The boat. I had plenty of room to suit up. Sky Lounge is a really good place to retreat between dives. Restaurant area fits everyone. Plenty of plugs available for cameras, light & phones. Boat was always clean. Food & Beverage: I took full advantage of the sodas & juices on board. Ronald was excellent as dive master but all helped out. Mario and Kadek took care of every request. Cabin were cleaned and beds made without us being aware – one of the unsung heroes that made the experience well worth cruising again. I can’t say how much I appreciated the help the Tender crew gave.’
Very nice! Perfect, the best!
The boat is beyond beautiful. The carvings, colours, all amenities are perfect. Food & Beverage: excellent variety & quality. The crew: kind, attentive, professional, fun, educational, caring, BEST crew of all the liveaboards I have done. The diving: Exciting variety & beauty, manty species I have never seen. Best dive experience I’ve had (in spite of getting sick). Felt safe and well cared after. Thank you!!
This is the BEST crew. I really like the cruise directors. The dive masters are the best. This is a very hard working and attentive crew. We were on the boat in October 2017. The Cruise directors made this a fun trip.
The boat: excellent! Room was very clean and tons of room for clothes and storage. Food was amazing. All crew was so nice and professional. This is my second time on the Arenui and quality is top-notch. I had Ronald and he was very good and showed us so many critters. I did the Forgotten Islands two years ago. I would like to dive again to a different destination. Thank you ‘all’ for being so kind and happy. Much love to you.
Excellent boat. Crew so helpful. Will never be able to suit up by myself again!
It was all excellent! Lots of wonderful prepared meals. Excellent Menu! The crew: All well trained and excellent in their work. Dive masters watched us closely for safety concerns. Wonderful tenders got us back to boat quickly – excellent! Wonderful boat, crew, program and diving. I couldn’t have asked for any more! Thanks!
The Arenui is such an amazing vessel! We loved it! You can tell it was built with love!! Mario & Kadek are so nice! They anticipated our wants/needs even before we did!! Crew: Fabulous!! All seemed to really enjoy their work and were very kind! We loved it here!! Beautiful dives! One wish would be that the dive masters attended the briefings as they were a bit different dives than were briefed sometimes.
Awesome boat. Amazing crew! Loved it! Very special once in a lifetime vacation! Food was amazing. It was like dining at a 5 star restaurant every day (and I am very picky). Great crew! Special thank you to Fahmi, amazing dive guide. Mario & Kadek they do everything before I even asked and always with a smile and to chefs for awesome food. Wish we saw Mantas at Manta Alley and spent a bit more time observing Komodo Dragons. Otherwise, amazing trip with outstanding crew and delicious food. Thank you!
Everyone is so professional and nice. Really appreciate your excellent service during the trip. Fourth time on Arenui. Excellent diving liveaboard. Service of dive masters, tender and crews are great. Thank you for making us wonderful vacation.
Awesome as always. Room boys do a fantastic job! Thank you! The choice in food options has really been stepped up!! A++ ! Thank you! This is such a well run dive boat! Again, all was top notch. I love how the crew works together, they are truly a family. We will continue tell our fellow divers about the Arenui. Thank you!
Fantastic food! Mario is fantastic, Keep him! 😊 I loved the crew! They are fun and enjoy another. I heard them laughing a lot – this vessel is a very happy place😊.
Excellent boat. This is my very first time being on a liveaboard and I didn’t know what to expect but I am very satisfied. I love how breads freshly prepared. The cinnamon buns are my favourite. Very happy crew to greet me every time. The diving: very memorable sites for me.
The food was delicious!!! A great variety and choice more than enough. My pants are a little tighter on leaving! All the staff/crew are amazing!! They provide EXCELLENT service, are very attentive to our every need, nothing is too much trouble and they anticipate and offer things before we even realise we need them. We feel totally spoilt and cared for. Special shout-out to Mario & Kadek who couldn’t do enough for us, Ronald our amazing dive guide and the tender crews who made the diving so easy & enjoyable. We never felt unsafe. We love the diving set up with 2 groups fast & lazy and the ease of getting in & out. Thank you so much for an amazing trip. We have been truly spoilt. Your crew are the best we have ever had – catering to our every need. We have wanted for nothing! Excellent service, outstanding food, well-organised diving. The facilities on the boat are excellent and very comfortable. The staff are the icing on the cake. We would love to come back!
Our room was fabulous! Mario & Kadek were invaluable. Alex was an excellent instructor for my AOW. I was very grateful for his calm attitude and kindness. Saoirse was very organised, thorough and accommodating. Thank you! The diving: so many new creatures, loved all the new experiences and knowledge gained. Famhi was very fun and wanted to please, he was excellent at finding critters! Loved the size of our group and my biggest concern is that we have been ruined for any other liveaboards! Thank you for an amazing 1st liveaboard experience.
The boat: love the layout, loved our room, great restaurant. Mario mixes a great drink! Fery was awesome! So great on every level. Stewards + Room boys were very attentive . Directors, Cruise directors – Alex was great. Some fantastic dives. Love Manta Alley + Aquarium. Fabulous variety.
Every one goes to great lengths to make sure we have a great holiday. All very enjoyable. All the dives were great. Amazing holiday. Thank you all for a fantastic diving experience and relaxing stay.
The boat & crew are fantastic. We have been all over the world & Arenui is the best!!! Service is top of the line in the industry. Overall diving very good.
Service even more personal than our trip (Raja 2013). We love the Arenui and have sung its praises to other divers many times. The personal service is certainly beyond any other dive operation liveaboard or not that we have experienced. Keep up this amazing standard!
Everything is so clean & pleasant. This is a beautiful boat and I really liked the cultural touches. If anyone was hungry they did not have anyone to blame! So much food and all was good with lots of choices. All the crew made us feel special and spoiled us rotten. So appreciative of all the extra effort – dive masters and directors all sat with me to ID my first pictures. Massage was wonderful. I have only ever dove in Carribbean. The diving here is so amazing and the skills of the dive masters are amazing! Thank you for such an awesome experience. This is a trip of a lifetime for me – I survived cancer almost 2 years ago & my husband arranged this trip for me with my best friend as a celebration. We had to save for 2 years to pay for this trip and I had an awesome experience. I am so thankful the beauty of the boat & diving, the skills of the crew and the opportunity to travel to Indonesia. I hope to come back someday!
