Arenui Liveaboard

 

Destination: Indonesia

Itinerary: Komodo, Alor, Maluku, Raja Ampat, Forgotten Islands (8-15 nights) | From $610++/night

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The Arenui prides herself to be "The Boutique Liveaboard", and for good reasons. They aim to provide the best there is in terms of diving and leisure activities, without sacrificing any of the comforts and luxury you would expect to get from a 5-star hotel on land. The Arenui is easily one of the most luxurious and the best liveaboards in Indonesia, and some would say, in the world! 

 

Why You'll Like Arenui

  • A truly boutique liveaboard, with attention to detail and personal service
  • Diving the best of Indonesia, including key hotspots Komodo and Raja Ampat
  • High quality, high standards and a long-term approach to developing a reputable liveaboard diving business
  • Only 8 cabins, so 16 guests, served by 22 professional and friendly crew members
  • Mouth-watering meals from full breakfast and buffet lunch to a-la-carte 3-course dinner, plus delicious snacks in between
  • Arenui combines the adventure of diving with relaxation and pampering of spa and massage, in a beautiful setting
  • Diving with knowledgeable guides in small groups (2 western cruise directors, 3 local dive guides)
  • Take out one of the kayaks to see the islands up close
  • Visit local villages and meet a living dinosaur (Komodo dragon)
  • There's so much to see in Indonesia, underwater and on land, that one trip will never be enough!
 

 

Dive Overview

In Komodo (now one of the new 7 wonders of nature), expect exhilarating drift diving, pelagics as well as critters, hot and warm water and even dive in the shadow of an underwater volcano.

Alor (best-kept secret in diving), offers unexplored coral gardens and untouched reefs, rhinopias, anemones and many unusual critters, plus an active volcano which erupts every 30 mins.

In Maluku, explore a reef teeming with hundreds of sea-snakes and look out for incredibly rare critters (if lucky, the psychedelic frogfish) and dive one of deepest seas in the world (Banda).

Raja Ampat is the epicenter for biodiversity, at the center of the Coral Triangle, home to the most colorful, pristine and photogenic soft coral reefs, as well as walking sharks, mantas and pygmies.

[See: Komodo Dive Travel Guide, Ambon & Alor Dive Travel Guide & Raja Ampat Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Arenui Liveaboard Accommodation Details

The Arenui has been designed to host a maximum of 16 passengers in 8 exceptionally spacious cabins (starting from 19 square meters). All cabins have been luxuriously furnished in a sophisticated and tasteful manner.

The cabins' individual themes and styles were inspired by handicrafts from each of the Indonesian provinces. Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom and individual air conditioning. A king-size bed or roomy singles and a distinct lounge area guarantee maximum comfort and ensure that our guests never feel crowded.

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RAMA (LEFT) and SHINTA (RIGHT) Master Suites  

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BARONG (LEFT) and GANESH (RIGHT) Deluxe Cabins  

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LEGONG (LEFT) and GARUDA (RIGHT) Master Suites  

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TORAJA (LEFT) and DAYAK (RIGHT) Master Suites

 

Arenui Cabin Details

  • RAMA master-suite: Ideal for couples looking for something extra special, with stunning sea-view. 20 sq meters, king-size bed, sofa/relax area, en-suite bathroom, 7 large windows, private balcony with seating, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. LOCATION: Upper Deck.
  • SHINTA master-suite: Ideal for couples looking for something extra special, with stunning sea-view. 20 sq meters, king-size bed, sofa/relax area, en-suite bathroom, 7 large windows, private balcony with seating, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. LOCATION: Upper Deck.
  • BARONG deluxe-cabin: Ideal for individuals. 19 sq meters, 2 single beds, spacious desk (popular with photographers), en-suite bathroom, 2 large windows, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. LOCATION: Upper Deck.
  • GANESH deluxe-cabin: Ideal for individuals. 19 sq meters, 2 single beds, spacious desk (popular with photographers), en-suite bathroom, 2 large windows, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. LOCATION: Upper Deck.
  • LEGONG deluxe-cabin: Suitable for couples, individuals or a family (single bed available). 20 sq meters, king-size bed, 1 single bed, en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. LOCATION: Lower Deck.
  • GARUDA deluxe-cabin: Suitable for couples, individuals or a family (single bed available). 20 sq meters, queen-size bed, 1 single bed, en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. LOCATION: Lower Deck.
  • TORAJA deluxe-cabin: Suitable for couples or a family (sofa can be converted into an extra bed for a child). 20 sq meters, king-size bed, sofa/relax area, en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. LOCATION: Lower Deck.
  • DAYAK deluxe-cabin: Suitable for couples or a family (sofa can be converted into an extra bed for a child). 21 sq meters, king-size bed, sofa/relax area, en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. LOCATION: Lower Deck.
 

