GUEST COMMENTS 2016
12 Oct 2016: Elaine & John, UK
I have enjoyed every day of the trip. Debbie and Jerry were the perfect hosts and had extensive knowledge of the dive sites. I'm already thinking about my next trip on the Arenui. Diving: dive sites were incredible!!
12 Oct 2016: Art & Debbie, Canada
Never been on a liveaboard so small yet so large! Special thanks to Anto! His amazing sense of humour will forever be part of Arenui stories!
12 Oct 2016: Craig, USA
Another awesome trip! Nothing like Arenui for service, hospitality, fun and especially unique diving. Ronald has been our divemaster for all of our 3 trips - have been diving 31 years - he is the best!!
12 Oct 2016: Greg, USA
Great job! I loved it that you treated the snorkelers the same way as divers. Although I'm a diver, the stories of what the snorkelers saw was always a treat. Maybe I'll bring my girlfriend (a non-diver) with me next time! Crew: as with my past 2 trips with the Arenui, the staff is incredible. Food: outstanding!
12 Oct 2016: Christine, Switzerland
Great team! Crew: Great crew and wonderful atmosphere overall.
28 Sep 2016: Dennis, USA
Thanks for a great 12 days. I will remember my time here for years. Boat: overall the best liveaboard experience I have had. Excellent in many ways. Crew: nothing but excellent service. Special requests handled quickly and well. Everyone has a smile and a great attitude. Special thanks to Lisa and G for making the trip run seamlessly. Ronald, in a few words, is the best Divemaster I have seen in over 900 dives. The crew was special. Food: no weight lost - my only regret.
28 Sep 2016: Ronald, USA
Great trip, good variety of diving, nice boat, good staff and great set up. Fun diving! Boat: like the fact that 4 divers go at a time, so it's not crowded. Crew: all staff very attentive and helpful. Food: glad you had air soda to drink.
28 Sep 2016: Richard, USA
I really appreciate the hard work of the crew. Carrying dinner up and down the stairs is no easy task I am sure, much appreciated. Also appreciate the great organization of everything. WOW!! Dinner on the top deck is awesome!!
28 Sep 2016: Carl, USA
Arenui is a truly unique liveaboard experience. Having travelled worldwide on many different liveaboards, they have carved out a niche with the boutique experience: unparalled reefs in the Forgotten Islands, 23 staff for 16 guests. Crew handles everything. Don't miss this diving experience.
28 Sep 2016: Ann, USA
Thank you again. G asked me which was my favourite - Raja or Forgotten Islands? I said "both are wonderful!" G, how can you choose a favourite between your two children - loved them both!"
28 Sep 2016: Jesse, USA
The diving at Forgotten Islands WAY exceeded my expectations - even after 7 previous trips to Indonesia! Boat: super spacious rooms! Diving: tenders very well designed layout! Crew: excellent all around. I found G and Lisa very on top of the program and customer focused. Efficient hard working crew!
28 Sep 2016: Craig & Betsey, USA
Debbie in the Arenui office went out of her way for me by shopping in Bali for a pair of fins for me when my ones split. I wear a very small size and rentals are usually too big. Thank you, Debbie!
28 Sep 2016: Coad, USA
I love the Arenui and the crew. Thank you.
28 Sep 2016: Russell, USA
Met Luigi at Oceanic Ventures Dive shop in Houston, read fabulous brochure and decided to come. Also at urging of Ann and Eric at dive shop and Tom Collier who was part of the trip. Diving: the dive briefings and accompanying video maps of site were the best I have ever received. Both G and Lisa are excellent directors and briefers. Crew: ALL were excellent. Food was plentiful, delicious and VARIED. I could not asked for more of the crew and staff. Dive itinerary and zip drive of trip very helpful, showing mileage covered, map of travel, dive sites and fish was, as Lisa would say “super informative". Food: food quality, quantity and diversity was more than expected.
28 Sep 2016: Mark & Laura, USA
When we booked our first trip to Indonesia we couldn't imagine doing more than two dives a day. We planned on just reading and relaxing on the sky deck. I ended up doing all 33 dives... and was ready for more. Thanks to all the Arenui staff for making this a trip of a lifetime. We are coming back in March, we booked it while on this trip. Crew: everyone was wonderful - happy and trying to make sure everything was done well.Food: really enjoyed lots of veggies.
28 Sep 2016: Susan, USA
FABELHAFT! (Fabulous) I am not an eloquent person but I love the Arenui, its crew, the experience SO MUCH. You all have a special place in my heart. You provide such service in a friendly, welcoming way - my third time but not last one on the boat.
15 Sep 2016: Don, USA
G, Lisa and crew could not provide better service. They made us feel safe and at home in a very remote part of the world. Idy is also a great divemaster. Hope to see everyone again someday! Crew: absolutely great - no room for improvement.
15 Sep 2016: Cindi, USA
Thank you!! Terima Kasih to all of your wonderful crew! Love you all to pieces.
15 Sep 2016: Trina, USA
Most impressive liveaboard ever! Lisa, G and crew seemed sincerely happy to try to answer every request. I NEVER feel like an imposition on this boat. ALL CREW members appear to enjoy their jobs. That makes everything very enjoyable for me. This is my second trip and this time I brought one friend, next time we bring more friends :)
15 Sep 2016: Sharlene and Eric, USA
It will be hard to have as good of a liveaboard experience ever again! It was such a treat to not only have a staff person put on your fins while on the tender, but to have someone help strip off your wetsuit and then cover your shoulders with a warm towel. We even videoed this to show our friends!! Boat: we had Shinta - loved the windows and the authentic decor! We loved sitting upstairs during the day, eating upstairs and looking at the stars. Diving: some of the dives were spectacular! We loved the village visits. Crew: I have NEVER experienced such excellent service in EVERY area! Food: the staff did such a good job with variety considering the items that were available and the length of the trip. We really enjoyed the food.
15 Sep 2016: Pat, UK
Thank you for a wonderful trip and all your care and attention. The Cruise Directors and the whole crew did everything possible to make our trip relaxing and enjoyable - definitely the best boat I have been on anywhere. It was a great trip where we could relax and be pampered - thank you. The boat itself is very special and I love the light and airy common areas. Diving: excellent pristine dive sites - well researched where appropriate, with good dive guides. My personal preference is for more critter diving but I appreciated the fish life - tremendous. Crew: brilliant cruise directors and crew who seem very happy and work as a team which is transmitted to the guests. Nothing was too much trouble. Can't thank you all enough. Particular thanks to Putu for the carving for my 1000th dive - a gesture I will always remember. Food: excellent, great food - particularly loved the vegetables!
15 Sep 2016: Jonas, USA
Boat: extremely well maintained. Diving: is there a way to contact clients ahead of time with estimated water temperatures? Crew: enjoyed them all, exceptional! G and Lisa are wonderful.
15 Sep 2016: Sue, USA
I believe that Lisa and G make this liveaboard the best possible experience of any boat. They are smart and funny and always ready to address any concern or discuss the identification of fish photos. G instantly fixed any little problems with the cabin and Lisa is a great divemaster as well as knowing about all the creatures we see. Their interpersonal skills are exceptional. Boat: staff did a fantastic job all around...cleaning, repairing, serving. Diving: dive deck staff very attentive and ready to help at any moment. Crew: Cruise Directors are the MOST outstanding thing about the trip, so skilled and responsive. I have never encountered anything close. Food: THANK YOU for providing special request items! Wonderful fruit at all the meals.
15 Sep 2016: Kate, USA
Best boat experience! Crew went out of their way to make diving comfortable and memorable. G found me a mask with magnified lenses - changed my trip and my life. Crew: Best crew EVER! Level of service AMAZING! Dive guide Lisa is a superstar! She finds ALL the animals, knows them and remembers everything.
15 Sep 2016: David, USA
Traveled on the boat six years earlier. Had an excellent time. This time was even better! Great crew! They did everything RIGHT! They went above and beyond to make it the best of trips.
15 Sep 2016: Sandra, USA
Your crew makes sure everyone has a wonderful experience. Lisa and G are the best I have ever seen. They oversee everything in a special way. Crew: The best! Food: Great variety and presentation.
2 Sep 2016: Karen, USA
Lovely time once again! Very happy Ronald helped Herb when his regulator stopped working. I always felt very safe on all dives! Thank you.
2 Sep 2016: Herb, USA
Everything was fantastic!!! The ship and crew were wonderful. We were completely spoiled! This is our second trip with the Arenui, and I consider this to be the best liveaboard on the planet! Many of the crew has changed but the quality has not.