Outstanding crew, and puts this dive boat experience above all others we have done!
Please don’t change a thing
Food and Beverage:
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.
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.
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!
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!
We loved Famy.
Guillem and Kai were great directors. Mario in particular was charming and we have never felt so attended to, great crew!
Food and Beverage: all excellent but quantity great because too much food
So fantastic . We can’t wait to come back!
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!
All crew were wonderful.
Food and beverage were excellent
Thank you for the special attention for birthdays.
From the moment we stepped on board, special treatment abounded. Our names were all known to the crew by end of the day.
Every crew member was friendly and very helpful.
This was everything I hoped it would be! Loved the whole set up. Very well thought out and planned perfectly. The crew/staff was excellent! Thank you for everything
Amazing trip. Everyone was very helpful for my dad.
Thank yoy, had fun.
Food and Beverage: All excellent!
Dive master excellent at finding – just followed with camera. Found Lembeh sea dragon, Pygmy seahorse, beautiful mantas in clear water
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.
Loved the coral, but got a little bored with muck sand but this is just my preference.
FERY was the best!!! I very much appreciated the special attention he gave us!!!
Totally enjoyed kitchen staff and stewards, loved their happy attitudes and smiles. I truly enjoyed myself and for this, you should give great credit to Fery, Lisa and Guillem!!!
This was a fantastic trip from the beginnings to end. Prior to the trip Siska was amazing in coordinating details and country logistics.
Cruise Directors did a great job with dive briefings and organizing our dive days, they were super informative, helpful and fun to have leading the trip.
The staff were top!! They really went out of their way to assure we had a great time. The entire effort allowed me to truly have a stress free and enjoyable and relaxing vacations, thanks!!!
Everybody was extremely helpful and had a sincere desire to please.
Hery was an awesome dive leader, he was great at finding and pointing out things/ sea live of interest.
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.
Overall excellent experience!!! We will be back.
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.
Special thank you to awesome dive master Heri. I will be back!
Great trip! Lots of fun! Coming again!
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!
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!!!
I’m looking forward to many more trips with the Arenui and the crew! Boat: excellent. The crew does an exceptional job with details. Always ready to assist any guest need, from getting coffee to a warm towel after diving. Diving: excellent. I had to rent a BCD due to my error. I loved the rental and will be buying one when I return. Lisa worked very much on trying to get me the proper weight and buoyancy. She was a delight to dive with. She made everyone feel at “home”. Crew: the crew is one of the best I have seen on a liveaboard. Again they made sure all guests were happy and always asking what other thing they needed or wanted. Food: Outstanding quality and variety of food.
It was 2 years ago, we asked friends for recommendations for a diving trip of a lifetime, my husband and I assuming it would be our last dive trip. I was turning age 70, had begun diving age 65 and we had both recently retired! Indonesia was the top recommendation, a dive shop owner in Arizona suggested, and we were soon introduced to the Arenui! How fortunate for us: ALL expectations exceeded; the boat, the cruise directors, the crew, the accommodations, the food and a boat filled with new friends. Dive sites were unbelievable, no words! Never in my life did I expect to experience such an awesome experience in all aspects! This trip was created for us as “our trip of a lifetime” and it FAR EXCEEDED our expectations! I could never dreamed of more exceptional diving – the diversity is AWESOME. The staff of the Arenui: ALL ARE AWESOME. I have never encountered such a staff committed to customer service. EXTRAORDINARE! They also work non-stop. Boat: awesome. Diving: awesome. Crew: awesome. Food: awesome.
Seeing the abundant reefs and masses of fish in Raja Ampat for the first time is an experience I treasure. Clearly the best dive environment I have ever experienced. Going from that to Mandarin Fish and then muck diving provided an incredible variety of experiences. Can’t wait to come back! The design of the boat is beautiful and the crew could not be more helpful. It was so nice to not have to drag my tank and weights around; so nice to have help getting wetsuit on and off.
Arenui has spoiled me for dive trips. No other liveaboard will come close to providing the quality of service and outstanding dive sites. Can’t wait to come back in April of 2018. Boat: I love this boat so much – it will be hard to ever do another liveaboard. Please build an “Arenui II” for a different area of the world and we will come! Diving: excellent dive spots – each and every dive, I got to see something new and unique to the area. Crew: I can’t believe how wonderful your whole staff is, especially Lisa and G. They work and act as a family and have made every friendly effort to make us feel at home at the Arenui. Everyone deserves a raise!! Food: excellent.
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.
I’m full of gratitude that I was able to experience this trip on the Arenui. One of the best trips of my life! Thank you very much! Boat: cabins are luxurious, clean and well-stocked. Rooms tidied twice daily – very nice! Diving: no words to describe the wonders of the sea. Food: great effort by kitchen staff to accommodate my requests.
Very hard to think of one particular experience since the whole trip has been out of this world. We are particularly grateful to the crew for making such a fuss of us on our honeymoon. This has to be the best choice for any dive-loving newly weds (or about to be weds). What an amazing trip. I honestly can’t fault anything/anyone. This is a very special experience in a mind-blowing part of the world. Thank you so much for making our honeymoon amazing. We have had a wonderful time. Thank you! Boat: beautiful vessel, very well maintained. Great balance between excellent amenities and providing a cultured/romantic environment. Diving: the best diving I have done. The knowledge of the guides is second to none. World-class dive sites, like diving in a fish tank. Crew: every single member of crew is amazing!! Professional, friendly, attentive. G and Lisa run a great team. Joni was an exceptional guide, his knowledge and safety made us comfortable from the first dive. Massages from Wenton and Wayan were fantastic. Food: wow! I can’t imagine how it could get better the chefs onboard were incredible. What awesome food!
Every trip has been perfect. Each person of the staff is thoughtful and helpful. Thank you.