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General Facilities

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Restaurant (LEFT) and Sky Lounge (RIGHT)  

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Sky Restaurant (LEFT) and Dive Deck (RIGHT)  

 

Arenui Liveaboard Boat Features

  • Restaurant and lounge area
  • Dive deck
  • Sky restaurant (outdoor)
  • Sky Lounge
  • 22 crew serving a maximum of 16 guests
  • Extensive selection of dishes
  • Tantalizing list of fine wines
  • Leisure and recreational facilities such as 2 person kayaking, visits to local villages and trekking across the island wilderness
  • Full range of massage and spa treatments
  • First-rate library with an excellent collection of books
  • Over 100 movies to choose from
  • 2 computers set up for both PC and MAC systems (with photo editing software)
  • Charging stations for all your equipment
  • Extension cords and adaptors to cater to different systems)

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Arenui Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Arenui Liveaboard Dive Facilities

  • Up to 4 dives per day
  • Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided onboard
  • Tanks with INT and DIN valves
  • Limited amount of diving equipment for rent
  • Nitrox fills of up to 32% are available for an additional charge
  • Several dive specialty courses
 

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Schedule & Rates

Arenui 2019 - 2023 Schedule & Rates

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Arenui Schedule & Rates

The rates shown below are per person, in US Dollar.

 

2019 Schedule & Rates

DATE

CRUISE NAME

NIGHTS

EMBARKATION - DISEMBARKATION

PRICE

AVAILABILITY

28-Feb-2019

11-Mar-2019

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$6,930

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13-Mar-2019

24-Mar-2019

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$6,930

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26-Mar-2019

7-Apr-2019

MALUKU-BANDA

RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

AMBON

$7,560

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9-Apr-2019

21-Apr-2019

NORTH FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

12

AMBON

SAUMLAKI

$7,560

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23-Apr-2019

5-May-2019

SOUTH FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

12

SAUMLAKI

MAUMERE

$7,560

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7-May-2019

20-May-2019

FLORES-KOMODO-SUMBAWA

13

MAUMERE

BALI

$7,990

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13-Jun-2019

22-Jun-2019

KOMODO-SUMBAWA

9

BALI

LABUANBAJO

$5,670

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24-Jun-2019

02-Jul-2019

KOMODO MANTA

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,040

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4-Jul-2019

12-Jul-2019

KOMODO MANTA

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,040

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14-Jul-2019

22-Jul-2019

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,040

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24-Jul-2019

1-Aug-2019

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,040

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3-Aug-2019

11-Aug-2019

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,040

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13-Aug-2019

23-Aug-2019

KOMODO FOCUS

10

LABUANBAJO

BIMA

$6,300

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25-Aug-2019

3-Sep-2019

KOMODO FOCUS

9

BIMA

LABUANBAJO

$5,670

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5-Sep-2019

13-Sep-2019

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,040

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14-Sep-2019

22-Sep-2019

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,040

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24-Sep-2019

6-Oct-2019

KOMODO-FLORES

12

LABUANBAJO

MAUMERE

$7,560

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8-Oct-2019

20-Oct-2019

SOUTH

FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

12

MAUMERE

SAUMLAKI

$7,560

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22-Oct-2019

04-Nov-2019

NORTH

FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

13

SAUMLAKI

AMBON

$8,190

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6-Nov-2019

18-Nov-2019

MALUKU-BANDA

RAJA AMPAT

12

AMBON

SORONG

$7,560

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20-Nov-2019

01-Dec-2019

RAJA AMPAT

"10-yr Anniversary"