2 Sep 2016: Greg and Linda, USA
They are so many wonderful experiences, it's impossible to pick just one. My favourite moments were when Lisa or Ronald or Joni or Idy would be so thrilled with the uniqueness of what we were seeing that they would cheer, clap, dance, and even jump for joy with their hands overhead and fists pimping - all underwater! One such instance was the cuttlefish party when we saw SIX different large cuttlefish of 3 varieties all within sight at once. When another of our dive groups came by and saw the first cuttlefish, we all held up our fingers, there where six within sight. It was thrilling to see their expressions as they spotted all 6, one at a time. It's important to have great passengers/guests and we really did. Thanks to Jeff Chanin for organizing such a fabulous group of people! Boat: very nice to have charging and drying and storage areas (with the dry towels) for the cameras and computers in the restaurant area. Love the canopy and towels/pillows in the luxurious sky lounge area. Diving: loved Komodo! The variety, the wall dives, the pinnacle dives, the mantas. Incredible service by the crew helping us with our gear. Crew: all the crew were incredibly helpful, cheerful, smiling, good natured, safety conscious and doing everything imaginable to make the trip a joy.
2 Sep 2016: Paula and Josh, USA
Before this diving trip aboard the Arenui to the Komodo Islands, I had only six open water dives. Now after 17 dives on this trip, I feel much more confident as a diver. The divemasters, Lisa, Joni, Ronald and Idy kept close to me during the dives and made sure I felt safe and secure the entire time underwater. The small dive groups of 3 to 4 people and expertise of the divemasters ensured sightings of sea creatures I never knew existed - frogfish, scorpionfish, sweetlips, nudibranchs and garden eels. One of the many highlights was swimming with manta rays! Thank you Arenui crew for a memorable diving vacation! The boat is beautiful and meticulously cared for. Every need was met with a smile - excellent service, food, equipment, guides, together with a beautiful Indonesian culture and landscape. Boat: excellent use of space; extremely comfortable and relaxing. Diving: felt like I was in good hands and that diver safety was of the highest importance. Crew: the entire Arenui crew went out of their way to provide the best service, food, and overall diving and vacation experience. Thank you! Food: couldn't have been better - wonderful.
2 Sep 2016: Robin, USA
I came to the Arenui as a beginner diver still needing my open water certification. During my first dive I was so nervous, at one point I just wanted to stop the dive but luckily I had the full attention of my amazing divemaster (G) and he helped me relaxed and continue through that dive. 10 dives later we were laughing underwater at the corals that looked like the cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland and I was completely relaxed. Thanks to G I can now call myself a diver! We had a wonderful time! Thank you so much. It is clear that the whole crew is very happy working on this boat and that really added to the quality of the experience. Boat: beautiful! A very comfortable feeling while being elegant at the same time. Diving: we were well informed and felt very safe. All the dives were fantastic. Crew: the entire crew was amazing but I want to especially mention Lisa and G, who made us all feel so welcome and completely taken care of. They went well beyond the call of duty in so many ways. The stewards and tender drivers were also wonderful. Food: lots of variety and all delicious. It was so nice to be able to special order whatever we wanted.
2 Sep 2016: Ashok, USA
The trip and crew were terrific. Boat: the boat and its facilities are extraordinary, the best liveaboard I have seen. Diving: the dive guides were great.
19 Aug 2016: Sarah, UK
I would highly recommend the Arenui. It is unique in every detail, from the boat to the team, who never tire from offering you the most genuine, thoughtful and caring experience. And as for the diving, well the visibility, the condition of the coral, the variety of species and the mantas... out of this world. Every aspect of the service from the food serving to the post dive undressing to the organization is professional and caring. If you want to feel relaxed, well looked after, with amazing diving then look no further than the Arenui and its team! Thank you so much. Every team member should be so proud of the service and the standard offered and maintained. You feel like you are the only people who matter and that is such a special skill. Boat: beautiful boat with attention to detail, immaculate, well thought out, unique parts and well cared for services and facilities throughout. Diving: excellent. My mask broke and my torch ran out of battery and G and Joni couldn't do more to make sure I was happy and comfortable. Crew: each and every person on board made the trip very special and memorable. Every person was professional, friendly, organized and above all genuine and made you feel very special and very well looked after, nothing was too much trouble, it felt like everyone waited to help and enjoyed it. Food: sensational food, all freshly prepared and of a very high standard, a huge choice and variety on each of the 5 meals! Good quality, personal tastes catered for, you just couldn't ask for more.
19 Aug 2016: Rich, USA
Thanks for a great vacation!
19 Aug 2016: Connie, USA
I had a knee surgery 10 weeks ago, and all the crew really gave me special attention and care.
19 Aug 2016: Irene, Spain
Diving: Lisa is a great divemaster, very happy with her, would dive with her 100 more times. Crew: Guillem and Lisa are excellent at dealing with everybody, great choice of directors!! Food: all excellent. Chefs were great and always tried to accommodate everybody's tastes.
19 Aug 2016: Annick, France
Beautiful week. First, the boat is great, the crew is very kind. Everything went on perfectly. People on the boat were nice and got along well together. Everybody enjoyed and had a great relaxing time. We were very lucky for diving, good guide (Ronald) showing us the small stuff, wonderful corals, good visibility and few currents. What a chance. A very nice "souvenir". Thank you to all.
19 Aug 2016: Daryl, USA
First liveaboard and it was easy and great. Diving was great, divemaster (Lisa) was the best possible. Will come again. Perfect!
19 Aug 2016: Renee, USA
While every element of this adventure was to perfection, the staff made for a magical and most memorable experience. Beautiful, caring, friendly people - never change any of these wonderful people! The SMILES make you feel so welcomed and part of the family. G and Lisa are GEMS. They are professional yet personal - attending to EVERY DETAIL and ALL THE TIME. And they are nice, funny, perceptive and inviting. Thank you!!
19 Aug 2016: Stuart, UK
I waited to celebrate my 50th birthday on the Arenui - this is the finest liveaboard, possibly in the world - diving, guides, food, accommodation. I would be amazed if this can be "bettered". Indonesian diving is still unspoilt, hurry up and treat yourself to the Arenui! This is the finest dive holiday experience I have ever been part of.
9 Aug 2016: Amanda, USA
What a beautiful boat Arenui is. It will be hard to beat the wonderful experience, from the crew to the natural beauty of Indonesia, in and out of the water! I'm looking forward to the next journey on Arenui. Boat: the cabin was very spacious, plenty of space/room to keep your things organized. Diving: top notch! Best diving experience ever, under the water and above. Crew: the crew goes above and beyond all expectations. I truly felt pampered and cared for in every way. Thank you!!! Food: Wow! I can't believe all the choices. I definitely gained a few pounds. Happily! Fresh bread daily :)
9 Aug 2016: Chris, USA
Crew: Idy was one of the best divemasters we have had. Mindfull of safety, excellent at finding "small stuff". Great massages from Wayan and Wenton. We want to abduct Anto and Kadek and take them home with us!
27 Jul 2016: Elias, USA
Lovely, see you again soon!
27 Jul 2016: Rosemary, USA
I loved this boat and the crew - everything was great. Boat: I have been on dozens of liveaboards and this is absolutely the best. Another whole level above everything else. It is unbelievable how comfortable you have made it. Crew: all friendly. Knew our names and preferences instantly. Not overbearing but always there to help.
27 Jul 2016: Kathy, USA
Boat: extremely convenient and well organized. Diving: Ronald the most outstanding dive master. Thank you Ronald. Food: very helpful to have had no salt diet. Thank you chefs.
27 Jul 2016: Gilles and Celine, France
Fantastique croisiere plongee! L'equipage et aux petits soins, les dive master connaissent parfaitement les sites de plongee. Marveilleuse decouverte de l'Indonesie et de Komodo. Tout etait parfait. Le temps fasse trop vite sar l'Arenui. Nous m'avons fu'une envee: revenir!
27 Jul 2016: Pat and Chris, England
Fabulous! Manta manta manta. Sharks galore at Castle Rock. Great seeing Andrea Marshall again. Briefings by Debbie and Jerry excellent, as always. Boat: such comfortable cabins, especially the bed. It's so lovely to be able to dine under the stars, on the sundeck. Diving: fascinating marine life to see. Crew: DMs are all great, especially the Cruise Directors. I really am not biased! (Debbie is our daughter and Jerry our son-in-law) I can't imagine anyone being better - full of fun and information. So helpful and smiley the whole time. As before, Wayan and Wenton helped everyone so much on the dive deck, as did the tender drivers in the tenders. Anto and Kadek are wonderful. Food: as ever, we're amazed at how food is kept so fresh for these trips. The food is really delicious - Putu and Ketut are stars!