As always the experience from booking to each day on board to departure could not have gone more smoothly. Arenui has managed to deliver the best of all worlds. Unforgettable. Lisa and G are magic together – what a pleasure to spend time with them again. Boat: wonderful experience all around – I just LOVE this boat and operation. This is my idea of a PERFECT dive vacation. Diving: fantastic diving – dive crew was amazing – everything it was “supposed” to be and more. DMs are truly excellent at their jobs as are the tenders. Everyone is friendly – but attentive to their jobs. DMs were great at making sure everyone saw the “special” things. Awesome! Ronald was our guide this trip and he is amazing. Great at finding critters – managed the dives well – a good mix of fun and safety. Crew: fantastic crew. Everyone super attentive and friendly. Lisa and G run a perfect blend of hospitality and professionalism. The crew works well together. Lots of joking around but never at the expense of being ready for whatever was happening. Incredible! What a GREAT crew! Food: perfect! Loved how they accommodated anyone who needed it. Great variety. Excellent taste – don’t know if I looked forward to the meals or the diving more. Together it was heaven!
Thank you for a wonderful time. It was very relaxing while busy. Great excursions to the look out and CAVE and diving was wonderful. Boat: the most luxurious boat I have been on. Well thought out cabins with ample storage. Diving: great guides, they know the sites and marine life. Very good briefings. Crew: a great crew, very attentive and always anticipating our needs. It was nice to see familiar faces (prior trip 2015) and the crew seems to really enjoy what they are doing. Food: excellent food. Exceptional!
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!
Darlene worked on a liveaboard before and she would have loved to work with a crew of this calibre. Boat: georgeous boat, awesome room, exceeded expectations. By far this is the best boat we have ever been on. Diving: best diving I have seen in years. Crew: directors Lisa and G were very friendly and informative. Very well organized, always felt like we were in the best hands. Stewards Anto and Kadek were very attentive. Loved Anto’s sense of humor. Divemasters and tender drivers were friendly and fun. They are clearly having a good time and it’s infectious. Food: Excellent. great food in massive quantities.
A big shout out to G and Lisa for being amazing cruise directors. Crew: BEST CREW!!! Idy is the greatest divemaster we had the pleasure to dive with. He is attentive, safety orientated and knowledgeable. Anto and Kadek made our dining experience a total joy. Food: Excellent, very yummy! The kitchen staff was wonderful even about little things like no garlic in my vegetables 😉
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.
Loved the goodie bags passed out. Very classy – and what a wonderful memory to take home (the video). I can’t wait to return!! would highly recommend this “gem” of a boat to ALL! Diving: been all over the world and the diving in Raja Ampat is way up on the top of my list! Crew: they are the best of the best. Keep every one of them! Food: five star!
Boat: best and most beautiful boat in the world! My 10th liveaboard and the Arenui is head and shoulders above the rest! Diving: best diving I’ve ever done and I’ve been diving for 50 years. Got to snorkel and play with two mantas on the surface. Biodiversity and health of the reefs the greatest!! Crew: could not be more helpful, kind, courteous, solicitous and attentive!! Every one. Food: my belly had gotten larger.
This was my third time on the Arenui. It is by far one of the best liveaboard experiences in the best part of the diving world – Indonesia. I’ve been to Bali/Komodo twice and thought diving couldn’t be better until I dived Raja Ampat! Diving: the best I’ve seen!! Crew: crew couldn’t do enough for us! They were fantastic!
Diving: briefings excellent! Crew: stewards excellent!
Diving: Wonderful that G would look at our gear if anything didnâ€™t work properly. Crew: G and Lisa were so very much accommodating â€“ they took care of all our needs, and with a smile. I always felt safe and secure. I have been on other liveaboards â€“ now I can only return to the Arenui â€“ I have been so spoiled. Eman was so wonderful â€“ always a smile, as was Kadek. The tender drivers were always there when ending the dive. Ronald is the greatest asset. Always watching on the dives and helping us to become better divers. Wenton is the greatest massage therapist. I canâ€™t wait to return!
All staff very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Made doing this many dives very easy. Beautiful dive sites. Ronald was great as divemaster, able to find such tiny creatures!
My wife booked my dream trip for my birthday. It did not disappoint! The diving was top notch and the birthday cake was pretty good too!! If I could go back and do the entire Raja Ampat trip again I would not change a thing, I don’t think that I could say that about any vacation I have taken in the past. The cruise directors Lisa and G and the entire crew have a palpable passion for diving and customer satisfaction. We will be back! A dream trip for us, well executed! Will try to find a way to come back for more. One crew member really stand out: Kadek, the head steward â€“ always attentive, knew our names from day 1! Nothing was too much trouble for him â€“ he has the patience of a saint! Diving: Everything about the diving is superb. Crew: The entire crew is a credit to the Arenui organization. Lisa and G do a fantastic job of making everything run seamlessly. Food: Food is well prepared.
Thank you for this trip of a lifetime. Boat: loved the ship. Diving: loved it â€“ trip of lifetime for me. Crew: great bunch top to bottom â€“ warm smiles worn. I didnâ€™t make many requests but all attended to promptly. Food: Food and preparation were great.
Thank you for making our stay onboard a pleasant one. Everything was so wonderful. Crew: Such a friendly and ethusiastic crew. Made the trip even more special for our group. Loved all! Food: Every dish was excellent!
Iâ€™ve been on several liveaboards and this (the Arenui) is by far the best experience â€“ and the crew is 90% of the reason (10% the diving). Such great service and warmth. Thanks for making this trip the trip of my life. I hope to come back!!
Our dive master Jose was very good to show us many things. On one dive he showed me a stonefish. He motions for me to come close and pointed. When I looked I actually saw a family of 3 stonefish side by side. Jose was quite surprised, he had only seen one. Its funny to have a laugh underwater. I motioned for Lissa to come so she could take a picture. It was quite a great picture. I nicknamed the shot â€œSly, the Family Stonedâ€ â˜º I know I checked â€œexcellentâ€ on every category. It really was! Boat: Loved the service. Feeling of magical comfort. Shinta cabin was great, always clean. Extremely comfortable and charming. Diving: Great sites and friendly tenders. I especially liked the briefings. Lisa and G do a great job there. I saw every coral and critter I hoped to see. And I always felt safe. Crew: Lisa and G are perfect in their jobs. Really nice and professional. I loved them a lot. Our divemaster (Jose) was outstanding. He took great care of us throughout the trip. He was knowledgable of all sights and corals and fish and critters. I truly liked him and will try to keep in touch with him. Also every single crew member was so very nice to us. I felt like family. Food: So much food! Great variety and very tasty. Beef was specially tender and good quality. I always requested ice tea which was freshly brewed always!
