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  • Raja Ampat -  March 2024

Raja Ampat - March 2024

Raja Ampat Indonesia - Arenui Live-Aboard with Mark Potter as your guide. March 9 to 21, 2024

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Rama suite


Rama Master Suite

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Julie and Cary G

Ideal for couples looking for something extra special, with stunning sea-view. 20 sq metres, king-size bed, sofa/relax area, en-suite bathroom, 7 large windows, private balcony with seating, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box.DECOR: Special array of handicrafts and textiles from Bali, West Papua and Central Java. Cabin named after a main character in the Hindu epic, Ramayana.

LOCATION: Upper Deck

Shinta Master Suite


Shinta Master Suite

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Terry and Joanne O

Ideal for couples looking for something extra special, with stunning sea-view. 20 sq metres, king-size bed, sofa/relax area, en-suite bathroom, 7 large windows, private balcony with seating, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box.DECOR: Special array of handicrafts and textiles from Bali, West Papua and Sumba. Cabin named after a main character in the Hindu epic, Ramayana.

LOCATION: Upper Deck

Barong Deluxe Cabin


Barong Deluxe Cabin

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Steve L and Scott C

Ideal for individuals. 19 sq metres, 2 single beds, spacious desk (popular with photographers), en-suite bathroom, 2 large windows, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. DECOR: Special array of handicrafts and textiles from Flores West Papua and East Java. Cabin named after the King of spirits, leader of the forces of good and enemy to the demon Queen in Balinese mythology.

LOCATION: Upper Deck.

Ganesh Deluxe Cabin


Ganesh Deluxe Cabin

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Carol N and Lynn S

Ideal for individuals. 19 sq metres, 2 single beds, spacious desk (popular with photographers), en-suite bathroom, 2 large windows, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. DECOR: Special array of handicrafts and textiles from Maluku, Cendrawasih Bay and East Java. Cabin named after Hindu's most beloved deity, the god of wisdom, scribes, learning and the remover of obstacles - a prayer to Ganesh is said to ensure success.


Legong Deluxe Cabin


Legong Deluxe Cabin

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Mark Potter and Christian V

Suitable for couples, individuals or a family (single bed available). 20 sq metres, king-size bed, 1 single-bed, en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. DECOR: Special array of handicrafts and textiles from Flores, West Papua and Java, with a special Balinese motif carved on the wall. Cabin named after a classical dance, usually staged in the palace courtyard to entertain the King.

LOCATION: Lower Deck.

Garuda Deluxe Cabin


Garuda Deluxe Cabin

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Tara G and Annmarie P

Suitable for couples, individuals or a family (single bed available). 20 sq metres, queen-size bed, 1 single-bed, en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. DECOR: Special array of handicrafts and textiles from Bali, with a hand-woven silk stole from Central Sulawesi. Cabin named after a large mythical bird-like creature found in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology, and also the national symbol of Indonesia.

LOCATION: Lower Deck.

Toraja Deluxe Cabin


Toraja Deluxe Cabin

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Tim B and Beverly W

Suitable for couples or a family (sofa can be converted into an extra bed for a child). 20 sq metres, king-size bed, sofa/relax area, en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. DECOR: Special array of handicrafts and textiles from Sulawesi, Central Bali and Flores. Cabin named after an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi.

LOCATION: Lower Deck

Dayak Deluxe Cabin


Dayak Deluxe Cabin

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David L and Cuong H

Suitable for couples or a family (sofa can be converted into an extra bed for a child). 21 sq metres, king-size bed, sofa/relax area, en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box. DECOR: Special array of handicrafts and textiles from Kalimantan and West Papua. Cabin named after a people indigenous to Borneo, including the Dayak Bukit ethnic group from South Kalimantan - the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo.

LOCATION: Lower Deck.

ArenuiArenuiSky Restaurant

Boat Features

  • Laundry Service
  • Onboard Kayaks
  • Air-Conditioned Salon
  • Camera room with table
  • Charging Stations
  • Leisure Deck
  • Onboard Massages
  • Audio & Video Entertainment
  • Air-Conditioned Cabins
  • Non-Diver/Snorkeler Friendly
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Shaded Diving Deck
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Library
  • Sun Deck
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Separate rinse for cameras



The true pinnacle of luxury, Arenui is a 43m boutique liveaboard committed to exceptional five star service. Arenui schedules year round diving cruises to the most fascinating dive sites in Komodo, the Banda Sea and Raja Ampat. The philosophy of Arenui is that a liveaboard diving holiday should spare no effort to create a luxurious, personal experience. The 8 lavish cabins are equipped with individual climate control and en suite bathroom. Each cabin is beautifully decorated with local handicrafts to reflect the culture of Indonesia. Guests will dine on fresh international and local cuisine prepare by renowned chefs. For added luxury, Arenui boasts an outdoor sky restaurant for a unique dining experience and a top deck sky lounge perfect for sunbathing and relaxing with a massage and spa treatments. Arenui takes divers to the remote regions of the Indonesia archipelago for spectacular diving. Dive amenities include a massive dive deck with ample space for divers to gear up, personal equipment storage, wooden counters for camera equipment, 2 rinse tanks and a shade canopy. The expert dive staff will work with divers to create once in a lifetime dive excursions. Join our group trip for the ultimate luxury Arenui Indonesia liveaboard diving holiday.