14 Jul 2016: Tom, USA
Very impressed with everything. I'm not sure there is anything to do differently!
14 Jul 2016: Alan, USA
I would be happy to sail again and recommend the ship to others.
14 Jul 2016: Mathew & Liz, Australia
Ronald was a fantastic dive guide - let us go but kept an eye on us all - great at finding small stuff! Variety of dive sites and style of diving (eg, drift vs manta vs muck vs night etc) was excellent. Fellow divers were a great bunch - lots of laughs. Well matched with our dive group. By the end it really felt like we were a big family!! Boat: loved the boat - our cabin was fantastic - loved the little touches such as shampoo, tissues, chocolates etc. Plenty of room to lounge about, get away, read and snooze! Diving: we were paired up with another couple that really worked well - similar capabilities and similar air consumption. Great job done by the Cruise Directors pairing us up. Crew: we felt like nothing was too much trouble. Anto and Kadek were a delight and so tolerant of everying asking for different things. Would be great if the crew had named shirts or name tags so we don't screw up their names. Both the Directors clearly have a great relationship with the crew and it really shows - a very harmonious environment. Food: chefs are rock stars! Every meal delicious, on time and plenty of it. Very impressed!
14 Jul 2016: Chris & Alicia, USA
This was our most favourite, special trip of our lives. Thank you. In particular, we REALLY enjoyed having Dr Andrea Marshall as the manta expert onboard. This really made the trip extra special. Will come again! In addition to diving pristine reefs in an amazing part of the world, we felt like deputized researchers in the help to identify mantas with Dr Andrea Marshall "Queen of Mantas". We were educated while feeling like we were helping in a cause. We are motivated to pass along what we learned and to encourage our friends to help as well to save mantas. Thank you. Boat: the Arenui is a beauty, great details. Comfortable. Love the sun deck. Wonderful rooms. Beautiful. Diving: simply the best place we have ever dived. Beautiful reefs and THE MANTAS :) Crew: from the moment we arrived we felt welcome and cared for. The crew are amazing. Jerry and Debbie are absolutely THE BEST. Professional, caring, friendly, skilled, helpful. Really the best ever we have experienced. Food: OMG! Best (and most) food ever! It's going to be tough to wean ourselves off from eating too much.
14 Jul 2016: Matt & Amee, USA
Fantastic trip! Having Andrea Marshall onboard was a real treat - perfect amount of lectures. We hope to come back soon! Diving: the best. Crew: so friendly, so helpful. Amazing crew. Food: too delicious! Very fantastic vegetarian options.
14 Jul 2016: Carol, USA
The Arenui provides safe and exotic diving opportunities at beautiful ocean dive sites. Everything is first class. The Captain and crew are well trained and provide excellent service. I would highly recommend the experience. The boat is beautiful, the crew is well trained and provide very high service. I felt completely safe diving. Joni was really tuned into what I needed. Diving: beautiful diving. The cuttlefish and mantas were highlights. The trip to Komodo was amazing. Very well done, I felt safe and learned a lot. Crew: Debbie and Jerry provided a lot of certainty and good information. They are very knowledgeable and willing to give answers. The Captain and crew are adorable and very friendly. Food: The food was very plentiful, fresh and delicious. Thank you for providing delicious food.
13 Jun 2016: Russell, USA
Cruise Directors and staff are superb! They get to know the guests and their preferences. Anto is exceptional. Lisa was our dive guide, her safety first philosophy was great. I love her devious laugh!
13 Jun 2016: Heather, USA
Very friendly and helpful staff. Thank you for the A/C environment in the restaurant area, it's a must have. The room and bed is very comfortable. Diving: Beautiful diving. Lots of marine life spotted by our Divemaster Ronald. Crew: Nice to have a low ratio of divemasters to divers (1:3), I felt very safe! Ronald was so much fun! I did not get to know the others as divemasters.
13 Jun 2016: Nancy, USA
This was my second trip on the Arenui, we had the same room and our first night laying in bed I felt like I was "back home"! The crew is so friendly and warm. I just loved the diving and the atmosphere provided by all the staff. Lisa and G were EXCEPTIONAL hosts/directors! Intelligent, knowledgable and fun! Anto is my favourite, but I love the entire staff!
13 Jun 2016: Val, USA
Our dive at Takat Makassar was magical with the mantas. The current was very strong, and Lucie, our 18-year-old, was struggling a little. Idy, our divemaster, took her hand, then Tim and I joined and we just floated safely and happily greeting mantas along the way. The Komodo National Park and the village were exciting and we got a chance to go on land. Crew: every crew member knew our names, so nice!
13 Jun 2016: Lisa, USA
Excellent trip all around! No concerns or negative experiences at all! One suggestion: maybe offer soft spa music during massages (not too loud), may be better than hearing the other guests talking. Lisa was one of the best divemasters I've ever had! She was extremely patient, was always looking out for our group, and always took the time to make sure we were comfortable and ready. She was quick to point out the marine life and made all the dives the most enjoyable I have ever had! Terima Kasih :) Boat: Beautiful and charming! Diving: all excellent, specially the destination and safety! Crew: all excellent, specially the Cruise Directors. The entire crew was amazing! So kind, patient, caring, and accommodating at ALL times! Most of all, the crew was sincere in everything they did! Wonderful :) Food: all excellent. The food was delicious!! Great variety and presentation!
13 Jun 2016: Bob & Deanna, USA
G and Lisa are amazing. So well organized, friendly, helpful, joyful, fun, TOTAL professionals. The crew was outstanding. Big thanks to Joni as our DM. Super vigilant and safety conscious and great aquatic life spotter. Food is incredible. Chefs superb!! Luxury is redefined by this crew and boat! Boat: all perfect!! Diving: Wonderful!! Mantas galore! Hot Rocks best dive site, but all were great. Thank you :) Crew: Outstanding in every way!!
4 Jun 2016: Karen, Australia
Simply the BEST CREW on a live-aboard!! Friendly, helpful and always serve with a smile. Thank you for making my first live-aboard so enjoyable. So much of it was about having a great relationship with Lisa and G, and Idy. Idy made diving easy and comfortable even when there where currents! Thank you!!
4 Jun 2016: Wendy, USA
We thoroughly enjoyed the crew - could not be better. Accommodations exceeded our expectations - diving was excellent - I was truly exhausted at the end of every day - did 24 of 26 dives. Crew was happy, lively, playful and our friends at the end of the trip. We look forward to another Arenui trip to another part of Indonesia!
4 Jun 2016: Wolfgang & Simone, Germany
Wir waren jetzt zum 4. mal auf der Arenui. Das Tauchen war perfekt organisiert. Das Essen und die Kabine waren hervorragend. Die Crew war sehr aufmerksam und hilfsbereit. Arenui - jederzeit wieder.
4 Jun 2016: Staci, USA
Vanessa Knutson was an integral, vital part of our trip and much appreciated. Crew: very accomodating, amazing people. Food: this is an amazing culinary cuisine for any vegetarian or vegan.
4 Jun 2016: Taryn, USA
I loved all the crew - they were very supportive and nice. I also really enjoyed having Vanessa as a scientific resource. I loved seeing mantas for the first time and then listening to the expert Vanessa giving us plenty of interesting information geared specifically towards what we personally saw. I really enjoyed having her on board to answer all our questions and help me having a different outlook on what I saw every day. Her presentations were also extremely helpful and interesting.
4 Jun 2016: Robyn-Jane, Australia
Diving: Great systems in place to ensure a stress free diving experience. Crew: Great service generally. Excellent Cruise Directors. Very impressed with the stewards.
4 Jun 2016: Vanessa, USA
Everything was great. Lisa did an impressive job leading the trip AND serving as a dive guide - impressive! I would be happy to serve as a nudibranch expert again aboard the Arenui.
4 Jun 2016: George, USA
Thank you all for an OUTSTANDING dive trip - everyone did a great job!! All the dive staff were great along with Anto and Kadek. Always helpful with smiles!! All the crew were outstanding - especially Lisa and G, the Cruise Directors. They were always positive and very helpful and a real pleasure being around. Excellent food.
4 Jun 2016: Britt, USA
I really enjoyed the trip and particularly enjoyed the crew.
25 May 2016: Peter, Denmark
Mantastic! We saw more mantas than ever before, rhinophias, nudis, snakes, shrimps, crabs, BIG, small and everything in between.
25 May 2016: Sheryl, USA
Boat: all excellent. Diving: all excellent. The flexibility with conditions was greatly appreciated. Since the Divemasters have different strengths I think they should rotate. Crew: Such knowledgeable and compassionate people who are genuinely nice and do SO much for the guests. The teamwork is commendable. The Cruise Directors are very mature and clearly prioritize quality for their guests. Food: AMAZING.