Lisa was FABULOUS, she took extra care of me underwater, including putting on my BC and showing critters and pulling me in current. I always felt super safe with her. Kadek is an outstanding person, very kind and helpful. The boat guys were fun. They all knew my name and I am ashamed to say I didnâ€™t know theirs. The massage was great. The kitchen was so clean. I walked by it many times for days and it was always spotless. The crew always had a smile and hello. Made the trip very pleasant.
Awesome trip! Crew was excellent. Spoiled me â€“ no other ship will be able to beat this crew! Keep it up!
All excellent. G and Lisa are better than excellent!
I had extremely high expectations coming into this trip for the Arenui because I have heard nothing but spectacular comments from former patrons. Those expectations were not only met, they were surpassed and I look forward to my next cruise with you! 🙂 ABSOLUTELY value for money. Very grateful pointer sticks were available on board, I didn’t had a chance to buy one before. G, THANK YOU so much for letting me use your magnifier… It really made my whole trip to get to see everything in such fine detail! My sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff for making this experience more special than I could have possibly imagined!!! Boat: all excellent, specially comfort. Diving: Dive briefings were excellent! Loved the presentations and would have enjoyed more of them. Jose was phenomenal! He was patient, informative, excellent at finding critters and just a really warm, friendly, nice guy! Crew: all excellent, specially cruise directors, chefs and stewards. I had VERY HIGH expectations into this trip and they were exceeded BY FAR! EVERY member of the staff was helpful, friendly, interactive, accommodating and a true pleasure to be around! Food: all excellent. Food was REALLY GOOD! Especially loved the curries!
I loved having dinner upstairs on the sky deck. It was lovely. BBQ nights were my favourite. I got sick on the trip and Lisa and G took very good care of me and the boat was stocked with excellent medicine (cough drops, ear infection, throat medicine). Thank you so very much for taking such good care of me. I had an absolutely wonderful time and will be back! Boat: The staff was extremely attentive and replaced anything minutes within us asking (towels, body wash, tissues). Crew: Lisa and G were outstanding! As was Kadek and Eman! They anticipated our needs and took such good care of us. Lisa and G are wonderful storytellers and added so much to the trip.
Boat: Plenty of room for everyone to set up and store their camera equipment, etc, in the main area – much appreciated! Crew: Everyone treated me with respect and courtesy. The entire crew was professional yet friendly. Kadek often knew what I wanted even before I did! Jose’s presentations were wonderful! And he was the best divemaster I have had, very supportative, informative, etc. Food: Great variety, excellent choices.
The crew was fantastic, very helpful and got to know us right away. Lisa and G are the perfect hosts for this boat, keep them at any cost. Boat: cabins were nice and comfortable. Diving: beautiful diving. Food: excellent. Good wine list considering it’s Indonesia. Appreciate the effort to provide only good wines. Food was awesome.
The entire staff was wonderful – Lisa and G were great at briefing with making sure we were comfortable. Jose was an excellent dive master. Agung and Hasan were so helpful in getting us ready for the diving, always greeting us with a smile. Kadek and Eman also were so friendly and accommodating. Wayan and Wenton were so much fun and helpful. The massage was wonderful too. The staff made the trip extra special. Then of course the diving was spectacular. Again, Jose was great at showing us all sorts of sea life. We did not have a bad meal. All the food was excellent. The chef made a special effort for a couple of birthdays and to commemorate our 100th dives. All in all, the trip exceeded expectations.
All the staff was great. G, Lisa and Jose were excellent!!
The Indonesian crew is outstanding by their humour, kindness, willingness, and their ability to face any situation. The Spanish team (G, Lisa and Jose) is just short of perfection. This magnificent boat without them would be an entirely different story.
I will recommend Arenui to anyone I talk to who is interested in a liveaboard experience. I came here expecting to enjoy my time with Arenui but I have to say this experience completely exceeded my expectations because of the people who worked on this boat and created this amazing experience for us. I always felt cared for – there was so much attention for our comfort, our safety and our enjoyment. EVERY single person contributed and worked like a team – it was amazing to see this family work together. The diving and stay accommodations were fantastic but the people really made this one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Boat: I’ve marked everything excellent because I felt so much care and attention through this whole experience. This completely exceeded my expectations and will be an experience that lasts with me for my entire lifetime. I loved the boat!! Beautiful with so much detail in the carving and designs. Diving: BEST diving experience – the guides always paid attention to the conditions. Crew: EVERY SINGLE PERSON was so incredible delightful and helpful and friendly and focused on creating a wonderful experience. We were spoiled every day. We loved Lisa and G. I have never had such an amazing dive guide – everything was so clear – instructions were very clear. I always felt safe and never worried about anything. Lisa, thank you for being the best dive guide and for making us feel so comfortable. Also thank you for teaching us about all the sea life and sharing your passion with us. Wayan, Wenton, Anto, Kadek, our tender drivers were phenomenal! Food: DELICIOUS! And I care a lot about food 🙂 Thank you Putu, Ketut and Nengah.
We will come back for sure. This was our first liveaboard trip. We had the best experience ever. It will be difficult to go anywhere else starting at the TOP!! All crew were fantastic. We will recommend the Arenui to our diver friends. Thank you!! Boat: we stayed in Rama room and loved it. We will come back to this room. Diving: all excellent. Loved our dive guide (Lisa). So personable, knowledgeable, helpful, funny and nice to be around. Crew: Everyone couldn’t have been nicer. Amazing how fast the crew knew our names for 12 days!! Everyone was so polite, willing to help in every aspect. So respectful. Wish we had more people in the world like the crew 🙂 Very polite.
Boat: all excellent. Thanks for the great camera area! Diving: all excellent. I appreciate the bigger tank! Glad that was available. Crew: all excellent. Great teamwork across the boat. Great daily plan, and execution of the plan. Thanks! Food: all excellent. Tasty and refreshing. So many options 🙂
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.
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.
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.
Diving: The variety of dive sites was very nice! Crew: All excellent. I liked the scientific presentations.
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!
Amazing as always. All excellent. Thanks for not running out of Diet Coke.
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.
