, prices for beer and wine were very reasonable.
19 Jan 2014: Anon, USA
The crew; staff was absolutely fantastic! Very accommodating, friendly and supportive. The food; wonderful food!
19 Jan 2014: Ronald, USA
Entire crew was wonderful. With lots of changes due to late arrivals and medical issues everyone kept their cool and made us all feel informed and well served. Thanks to all!
19 Jan 2014: Cathy, USA
The crew; the Indonesian crew was absolutely fabulous!
19 Jan 2014: Linda, USA
So many thanks for a fabulous trip..
6 Jan 2014: Maya & Freddy, Switzerland
The service onboard is excellent and the boat is very comfortable.
6 Jan 2014: Gudrun & Georg, Germany
A big thank you to all the crew for a great time!