11

SORONG

SORONG

$6,930

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03-Dec-2019

14-Dec-2019

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$6,930

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16-Dec-2019

27-Dec-2019

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$6,930

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29-Dec-2019

9-Jan-2020

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$6,930

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2020 Schedule &  Rates

DATE

CRUISE NAME

NIGHTS

EMBARKATION - DISEMBARKATION

PRICE

AVAILABILITY

11-Jan-2020

22-Jan-2020

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,150

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24-Jan-2020

04-Feb-2020

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,150

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06-Feb-2020

17-Feb-2020

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,150

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19-Feb-2020

01-Mar-2020

RAJA AMPAT-TRITON BAY

11

SORONG

KAIMANA

$7,150

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03-Mar-2020

14-Mar-2020

RAJA AMPAT-TRITON BAY

11

KAIMANA

SORONG

$7,150

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16-Mar-2020

27-Mar-2020

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,150

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29-Mar-2020

10-Apr-2020

GREATER RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

SORONG

$7,800

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12-Apr-2020

24-Apr-2020

MALUKU-BANDA-RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

AMBON

$7,800

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28-Apr-2020

08-May-2020

ALOR

10

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$6,500

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10-May-2020

22-May-2020

ALOR-KOMODO

12

MAUMERE

LABUANBAJO

$7,800

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24-May-2020

02-Jun-2020

KOMODO

9

LABUANBAJO

BALI

$5,850

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26-Jun-2020

05-Jul-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

9

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,850

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07-Jul-2020

15-Jul-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,200

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16-Jul-2020

24-Jul-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,200

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26-Jul-2020

03-Aug-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,200

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04-Aug-2020

12-Aug-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,200

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14-Aug-2020

24-Aug-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

10

LABUANBAJO

BIMA

$6,500

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26-Aug-2020

04-Sep-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

9

BIMA

LABUANBAJO

$5,850

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06-Sep-2020

15-Sep-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

9

LABUANBAJO

BIMA

$5,850

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17-Sep-2020

26-Sep-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

9

BIMA

LABUANBAJO

$5,850

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28-Sep-2020

05-Oct-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

7

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$4,550

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07-Oct-2020

14-Oct-2020

KOMODO FOCUS

7

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$4,550

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16-Oct-2020

28-Oct-2020

KOMODO-ALOR

12

LABUANBAJO

MAUMERE

$7,800

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30-Oct-2020

11-Nov-2020

SOUTH FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

12

MAUMERE

SAUMLAKI

$7,800

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13-Nov-2020

24-Nov-2020

FORGOTTEN ISLANDS & TRITON BAY

11

SAUMLAKI

KAIMANA

$7,150

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26-Nov-2020

07-Dec-2020

RAJA AMPAT-TRITON BAY

11

KAIMANA

SORONG

$7,150

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09-Dec-2020

20-Dec-2020

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,150

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22-Dec-2020

03-Jan-2021

GREATER RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

SORONG

$7,800

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2021 Schedule &  Rates

DATE

CRUISE NAME

NIGHTS

EMBARKATION - DISEMBARKATION

PRICE

AVAILABILITY

05-Jan-2021

16-Jan-2021

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,260

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18-Jan-2021

29-Jan-2021

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,260

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31-Jan-2021

12-Feb-2021

GREATER RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

SORONG

$7,920

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14-Feb-2021

24-Feb-2021

RAJA AMPAT

10

SORONG

SORONG

$6,600

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26-Feb-2021

08-Mar-2021

RAJA AMPAT

10

SORONG

SORONG

$6,600

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10-Mar-2021

21-Mar-2021

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,260

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23-Mar-2021

04-Apr-2021

MALUKU-BANDA-RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

AMBON

$7,920

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09-Apr-2021

18-Apr-2021