This trip was the dream trip that I was hoping for. Thank you ALL!
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.
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.
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!
Crew was awesome! Loved our divemaster Lisa, and the stewards and room boys. Really great service all around! Always felt taken care of.
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.
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.
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!
The best diving boat in the world. Excellent Cruise Directors. Outstanding Divemaster.
Second trip on this boat. G and Lisa are great hosts. Will come back again. Boat: The best equipped dive boat in the world. It was great experience to dine on the sky restaurant under the stars. Wonderful facilities. Diving: The dive sites are great. Briefings are very detailed and safety orientated. Marine life density and variety is incredible. Crew: Special thanks to G to fix my computer battery and camera housing leaking – saved my trip. Ronald is really considerate and helpful – great eyes to find and identify photo subjects. Food: Five meals per day at resort style food. Thanks to hard working kitchen staff.
Boat; amazing. Crew; wow – we have traveled all around the world and never had service like this! Anto and Tony are amazing, sweet and kind. Food; croissants are amazing!
Truly excellent operation – everyone works well with each other to create a seamless operation. Crew; everyone is warm and professional.
Thank you for everything very well organized. We were very well taken care of! Diving: Diving was great. Crew: Wawan was an excellent dive master! Anto and tony were amazing. They are so patient with all the crazy requests Thank you.
Crew: Very fine crew throughout. Divemaster and tender operators deserve special mention.
Thank you again for all of your hard work. Nic did a fantastic job matching us with divers with similar experiences dive styles and air consumption. You were all fantastic in helping us with camera questions fish questions etc. Diving: DMs and Edu and Nic are the best in the business. Crew: I have been one lot of the liveaboard all over the world and have never felt so safe or as taken care of as I do here.
My experience with the Arenui crew sets the bar for what I would expect of other liveaboards. Thanks for the crew for smiling faces always willing to accommodate and ready to give a great experience on the boat and each dive.
Very high service level. Everyone is doing superb job. Food: Special order Ayam Goreng is super good!
Cant wait to come back! Boat: Best and most spacious dive liveaboard I’ve been on. Diving: Raja Ampat was everything it was supposed to be. Reef manta, oceanic manta, blue-ring octo, stargazer, pygmy seahorses – nothing was missed. Crew: This crew is experienced helpful friendly and safety conscious. Super positive attitudes. Food: Great food. Would make anything you requested. Loved the fresh fish vegetables and even oatmeal! Creative deserts and not supersized portions – Perfect!
It will be an enormous challenge to ever find a more colourful varied and beautiful dive experience after Raja Ampat. Boat: Couldn’t be better. Food: The food was great. And taking into account we were on a boat the choice was too.
Edu, Amazing help with equipment and everything educational. Nic, fantastic helpful. Delight to dive with. Crew: Amazing tender drivers. Ronald fun, great eyes and confortable to dive with. Jose also.
This was a fabulous crew, Edu and Nic were first rate enthusiasm knowledge teaching even fixing. TERRRIFIC CRUISE DIRECTORS! Boat: Fabulous room, very beautiful and confortable. Looking forward to stay in Rama again. Diving: Briefings educational. I learned something on each one. Crew: Best crew ever! From Tony Anto to Wayan, Swenten , all the tender drivers cooks engineers Captain all officers and Edu and Nic. Food: beautifully prepared.
The trip to the cave, village and lagoon where a special edition to the trip. The instructors were great and I learned a lot about diving and the marine life from them. It helped me become a much better diver. I saw everything and more that I hoped to see.
Great trip. What topped it were the personal touches, e.g., knowing our names, our likes, etc. Thanks for an amazing honeymoon. It was certainly a holiday to remember.
Wish there was a higher score than excellent. They were amazing!!
Diving: tender guys really helpful.
Every crewmember was excellent; I had a great time! 🙂
Crew: the crew were incredible helpful and keen to make the experience as wonderful as possible. Food: the homemade ice cream was great.
Crew: I have been on 25 different liveaboards and dive boats 23 years the crew on the Arenui is the best ever!
Overall, this was an outstanding trip. Also the crew is the most critical component and they deserve 6 out of 5 stars! Crew: crew was absolutely outstanding. I would rank them one notch above excellent. Edu as our dive master was the best ever by a good margin.
I have experienced many liveaboards and the crew on the Arenui were the best we have encountered. Kudos to Edu, Nic and the team. Great attitudes always helpful. Professional beyond anything. To reiterate you’ve set a new crew standard for us, bravo best wishes and keep up the good work! Big thanks to Ronald for finding my video camera underwater. He saved my camera but more importantly saved my photographic experiences (more important) A great Xmas!
Excellent crew! So well trained and so helpful. Best dive guides we’ve ever seen!
A big thank you to all the crew for a great time!
The service onboard is excellent and the boat is very comfortable!
The crew; the whole Arenui crew did a great job!
A wonderful trip in all respects. All the staff were very friendly and very professional. Best fun was Wawan pointing to the fan or hydroids and leaving it to me to find the pygmy seahorses. The crew; I had the best time diving with Wawan. Great eyes for all critters both large and tiny plus a great personality both above and below sea level.
Loved Jerry’s help. He was awesome to help with my camera gear. Wawan was awesome as well always a smile on his face. All great crew really. Loved the hospitality of all. I would recommend your boat.
Like the dispensers in the bathroom and baskets for bits and pieces. Fridge in cabin a luxury, spoilt also with pillows in a great bed. The diving; tenders-crew very good and helpful. The crew; DM Wawan is an excellent spotter, knowledgeable and attentive to all divers in group. Stewards were lovely people. Good to have dive crew who know names of creatures as well as the sites. The food; enjoyed buffet for lunch. Snacks good quality and filling.
Boat staff is very friendly and helpful. The crew was very polite and helpful, especially the stewards and cruise directors.
Had a great time everybody was very attentive and always smiling. Thanks.
A great boat and crew. Raja was beautiful again. Was able to improve my video macro due to Hergen’s patience and Unke’s great spotting!! Muchas gracias y hasta otra!
Thank you for an excellent cruise! You guys all went above and beyond to take care of the guests and all of our ‘special needs’ AKA floating bar and wetsuit beach party. The Arenui is a very special boat with an excellent crew! Their dedication to their guests’ safety, happiness and overall satisfaction is second to none. Thank you for making Got Muck’s cruise SO FUN! (and memorable).
