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GUEST COMMENTS-SPICE ISLANDS

2017
07 Apr / Christine & Pat, USA
Lisa and G are the greatest!! And Idy was an awesome dive guide. This was our second trip aboard the Arenui and it was exceptional. We have since booked more trips in years to come. Every single member of the crew has made us feel comfortable, safe and tremendously happy. There is attention to detail and meeting the needs of every guest, all while providing a breathtaking view of the beautiful underwater world. All the dives are led by knowledgeable divemasters with keen eyes and the ability to highlight the creatures unique to the area/dive site. The chefs and kitchen staff prepare delicious meals and provide wonderful flexibility for those with specific dietary needs. The Arenui not only provides its guests with a truly awesome diving experience but it also provides a relaxing retreat from a busy world. A heartfelt thanks to every member of the Arenui team for offering us such a memorable vacation!
2017
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
23 Mar / Katie & James, USA
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 ;)
2017
09 Mar / Noel, USA
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!
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 / 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 / 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
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 / Name, USA
I am spoiled now. This sets the bar that other dive liveaboards must reach. When I return to dive Indonesia, rest assured it will be aboard the Arenui. Planning on coming back 3-4 years from now. Telling fellow divers this is the "only" way to dive Indonesia. Please feel free to luxe me with specials! Boat: very comfortable bed! Wish shower was more powerful. Diving: Wishing for more large fish encounters. But the number of fish and different types was awesome! Crew: G is a mad scientist. He could fix anything. Joni my divemaster was very calm and knowledgeable about the sites. Awesome massage. Stewards and tenders were the best. Anto is delightful. Everyone knows your name, your equipment. Best dive experience.
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 / 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
06 Dec / Cheryl, USA
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.
2016
28 Sep / Mark & Laura, USA
When we booked our first trip to Indonesia we couldn't imagine doing more than two dives a day. We planned on just reading and relaxing on the sky deck. I ended up doing all 33 dives... and was ready for more. Thanks to all the Arenui staff for making this a trip of a lifetime. We are coming back in March, we booked it while on this trip. Crew: everyone was wonderful - happy and trying to make sure everything was done well.Food: really enjoyed lots of veggies.
2016
13 Jun / Lisa, USA
Excellent trip all around! No concerns or negative experiences at all! One suggestion: maybe offer soft spa music during massages (not too loud), may be better than hearing the other guests talking. Lisa was one of the best divemasters I've ever had! She was extremely patient, was always looking out for our group, and always took the time to make sure we were comfortable and ready. She was quick to point out the marine life and made all the dives the most enjoyable I have ever had! Terima Kasih :) Boat: Beautiful and charming! Diving: all excellent, specially the destination and safety! Crew: all excellent, specially the Cruise Directors. The entire crew was amazing! So kind, patient, caring, and accommodating at ALL times! Most of all, the crew was sincere in everything they did! Wonderful :) Food: all excellent. The food was delicious!! Great variety and presentation!
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 / Britt, USA
I really enjoyed the trip and particularly enjoyed the crew.
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
25 Apr / Stephanie, USA
Thanks to everyone for making this a wonderful trip! Boat: Fantastic boat - beautiful, efficient and comfortable. Ganesh cabin is great for 2 friends, plenty of space for each. Common areas are comfortable and large. Diving: STELLAR! Dive masters and Cruise Directors worked hard to find best sites, conditions, etc. Amazing critters! Crew: Your crew is the absolute best!! Everyone always helpful, friendly and fun. The crew makes a wonderful trip even better. Food: Excellent, the selections - particularly vegetarian - are incredible. Don't know how you do this without getting supplies during the trip. Most impressive!
