GUEST COMMENTS-VESSEL

2018
08 Dec / Deanna, USA
Outstanding crew, and puts this dive boat experience above all others we have done! Please don’t change a thing Food and Beverage: all excellent! Special thanks to the chef for always making sure I had a gluten free option for every meal. The food was excellent. Overall unbelievable experience. We will be back in 2021! Thank you for an amazing experience. Extra thanks to Feri’s unbelievable eye sight.
2018
08 Dec / Randy, USA
Excellent boat. First class operation and staffing. Tenders were perfect for sea entry. Sleeping quarters allowed excellent conditions- great bed! The Diving wa excellent. Spectacular sites and daily briefings of each dive, 3 nite dives ! ... exciting and packed with creatures. Can’t be other than “10” in every category and all staff Food and beverage: all evcellent. Each meal was 5 star! When asked for a little extra or special topping- next meal included. Having not dived in 25 years I was more than concerned of my age (68) about safety and adequate training in advance of the dives. Staff and Ron / G made each dive better than the last and except for 2 night dives I made each and every dive.
2018
08 Dec / Sue, USA
The Arenui looked fantastic on the website but nothing could compare with seeing it for the first time and a highlight was to see it with the sails up. As a relatively inexperienced diver it was everything I could have wished for. This was billed as a dive trip of a life time and it totally blew my mind. The  Thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Guillem and Kai; special mentions to Kadek and Mario who are first class . The tender drivers could not have been more helpful. Famy completely made my diving experience the best ever, great sense of humor, professional, enthusiastic and amazing young man. I am going home with a food baby and will be unable to squeeze into my clothes. Simply delicious at every meal and of course the snacks and coffee. From the moment we arrived at Sorong airport to the moment we left the Arenui every possible wish has been anticipated together with a friendly smile. Our trip has exceeded all expectations and I would book to come again in a heart beat. Our fellow guests were tremendous fun and great to share this fabulous experience with. I shall shed quite a few tears on leaving and am highly jealous of the next set of guests. Thank to all the Arenui!
2018
08 Dec / Judy and Jon, USA
The Boat was very clean. Excellent cruise! Most amazing diving we have ever done. Safety always a priority and tenders comfortable and fast. THe staff was amazingly attentive. Our dive master Steve was a lovely guy but needs to be a bit more attentive. After speaking with G and Kai he improved but could still be a bit better. Guillem and Kai are amazing, super friendly and along with Mario and Kadek, we were made and feel like family. Wasn’t quite sure to what to expect as this was our first liveaboard experience. The trip far exceeded our expectations. From service (amazing) to food quality, dive sites and overall friendliness of ALL the staff. Kai and Guillem were super helpful and nice. Tender drivers and dive masters and everyone else made us all feel at home and part of the Arenui family. Thank you for an amazing trip!
2018
30 Sep / Britney, USA
This was an amazing experience and by far one of the best trips I have ever had. The crew and staff was amazing. I’m looking forward to coming back and diving with you all again!
2018
13 Aug / Dana, USA
I just said to my husband that I never been on a vacation completely, utterly stress free with no worries.  Lisa and Guillermo are the Arenui, of course with Luigi as they never miss a thing and absolutely everything runs smoothly (Siska also was wonderful an asset a great help). Not an easy accomplishment they and the staff, front stage and behind the scenes are fantastic!!! Coming back in Mar 2021.
2018
13 Aug / Heather, USA
Such an amazing team and crew, thanks to everyone for all the attention to detail and a well-planned trip. Cruise Directors do a tremendous job to take care of everyone. Hope to be back with you all soon!!!! And thank you for Brian’s birthday!! First liveaboard and we had an amazing time, now I can honestly consider myself a diver. Loved having the fresh fruit all the time, the options through the day, the celebration treats are a nice morale booster and much appreciated.
2018
13 Aug / Anonymous,
Overall excellent experience!!! We will be back.
2018
13 Aug / Hong, USA
All excellent I would like to say thank you to Ronald Sarante, our lovely dive guide. He is really good to finding critters and help us to lighting for good photos. Wayan is always giving smile and also thanks you to Mario and Kadek.
2018
13 Aug / Brian, USA
Excellent cruise!
2018
31 Jul / Anonymous,
Boat: Above and beyond expectations! Diving: We could tell the whole crew made sure everyone of our dives was the best possible. Crew: Everyone went above and beyond to make the trip amazing. Food: Excellent! Espresso machine!! It was the best to have a great latte every morning!
