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GUEST COMMENTS-FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

2017
23 Mar / Pierre & Gerda, Austrian-Swiss
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!
2017
09 Mar / Sue, USA
Diving: briefings excellent! Crew: stewards excellent!
2017
09 Mar / Cynthia, USA
A great boat and crew. Fabulous diving. Only good things to say. Absolutely NO negatives. Great dive directors/crew. Debbie is the BEST :) Boat: A++ for everything.
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 / Elias, USA
Thank you thank you thank you. For the sambals. For the long dives. For the MMF support. For the friendship. For the memories. For next time. Crew: your staff is uniformly excellent.
2017
25 Feb / Natasha, USA
OMG, no question, the BEST diving, service and boat I have ever been on. Spoiled me for all other liveboards. You all are doing everything right! Thank you.
2017
30 Jan / Darrel, USA
Awesome trip, worth the time and money, loved variety of dives (soft coral, hard coral and especially muck). G was helpful. Enjoyed Jose's presentations. Phari was awesome DM and Anto is the best. Wenton and Wayan were great.
2017
30 Jan / Ainara, Spain
Raja Ampat es un paraiso pero el equipo del Arenui incrementa más el valor del viaje. Han ayudado a hacer el viaje muy especial. Barco: El barco ha sido muy chulo y cómodo. No hemos echado nada en falta. Quizás una ducha en la parte de arriba sí que se podría poner. Buceo: Ha estado genial. Muy bien organizados para ver todo tipo de peces, corales, etc. Tripulación: Han estado especialmente pendientes de TODO lo que hemos necesitado. Además de ser súper amables y divertidos. Comida: La comida ha sido excelente y muy variada en cada comida, todo muy RICO.
2017
15 Jan / Judy, Canada
I missed a couple of days of diving because of some congestion, so I missed seeing the giant manta rays. Lisa made a point of asking G to see what he could do to find them on a dive he lead us on. I hadn't asked her to and appreciated her being so thoughtful! We didn't see any but not for lack of trying. That's great service! Thank you! Boat: beautiful boat, beautiful detail. Crew: crew is top notch. G and Lisa are wonderful. Jose gave great presentations. Anto is a real gem. Food: great food. Steak was incredible.
2017
15 Jan / Paul, Canada
Would go anywhere with you.
2017
15 Jan / Ann, Canada
Excellent value for money. A big thank you to our divemaster Jose - he always made me feel at ease with the diving. He was my dive partner for Yuliet (since Jamie was sick) - I loved Jose's enthusiasm for the marine creatures, I found it contagious! :) He made sure there was some "aquarium" diving since I am fairly new at this - a big hug and thank you for this! I really enjoyed his lectures - please keep going with that. I think future guests will really enjoy it! I would dive with him anytime! Diving: I always felt well informed about the dive sites. Was amazed at the amount of marine life! Crew: everyone friendly! Dive trips explained in great detail. I enjoyed the friendly relationship between crew and guests. Food: yummy food! Loved trying new things and flavours. Thank you for accommodating half portions.
2017
15 Jan / Dave, Canada
The diving was everything we had hoped for!! The staff were all attentive, friendly and loveable. You've got a great team! Your attention to detail is appreciated and is above the norm. Divemasters and Cruise Directors attention to safety was EXCELLENT and clear. Diving: all excellent especially briefings and safety.
2017
15 Jan / Shirley, Canada
Really liked diving at many different sites. Anto and Kadek were great. Wayan and Wenton were lots of fun and so helpful getting ready to dive. Thank you to the chefs, food was great.
2017
15 Jan / David, Canada
Everything about the cruise and the diving was fantastic. The inclusion of the marine biologist (Jose) and the education he provided was a huge value added.
2016
28 Sep / Craig & Betsey, USA
Debbie in the Arenui office went out of her way for me by shopping in Bali for a pair of fins for me when my ones split. I wear a very small size and rentals are usually too big. Thank you, Debbie!
2016
15 Sep / Don, USA
G, Lisa and crew could not provide better service. They made us feel safe and at home in a very remote part of the world. Idy is also a great divemaster. Hope to see everyone again someday! Crew: absolutely great - no room for improvement.