Stop building resorts and long live liveaboards! The diving/snorkeling; Jerry I will never forget the shark you pointed out to me! The crew; good team work keep it up. The food; great wines.
Thank you a lot for this all – for me it was fulfilling a lifetime dream in many ways – diving in Indonesia, diving from the boat and diving with very good friends Harald and Barbara. I appreciate most to see and feel your great passion for nature and the underwater life. To see there was nearly tears in your eyes moved me a lot!
I don’t want to repeat again all the positive aspects being connected to a dive trip on the Arenui. However, what I find is not that frequently reported – it is the passion of the entire dive crew in all aspects of marine life and its protection/conservation. This mindset is evident throughout all activities related to the sea.
The crew; Wawan, very patient, nice and humorous. Best dive guide ever! The food; we are getting fat!
This is my 2nd trip on Arenui and I am sorry to leave my dive holiday. I’m feeling in a dive paradise with you. Thanks a lot!
We are repeaters … multiple repeaters … and guess why? Because it is still the best you can get! The destination is top, the boat is top, the crew is top and the Cruise Directors are unbeatable!!! It is again this feeling of being in a micro-cosmos that you don’t want to leave. Not ever…! Thank you so much for making the Arenui to what it is – a very unique experience.
I have dived more than 27 years all over the world, with many good liveaboards, but YOU are the best I have ever stayed! Thanks to the crew and everybody, Jerry and Debbie you are all great!
The Arenui is a splendid ship! The crew has to be the most helpful and polite group of people I’ve ever met. The Cruise Directors are knowledgeable and put you at ease immediately. The food and service are one of a kind. A must redo for us and I’m not even a diver. The diving; although not a diver, enjoyed snorkeling over various sites. The crew; tender driver Yusuf proved to be an excellent snorkel guide. He evaluated my skill and snorkeling ability and took great care to put me at ease in the water. His patience and calmness made me feel safe and reassured so that I had a fantastic time watching Indonesia’s underwater world!
The crew; absolutely kind. Helpful. Did a great job!!!
Thanks for the beautiful gift! Congratulations to the massage team Budi and Wayan for all the hard work helping with the dive preparation (gear and cameras), waiting with the towels, of course the massage and the goodnight chocolate, delicious! Great Arenui team and great time! Thank Debbie and Jerry! The food-my compliments to the kitchen team and Bayu and Anto.
The diving – guides are top notch and great with guests. The crew – the crew was exceptional! Debbie and Jerry were extremely effective in handling challenges as they arose in a timely fashion. Crew was very friendly and knew all guests names. Best crew of any liveaboard we have been on! By far. Thanks for a memorable experience. The food – food was excellent! Fresh and well prepared. Kitchen staff should be commended for a great job!
All around fabulous dive experience – very roomy, comfortable, organized. The boat -specious room! Great sink, roomy shower, good storage, hooks and door good. The diving – tender boats well captained. Service all around tops! The food – fresh fruit juices great, snacks great! (especially popcorn, fresh cookies) Meal presentations nice. Bayu and Anto very great!
Simply perfect. Thank you! A wonderful trip on a great boat. The excellent crew made us enjoy every day. Different destinations but every day diving on world class level. The crew – the best ever had!
I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful boat, more spectacular diving and more dedicated staff and crew – my time on Arenui has been fabulous in every way. Utterly divine. The boat – faultless stunning boat, attention to detail is impeccable. Thank you Budi and Wayan for the clean towels, chocolates on the pillow and ‘don’t step on the white’ warnings! The diving – ridiculously awesome diving!!! The crew – Thank you Debbie for keeping me safe! Jerry, Ali, Tobi and Wawan – I loved being in the big blue with all of you! Best tender drivers ever. Thanks Captain for safely navigating us through the stunning seas, and the crew behind the scenes. The food – delicious food! Thank you to the amazing chefs for their love in the kitchen and to Anto and Bayu for serving us so beautifully.
The crew – the best! Jerry’s assistance with the camera was above and beyond. Ali is our favourite divemaster and the entire crew was exceptional! The food -we appreciated all the fresh fruit and vegetables.
Local staff gives us insight into local culture. Crew is simply superb! Enjoyed both Jerry and Debbie’s enthusiasm for diving that helps to keep us in the spirit. The food – healthy with lots of fruits and veggies. Great presentation.
Thanks, we will never forget you, you have a place in our heart. The boat – the cabin ‘a dream’. The crew – great team. Special thank you to Jerry (helping with the dive computer) and Debbie (for the medicine)!
Excellent operation. I will highly recommend it. Debbie and Jerry are awesome cruise directors! Everyone onboard is friendly, helpful and fun to be around.
I enjoyed to be on this Komodo to Ambon cruise on Arenui Liveaboard so much. A big thank you to get my own cabin because a couple left the boat. The diving – the crew has a very good knowledge about the dive sites and to find beautiful fish. The food – everything was very delicious
Another flawless trip on the Arenui – best trip ever! Can’t wait for next trip with you.
Komodo dragon trip was very interesting. The crew – Jerry and Debbie very helpful.
On Arenui I feel like at home. Outstanding service from all the crew members. Very warm welcome and every wish will be fulfilled. Thank you very much for everything! The diving -Thanks that the long dives were possible. We have very much appreciated this! The food – nothing to wish forâ€¦
The best service I ever had on a dive boat. Outstanding service with very friendly crew. I love the Arenui and thanks for the long dives.
I mentioned to Bayu it would be great to know what ingredients were in the salad dressing and green bean recipes. At the appointed time Putu appeared with trays of fresh vegetables all chopped, small dishes of spices and bottles of olive oil and white wine vinegar. Move over Martha Stewart! I was touched that with all the magic Putu and the other galley staff had to do, he took the time to not just talk to me but demonstrate his cooking. This is another point of detail from our memorable adventure aboard Arenui. The boat – our cabin was Shinta. Waking up to first light at 0500 was a great beginning to each day. The bed is very comfortable and I was thrilled and knew right away when there were soft and hard pillows. I like soft and Ralph likes firm so win win. The diving – dive guides extremely knowledgeable and amazingly can find a tiny critter I can hardly see intertwined in a soft coral. The crew – This was the best dive trip we have been on. The attention to detail was incredible and didn’t falter for one second. Debbie helped me so much with my underwater photography. I have a G10, and how cool is it to selfishly steal her away multiple times for lessons! The food – I ate all vegetarian food and the variety was as extensive as the regular menu. How am I going to cook for myself now?!”