25 May 2016: Suzette, USA
The muck to mantas trip, an experience of a lifetime. So many critters and at Manta Alley dozens of mantas so close, it felt like I was being touched by the angels, thank you to the dive guides. Very enjoyable trip. Diving, food, boat, accommodations and staff all wonderful. The staff is always pleasant but also ready to engage in conversation, helpful and fun. Nice to be always informed and included in all that is going on. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Boat: clean, beautiful and well maintained. Loved seeing the crew work as a team to put the sails up. That was something very special. Diving: could not have ever imagined I would see new things after diving for 30 years. Crew: above and beyond thank you for everything from the greetings on... Divemaster Ronald has extraordinary eyes, like an eagle. Food: all excellent. Wonderful meals, great job. Thank you dearly for the B-Day cake, yummy.
25 May 2016: Jennifer and Eric, USA
Thank you for an enjoyable trip! Diving: diving was great! The team did a good job with the briefings and selecting the proper destinations if some sites were unsafe. Crew: everyone worked well together to make this trip a safe and memorable trip. Special thanks to the tender drivers that found my camera floating :) Food: food was very good at every meal. Nice variety.
25 May 2016: Rosemary, USA
Truly a wonderful adventure. Felt welcomed and sincere attention. Staff was great, Anto as always was special. Congrats to G and Lisa for making a great team.
25 May 2016: Chris, USA
A fantastic dive trip! Great boat, crew, Cruise Directors. Everyone was really friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed myself. Thank you for a wonderful experience! Hopefully I will join you on another trip soon! Many thanks!
25 May 2016: Bill, USA
A special thanks to Guillem, Lisa, Ronald, Anto, Kadek, Wayan and Wenton for their wonderful service, knowledge and fun-loving attitudes. And equal thanks to all the crew that keeps the Arenui running smoothly. Crew: I can't say enough about how much I appreciated this crew and their dedication to great comfort, safety and enjoyment. This was my favourite liveaboard experience ever (this was my 4th trip on the Arenui)!!! Food: I looked forward to every meal and the choices that are offered.
25 May 2016: Jane,USA
This was my 4th trip on the Arenui, and each time I return it feels like a homecoming. I had only seen a manta once before, but on this trip we saw so many mantas at two different sites that we lost count! It was wonderful to see our enthusiasm and excitement mirrored by the cruise directors and dive guides. Diving: diving was top notch! I did this itinerary with Arenui years ago, and this one was so much better! So many places/critters I have never seen before (ladybugs, mototi octopus, so many mantas!!!). Tender drivers did a great job finding us after every dive and helping us prepare. Crew: the crew is definitely the highlight of this boat! G and Lisa were amazing - looking out for safety while also finding incredible dive sites. So happy to be able to dive with DM Ronald again. Not only does he have incredible eyes for finding big and small critters (and makes sure the entire group has a chance to see them) but he also keeps an eye out to make sure we are all okay. I am so grateful that he saved me from a downcurrent I hadn't realized I swam into. Loved coming up to the restaurant every morning to be greeted by Kadek and Anto (and smiling Joni with the nitrox clipboard).
10 May 2016: Julie, Canada
Everything is in the details on the boat. Beautiful ship. Great diving, great staff. Boat: diving, crew and food all excellent. Crew: Joni was excellent, he found everything we requested. Always in a good mood! And long dive times.
10 May 2016: Mary, USA
We love everything about Arenui! The staff, boat, food, diving - it's all amazing! Obviously we can't stop booking trips! We are so grateful to have this oportunity to dive in a beautiful part of the world with awesome people! Boat: all excellent, but need more camera stations! Super comfortable rooms! Diving: all excellent, awesome - how could anyone complain? Crew: all excellent, they take the most wonderful care of us!
10 May 2016: Alison, Canada
From the moment we arrived on the Arenui we were greeted by the most friendly staff, Lisa and G, who made us feel immediately like we were about to embark on the greatest adventure. When the diving began, every dive exceeded the last amazing dive. How did you do that? I shake my head in disbelief, the weather was perfect everyday, the room made me feel like we were royalty! The staff who attended to our every need, the tender drivers who helped you with your gear, fins, etc. get you ready, take it all from you when you are done, making sure that it is all magically there for you. A cup of water after the dive! Wow! First class service! Then you return to the boat, a wonderful helper to get out of wet gear, a warm towel and a cup of hot chocolate! The Arenui is a diver's dream!! Everything is hanged up to dry for the next dive for you. I get dressed and a wonderful meal is waiting. Repeat this 4 times a day effortlessly for ten days. Magic! Epic holidays! Thank you to the behind the scenes people too! Thank you for the BEST trip ever! PS: Save your money and do this diving on the Arenui!! You won't regret it! We will be back!! Wow! Wow! Best diving experience ever, you have spoiled us forever diving anywhere else! Congratulations for making it all look so easy. Thank you! Thank you! Boat: Exceeded my expectations! From the moment we arrived till the day we departed - this boat is a beauty! It feels brand new! What a wonderfully designed boat for diving! Diving: How can I describe? The best diving I have EVER done. Every dive better than the last. This has to be the best in the world! I hope to discover more on another trip on the Arenui! Crew: The BEST, all of you! You have ALL made this a bucket list trip for Brent and I - we will remember this trip and count the days til we come back. Thank you for being SO dedicated to your jobs! Food: Wonderful! ALL memorable meals! Fresh fruit always, the top-deck dining, the salad dressing, the chocolate cake and peanut butter cookies!! Gonna miss it all!!
10 May 2016: Derek and Paule, Canada
For us this was a fantastic experience! The Arenui itself and the diving was excellent but the staff and crew made the entire voyage even greater. Everyone was happy, helpful and very professional. We look forward to our next trip on the Arenui!
10 May 2016: Heather, USA
This was my best liveaboard EVER! Absolutely value for money! The crew is a tight team, they aim to please and are in good spirits. G and Lisa are GEMS, TRY TO KEEP THEM. The boat is a fine vessel with attention to detail, LOVE the Indonesian regional art in rooms, the Balinese door on port is wonderful. Arenui is an elegant unique vessel. What a wonderful trip. Thank you. The dive guides have eagle eyes not only for critters but for the safety of their group. I was thrilled to be onboard the Arenui when the record for sighting rhinophias was broken, we found 15! The holy-grail. What amazing diving, fun, beauty, biodiversity, service and luxury.
10 May 2016: Brent, Canada
From a long list of unforgettable experiences, starting from the boarding welcome to the final good-byes, all my lasting memories will be blanketed with the enthusiasm and smiles of all on board. I giggle when I think about the excitement our divemaster (and Cruise Director) Lisa showed when she saw something special underwater. She was so animated! Her enthusiasm was infectious and made every single dive special. To the whole crew of the Arenui: Thank you! We saved 2 years to do this trip! We are 100% satisfied. The entire experience was utterly professional and has set a very high standard for our future trips. Only the Arenui will meet this standard. Again, thank you! Boat: all excellent, but the chairs at the sky restaurant seem just a bit low, not a big deal :) Diving: all excellent, but some of the sites had a lot of garbage around, it was a touch distracting from the beauty of the site. The experience was otherwise superb and fun! Crew: Can't add a thing! You guys made this holiday one of the best we've ever been on! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Food: If anything, there was too much food! Such wonderful food, well done, kitchen! I REALLY appreciated the "100 dives Brent" fruit sculpture ... so much work went into that - thank you.
25 Apr 2016: Francine, France
This is the most fantastic experience I ever had in my divers life. This boat is a dream and the team is absolutely exceptional, all of them! I can't imagine going on another liveaboard ever... Just have to wait until I can be back!! In the meantime I will have nice dreams.
25 Apr 2016: Janet and Fred , USA
Boat, diving, crew and food all excellent. Lisa and G took great efforts to make this a special trip. Joni and the tender crew did a super job. All staff were very attentive, solicitous and always smiling. Anto and Kadek are both eager to please, very good job.
25 Apr 2016: Holland and Eric Geibel, USA
Diving, crew and food all excellent. We enjoyed diving with Lisa and G!
25 Apr 2016: Ann, USA
Fantastic! See you in September. Very professional crew. I was able to relax and enjoy the trip!!! Diving: Some of the best in the world if not THE best. Crew: Very professional, always smiling, having fun, very knowledgable and working as a TEAM! Food: Fantastic - you met EVERYONE'S special requests.