2016
09 Apr / Beth, USA
Thanks to all for a WOW trip - the boat, staff, food were great! No complaints - only compliments and thanks. The diving was spectacular, mesmorising with such sealife. Every dive was good, some with current, more challenging, but just the BEST. I am so fortunate to have been diving Raja Ampat on Arenui! Thank you. Boat: Really fabulous "facility". Best dive boat ever - no comparison to others! Everyone is very attentive, helpful, very clean, they are here to make the diver's/guest's stay the best! Congratulations! Diving: Can only use superlatives to describe diving - really spectacular! Crew: Again have to use superlative, the best, greatest, really top staff, very attentive, helpful, cheerful, great to spent weeks with - thanks to ALL for all this help! Thanks for printouts at the end of the trip and the great website. The Cruise Directors have great enthusiasm and LOVE for what they do! Made for a trip of a lifetime. Food: Food was wonderful - great menu - fabulous service. Chef did wonderful job and his creations to celebrate occasions - Wow!
2016
09 Apr / Sharron, USA
As a snorkeler - the only one on board, I was a little worried that I would be bored on the trip. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lisa and G made sure I was included in all briefings and made great recommendations of which dive I should accompany each day. Hasan was assigned as my "snorkel guide" and he showed me a million beautiful creatures, including turtles, mantas, stingrays, nudis, sharks, huge parrotfish and the most incredible corals. This was truly the trip of a lifetime. Thank you! Although I am not a diver (I accompanied my diver husband) every accommodation was made to make sure I was included in all activities and that I had a great trip. Thank you! Boat: all excellent. The crew was very conscientious to make sure all was working well, our room was clean and our food well prepared. Snorkeling: FANTASTIC snorkeling each day. Hasan took great care of me and I saw almost as much as divers. Crew: ALL WERE TOP NOTCH - EXCELLENT! Friendly, helpful, kind, considerate. I could not have asked for more! Food: Excellent for all meals and snacks - good variety!
2016
26 Mar / Doug, USA
Thank you to the entire crew for a fantastic cruise. Super destinations and effort WAY beyond the expected. A big thanks to G for all the whaleshark negotiations. Boat: Clearly the best boat in Indonesia - probably the world. Certainly the best I have been on in 25 years. Diving: Spectacular sites! I love the remote, healthy sites. Thank you for the extra work. Crew: BEST CARE ANYWHERE! As always the crew met every need almost before we knew what we wanted! Food: Spectacular. I will be depressed to get home and have to manage for myself.
2016
28 Feb / Robert, USA
I hope the fellow divers appreciated the efforts of all the crew members with a generous tip. We certainly would go on another trip on Arenui. We booked our Raja Ampat trip through Ocean Enterprises because Werner Kurn (Owner) has been diving all over the world and he recommended the Arenui and Raja Ampat as the best of the best. This voyage exceeded our expectations as far as the diving experiences and especially the boat and its very professional crew. Wow sums it up! Boat: Cannot complain about anything. Great rooms. Very comfortable beds. Diving: We saw a lot more fishes than we expected to see. Crew: Everybody was exceptional. Debbie helped my wife with her buoyancy issues. Anto was real professional in his job. Food: The meals were by far the best we have had on a liveaboard.
2016
28 Feb / Lori, USA
I was a beginner diver at the start of the trip and by the end I was comfortable every dive. I felt comfortable on each dive and felt it was personalized. Boat: The boat is beautiful, well laid out. Diving: Well organized. Crew: Jerry is hilarious. Debbie is organized. All staff are helpful. Food: Beyond expectations. Goes all the way to make us feel special.
2016
16 Feb / Barbara, USA
Crew: Execution is everything. No detail was overlooked and the crew made the trip fun and exciting. A special thanks to Ronald for his professional expertise and patience. Thank you for taking such good care of us! Food: I appreciate the vegetarian menu!
2016
16 Feb / Vicki and John, USA
Seriously ... I have zero complaints. Everyone and everything is appreciated. The way the dive groups were put together was outstanding! We began this trip with such apprehension as we'd heard such great stories and thought the trip couldn't live up to our expectations. It did, plus some. The reef explodes with life and some of it is rare. If you think you've "done it all" you have not until you've done Raja Ampat on the Arenui.
2016
03 Feb / Annette and Ken, Denmark
Excellent seminars on reef and fish. Please keep it up. Excellent fish preparation; "Michelin level".
2016
21 Jan / Anonymous, USA
Crew: Great massages from Wayan! Loved the stewards and tender help was great. Food: Enjoyed the soups and wahoo.