The crew – best crew ever encountered. Attention to detail is remarkable.”
The crew – the dive guides are all terrific. They spot all kinds of critters and make sure everyone sees stuff. The boat crew is friendly and helpful and fun. Great people!
Thank you, had a great time, will be back, will tell everyone!
The crew – accommodating and attentive crew, all excellent! The food – best food of any liveaboard.
The boat and crew are exceptional. The boat – all helped by the attentive and friendly crew. The diving – lots of variety and such great guides made the diving so good. The crew – all excellent and best all round crew I have experienced. The food – excellent chef with really tasty food and beautifully served always
“This was our fourth trip to Indonesia – third to Ambon and second time in the Banda Sea. I have had the good fortune to see many of the Indo critters, but really wanted to see a Wunderpus. Late on a dive in Ambon harbour, after we had wandered off and surfaced, a Wunderpus was located in the shallows. A team effort ensued – Debbie and Ali stayed with the octopus while my rig was quickly switched over to another tank, I dropped down, Ali showed me the critter, I got a few shots and we surfaced giggling at the whole thing, and me feeling very grateful for the effort and commitment of the dive team to go above and beyond. Thank you!! We really enjoyed the trip. A truly excellent crew and lovely boat.”
“I loved Tobi’s dive profiles and Wawan’s attentiveness! Thank you. Gerardo and Debbie are really wonderful to have around and to have as Cruise Directors. Staff is wonderful and make the trip.”
“This is my fourth cruise on the Arenui. Why do I keep coming back? The service and dependability, the willingness of the crew to go the extra distance, all done with a smile.”
“I came back to the Arenui with fond memories of my first trip and ended the trip with even more special memories and a deep desire to return soon. This trip was especially meaningful and fulfilling to me because of my love of coral reefs and Indonesia, but also because of the mentoring and friendship of the cruise directors, Jerry and Debbie. Many thanks to Jerry for sharing his knowledge of photography and the personal attention that helped me to improve my photographic skills and form a lasting friendship. This was my second trip on the Arenui. The quality of dive sites, crew and the boat was excellent and even exceeded my expectations based on my first trip.”
“Excellent ratings don’t usually come easily but I can tell you that the Arenui, its staff and directors have earned every one of them. The smallest detail to the largest have been taken care of. The cruise directors are awesome and the boat is beautiful and comfortable! Thank you for a memorable trip. We will return for a third trip. Thanks so much for the wonderful trip. It would not have been the same without the awesome crew. They help with every aspect of the day.”
“This boat is one of the top liveaboards in the world for its service alone. Outstanding boat. Outstanding service. Great crew. Wonderful diving. Thank you. Jerry and Debbie are world class cruise directors. Ali, Tobi and Wawan are outstanding. Food was superb. The chefs did a spectacular job.”
“My second trip on Arenui and it felt like coming home. Even though it had been a year since I was last on board, being greeted by Jerry, Debbie, Wawan and Ali felt like seeing old friends again. I was fortunate to have Wawan as my dive guide again – from showing me my first electric clam under a ledge on the night dive to carefully pointing out the eyes on a collection of anemonefish eggs, he was continuously showing me things I had never seen or never noticed before…and teaching me to be a more observant diver. Beautiful boat, well maintained. The turn down service was a nice luxury. Whole crew was always very enthusiastic and eager to help. Jerry and Debbie ensured all issues and requests were addressed promptly. DM Wawan did a fantastic job of finding and pointing out interesting things but particularly of looking after divers and making us feel safe. Loved being back on the boat again. Service on the boat was top notch. Excellent food and snacks – always plenty of food.”
“Living on the Arenui is like living in a special micro-cosmos! You arrive and from the first minute you feel at home and very comfortable, so that you never want to leave this place. To build nice ships is not so hard, but to have a crew that makes you feel so good, that’s what’s important. And that crew is on the Arenui! Keep it that way! You are magic.”
“Again very good tour with the best ship and the best crew you/we could find. This second trip with you makes us believe that there will be more in the future. It means we will come again! A second ship or the Arenui in the Pacific – French Polynesia would be great!”
“It’s a long way over from Europe – but definitely worth the trip! We came to see much of the finest of nature in Indonesia and we were not disappointed. A wide variety of dive sites ranging from walls to muck diving, lots of nice little critters and some bigger stuff too. The sea snake site at Gunung Api was a blast. Most importantly everything is set in a very relaxing atmosphere on board with lots of great food and very helpful staff.”
“Unfortunately I just have a couple of days per year to live my passion, which is underwater videography. Therefore I’m very much depending on excellent dive locations and some support from the dive team of the tour operator. Also to be at the right time at the right place is always key. The Arenui dive team made all this happen and did never lose their patience when handing over my 20kg video housing or lifting it back from the water. I experienced extraordinary service. The guests were always in the very focus of the entire crew. If problems occurred everything was done to fix it asap. Debbie and Jerry were awesome in transferring their passion and enthusiasms for Indonesian nature to their guests.”
“Everyone of the crew did a great job. Thanks a lot and I hope to see you again.”
“Best liveaboard I have ever been on.”
“Food was/is best of any dive boat worldwide, outstanding. Maintain the high standard and you will continue to do well.”
“In 30 years of diving one of my best trips, if not the best.”
“It can be risky to come into a trip with such high expectations: after research and reading reviews, we picked the Arenui based on a stellar reputation. What a pleasure to have our high expectations exceeded in every regard. The boat (stunning), the dives (incredible), the food (fantastic), the weather (lucky) all combined to create a spectacular trip. But the crew (warm, friendly, funny, always wanting to please) and the service they provided made it a trip of a lifetime. The boat – great A/C, double pillows, unlimited drinking water, upper deck awnings, finishing of the boat – eg, stonework in bathrooms great touch. The diving – love – hot choc and warm towels after night dives!!! Debbie sharing her dive pics with us. The crew – Ricky is an outstanding massage therapist. Particularly friendly crew were Anto, Jaya, the Captain, the divemasters, Jerry and Debbie. Well, ok, everyone we had contact with…we’re sure the rest of the crew are just as friendly and helpful. Service was flawless. Love – big smiles from crew whenever helping us. Food – love – so many vegetables and fresh fruit, dessert in reasonable portions. Choc brownie/mousse/icecream and banana egg rolls – awesome!!”