2016
14 Jul / Carol, USA
The Arenui provides safe and exotic diving opportunities at beautiful ocean dive sites. Everything is first class. The Captain and crew are well trained and provide excellent service. I would highly recommend the experience. The boat is beautiful, the crew is well trained and provide very high service. I felt completely safe diving. Joni was really tuned into what I needed. Diving: beautiful diving. The cuttlefish and mantas were highlights. The trip to Komodo was amazing. Very well done, I felt safe and learned a lot. Crew: Debbie and Jerry provided a lot of certainty and good information. They are very knowledgeable and willing to give answers. The Captain and crew are adorable and very friendly. Food: The food was very plentiful, fresh and delicious. Thank you for providing delicious food.
2016
13 Jun / Russell, USA
Cruise Directors and staff are superb! They get to know the guests and their preferences. Anto is exceptional. Lisa was our dive guide, her safety first philosophy was great. I love her devious laugh!
2016
04 Jun / Staci, USA
Vanessa Knutson was an integral, vital part of our trip and much appreciated. Crew: very accomodating, amazing people. Food: this is an amazing culinary cuisine for any vegetarian or vegan.
2016
10 May / Alison, Canada
From the moment we arrived on the Arenui we were greeted by the most friendly staff, Lisa and G, who made us feel immediately like we were about to embark on the greatest adventure. When the diving began, every dive exceeded the last amazing dive. How did you do that? I shake my head in disbelief, the weather was perfect everyday, the room made me feel like we were royalty! The staff who attended to our every need, the tender drivers who helped you with your gear, fins, etc. get you ready, take it all from you when you are done, making sure that it is all magically there for you. A cup of water after the dive! Wow! First class service! Then you return to the boat, a wonderful helper to get out of wet gear, a warm towel and a cup of hot chocolate! The Arenui is a diver's dream!! Everything is hanged up to dry for the next dive for you. I get dressed and a wonderful meal is waiting. Repeat this 4 times a day effortlessly for ten days. Magic! Epic holidays! Thank you to the behind the scenes people too! Thank you for the BEST trip ever! PS: Save your money and do this diving on the Arenui!! You won't regret it! We will be back!! Wow! Wow! Best diving experience ever, you have spoiled us forever diving anywhere else! Congratulations for making it all look so easy. Thank you! Thank you! Boat: Exceeded my expectations! From the moment we arrived till the day we departed - this boat is a beauty! It feels brand new! What a wonderfully designed boat for diving! Diving: How can I describe? The best diving I have EVER done. Every dive better than the last. This has to be the best in the world! I hope to discover more on another trip on the Arenui! Crew: The BEST, all of you! You have ALL made this a bucket list trip for Brent and I - we will remember this trip and count the days til we come back. Thank you for being SO dedicated to your jobs! Food: Wonderful! ALL memorable meals! Fresh fruit always, the top-deck dining, the salad dressing, the chocolate cake and peanut butter cookies!! Gonna miss it all!!
2016
09 Apr / Julia, USA
I would dive with you again in a heartbeat! I would even come back again to see the same sites! Crew: all excellent. EVERYONE always smiling and anticipates needs. Service beyond expectations. Amazing dives with Ronald and Joni. Personnel on the tenders were helpful. Food was delicious, especially under the stars. G and Lisa are very knowledgedgable and very helpful. Everyone seems happy to serve.
2016
26 Mar / John, USA
G and Wawan spent half the night making sure the bagans had enough fish to feed the whale sharks. First time having an encounter with a whale shark. Very memorable, very cool. Visit to the village and the waterfalls were also memorable, fun times. Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm to make this three things a reality and fun. All the best! Boat: All excellent. Thanks for our safety to each and all. Diving: All excellent. Love Ronald's "Briefing, briefing". Dive sites were well chosen, memorable fish life, hard and soft corals - OUTSTANDING! Tender drivers were helpful and did an outstanding job! Crew: Lisa and G went above and beyond to take care of everything, super job! Best we've encountered. Thank you! Divemasters - I appreciate their attention to detail, super job! Captain - hero, bringing us safe through 800 miles, thank you! Chefs - great job. I am not sure if I gained weight. Big thanks to Wenton and Wayan assisting me in and off the wetsuit, spoiled me. Food: All excellent. HUGE thanks to professor Anto for being the professional he is. Always remembered everything. Thanks Kadek for being there for the wine, great job guys.