25 Apr 2016: Barbara, Switzerland
Einzigartige Taucherlebnisse an wunderschönen und sorgfältig ausgewählten Tauchplätzen. Ein sehr gut eingespieltes Crewteam, welches uns Gästen alle Wünsche erfüllte und gesammthaft eine kompetente und reibungslos verlaufende Organisation vollbrachte. Es war für uns eine tolle Erfahrung auf der Arenui.
25 Apr 2016: Nancy and Andy, USA
Lisa and G are the best!! Don't ever let them "retire". We just love the Arenui! Best staff (everyone). Wonderful food and the SERVICE is incomparable. We would mention everybody by name, but we would need more room!
25 Apr 2016: Stephanie, USA
Thanks to everyone for making this a wonderful trip! Boat: Fantastic boat - beautiful, efficient and comfortable. Ganesh cabin is great for 2 friends, plenty of space for each. Common areas are comfortable and large. Diving: STELLAR! Dive masters and Cruise Directors worked hard to find best sites, conditions, etc. Amazing critters! Crew: Your crew is the absolute best!! Everyone always helpful, friendly and fun. The crew makes a wonderful trip even better. Food: Excellent, the selections - particularly vegetarian - are incredible. Don't know how you do this without getting supplies during the trip. Most impressive!
25 Apr 2016: Anne and Steve, USA
Dear Lisa and G, We had a GREAT TRIP! Thanks for your amazing hospitality. And Lisa for your wonderful assistance as our dive leader. We appreciate all what your kind and suggestive staff did to make our visit so relaxing and enjoyable. We will be back for a 3rd trip on the Arenui! Tremendous value for money! The best comment we can share is that we are excited about returning to the Arenui for our 3rd adventure. Many thanks!!! I had trouble with buoyancy and Lisa was always there to help me and teach me. After the first day of diving I was comfortable in the water and had great diving experiences. During the trip everyone appreciated how knowledgeable the dive leaders were, especially in finding critters and giving advice on underwater photography. Everyone was happy and very pleased with the experience. Boat: all excellent. Great, comfortable accommodations, plenty of room for all of the guests to comfortably share time together and separately. Diving: Excellent briefings. The detailed maps are wonderful. Crew: We came on our second Arenui trip in large part because of your AMAZING CREW!!! Everyone is so friendly, calling us by name (how welcoming!), anticipating our needs and kindly and cheerfully helping us. The Arenui EXCEEDS all standards for customer service! Thank you!!! Food: all excellent. Argetinian Malbec wine would be nice. The menu was wonderfully varied and always delicious. Presentation was beautiful and so friendly.
25 Apr 2016: Marco, Switzerland
All excellent. I believe that it is the team that makes it possible to have such an exciting and excellent experience. At the head of the team there are two exceptional Cruise Directors, G and Lisa. The positive energy and motivation that comes from both of them made the holiday unique.
9 Apr 2016: Margo, USA
The trip was fantastic! Siska and Debbie in the Bali office made pre-trip planning easy and flawless.The crew was superb! Made the trip a "once in a lifetime" trip for everyone.
9 Apr 2016: Carol, USA
The first night briefing was very helpful - it was nice to take the time first and get a handle on the routine. Liveaboards do not usually take this time - especially talking to dive guide before diving - great idea. Diving: All sites were beautiful and I enjoyed being picked up quickly. Crew: The tender crew were very helpful getting us ready. Ronald, our guide was excellent getting me to a safety stop - since I was always the first one up this was always a difficult challenge. Food: all excellent. Good wine list.
9 Apr 2016: Sharron, USA
As a snorkeler - the only one on board, I was a little worried that I would be bored on the trip. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lisa and G made sure I was included in all briefings and made great recommendations of which dive I should accompany each day. Hasan was assigned as my "snorkel guide" and he showed me a million beautiful creatures, including turtles, mantas, stingrays, nudis, sharks, huge parrotfish and the most incredible corals. This was truly the trip of a lifetime. Thank you! Although I am not a diver (I accompanied my diver husband) every accommodation was made to make sure I was included in all activities and that I had a great trip. Thank you! Boat: all excellent. The crew was very conscientious to make sure all was working well, our room was clean and our food well prepared. Snorkeling: FANTASTIC snorkeling each day. Hasan took great care of me and I saw almost as much as divers. Crew: ALL WERE TOP NOTCH - EXCELLENT! Friendly, helpful, kind, considerate. I could not have asked for more! Food: Excellent for all meals and snacks - good variety!
9 Apr 2016: John, USA
Great trip, exceptional service. Sincere thanks to the entire crew of KLM Arenui. Diving: all excellent. Great dive sites and reasonable luck with the weather! Wawan did a superb job as our divemaster. Knowledgeable, observant and well attentive to the skills and limitations of his dive group. Crew: all excellent. Kadek and Anto were consistently attentive, courteous and willing to go the extra mile! I enjoyed my massage! And the room was always clean.
9 Apr 2016: Robert, USA
Beautiful reefs. Excellent service with very friendly crew.
9 Apr 2016: Daniel, USA
Our guide Joni was excellent.
9 Apr 2016: Julia, USA
I would dive with you again in a heartbeat! I would even come back again to see the same sites! Crew: all excellent. EVERYONE always smiling and anticipates needs. Service beyond expectations. Amazing dives with Ronald and Joni. Personnel on the tenders were helpful. Food was delicious, especially under the stars. G and Lisa are very knowledgedgable and very helpful. Everyone seems happy to serve.
9 Apr 2016: Beth, USA
Thanks to all for a WOW trip - the boat, staff, food were great! No complaints - only compliments and thanks. The diving was spectacular, mesmorising with such sealife. Every dive was good, some with current, more challenging, but just the BEST. I am so fortunate to have been diving Raja Ampat on Arenui! Thank you. Boat: Really fabulous "facility". Best dive boat ever - no comparison to others! Everyone is very attentive, helpful, very clean, they are here to make the diver's/guest's stay the best! Congratulations! Diving: Can only use superlatives to describe diving - really spectacular! Crew: Again have to use superlative, the best, greatest, really top staff, very attentive, helpful, cheerful, great to spent weeks with - thanks to ALL for all this help! Thanks for printouts at the end of the trip and the great website. The Cruise Directors have great enthusiasm and LOVE for what they do! Made for a trip of a lifetime. Food: Food was wonderful - great menu - fabulous service. Chef did wonderful job and his creations to celebrate occasions - Wow!
26 Mar 2016: Mary, USA
Make time for a trip on the Arenui! There is no diving experience that can compare to them. I am in awe of the quality of the staff and the personal care given to everyone! Please treat yourself to a trip!! Thank you everyone! I know there are many crew we don't get to see and a special thank you to all of you. To those that take care of us - you are the best! Boat: All excellent, especially the cleanliness. Diving: All excellent. The boat crews worked so hard, they were so helpful and smiled while taking great care of us. Thank you all!!! Crew: It is impossible to communicate how amazing the staff is. G and Lisa do such a great job, their concern for our enjoyment and comfort is unsurpassed in the dive WORLD! Thank you so much! Food: Unbelievable quality!! The variety and subtle flavours were delicious.
26 Mar 2016: Sharon, USA
Return to the Arenui and its crew is like coming back home to Indonesia. The spirit and dedication of the crew are unsurpassed. Always glad to arrive and sad to leave. Thank you for an unforgettable trip! Diving: This special itinerary was excellent in diversity of sites and critters. Dive guides and crew worked so hard to get the most of each incredible dive and keep us safe. Crew: Love the positive energy and quality of service with the Arenui crew. G and Lisa are super responsive to any issues, big or small. Wayan and Wenton take great care of us and the dive deck and cabins. Food: Putu and the guys are superb chefs. Anto and Kadek are a pleasure to travel with. They personalized service, remembering our preferences is wonderful.
26 Mar 2016: Doug, USA
Thank you to the entire crew for a fantastic cruise. Super destinations and effort WAY beyond the expected. A big thanks to G for all the whaleshark negotiations. Boat: Clearly the best boat in Indonesia - probably the world. Certainly the best I have been on in 25 years. Diving: Spectacular sites! I love the remote, healthy sites. Thank you for the extra work. Crew: BEST CARE ANYWHERE! As always the crew met every need almost before we knew what we wanted! Food: Spectacular. I will be depressed to get home and have to manage for myself.
26 Mar 2016: Richard, USA
This is our third time on board, and second time in a year. The crew all were extra friendly and familiar - it was like we'd never left. Just a great trip, all around. Seemed like every unreasonable thing we asked for, they delivered it with a smile. I want to come back again! As always, all of you went above and beyond expectations. Delightful boat, crew, cabin, service and diving. Diving: All excellent. Tender crews are awesome! Super helpful and competent. Crew: All excellent. Feels like family. Very warm and friendly. Food: All excellent.
