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GUEST COMMENTS-RAJA AMPAT

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
08 Dec / Elisabeth and Steve, USA
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!
2017
07 Apr / Rebecca, USA
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.
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
09 Mar / Janet & Ramsay, USA
Ramsay and I enjoyed our first Arenui experience in June 2013 so much, we came back! We were not disappointed! The Cruise Directors - Debbie & Jerry - are the best we've ever had. Professional, fun and totally engaging. If we come back I would hope to have them as directors. Our last dive - Wednesday March 8 - Pulau Wai. We were waiting for mantas - I turned around to look behind us, in case they were coming from that direction and Ronald our divemaster, had taken off his fins - put them on his hands and was pretending to swim like a manta - he actually DID look like one and made us all laugh under water! What a great guy!! Boat: our second time on the Arenui!! Hopefully our last. As before - the boat was the epitome of luxury liveaboard travels. Clean, roomy, safe and fun. Diving: wonderful diving!! Debbie & Jerry did a great job of getting us to our dive sites, giving great briefings - and making our dive experience memorable and one we would like to do again. Crew: our divemaster - Ronald was wonderful - attentive, always aware of where we were, what was going on around us and looking out for our safety and comfort as well as making the dive experience as exciting and interesting as possible. We will never forget - "masks on!" "position, position!!" "1 - 2 - 3 - go!". Great fun! Food: excellent and plentiful food.
2017
25 Feb / Pete & Diane, USA
We had an exquisite trip. Exemplary crew/staff. Diving was wonderful. Crew/staff so much attention to detail and comfort for the guests. We would definitely rate our trip 5 stars plus. I could go on and on about how terrific our experience has been. My advise is - come aboard, you'll love the experience.
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 / Deb, USA
Love the family atmosphere and couldn't have wanted for more. Especially interesting were the expertise of Andrea and Jose. Enthusiasm of everyone rubs off and makes it a fun experience.
2017
12 Feb / Steve & Sarah, USA
Many wonderful experiences. A surprise visit by a whale shark was magical. When we were at a giant manta cleaning station the crew helped me hook in so I was nice and close to a manta. I will always remember being eye to eye with this majestic creature!! Boat: bed was very comfortable. Beautiful boat and state rooms. Diving: felt very safe with Phari. He is very skilled and we appreciated him spotting critters for us. Crew: I have been on many liveaboards (8-10). My experience on the Arenui was top notch - the best yet. Service could not be better. Phari learned our dive preferences and needs which enhanced our experience. Cannot say enough good things about Anto. His dedication to his guests - admirable. Everyone seems happy and all the smiles and joking around was infectious.
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 / Clara, USA
Wonderful trip! The "small details" have all been anticipated and attended to on this boat, as well as the obvious big stuff! Superb organization and response to needs. Boat: I love the wood (all re-used/re-claimed) and the art work throughout the boat. Cabins very comfortable. We were in Ganesh and had storage space beyond our needs!! Pillows were great - 1 soft and 1 firm for each bed - what a lovely plan!! Sky lounge was lovely with canopy. Diving: wonderfully planned locations/great manta sitings (the goal of this trip). Itinerary was flexible to keep up to best manta ray opportunities. Crew: All staff/crew were helpful and friendly. The Steward and Wayan and Wenton were quickly aware of preferences and needs, very helpful. Even could tell when someone needed extra help. The leadership of the Cruise Directors was amazing (Debbie & Jerry). It feels like everything has been thought through, extremely well-run boat, limits were clear and presented in a fun way to boot. There was no question about safety preparation and we all knew about evacuation plans immediately. Jose - with his knowledge of fish/creature identification always expanded our dive experiences by siting with small groups to identify and talk about fish and their behaviors. Good library available. Food: I always had gluten free choices - thank you!! Food quality was large, but ½ portions were available. And we were all amazed at how hungry we were for each of the 5 eating times!
2017
12 Feb / John, USA
Wonderful Cruise Directors - Debbie & Jerry.
2017
30 Jan / David, USA
Really enjoyed the boat. G and Lisa are great! Boat: bathrooms are great for a boat! Thanks so much. Love the sink in the room. Would definitely recommend to friends. Diving: loved to see the healthy coral! Soft corals are amazing. A great place to visit and dive. Crew: must leave some room for improvement, but they really were all great! Cruise directors excellent. Can't complain about that at all!
2017
15 Jan / Don & Penny, Canada
The complete trip was beyond what Donald and I expected. Thanks Lisa and G for making us part of the Arenui family throughout our short visit with you. The afternoon talks were wonderful and very informative. It is good to know how things "roll under the ocean". Diving: wow! Crew: everyone went out of their way to make this "the best vacation and dive experience ever". Food: Awesome - glad I packed the elastic stretch band pants!
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 / 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.
2017
15 Jan / Name, Canada
Trip of a lifetime, the staff were wonderful.
2017
02 Jan / Tony, USA
The Arenui - boat and staff - have lived up to the rave reviews given by former guests. This was our first liveaboard and we have been spoiled/pampered to the point that other boats are going to be very inadequate by comparison. Anto has provided excellent service as have really the entire crew. Special appreciation for the tender drivers and dive preparation attendants who made sure all of our equipment was ready to go. G and Lisa have done a great job overseeing the whole operation and it really was a trip of a lifetime.
2017
02 Jan / Darren, USA
Ronald is amazing! All the crew worked very hard to ensure we all had a great time. Food was so good!
2017
02 Jan / Andrey, USA
Boat: this trip was organized well beyond my greatest expectations. Lisa and G were very thorough in briefing and helped a lot in many detailed things. Jose did an amazing job in his part. Overall, thank you very much for this unforgettable journey! Diving: dive sites were very well chosen! Great attention was paid to safety. Tenders were quick and professional. Rental equipment was good. Crew: Splendid job! Food: Food quality was exceptional!
2017
02 Jan / Stephen, USA
We will be booking again as soon as possible! Not really concern about where - Arenui ANYWHERE will be a quality experience. Boat: the room was nicer than ANY hotel room we have stayed in! We had plenty of storage space and camera table space. Diving: the crew was knowledgeable about the locations. Phari was good at finding things and tailored the dive profile to the skill level of the group. Good job! Crew: G and Lisa were great! They were attentive to guest needs and worked hard to please everyone. All of the tender drivers were careful with divers and it was clear that safety was most important. I enjoyed having Jose on board, the biologist knowledge was great! Anto was fantastic as a steward - he knew exactly what we wanted! Food: meals were EXCELLENT and varied. We liked the mix of Indonesian and Western food.
2016
19 Dec / Lissa, USA
I’ve been on several liveaboards and this (the Arenui) is by far the best experience – 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!!
2016
19 Dec / Liz, USA
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 didn’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.
2016
06 Dec / Catherine, USA
All excellent. G and Lisa are better than excellent!
2016
06 Dec / Tord & Maria, Sweden
All the staff was great. G, Lisa and Jose were excellent!!