2018
31 Jul / Anonymous,
All excellent. Loved having a hair dryer and power strip in the rooms. We should have brought warmer wetsuits and more GoPro cameras.
2018
31 Jul / Daniel Kovach, USA
Best liveaboard experience I’ve ever had. We will be back! Boat: Excellent facilities, everything was clean when we got back from the first dive and the air fresheners in the bathrooms were an excellent addition. Diving: Dive sites were incredible. Crew: Excellent. Fun fact: If you listen close, you can hear Ronald laughing underwater. Diving was world class and we got very lucky with the weather. Food: Best liveaboard food in the world! Many thanks to the chefs!!
2018
31 Jul / Alison Kovach, USA
Unbelievable service, always smiling, never unhappy, always good at taking care of us, we are coming back! LOVE  Boat: Everything was amazingly PERFECT. Diving: AMAZING Crew: Very kind, so good at helping, very wonderful. Food: VERY VERY good!!!
2018
31 Jul / Kathryn Gleason, USA
The hawksbill turtle eating the coral next to an octopus and a hungry scorpionfish! It was like watching Animal Planet! The crew was amazing! So helpful, nice and fun! Boat: Gorgeous boat! I loved the attention to details and the information given in the rooms! Diving: Didn’t know I liked macro till this trip and loved it! Crew: all excellent! Divemaster Hery was AWESOME! Food: AMAZING!
2017
07 Apr / Christine & Pat, USA
Lisa and G are the greatest!! And Idy was an awesome dive guide. This was our second trip aboard the Arenui and it was exceptional. We have since booked more trips in years to come. Every single member of the crew has made us feel comfortable, safe and tremendously happy. There is attention to detail and meeting the needs of every guest, all while providing a breathtaking view of the beautiful underwater world. All the dives are led by knowledgeable divemasters with keen eyes and the ability to highlight the creatures unique to the area/dive site. The chefs and kitchen staff prepare delicious meals and provide wonderful flexibility for those with specific dietary needs. The Arenui not only provides its guests with a truly awesome diving experience but it also provides a relaxing retreat from a busy world. A heartfelt thanks to every member of the Arenui team for offering us such a memorable vacation!
2017
07 Apr / Marie, USA
It was truly an amazing experience! Everyone on the Arenui made our trip a most wonderful experience. We will tell our own dive friends about the Arenui! Thank you!!!
2017
07 Apr / Claudette, USA
Have already a trip booked in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Boat: excellent. Diving: great dive sites. Crew: all were fabulous. Very attentive and helpful. Food: excellent presentation and preparation.
2017
23 Mar / Pauline & Nadeem, France/USA
We will be back on Forgotten Islands, or Komodo or this trip again - with the same CREW! Simply stunning trip! One of my best adventures ever! And something to remember all my life. The boat is gorgeous, the crew is exceptional. Boat: when I dream of a boat, I dream of Arenui. Rocking music of the wood, its beauty, comfort, everything. Diving: not just excellent, PERFECT. Lisa is a wonderful divemaster! Perfect dive plans always, awesome sense of humor, always showing lots of things we would otherwise never see. Crew: PERFECT. It's the whole TEAM, i.e. everyone together, who is outstanding. Same crew as 1.5 years ago (almost)! That says a lot. And the guests can appreciate the excellent atmosphere! Food: delicious! Too much, but wonderful!
2017
23 Mar / Ethan, USA
This was a great trip and I am glad I was able to make it! Boat: the boat was fantastic. Diving: excellent. Crew: Couldn't ask for better! Food: Excellent.
2017
09 Mar / Sue, USA
Diving: briefings excellent! Crew: stewards excellent!
2017
09 Mar / Jenny & Billy, USA
I can't say enough about Billy's and my time aboard the Arenui! We are SO happy we took this trip with you all. You should be quite proud of the service and quality you provided us. Boat: the boat is so well-appointed and amazingly hand-crafted that I found new and beautiful parts to look at each day. The dive area for prep made it so convenient to get ready and gather all necessary gear, while allowing plenty of room for everyone. Diving: each dive site was unique and full of so many interesting animals and coral. I thought after every dive that it could not be topped, but they kept getting better! Crew: Debbie is a joy, a wonderful manta advocate and a diligent biology conservationist. I have grown to respect, admire and really enjoy her talks, advice and commentary! She was so very helpful throughout the trip! Idy was the best divemaster I've ever had. The crew OUTSTANDING. Food: I am a picky eater and thought everything was amazing!