26 Mar 2016: Diana, Australia
Once again the Arenui crew has provided an exceptional dive trip. Their attention to detail is outstanding and they all seemed to put in extraordinary working hours to ensure we had as many wonderful dive experiences as could possibly be fitted in to the time. Boat: All excellent. Diving: All excellent. The Cruise Directors went to great lengths to give us the very best experiences available in each area. Thank you! Crew: All excellent. The stewards did an outstanding job of catering to our every need at all hours of the day and night. Food: All excellent.
26 Mar 2016: Sue, USA
Boat: All excellent. Everything is very organized. The routine is never boring, instead it helps not having to "worry" about anything. Diving: All aspects of the diving was beyond compare. The heroes are the tender drivers, who obviously are so talented, patient, observant and concerned about safety. Divemasters were great at putting us in protected areas. That is important to me. Crew: All crew were amazing in their respective roles. I know there were crew members we probably only saw a few times but they were integral in the overall operation of daily activities - day and night. Food: Service, variety and quantity were all perfect. Thanks to galley and restaurant crew alike!
26 Mar 2016: Mary, New Zealand
Boat: All excellent. Beautiful boat kept in pristine order by hard working Cruise Directors and crew. Diving: All excellent. Always kept up to date which dive site we were going to, good briefings with easy to understand diagrams. Every effort to make sure easy to get in and out of the tender. All excellent dive sites and great variety. Very fortunate to go to Triton Bay. Crew: All excellent. Both Lisa and G made every effort to make sure each guest was looked after and willingly attended to every request. Both full of enthusiasm and kindness. All the Divemasters try very hard to please each guest and always willing and informative. Because of the distance covered every member of the crew worked extremely hard and always smiling and friendly. The stewards both always attentive and good humored. Anto and Kadek are real assets as are all the crew. Food: All excellent. First class food all the time with plenty of choices, all good, so difficult to select. More than enough food through the whole day. Very hard working chef and his assistants.
26 Mar 2016: Jeannene, USA
Anywhere Arenui goes, I am sure to love. All dive sites are well-vetted for our groups interests and dive skill levels. The crew really understands their guests and strives to make the experience great. Crew: What an incredible experience! Any time I THOUGHT I wanted something, someone would offer it. "Full service" indeed.
26 Mar 2016: Jan, USA
Snorkeling with whale sharks was a fantastic experience, something I didn't know was possible. A huge thank you to the Cruise Directors and crew who stayed up much of the night and rose before dawn to made arrangements for this. I really really appreciated the long bottom times. I enjoy hanging out underwater so much, and having the ability to stay a long long time meant a lot to me. I appreciate the work of the boat drivers, crew and divemasters who make it all possible. Boat: All excellent. Anto was always one step ahead, bringing me tea before I even thought of it. Diving: All excellent. I really appreciated the loan of a first stage when my one failed. I liked diving in groups of 4. Food: Great food! Incredible job running a smooth operation under challenging conditions. G, Lisa, Wawan and all the crew worked so hard to make the whale shark snorkeling come to fruition.
26 Mar 2016: John, USA
G and Wawan spent half the night making sure the bagans had enough fish to feed the whale sharks. First time having an encounter with a whale shark. Very memorable, very cool. Visit to the village and the waterfalls were also memorable, fun times. Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm to make this three things a reality and fun. All the best! Boat: All excellent. Thanks for our safety to each and all. Diving: All excellent. Love Ronald's "Briefing, briefing". Dive sites were well chosen, memorable fish life, hard and soft corals - OUTSTANDING! Tender drivers were helpful and did an outstanding job! Crew: Lisa and G went above and beyond to take care of everything, super job! Best we've encountered. Thank you! Divemasters - I appreciate their attention to detail, super job! Captain - hero, bringing us safe through 800 miles, thank you! Chefs - great job. I am not sure if I gained weight. Big thanks to Wenton and Wayan assisting me in and off the wetsuit, spoiled me. Food: All excellent. HUGE thanks to professor Anto for being the professional he is. Always remembered everything. Thanks Kadek for being there for the wine, great job guys.
12 Mar 2016: Jim, USA
I really appreciated seeing the diversity of plant and fish life. It was a wonderful trip. I also appreciated to see the details on the cameras. Lastly, I enjoyed the day trips to break up the diving between other activities. I think Jerry and Debbie do an excellent job handling all of the diving and people issues.
12 Mar 2016: Anonymous
Wonderful boat, absolutely best diving and incredibly accommodating staff. Service was truly amazing! Anto and Kadek knew exactly what I wanted before I even had to ask! Not only was the diving and service outstanding, I really appreciated the photo tips and techniques the Cruise Directors shared with me to improve my photography. Would dive with this crew again and again! Hands-down the most detailed and beautiful boat I've been on. Top notch facilities!
12 Mar 2016: Owen, Canada
It was simply great diving with Jerry. I was impressed by the fact that you still used assigned divemasters when the diver count went down on the night dives. I've been wanting to come to Raja Ampat for over 10 years. Some of my dive buddies got tired of my talking about it. One day I was in a dive shop and a guy said I'm putting together a trip and it's out about 2 ½ years do you know anyone that want to go. I have two vacant spots. I jumped in my car, went home, got my cheque book and wrote at cheque for USD 1,500. There began the anticipation. Everyone was happy that I had finally pulled the trigger. I was not disappointed. Helping with the BCs great! Coffee in the morning exactly as I liked it.
12 Mar 2016: Jennifer, USA
Just wonderful. The night dives were a special treat. So many amazing things to see under the water ... then to emerge to brilliant stars with a clear view of the milky way! Bio-luminescence all around. And the piece de la resistance, a warm towels and hot cocoa handed to you as you arrive back to the boat. Heaven.
12 Mar 2016: Anonymous
A great quality boat!
28 Feb 2016: David, USA
Best dive trip ever! Boat: We had the Rama cabin. Love it! Everything about the Arenui is wonderful. Diving: I come for the diving and Arenui is serious about diving. A good match. Crew: The crew is the best thing about Arenui. Great to see the same people after two years. I hope you can keep these folks. Food: I loved every meal. Anto is magic. Hard to believe I gained weight on a dive trip...but I did!
28 Feb 2016: Pete and Ann, USA
The staff and boat are wonderful. Enjoyed it our second time as much as the first. Thanks to all.
28 Feb 2016: Don, USA
This is the fourth liveaboard I have been on and by far it was the best. So far my experience is that all the liveaboards I have been on have been really good. The Arenui, however, sets the new benchmark. If this is ever your first experience on a liveaboard the others will be a step down. Great boat. Diving: Best diving I have done to date, absolutely spectacular. Crew: All good, polite and professional. A shout out to Jose. The man has the patience of a saint. Thanks for keeping my dive buddy safe for the entire trip. Food: Excellent food but way too much of it. But that's a good thing.
28 Feb 2016: Julie and Phil, USA
Thank you! The "Happy Diver" creation was breathtaking! Beautifully carved and assembled. An absolute work of art!! I feel extremely honored and will always remember your kindness! Boat: Boat was a joy, unique and well laid out, functional with great character, wonderful sense of peace and part of local history, beautifully constructed and appointed. Diving: Fantastic variety, sites and inhabitants, beautiful and crammed with life. Crew: So friendly, knowledgeable, quick anticipatory, so helpful and smile "full"!! Pleasure to be in their care. Food: EXCELLENT preparation and presentation and variety. Delicious and appetizing. Met my lactose intolerance challenge with a huge variety!
28 Feb 2016: Lori, USA
I was a beginner diver at the start of the trip and by the end I was comfortable every dive. I felt comfortable on each dive and felt it was personalized. Boat: The boat is beautiful, well laid out. Diving: Well organized. Crew: Jerry is hilarious. Debbie is organized. All staff are helpful. Food: Beyond expectations. Goes all the way to make us feel special.
28 Feb 2016: Ed, USA
The cruise masters and crew were exceptional. Having been on many liveaboards, this ranks the tops. Service, food, diving and comfort could not be beat. Thank you. I have pending shoulder surgery and would've had trouble putting on my wetsuit and booties. Deck hands took me under their wing and helped me with everything for every dive. I am spoiled by this luxury treatment.
28 Feb 2016: Karen, USA
Everything was outstanding. Diving: Loved the diving! Crew: The Cruise Directors were exceptional!! Debbie was an excellent guide and greatly helped me with my scuba skills.