2016
12 Mar / Jennifer, USA
Just wonderful. The night dives were a special treat. So many amazing things to see under the water ... then to emerge to brilliant stars with a clear view of the milky way! Bio-luminescence all around. And the piece de la resistance, a warm towels and hot cocoa handed to you as you arrive back to the boat. Heaven.
2016
16 Feb / Anonymous,
Diving: Jerry was very helpful and supportive coaching Dennis through his air use issues and encouraging me during the night dive.
2015
09 Dec / Lily, USA
We were diving in Raja Ampat back in 2011 on another liveaboard. At one site we were next to the Arenui. We were awed by its beauty. We asked permission to tour the boat and everyone fell in love with it. Thus, our first dive trip on the Arenui the next year to the Spice Islands. And on our second trip this year to Raja. We look forward to more future trips with Arenui. Boat: Well taken care of, no complaints. Crew: Service was outstanding. They remembered your name, but I remembered theirs too! :o) Everyone was caring. Directors offered a lot of precious diving info. Food: Excellent presentation and choices. Of course, delicious too!
2015
26 Nov / Kate, USA
The video showing us the staffs pictures, names and where they are from was very helpful to us and also made us feel like a family. Special celebrations prepared by Arenui staff brought joy and bonding, putting the Arenui heads and shoulders above other liveaboards. Please continue! Chef Putu created an underwater fruit art for a divers 400th dive. We were so impressed! Watermelon base, manta (from watermelon rind, with red belly), butterfly fish (pineapple), corals (bell peppers), dolphin (pumpkin). We all took photos. Chef Putu made a lovely cake for one couple's 35th wedding anniversary. Diver Dorinda brought her Italian diving giraffes Gia and Giuseppe, who posed by many fish, including one with a green rhinopia! G organized a fun photo contest, telling stories per photo of the divesite and with excitement of all we could see, how lucky we were (great weather, lot of oceanic mantas, silver sides, etc.) and about the lives of the fish, including behaiviours we couldn't see. This information helped to educate us in a very fun way, again, putting the Arenui heads and shoulders above other liveaboards.
2015
11 Nov / Woody, USA
I've been diving for 39 years and I'm a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. I have never seen underwater anything close to this level of beautiful and very healthy coral and this much marine life. I happen to love diving deep and searching for 'the big stuff' - sharks in particular. But until this trip I'd never seen a thresher shark. I told my incredible divemaster Ronald "let's find the sharks". We dove deep and into the blue and WHALA - hammerheads and two up close and huge thresher sharks in Run Island at 122 feet down out in the blue. I was screaming underwater with excitement! Crew: Cruise Directors incredibly knowledgeable. Divemasters amazing.
2015
11 Nov / Nick, UK
Boat: the deck crew are very attentive and helpful, spoils you for any other dive boat. Diving: brilliant diving. Crew: everyone very helpful and smiley. Food: The salads and fruit very good and the chefs work hard and keep the kitchen in very good shape.
2015
25 Oct / Mindy, USA
Everyone was gracefully accommodating and helpful. Jerry and Debbie are fantastic. Stephen has amazing 'eyes' and is a sweetheart. Boat: excellent comfort and private areas. Clean, elegant, beautiful. Diving: the sites were pristine. The guides and tenders were safe, kind and helpful. Crew: everyone was focused on an excellent experience. No need or want was ignored. Food: excellent fresh food even on a 12 night passage.
2015
01 Sep / Mary, USA
Thanks to the team for putting together such a great trip. Very well run operation. I really appreciated the attention to detail (G and Lisa)! Boat: The boat was beautifully appointed. The details for diving were WELL thought out and planned. The areas to relax were REALLY comfortable. Diving: The diversity of the sites was excellent. A variety of critters and wide-angle viewing. Crew: The people on Arenui are EXCEPTIONAL! Professional first and foremost (specially Kadek and Anto), ALL were enthusiastic and fun. I felt very well looked after. Food: very well fed!