2017
25 Feb / Michelle, USA
Simpy put - the best liveaboard experience in our near 20 years of diving! Loved the crew and the way Jerry and Debbie made all of us feel like family! Can't wait to be back onboard for Komodo in 2019! Boat: by far the best dive boat we have ever been aboard! Spacious rooms, clean beyond words and an overall great layout.
2017
25 Feb / Anon, USA
Love this boat - best boat I've ever experienced, well thought out! Loved going to the cave, the hike/view and the village to see the kids, very special. Kudos on labeling towels and small pillow and large pillow/person - very clever. Excellent showers and a good place to put legs for shaving - not just a boys boat! Excellent storage space in room, very functional, great hooks. Five flights from the US and I was thinking "I hope this is good" because it is a LONG way to come - worth every minute to experience Raja Ampat on the Arenui. The service and attention to detail on deck and the expert dive guides made it a pleasure to spend 12 days on this boat - my first 12 day liveaboard ever and I was concerned 12 days would feel too long - NOT so on the Arenui! Also, the way the divers were put into 4 groups was really excellent. If you love the ocean and learning (great educational talks) above the creatures in the ocean, this boat is for you. Diving: the best I have ever seen: variety, awesome reefs, sharks coming back, giant mantas. Crew: spending time with Jerry and Debbie was awesome - first time I have met them and I love their energy and passion for diving and wow, what a crew they run - great team, great energy between the crew. The guys that helped with dive deck were just outstanding. Food: really appreciated Anto and Kadek and how they worked so hard to customize menu for each person and create unique menu for each guest.
2017
25 Feb / Caroline, USA
Outstanding trip. Parting gift was a very nice touch! Boat: first class accommodations! Plenty of hot water. Comfort was excellent. Pillow variety was a great touch! Diving: the scouting was very much appreciated. Extra effort to ensure we saw the best. Well worth the price! Crew: first class crew. Always standing by to assist with any desire no matter how small. Above and beyond every single day. Food: variety was excellent. Every effort made to please every single guest.
2017
12 Feb / Cindy, USA
We returned to the Arenui with our friends after having a fabulous time in Komodo four years ago. The Arenui experience is unlike any other liveaboard and it is truly exceptional. Having Dr Andera Marshall on this trip was just the "icing on the cake". She gave a great talk about the mantas, and her enthusiasm for them is truly contagious. Everyone onboard enjoyed seeing the mantas and trying to get ID shots for the MMF. The whale shark sighting put the trip over the top! Crew: once again Jerry, Debbie and all the crew were superb. Food: food was very good.
2017
12 Feb / Kathy & Sheldon, USA
You continue to provide premiere service and attention. The entire experience from beginning to end is superior to other cruises we have taken. Keep up the good work and hope to see you all again soon. Thanks for sharing. Diving: we were always well advised of dive site and conditions. Dive master Joni was especially attentive to our group's levels and needs. Crew: top notch Cruise Directors - you could not ask for better - Deb & Jerry are an awesome team. As noted dive master especially attentive on dive and after - all dive masters pitched in. Anto is a treasure, he makes every individual feel special. All the service from therapists and their many duties was the best - they were always available and helping.
2017
12 Feb / John, USA
Wonderful Cruise Directors - Debbie & Jerry.
2017
12 Feb / Leslie, USA
We had a wonderful time. From the moment we came onboard, the crew could not do enough for us. Anto and the kitchen staff were incredible, and Debbie and Jerry and all the crew were truly outstanding. Thank you for a trip that we will never forget. Boat: we loved Rama and would stay in that cabin again. We also thoroughly enjoyed our time in the restaurant and on all parts of the sky deck. We especially loved dozing on the lounge chairs after dinner. Diving: amazing! Mantas, sea horses, whale shark, schools of fish, gorgeous coral. Need I say more. Crew: between Anto, Debbie and Jerry, every single one of our needs was met. We were treated incredibly well, as well as all the guests, and had a dive trip we will never forget. Food: as vegetarians we had an incredible list of options and the chefs always made us delicious food. The food was abundant and amazing. The beverages were also great.
2017
30 Jan / Namdar, USA
The ultimate liveaboard and dive experience. Worth every dollar. The dive locations rich with abundant sea life and varied even with dive multiple times at the same site. Boat: The cabin attendants do a great job. Really nice eating upstairs. The cabin decorations and layout is excellent. Diving: Lisa is really good at finding and showing the different sea life at each dive site. Tender crew are excellent at safety and do an amazing job with everyone's dive gear! Crew: Lisa and G set highest standards for themselves and the crew. I enjoyed my massage. Food: Anto and crew are the best. Very attentive and accommodating. Excellent services!