28 Feb 2016: Robert, USA
I hope the fellow divers appreciated the efforts of all the crew members with a generous tip. We certainly would go on another trip on Arenui. We booked our Raja Ampat trip through Ocean Enterprises because Werner Kurn (Owner) has been diving all over the world and he recommended the Arenui and Raja Ampat as the best of the best. This voyage exceeded our expectations as far as the diving experiences and especially the boat and its very professional crew. Wow sums it up! Boat: Cannot complain about anything. Great rooms. Very comfortable beds. Diving: We saw a lot more fishes than we expected to see. Crew: Everybody was exceptional. Debbie helped my wife with her buoyancy issues. Anto was real professional in his job. Food: The meals were by far the best we have had on a liveaboard.
28 Feb 2016: Amy, USA
Amazing to fly into the tiny town of Sorong, take a short drive and end up on the beautiful, classy Arenui. Day 1 I was impressed that most of the staff seemed to already know my name, my dive gear and my meal preferences. Then we go in the rooms and they tell you you have multiple pillows - hard and soft depending on your preference. First class experience from start to finish. Boat: Some of the most comfortable cabins I've ever stayed in, down to the soft and hard pillows! Diving: Best dive destination I've ever been to. Great choices of dive sites. Very easy with the tenders. Crew: Everything on this boat was so easy! Crew knew my name, my dive gear and my meal preferences on day 1. Food: Best meals were Mexican lunch and BBQ dinner.
28 Feb 2016: Kimberlee, USA
Staff is outstanding, really make guests feel special. Boat is beautifully constructed and maintained. Excellent trip. Thank you Boat: Very nice boat with first class accommodations. We've been on a lot of boats and never had a shower like this - fabulous! Crew: Anto is amazing. Very attentive and professional.
16 Feb 2016: Richard, England
A fantastic trip. Thank you to everyone for making it so.
16 Feb 2016: Vicki and John, USA
Seriously ... I have zero complaints. Everyone and everything is appreciated. The way the dive groups were put together was outstanding! We began this trip with such apprehension as we'd heard such great stories and thought the trip couldn't live up to our expectations. It did, plus some. The reef explodes with life and some of it is rare. If you think you've "done it all" you have not until you've done Raja Ampat on the Arenui.
16 Feb 2016: Marta, Slovakia
Guys, thank you very much for the lovely experience. You work together like a puzzle, that's why you see our happy faces. Will miss you.
16 Feb 2016: Marie, USA
A million thanks for an amazing 11 days :-) Boat: Most beautiful and soulful boat anywhere! Diving: Most fun, interesting and breathtaking ever! Crew: The best, most kind, attentive, helpful, caring, knowledgeable, sweet, great attitude, most professional team, best service, customer service, organised, ready, responsive, light hearted - AWESOME! Food: De-licious!! Yummy! More-ish! Compliments to the whole team and to Anto.
16 Feb 2016: John, USA
We had a wonderful time! Hope to see you all again soon!
16 Feb 2016: Mary, England
I loved this trip. I have never been on a trip where the crew were so attentive to my needs. Especially as I had injured my hip skiing the week before I came!! Very good getting me in and out of the tender safely. Diving: Very good briefings on the boat and the tender. Thank you Ronald. Crew: Thank you Debbie and Jerry for a wonderful trip. The crew could not have been more helpful. All very friendly and happy. Great massages. Thank you :-) Food: Excellent. Thank you chefs for all your hard work. Delicious food.
16 Feb 2016: Anonymous
Crew: Everyone is super friendly all the time!
16 Feb 2016: Robert, USA
Jerry was the ultimate divemaster (I would assume the other ones were good too from other's comments). All staff were friendly and made me feel at home. A truly first class experience in all ways. Great attention to detail. Also the other divers/guests were a joy to be with. Educated, sophisticated, mature and worldly. I appreciated Richard's lectures - an added benefit. Both Nanette and I appreciate 'Eco' tours where we learn and enjoy the experience.
16 Feb 2016: Nanette, USA
Jerry was a fantastic divemaster, professional, helpful and non-judgmental. I feel spoiled by the pampering I received. I appreciate that the tips are shared equally. This is the first 'group' experience I have had when I liked everyone (all passengers). Too often there is an obnoxious and/or difficult person or two onboard. We were all different, yet very good people. I like the range of ages and backgrounds. Having the professional marine biologist onboard broadened the experience. I liked all the talks, including Debbie's on manta rays. I truly appreciate your care for the environment. It was a joy to play games with crew and other passengers. Food: Anto was kind and helpful - I loved the napkin art.
16 Feb 2016: Anonymous
Diving: Jerry was very helpful and supportive coaching Dennis through his air use issues and encouraging me during the night dive.
16 Feb 2016: Caroline, Canada
We had the best of times, as usual! Crew: Everyone is still so friendly, caring and in a good mood all the time. Good job, I surely couldn't do it!!
16 Feb 2016: Barbara, USA
Crew: Execution is everything. No detail was overlooked and the crew made the trip fun and exciting. A special thanks to Ronald for his professional expertise and patience. Thank you for taking such good care of us! Food: I appreciate the vegetarian menu!
3 Feb 2016: Annette and Ken, Denmark
Excellent seminars on reef and fish. Please keep it up. Excellent fish preparation; "Michelin level".
3 Feb 2016: Cameron and Suzan, USA
A really great time! I can't say enough kind words about your team: Kadek, Anto, Joni, Ronald, G, Lisa and the rest were fantastic!! Boat: This is the best of all the luxury liveaboards that I have been on. G and Lisa run an impeccable operation!! Diving: Joni and his drivers were outstanding! Crew: G and Lisa really worked hard and did a perfect job: best liveaboard experience ever! Food: All excellent. Food was surprisingly good.
3 Feb 2016: Denise, USA
Crew: Outstanding! Enjoyed everyone so much - thanks to each of you for your wonderful care! Food: Outstanding!!
3 Feb 2016: Ronald, USA
We will plan another trip with the Arenui. Crew: Lisa and G are outstanding. Lisa is the best diveguide I've experienced in years. Greatly appreciate her knowledge and enthusiasm. G could not be more pleasant and helpful. They made the trip for me, with help from a very good boat.
3 Feb 2016: Darrell and Nancy, USA
Outstanding experience. We were very lucky to paired with another couple that was super great divers/photographers. We learned a lot! Boat: All excellent. Diving: All excellent. Super!! Crew: Best crew of ANY liveaboard we have been on (15 liveaboards). Joni was the perfect guide. We had a lot of FUN with him. Lisa and G were great cruise directors. The food was fantastic (too much!!). Stewards were fun and very professional. Captain kept us safe! Food: A+++
3 Feb 2016: Heidi, USA
Boat: All excellent. Crew: All excellent. Lisa is hands-down the best cruise director I've ever encountered - from the initial introduction to boat procedures to dealing with medical emergencies to swapping problematic divers and guides, she handled EVERYTHING perfectly and professionally. Food: All excellent. Really appreciate the way you accommodated this strict vegetarian - first liveaboard I've been on that I didn't experience running low on protein midway through the trip!
3 Feb 2016: Linda, USA
I have already signed up for the same trip again and also for Komodo (2 trips). G and Lisa are the perfect cruise directors, easy-going, fun, careful and very skilled. Together their defined the experience we had, showing enthusiastic leadership and attention to safety. I hope they are on the Arenui when I am next onboard. Boat: We were in Shinta - The wall hanging is beautiful. Diving: Sorong to Sorong via Misool and Gam Island is excellent. Tender drivers were very helpful. Crew: Everyone was very attentive. Lisa was an excellent cruise director and she also was my dive guide. With Lisa I was able to relax because I trusted her. She jumped overboard several times until she found what she considered an ideal entry point for starting each dive. I enjoyed her enthusiasm! Food: All excellent. The food servers were great.
21 Jan 2016: Name, USA
I would dive with you in all destinations in Indonesia. Great trip, weather, STAFF, diving, room, food and etc. My evaluation speaks for itself. Thanks! Boat: All excellent Diving: All excellent Crew: G and Lisa did a great job. I enjoyed Jose and his lectures. My dive guide Ronald is very experienced and tries hard to please his customers. The staff was very helpful. Food: All excellent
21 Jan 2016: Nellie, USA
Overall this was an outstanding trip - the quality of the diving and the staff was excellent. Boat: Beautiful boat! Diving: All excellent Crew: Joni is the most excellent dive guide - unbelievable! Lisa and G are wonderful, they ran a flawless trip, thank you! Food: All excellent. Kadek and Anto are the most fantastic, conscientious people. An absolute pleasure to be around.