CENTRAL FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

9

SAUMLAKI

SAUMLAKI

$5,940

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20-Apr-2021

02-May-2021

SOUTH FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

12

SAUMLAKI

MAUMERE

$7,920

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04-May-2021

12-May-2021

ALOR

8

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$5,280

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14-May-2021

25-May-2021

ALOR-KOMODO

11

MAUMERE

LABUANBAJO

$7,260

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27-May-2021

05-Jun-2021

KOMODO FOCUS

9

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,940

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17-Jul-2021

26-Jul-2021

KOMODO FOCUS

9

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,940

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28-Jul-2021

05-Aug-2021

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,280

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06-Aug-2021

14-Aug-2021

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,280

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16-Aug-2021

27-Aug-2021

KOMODO-ALOR

11

LABUANBAJO

MAUMERE

$7,260

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29-Aug-2021

06-Sep-2021

ALOR

8

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$5,280

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08-Sep-2021

16-Sep-2021

ALOR

8

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$5,280

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18-Sep-2021

26-Sep-2021

ALOR

8

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$5,280

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28-Sep-2021

08-Oct-2021

SOUTH FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

10

MAUMERE

SAUMLAKI

$6,600

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9-Oct-2021

18-Oct-2021

CENTRAL FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

9

SAUMLAKI

SAUMLAKI

$5,940

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20-Oct-2021

31-Oct-2021

FORGOTTEN ISLANDS & TRITON BAY

11

SAUMLAKI

KAIMANA

$7,260

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02-Nov-2021

13-Nov-2021

RAJA AMPAT-TRITON BAY

11

KAIMANA

SORONG

$7,260

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15-Nov-2021

23-Nov-2021

RAJA AMPAT

8

SORONG

SORONG

$5,280

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25-Nov-2021

07-Dec-2021

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,260

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09-Dec-2021

20-Dec-2021

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,260

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22-Dec-2021

04-Jan-2022

RAJA AMPAT

13

SORONG

SORONG

$8,580

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2022 Schedule &  Rates

DATE

CRUISE NAME

NIGHTS

EMBARKATION - DISEMBARKATION

PRICE

AVAILABILITY

06-Jan-2022

17-Jan-2022

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,370

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19-Jan-2022

01-Feb-2022

GREATER RAJA AMPAT

13

SORONG

SORONG

$8,710

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03-Feb-2022

14-Feb-2022

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,370

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16-Feb-2022

27-Feb-2022

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,370

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01-Mar-2022

13-Mar-2022

GREATER RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

SORONG

$8,040

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15-Mar-2022

26-Mar-2022

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,370

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28-Mar-2022

09-Apr-2022

MALUKU-BANDA-RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

AMBON

$8,040

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13-Apr-2022

24-Apr-2022

ALOR

11

SAUMLAKI

MAUMERE

$7,370

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26-Apr-2022

07-May-2022

ALOR-KOMODO

11

MAUMERE

LABUANBAJO

$7,370

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09-May-2022

17-May-2022

KOMODO MANTA

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,360

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19-May-2022

28-May-2022

KOMODO MANTA

9

LABUANBAJO

BALI

$6,030

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24-Jun-2022

03-Jul-2022

KOMODO-SUMBAWA

9

BALI

LABUANBAJO

$6,030

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05-Jul-2022

16-Jul-2022

KOMODO-ALOR

11

LABUANBAJO

MAUMERE

$7,370

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17-Jul-2022

26-Jul-2022

ALOR

9

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$6,030

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27-Jul-2022

07-Aug-2022

KOMODO-ALOR

11

MAUMERE

LABUANBAJO

$7,370

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09-Aug-2022

16-Aug-2022

KOMODO FOCUS

7

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$4,690

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18-Aug-2022

26-Aug-2022

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,360

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27-Aug-2022

03-Sep-2022

KOMODO FOCUS

7

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$4,690

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05-Sep-2022

15-Sep-2022

KOMODO FOCUS

10

LABUANBAJO

BIMA

$6,700

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17-Sep-2022

27-Sep-2022

KOMODO FOCUS

10

BIMA

LABUANBAJO

$6,700

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29-Sep-2022

06-Oct-2022

KOMODO FOCUS

7

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$4,690

