Why Choose Arenui?
The Boutique Liveaboard
To live up to our motto of being "The Boutique Liveaboard", attention has been given to every aspect of the Arenui to ensure that it fully embodies our philosophy of providing a unique dive holiday experience. We aim to provide the best there is in terms of diving and leisure activities, without sacrificing any of the comforts and luxury you would expect to get from a 5 star hotel on land.
Dive with us throughout Indonesia, the world's no. 1 spot for biodiversity, including Komodo, Alor, Maluku, Raja Ampat and beyond! Then unwind with our professional massage and spa treatments, enjoy delicious fresh meals and rest in luxury accommodation.
Our photogenic vessel is a traditional and magnificent Phinisi, a classic Indonesian wooden sailing vessel, set to explore the majestic underwater world of the Indonesian archipelago. Intimate but roomy, the Arenui is an exquisite ship and a work of art in itself with its wooden detailing and decorative touches. Moreover, it aims to differentiate itself from other liveaboards by providing personalized accommodation, services and facilities.
Luxuriate in exceptionally spacious cabins, tastefully furnished with exquisite handicrafts from each of the Indonesian provinces. Rest easy knowing our vessel uses 70% recycled wood. Relax in our indoor restaurant or enjoy the view from our fabulous skydeck.
Arenui believes that, even when sailing around remote islands, there's no reason to forego fine dining! After all, a relaxing meal prepared with care and style is the best way to remain full of energy for the next dive! Rather than the typical dive liveaboard buffets, you will be able to choose from our daily a-la-carte menus.
When it comes to the dive itineraries, the Arenui has chosen the best dive sites and the best times of year to explore these world famous destinations. Whether its nudibranchs and rhinopias you're after, or manta rays and schooling fish, our cruises have it all.
Our 3 Indonesian divemasters (Ali, Toby and Wawan) are rated amongst the most knowledgeable in the region. Ali was trained for many years by Larry Smith ("the legend" of Indonesian's diving industry), Wawan has spent several years diving Raja Ampat and Komodo areas and Toby has an amazing knack for spotting rare critters (famous for being the first to spot the psychedelic frogfish in Ambon Bay). The whole operation is led by our 2 highly experienced western cruise directors, Jerry and Debbie.
With 22 crew serving a maximum of 16 guests, we aim to make your cruise a truly relaxing and first-class experience!
ARENUI: Diving cruises without the hardship!
31 March 2013: Andrea Marshall (Queen of Mantas), USA
I have been researching giant mantas all over the globe for the last decade. Our dives at Blue Magic rate in my top 10 sites and certainly are some of my most memorable ever. It is wonderful to see such a healthy population of giant mantas in Indonesia and a team that is so keen to protect them! By far the best dive boat I have ever been on in my 22 year diving career; wonderful and top class. Marvelous crew; real attention to detail and friendly smiling faces every day! The food; going home fat!
29 Aug 2013: Tracy, USA
We arrived with high expectations which only grew during the initial briefing. The crew met and exceeded every expectation, hope and request. Thank you, Arenui team, for making this a most special treat. This was our 10th trip to Indonesia, six of them on liveaboards and was, most assuredly, the best.
31 March 2013: Steve and Ann, USA
Number 1 liveaboard: The most gorgeous ship. Lovely crew and dive staff. Debbie and Jerry are awesome.
29 Aug 2013: Jessica, USA
This is our second trip aboard the Arenui and we love it more and more every time. To the wonderful crew, fantastic dive sites, amazing food and an overall great time with new and old friends, it will always be unforgotten memories. It is always sad to say goodbye but we always know that there will be another Arenui trip in our near future. I clocked my 100th dive on this trip to Komodo and nothing but the best dive - mantas! And I saw my first seahorse ever. Thank you Arenui team for another memorable experience.
31 March 2013: Kathy, Canada
We booked this particular trip in hopes of seeing giant mantas close up. This wish was more than realized with multiple dives that brought us face to face with these gentle giants of the deep. I will never forget the feelings of awe and wonder as they slowly swam just over our heads to lazily hover at the cleaning stations. Mantastic! I'm in love!
5 July 2013: Al and Melanie, USA
The entire crew is over the top. They have raised the bar as far as taking care of their guests. I have been on lots of liveaboards and hands down this was the best. The boat was so different from all the other boats we have been on before. We really enjoyed the uniqueness. The cabins were roomy and extremely comfortable.
16 May 2013: Josef and Petra, Germany
Don't change anything!
29 Aug 2013: Alex and Jennifer, USA
This has been the greatest dive experience either of us has ever had. The crew was wonderful, the food was incredible, the dive sites were exceptional! Our divemaster Debbie was so knowledgeable and helpful. She made each dive memorable! Thank you all so much. As first time divers in Asia Pacific I feel we made an absolutely perfect choice booking with the Arenui! We asked around, read the reviews and couldn't find a reason to book anywhere else and it's clear we made the right choice. The beauty, the service, the experience from beginning to end is one we will never forget! It's also the reason we've already booked our next trip on the Arenui. Thank you so much for an absolutely first class experience.
25 June 2013: Sharyn, Singapore
This is my first liveaboard and I think I am definitely spoilt. The food is better than any high class restaurant. It has many varieties and I never got hungry. It is definitely the best liveaboard ever! Even though it's my first, if I had a choice I would choose Arenui without a doubt! Wonderful experience. The boat; everything is just perfect!!! The diving; saw too many things for me to take it all in! The crew; simply awesome!
25 June 2013: Hilaire, USA
With an over 30% return rate you are obviously doing most everything right. Congrats!