21 Jan 2016: Anonymous, USA
Last dive trip after 22 years, we will recommend Arenui to our dive buddies. Diving: Amazing dive sites, fish life was healthy. Crew: Great organization and dive planning.
21 Jan 2016: Mandy, Hong Kong
Diving: Excellent choices and timing with no crash with other boats. Crew: Very clear briefings nightly by G, so we all knew the plan very well. Excellent divemasters who communicate even underwater to show everyone the most of each site. Anto is so detailed orientated and remembers everything, it's amazing! Wayan gives great massages! Jai and Hoiron super helpful with cameras, diving equipments, making diving hazzle-free. Food: Awesome to have soft drinks, juices, alcohol variety!
21 Jan 2016: Jim, USA
G and Lisa are very good. I appreciate their "owning" of the operation. Hope to dive with you in April 2016 in Alor.
21 Jan 2016: Anonymous, USA
Crew: Great massages from Wayan! Loved the stewards and tender help was great. Food: Enjoyed the soups and wahoo.
6 Jan 2016: Amy, USA
Terima Kasih! I was not expecting to love this trip as much as I did. The dives and the service made it unforgettable. We were so lucky to have Lisa as our dive guide, so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Happy that G certified us in Nitrox diving. Thanks! Boat: All of the management and systems are excellent, like the labeled towels, the organized dive boats, shelves for our gear. Made it so relaxing! Diving: Best diving ever - loved each dive! Crew: One of the top service experiences I have ever had in my extensive travels. Each staff person works very hard and is so genuinely kind - truly special. All notice and anticipate our needs like handing me my hat on the dive boat. Wayan and Wenton both are so funny and helpful with towels, wetsuit, toothpaste in masks, etc. Food: The food was delicious, and beautifully presented. Kadek and Anto were so kind - much appreciated.
6 Jan 2016: Anonymous
Crew was awesome! Loved our divemaster Lisa, and the stewards and room boys. Really great service all around! Always felt taken care of.
6 Jan 2016: Jennifer and Alex, USA
I would like to say thank you to the entire staff of The Arenui for making our trip such a wonderful experience again! You have proven that there is really no comparison when it comes to liveaboard diving in Indonesia or anywhere else in the world!! We have had a fantastic time diving with The Arenui. We truly enjoyed every part of our experience with your company from the assistance provided by the home office to the exceptional service and experience of the boat staff. Thank you all!! As a final note I would like to say that we absolutely enjoyed the new educational portion of the trip. The information Jose provided was wonderful and brought a greater appreciation for the beauty of these fantastic waters. This type of addition increases the value of this trip and will hopefully bring awareness to more people. Thank you Jose. Boat: The accommodations were perfect! The attention to detail created a soothing atmosphere to relax between dives. Diving: The diving was spectacular! The attention to detail by the divemasters, tender assistants and staff created such a comfortable safe experience, I was excited to dive every day! Crew: We LOVE the staff of The Arenui!!! Everyone is so welcoming and such a pleasure to be around. The staff and service they provide is the first reason we keep coming back to The Arenui. Food: As always the food was delicious and plentiful! You cannot go hungry on this boat!
6 Jan 2016: Ann and Greg, USA
Lots of fun - everyone was great and worked hard! Jose did amazing at the talks, they were a nice addition! Diving: Jose was an amazing dive guide and we loved his talks - perhaps have more and earlier in the trip. Crew: G and Lisa were delightful as Cruise Directors.
6 Jan 2016: Ed, USA
We are big Arenui fans and would like to join again. Boat: Cabins are beautifully decorated and comfortable. Diving: THANKS!! We always felt safe and Lisa was wonderful at pointing out interesting sights. She is genuinely enthusiastic. Deck boys and tender crew excellent too. Crew: The team leadership from G and Lisa was very genuine. Everyone is very guest focused = really impressive! Anto is spectacular. Jose was very helpful getting our rental gear all set up and we enjoyed his lectures. Food: The kitchen team did a great job handling my peanut/nut allergy.
6 Jan 2016: Anonymous, USA
This trip was the dream trip that I was hoping for. Thank you ALL!
6 Jan 2016: Marloes, Netherlands
The Arenui feels like home far away from home. I am amazed by how quickly almost all the staff knows your name and know exactly which equipment belongs to you and what your preferences are food and beverage wise. This was my second trip and I was so happy to recognize staff from the previous trip. I do not want to "cheat" by going on another liveaboard than The Arenui. It's all in the little detail. We got an amazing vegetable sculpture after passing our Advanced Course given by Wawan, our more than fantastic Divemaster. Thank you all. Boat: Enjoyed the shower gel, etc. very much. Crew: All the staff works so hard to please the guests as much as possible. You can see and feel they are proud to work for this company. Food: Enough fresh vegetable and choice every day in such a long trip! Well done.
6 Jan 2016: Stacy, USA
Amazing as always. All excellent. Thanks for not running out of Diet Coke.
6 Jan 2016: Ingrid, USA
This was my first liveaboard for a reason: I wasn't willing to go unless the conditions were VERY comfortable. The Arenui and crew surpassed my expectations. I will only do another liveaboard if the comfort level is the same caliber. Very good first experience, although now I am spoiled. Staff is very accommodating, willing to take any request. Overall great experience! Food: All excellent. Anto was fabulous!
6 Jan 2016: Robin, USA
Diving: The variety of dive sites was very nice! Crew: All excellent. I liked the scientific presentations.
6 Jan 2016: Chaz and Barbi, USA
We really enjoyed our second cruise on Arenui. The efforts the entire crew went to to ensure a safe, comfortable and extra special diving experience was terrific. Terima Kasih sekali to everyone including Siska, Debbie and Jerry in the office. G and Lisa are wonderful Cruise Directors as well as very fine dive guides. The entire crew provides a comfortable, safe, exceptionally fun dive cruise. They obviously work as a team. And we had an added treat from Jose's marine presentations. The relevant biology knowledge really enhanced our diving and just being in the special Raja Ampat area. He is a great teacher! Thank you Jose! Boat: We loved Rama. Diving: Loved Lisa's briefings, tender drivers so excellent. Raja Ampat still full of fish. Crew: G and Lisa's enthusiasm made the diving even better - really appreciated them. Anto and Kadek spoiled us. The efforts of all the crew were above and beyond. Special requests whether dining or diving honored gracefully. The Arenui is a beautiful boat but the crew sets it apart from the rest. Can't imagine better! Food: The vegetarian menu for dinner was an excellent option. Better for all of us and the planet. Hope it was not to hard on Chef Ketut. This is a special feature on the Arenui. The fish preparation was extra special.
6 Jan 2016: Marleen, Netherlands
Another trip of a lifetime on the most gorgeous liveaboard, with the most attentive crew, in a fabulously beautiful marine area - Raja Ampat on the Arenui! With Wawan leading our dive group of four we had the best diving experience ever! Boat: Great to be able to get fresh air/open window-door in Shinta, plus plenty of light. Diving: Beautiful dive area and Wawan is a great Divemaster and guide, he spots everything however tiny, is very attentive and safety conscious. Crew: the crew is very committed to guests having a good time. Food: Nice wines and great food.
6 Jan 2016: Sara, USA
Such a fabulous trip! So relaxing. We loved how easy diving was. Having the gear so organized. Having the early and late groups staggered to spread out dive timing. So clever and efficient! One of my favorite parts of the trip was diving with Lisa. She was a great divemaster, always pointing out fun tiny critters. Even though she has done so many dives, she was still so excited about everything. This made it so much more fun for us. We would always see her eyes get wide under water, like ours. And she would clap when she saw something super exciting. One day we saw a huge grouper and she squeezed my arm so hard :o) Boat: Loved having air conditioning in rooms and restaurant. Loved the shade upstairs. Crew: Everyone was so great and helpful! Anto and Kadek are so awesome and fun. Wayan and Wenton are great too - always greeting us enthusiastically. Our tender drivers Nasir and Bayu were so great too! And Lisa and G were so helpful and fun! Food: So delicious! Loved how many choices there were at every meal. Everything was so fresh.
22 Dec 2015: Cai, China
22 Dec 2015: Sunny, China
Thank you Arenui! Boat: Very comfortable and clean. I like the wood crafts. Diving: Many fun. Crew: Thanks to all the crew. Lisa is a very excellent dive guide. Food: Very good!
22 Dec 2015: Kay, Singapore
Boat: Love the sky lounge area to relax in between dives. Diving: Good variety of dive sites. Love Shadow Reef and Blue Magic. Layout of tenders is very well thought out with enough space for the divers. Easy to keep trade whether the divers have returned. Crew: The stewards and tender drivers are exceptionally attentive. Keep it up.
22 Dec 2015: Michael, China