“Foi o nosso 2do viagem com ARENUI, e definitivamente seremos FANS para toda a vida. Recomendamos vivamente esta experiencia.”
“For me this was the trip of a lifetime. Traveling from the US this was not a small trip. Everything from the crew was top notch. Food was abundant and high quality. Staff was warm, welcoming and friendly. The other guests on the boat became almost like family by the end of the journey. Diving was AMAZING. I saw many firsts on just my first dive! I will miss this experience and the new friends I met.”
“Crew was stellar! Everything was made to be so easy. Overall an amazing experience. Beautiful boat and top notch crew.”
“This liveaboard is a few notches above the rest. Everything we do revolves around this industry and it is refreshing to spend time with such as strong team – professional, friendly, willing, helpful, knowledgeable to the extreme. From the cruise directors down to the deck hands, each member of the team has a ready smile, gentle conscientiousness and is so willing to please. And all of this topped by a spectacular sense of humour. Thank you team Arenui.”
We booked our next trip on board before we left. Your boat is absolutely beautiful but it is the crew and attention to details that will keep us coming back. Your crew was such a delight to interact with. We will surely miss them and hope to see them on our next visit.
As a dive leader with groups in many parts of Indonesia, I can be assured that my diving friends and customers will never be disappointed in choosing the Arenui. I continue to believe that this is the finest dive boat in Indonesia. The Arenui offers some of most exciting dive dsetinations in the world and the comfort of a premier liveaboard. I was truly impressed with the friendliness and exceptional talents of the cruise directors, dive masters and crew. I’ve already signed up for another dive itinerary with the Arenui in 2011.
Excellent trip! My first liveaboard and I am so tottaly spoiled now. The boat was beautiful and comfortable with amazing attention to detail. The wood carving throughout and the decorated pillows in the lounge area made it a pleasure to be on board. Crew was outstanding.
This was our third cruise with Arenui in the last 9 months. The boat was excellent on both earlier occasions and we found it still improved on this third trip, so we booked the fourth for next year. Rather than sitting back and enjoy their success, the owners of Arenui have taken guest suggestions to heart and made improvements where proposed, making the boat even better than it was before. One wonders how much better can it get???? There is absolutely no comparison with other liveaboards in the area, who all lag far behind Arenui in style and comfort. No other liveaboard has such beautifully designed and decorated huge cabins with real bathrooms not telephone boxes. No other liveaboard has such a huge comfortable lounge, sun deck and open air restaurant. There were 16 guests on board and we had 5 (FIVE) dive guides, all hugely experienced. We also made on-land trips and domestic flights before and after the cruise, which were organized by the Arenui office. All flawless!
My wife and I chose The Arenui for our honeymoon and it exceeded our expectations – it was an experience of a lifetime! The boat is the most well designed for a diver’s every need. The crew was so attentive, cheerful and thoughtful; we were so pampered. The diving, the excursions every day were so much fun. We were so sad it had to end but we will be back hopefully soon! The Arenui lived up to all our expectations of a “boutique experience”; the crew was very personable and paid attention to the every detail. It was the perfect honeymoon. Thank you!!
Great end-to-end organization, wonderful boat in a wonderful diving area!
Crociera Grand Komodo un’esperienza unica, dopo svariate crociere e soggiorni in giro per il mondo Luigi mi ha dato l’opportunita’ di vivere un nuova esperienza a bordo di Arenui. Questa barca Ã© un vero gioiello del mare, confortevole, ricca di ogni tipo di confort, equipaggio gentilissimo e sempre pronto alle richieste/ esigenze del cliente. Le immersioni sono la cosa che mi ha impressionato di piu’, posti suggestivi ed una quantita’ industriale di pesce e corallo, un’esplosione di colori mai vista in nessuna altra destinazione del mondo. Ringrazio di cuore tutto l’equipaggio per il trattamento da vip che ci ha riservato. Spero di aver un’altra opportunita’ di viaggiare con voi su un altra splendida destinazione.
Place not so important. You would be good anywhere. Your directors are excellent, particularly Deb who worked very hard and so is Jerry albeit limited by an injury. You have done a terrific job organizing every detail to make everything run smoothly. I hope to be with you again. Maybe I can find a trip with less crowded, though you handle it very well too. I really was very impressed.
Siete Perfetti cosi!!
Crociera organizzeta nei minimii particolari. Che dire…speriamo di tornare.
The diving was great. Very good guidance for the diving, excellent safety & equipment and a very comfortable boat. Great crew.
Belissima la barca, i siti di immersione fantastic, buono il cibo, vacanza spettacolare
Complimenti a tutti per il professionalita’ e la gentilezza.
The best liveabord ever. Spacious, luxury quality. We felt priviledge to be on this trip.
This was the most phenomenal dive trip I have ever taken. The boat is 5 star, the diving extraordinary and the indirected attention fabulous. Last year was stung by a stone fish in Phi pPhi and I felt very apprehensive about diving again. The Arenui dive team were beyond fantastic. I finally felt comfortable diving again. I’m now back to jumping in the water with no fears.
Great, great crew! Really! Thank to the Chef & the Stewards who really looked after us! The boat is “almost” perfect! A jacuzzi is missingâ˜º
The dive sites were amazing and the boat is beautiful. This is a really nice way to experience the underwater world and the spirit of Indonesia.
Jerry and Debbie are the best cruise directors. They made the trip! Great people managers. Absolutely would do another trip on the Arenui.
Jerry & Debbie do a great job of keeping everything on track. Very difficult to keep 16 passengers happy – they did it with style! Service provided by the crew was impeccable. Arenui does it right! This is my 5th liveaboard – nobody else compares.
Just a very enjoyable holiday in luxury style. The Arenui has taken liveaboard diving to a totally new level of comfort, eating and diving.
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