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08-Oct-2022

30-Oct-2022

BEST OF INDONESIA

22

LABUANBAJO

SORONG

$14,740

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01-Nov-2022

11-Nov-2022

RAJA AMPAT

10

SORONG

SORONG

$6,700

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13-Nov-2022

24-Nov-2022

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,370

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26-Nov-2022

07-Dec-2022

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,370

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09-Dec-2022

20-Dec-2022

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,370

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22-Dec-2022

04-Jan-2023

GREATER RAJA AMPAT

13

SORONG

SORONG

$8,710

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2023 Schedule &  Rates

DATE

CRUISE NAME

NIGHTS

EMBARKATION - DISEMBARKATION

PRICE

AVAILABILITY

12-Mar-2023

24-Mar-2023

GREATER RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

SORONG

$8,040

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26-Mar-2023

07-Apr-2023

MALUKU-BANDA-RAJA AMPAT

12

SORONG

AMBON

$8,040

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11-Apr-2023

19-Apr-2023

ALOR

8

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$5,360

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21-Apr-2023

03-May-2023

ALOR-KOMODO

12

MAUMERE

LABUANBAJO

$8,040

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05-May-2023

12-May-2023

KOMODO FOCUS

7

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$4,690

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14-May-2023

22-May-2023

KOMODO-SUMBAWA

8

LABUANBAJO

BALI

$5,360

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16-Jun-2023

24-Jun-2023

KOMODO-SUMBAWA

8

BALI

LABUANBAJO

$5,360

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26-Jun-2023

07-Jul-2023

KOMODO-ALOR

11

LABUANBAJO

MAUMERE

$7,370

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08-Jul-2023

15-Jul-2023

ALOR

7

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$4,690

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17-Jul-2023

24-Jul-2023

ALOR

7

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$4,690

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26-Jul-2023

02-Aug-2023

ALOR

7

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$4,690

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03-Aug-2023

10-Aug-2023

ALOR

7

MAUMERE

MAUMERE

$4,690

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12-Aug-2023

23-Aug-2023

ALOR-KOMODO

11

MAUMERE

LABUANBAJO

$7,370

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25-Aug-2023

01-Sep-2023

KOMODO FOCUS

7

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$4,690

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03-Sep-2023

11-Sep-2023

KOMODO FOCUS

8

LABUANBAJO

LABUANBAJO

$5,360

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13-Sep-2023

24-Sep-2023

KOMODO-ALOR

11

LABUANBAJO

MAUMERE

$7,370

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26-Sep-2023

06-Oct-2023

SOUTH FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

10

MAUMERE

SAUMLAKI

$6,700

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08-Oct-2023

16-Oct-2023

CENTRAL FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

8

SAUMLAKI

SAUMLAKI

$5,360

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18-Oct-2023

30-Oct-2023

NORTH FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

12

SAUMLAKI

AMBON

$8,040

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01-Nov-2023

13-Nov-2023

MALUKU-BANDA-RAJA AMPAT

12

AMBON

SORONG

$8,040

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15-Nov-2023

25-Nov-2023

RAJA AMPAT

10

SORONG

SORONG

$6,700

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27-Nov-2023

08-Dec-2023

RAJA AMPAT

11

SORONG

SORONG

$7,370

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Inclusions

  • Full board accommodation in double/twin deluxe cabin
  • The shore activities/excursions according to the program
  • Soft drinks, water, tea, American/Balinese coffee
  • Five meals per day
  • Diving activities (up to 4 dives/day)
  • Dive cylinders, weights and weight belts
  • Transfer from/to embarkation/disembarkation airport
  • Government Taxes
  • Welcome massage (1/2 hour per person)

 

Exclusions

  • Master cabin supplement (50 USD/person/night surcharge applied to cabins Rama and Shinta)
  • Administration/port clearance fee
  • National Parks Entrance Fee
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • International and domestic air transportation
  • Hotels and meals before and after the cruise
  • Alcoholic drinks, espresso, cappuccino
  • Dive equipment rental (other than dive cylinders, weights and weight belt)
  • Nitrox refills
  • Massages and Spa treatments (other than welcome massage)
  • Travel insurance
  • Onboard purchases
  • Private tours
  • Laundry
  • On-board telecommunications
  • Crew gratuities

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Other Dates & Availability

For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Itinerary Overview

From MAY to OCTOBER Arenui cruises the Komodo National Park area, taking in dive sites and landscapes from Bali right across to Flores and Alor, which can be dived all year round.

Then in NOVEMBER, they move towards Ambon in Maluku and the Spice Islands in the Banda Sea, working our way to the Raja Ampat area of Western Papua (the world's "epicenter of marine biodiversity").

Their cruises continue in Raja Ampat from DECEMBER until APRIL, before traveling back towards Alor and Komodo National Park (one of the 'New 7 Wonders of Nature').