16 Aug 2013: Anon
The boat; it was great having the grand cabin as a retreat, very comfortable and roomy. The diving; we learned so much from Debbie. She made it fun because she seems to be having fun as well. The crew; Bayu was a top notch steward, so warm and friendly. The food; all the choices were great, no one will go hungry on this boat.
25 June 2013: Szilvia, USA
There are several dive destinations in the world, but one of the most spectacular adventures is right here on the Arenui, in Indonesia. My 'normal' day onboard would start with yoga on the sky lounge. After fresh fruits and coffee, go for an ocean swim on the reefs, then a dive with manta rays just before lunch. In the afternoon headed for kayaking and enjoyed a balancing oil massage before the formal four course dinner. It's easy to get used to because it feels energizing and relaxing at the same time, on the most beautiful dive boat I've ever been on. The crew could not have been more attentive and professional. The dive crew is exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They did a great job pairing the right buddies in groups, based on their skills.
20 July 2013: Anna, China
Arenui is a great liveaboard. My friends and I will put it in our diving list; that means wherever Arenui goes we will follow.
31 March 2013: Steve, USA
This trip aboard the Arenui has been my best diving experience to date. I celebrated my 200th dive on this trip, while seeing a huge variety of marine life, from a newborn baby pygmy seahorse no bigger than a grain of rice, to seven metre giant mantas. And a pod of dolphins even escorted us back into Sorong harbour at the end of the trip. Well done! You offer a very high level of service for your guests. Your service level is a point of differentiation for the Arenui.
13 April 2013: Franziska, Switzerland
Debbie and Jerry are the heart of their boat and crew: a very nice crew! We felt like the first time with Arenui: in the 7th sky 'like in paradise'. Thank you for the special days with you and hopefully we will see you again for a third trip. It's a very good atmosphere here. And diving with Wawan was just great.
26 April 2013: Heather, USA
Another exceptional trip: crew is exceptional!
16 May 2013: Kathy and Sheldon, USA
We have had a spectacular adventure with all of you on the Arenui - you have set the bar for liveboards right out of the gate: very high quality. Our dive master Ali was tops and together with the support team on the boat all were attentive, helpful and fun to be with. Even the room boys pitched in and in multiple roles. The captain and the crew kept us on course while the chefs made us gain weight. The meals were so delicious and the presentation was 'wow' each and every night. Our incredible stewards Anto and Bayu remembered us from the beginning, didn't mix up orders and made us fell like part of a family.
16 May 2013: Kristin and Steve, USA
Our first liveaboard and we loved it. Thanks for making sure we were safe and happy at all times. The crew; fantastic team! Made our trip fun and always insured we were content with all. Wouldn't change anything.
13 April 2013: Katherine, UK
Great veggie food.
3 Aug 2013: Susie
Great boat, would definitely seek it out. Loved the crew entertainment the last night. The diving; Ali’s drawings of sites were great. The crew; service was outstanding in all departments. Great dive master (Wawan).
31 March 2013: Judy, USA
The single best dive trip I've ever had in my 20 years of diving! Would recommend to anyone! This trip was magical! The boat; the support staff is the best group I've ever had both liveaboard and land diving. I want to take them home with me!! The diving; guests do not know best - divemasters and hosts know best! Fantastic choices!! The crew; excellent is not a high enough rating. Best crew I've ever seen! The food; wonderful!
26 April 2013: Ryan, USA and Eliza, Brazil
Exceptional experience - truly a trip of a lifetime! Even for me that did not dive, it was an amazing experience! We would love to join you all again in another unforgettable journey. Thank you! The boat; beautiful boat and excellent facilities! Safe, comfortable, clean and very well decorated. Attention to detail is amazing. Also we can notice how well maintained it is. The diving; amazing experience! Beautiful location. The crew; it's clear that the success of Arenui is the combination of a beautiful boat, amazing dive sites and wonderful food. But what really stands out is the crew. They continually go above and beyond to ensure we are having the best possible experience. Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful are a few of the words that can describe how wonderful their team is! Definitely keepers! The food; Putu and his team are geniuses! The best menu selection we have had in many years!
13 April 2013: Louise, Denmark
A perfect trip. Thank you so much guys. This journey will stay in my heart.
26 April 2013: Barbara, USA
I cannot return soon enough! The perfect blend of flexible, yet very well run and organised operation. My dive buddy had an accident and could not make the trip with me. However, I never felt odd or strange being on my own. Everyone was so wonderful and I had an amazing experience. The diving; there is not another place like Indonesia. I was so impressed! The crew; an absolutely fantastic cast of characters. You could tell that each and every person loved their jobs and were like a family. What a wonderful selection of people that truly made a team. The food; like dining in a five star restaurant each night!
31 March 2013: Stacy, USA
At 30+ minutes into Manta Sandy I was certain we were going to have more bad luck, but out of nowhere there was a shadow off to the right behind us and a single black reef manta entered the cleaning station. As we were the 'lazy' group we were alone there and we watched as the manta circled the station over and over for the next 12 minutes. On its final pass through the station it seemed to come toward us across the corals, then turn its wings and body up then down, swaying forward as if to bow and wave us goodbye. Then it left as silently as it came - an awe-inspiring experience. Thank you. Everyone did a wonderful job. Despite being on a liveaboard for over a week, we never felt cramped, on top of one another or overwhelmed. The crew struck the right balance of helpful or 'present' but not smothering!! The crew; everyone did a fabulous job - Wawan in particular was a wonderful divemaster! The tender drivers were always helpful and friendly, the stewards were very polite and helpful and the therapists became my local language tutors!! The food; chefs did a fabulous job: especially dealing with special requests!!