 

Komodo

Offering perhaps the most diverse range of dive sites, Komodo cruises have everything from macro subjects to pelagics, from drift dives over stunning reefs to night dives on black sandy slopes. In the Komodo National Park, now one of the new 7 wonders of nature, we dive over hot springs at an underwater volcano and meet the last living dinosaur. We explore a popular site called Castle Rock, a nice opportunity to try out a 'reef-hook' dive as you secure yourself to the rock and float in the current, watching the schooling fish and predator/prey action!

 

 

Alor & Flores

As well as being one of the best-kept secrets for diving in paradise, including rare finds like the beautiful rhinopias but also plenty of pelagic action, this area boasts stunning topside scenery and impressive volcanoes. We also visit the famous Pura Island villagers, who splash out of their wooden dugout canoes and dive underwater with home-made goggles fashioned from wood and glass bottles.

 

Maluku & Banda (Spice Islands)

Unlike other areas, with high populations and subsequent pressure from fishing, the Bandas' relatively small human population has been a blessing for divers - offering a vibrant, healthy reef system with fish life in incredible numbers along with huge gorgonians and sponges and some truly monumental hard corals. Expect plenty of pelagics, widespread muck diving and unexplored coral gardens, as well as a rich colonial heritage on land. Dive Nusa Laut, which showcases the positive effects of a village taking care of its habitat, where the reef remains as unspoiled as it was hundreds of years ago and a favorite of many dive enthusiasts.

 

Ambon

The Laha sites are a hidden treasure of amazing critters, including the recently discovered species of frogfish (the psychedelic frogfish) but also mimic octopus, zebra crabs and dozens of different nudibranchs. A very popular photo subject is the eponymous Ambon Scorpionfish in differing hues of red, pink, green, yellow and orange - but keep an eye out for many other members of the scorpionfish family too, including the spiny devilfish, stonefish, zebra lionfish, ragged-finned lionfish and leafy scorpionfish - all venomous but gorgeous!

 

Raja Ampat

Famed as the world's epicenter of marine biodiversity, this area offers vibrant underwater colors but also majestic landscapes, so a perfect destination for keen photographers. The waters of the region's 1,500 virtually untouched islands, boast over 1,300 reef fish (25 endemic species), 600 hard corals and 75 % of all known coral species, plus 13 marine mammals and 5 species of endangered sea turtles. Wobbegong sharks hide under colorful coral shelves and the elusive Epaulette "walking" shark comes out at night. Jump in at Neptune Fan Sea for a great drift dive, rushing along a gulley past giant colorful gorgonian sea fans. Manta Sandy is well-known as one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas.

 

A Typical Day on the Arenui

Here's a sample Arenui day for a keen diver who also wants a relaxing holiday:

  • 6:00-7: 00 am | Wake up in a remote paradise, head out to the restaurant area and start the day with a small breakfast of toast, pastries, fruit, coffee and juice. One of the cruise directors gives a full dive brief, using two TV screens to highlight the dive site map and a recommended route to explore the reef, and also uses the fish ID books to show photos of the popular critters we hope to see that are special to this site.
  • 8:00 am | First dive of the day. Grab rash-guard, mask, booties and fins, then pass crew the camera to put in a plastic basket and take to the tender. Step down into the tender and check over BCD (already waiting for you, set up and ready to go). Quick 2-3 mins ride out to the site, gear up and then back roll into the water. Probably a deeper dive, perhaps a nice slow drift or maybe a good chance to hook onto the seabed and watch some early morning fish action. Pop up (after safety stop) to find tender waiting at the surface. Head back to boat and crew member hands over a warm towel to dry off!
  • 9.30am | Time for the big breakfast now, with a full spread of hot items and eggs cooked to request (before the first dive you'll be asked how you'd like your eggs so they can prepare and have everything ready after the dive). Relax in the sky lounge, go for a nap in your cabin or complete log books. Thirty minutes before the dive time it's another dive briefing, with map, route, photos. 11:30 am | Second dive of the day. Good time to take out the underwater camera and try for some images in good light. Test out some fun sun-burst photos using dive buddy as a model.
  • 1 pm | If it's not dive-time then it must be food-time. Lunch is a mouth-watering buffet of local and western food with healthy salads and vegetables to make sure everyone's feeling fit and healthy for the next dive. Perhaps time to pop up to the sky lounge for a short cat-nap, or to read a good book or chat with other guests and crew. Step in to say hello to the captain in the wheelhouse and ask him about the beautiful islands we're sailing past. Back down to the restaurant for a full dive briefing.
  • 3:00 pm | Third dive of the day. Fueled by a tasty lunch, drop in for a current dive and try to keep up 
  • with the schools of fish
  • 4.30pm | Chef puts out some tasty snacks, savory and sweet. Try to resist eating too much but it's all so delicious and you have the excuse of needing energy for all this diving! Time to decide whether to do the night dive or not. If not, there's the option of an early dinner so not eating too late.
  • 5:00 pm | Find some time between reading, chatting, snacking and looking at photos on the computer, to get a back massage. Fragrant massage oils smell great, mixing with the salty ocean breeze. Now it's decision time; sunset cocktail or a last dive? There's time later for a drink with the stars instead, so head down for a dive briefing to find out what's in store on this night dive.
  • 6:30 pm | Fourth dive of the day. Well worth skipping the cocktail, as the reef is alive with weird and wonderful creatures. Eagle-eyed dive guide points out tiny bits of fluff that turn out to be minute species, rarely seen. After the dive, head back to the boat through inky black water under a canopy of stars. A crew member has a hot towel and a cup of hot chocolate ready and waiting!
  • 8:00 pm | Take a seat in the sky restaurant on the top deck under the stars, with fellow divers, to discuss the day's highlights, while tucking into the starter laid out at the table. Soup is next, then the crew serves up the main course (chosen earlier, at lunchtime, from the menu that changes daily) and everyone toasts to a great day of diving. After a delicious dessert, there's time for a short movie. Someone's downloading photos onto one of the computers in the restaurant (windows or mac setup) and having a go at editing the best shots.
  • 9:00 pm | Seems like a great opportunity to get some night photos, so try out different settings to get a nice night-sky, starry image. Look out over the peaceful, calm waters. Imagine the activity going on beneath the surface, as night-time critters go about their business. Plan ahead for tomorrow; perhaps take one of the kayaks for a closer look at the islands. There's talk of visiting a village too, to meet some locals and buy some souvenirs. Or maybe another massage!!!
 

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Boat Specifications

  • Length (LOA): 43 m
  • Beam: 9 m
  • Draft: 3.75 m
  • Displacement: 300 tons
  • Engines: Mitsubishi marine 10 cylinders 440 HP
  • Electronic Appliances: radar 35 MM Furuno, echo sounder Furuno, GPS Furuno, WHS SSB Radio, Ericsson satellite phone, TV & Music system, iMac and PC computers
  • Cruising Speed: 9 -11 knots
  • Safety: 2 * 20 persons inflatable life rafts, life jackets (40 pcs), buoys, safety flares, smoke detectors in each cabin, fire extinguishers, first aids equipment, oxygen onboard, hyperbaric chambers in Bali, Makassar, Manado and Jakarta
  • Diesel Generators: 1 * Mitsubishi 60 KW ~ 1 * Mitsubishi 20 kW
  • Available Voltage: 220 Volt, 50 Hertz available for cabins ~ 110 Volt available in the camera room
  • Water Tank: 10,000 liters + desalination unit (capacity 7,000 liters per day)
  • Fuel Tank: 10 tons
  • Scuba Tanks: 30 * 11 liters tanks. 4 * 15 liters tanks
  • Compressors: 2 Bauer Mariner, Nitrox membrane system available
  • UW Photography: Individual charging stations, photography table, iMac computers with photo editing software
  • Guest Accommodations: Max 16 guests, 8 double-twin cabins, on request possible third bed for families or groups
  • Crew: 22 persons included 2 western cruises directors
  • Tenders: 2 fiberglass dinghy (8 mt each) with outboard 40 HP Yamaha engine / 1 inflatable rubber boat (6 mt)

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: GMT+8 & GMT+9
  • Language Spoken: English, Spanish, German and Indonesian
  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Electricity: 220 & 110 V

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Underwater Photos

Courtesy of the Arenui Liveaboard

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Komodo

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Maluku

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