Package Includes

  • Double occupancy accommodation
  • 2 Master suites and 6 deluxe cabins total 16 passengers
  • Shore activities/excursions according to the program
  • Soft drinks and all meals on board
  • Diving activities (up to 4 dives/day) including tanks, weights and weight belt
  • Transfer from/to embarkation/disembarkation airport
  • Administration/Port Clearance fee
  • Park and diving fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Government taxes
  • Welcome massage


  • International and domestic air transportation
  • Hotels and meals before and after the cruise
  • Alcoholic drinks • Dive equipment rental (other than tanks, weights and weight belt)
  • Nitrox • Massages and spa treatments (other than welcome massage)
  • Travel insurance
  • Onboard purchases
  • Private tours
  • Laundry
  • Onboard telecommunications
  • Crew gratuities  


Package Price

Arenui Boat Package (6 deluxe cabins) $8320 cash/check $8650 credit card


Master Suite (2 cabins) add $600 cash/check $624 credit card


Price includes fuel surcharge, port fees, park and diving fees. Note fees subject to change.

Trip Insurance Highly Reccommeded
Airfare - Call for current price. Cannot book until 11 months out
Airfare prices are subject to change. 
Pricing is based on double occupancy.
Non-refundable unless spot is sold. A 6% service charge will be assessed to all refunds.
Prices may increase or decrease slightly due to fuel surcharges, taxes, etc.
Air schedule is subject to change.

Payment Schedule
Payments are non-refundable unless spot is sold.

Initial Deposit -  $1000 
Scheduled Payment #1 - $1500 January 15, 2022
Scheduled Payment #2 - $1500 June 15, 2022
Scheduled Payment #3 - $1500 January 15, 2023
Scheduled Payment #4 - $1500 June 15, 2023

Final Payment Due - December 8, 2023

Please check your passport to make sure that it has not expired and that it has at least 6 months left from the return date.

Flight Information - too early to book

13Days/12Nights Soron - Amon Cruise Itinerary


Day 1    Embarkation in Sorong

Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’.  In an archipelago of over 1,500 small islands there are four main islands or ‘kings’– Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool. The majority of Raja Ampat is in Marine Protected Areas. These islands usually experience varying visibility depending on the weather conditions and warm water around 27-30C (81-86F).


Day 2    Dampier Strait (4 dives)


The strait that flows between Waigeo and Batanta is rapidly becoming known as having some of the most spectacular diving in Raja Ampat as a result of the nutrient-rich ocean currents passing through. Everything that makes for a wonderful dive can be found here. But even beyond the usual delights and the satisfaction of spotting prized macro subjects such as the newly discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse on the coral heads, there are surprises to be found in every dive.


Ironically, sardines are about the only reef fish not found at the site of Sardine Reef, but you won’t even notice as you see swarms of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish practically block out the sky swarming over a reef decorated with sea fans, soft corals and huge orange elephant ear sponges encrusted with pastel colonies of tunicates. One of the more unique thrills of this site is being able to hear “fish thunder” - the loud booming sound made when a large number of fish move rapidly through open water.  Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Mioskon are all dive sites in Dampier Strait full of these wonders. The fish life in this area is as plentiful as can be expected at sites with a great deal of healthy hard and soft coral. Wobbegong sharks can also be found at any of these dive sites. Blue Magic is a submerged seamount where there is a chance to encounter Giant manta rays.


Day 3    Dampier Strait / Sawandarek (4 dives)


The first two dives of the day we will be in Dampier Strait. The afternoon and night dive are at Sawandarek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and below look for pipefish and cuttlefish. On the reef see huge giant clams nestled among pulsing soft corals. At night listen for the toadfish croaking from under the rocks and look for huge lobsters and maybe even catch a glimpse of the endemic epaulette shark, the ‘walking’ shark. The reef also provides shelter for many interesting small animals like hermit crabs, flatworms and the very cute pughead pipefish.


Between the dives there is an opportunity to visit the village on Sawandarek Island to see the traditional way of life for these island people. Be ready to be greeted by many children who are more than willing to pose for photographs. Anyone joining our cruise is more than welcome to bring along some goodies for the children at Sawandarek. Obviously the children love sweets but we encourage people to bring pencils, pens, notebooks or coloring books - all of which don’t rot their teeth! The school always needs more materials and the girls love hair clips and bands. Please try to limit the amount of plastic packaging, leave this at home where it can be correctly recycled.


Day 4    Penemu (2 dives)


We will travel to the beautiful area of Penemu before travelling south to Misool. Penemu is an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites. Melissa’s Garden is the most well known. Here there are very healthy hard coral reefs in the shallows and a beautiful coral garden sloping to the sides where schooling fish hang out in the current. Wobbegong sharks like to sleep under the coral heads and inside the large cup corals here.  Hundreds of anthias dance in and out of the corals where you might also see a sea snake. Takat Penemu is a long submerged seamount, Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef are also great dives in this area. After the two morning dives we will visit the viewpoint in Penemu where you can appreciate the iconic Raja Ampat view of the groups of islands nestled inside beautiful blue lagoons. Check out our Beaches & Islands album.


Days 5-7            Misool, Raja Ampat (10 dives)


Misool is in the south of Raja Ampat and we will dive at the many small islands in the southeast. Southeast Misool is famous for the profusion of colorful soft corals and sea fans beautifully draped all over the reefs. Take a look at some photos taken in this area in our album Soft Coral Heaven.


We will stay two and a half days in the Misool area. On Day 7 we will complete two dives before traveling Koon. The islands in south-east Misool are grouped by areas. Here are the names of the areas and dive sites we may visit (weather permitting):


Misool - Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Area


This area offers several different dive sites. At Sagof the little islets of Baby Rock and Two Tree Island create amazing dive sites with abundant fish life. There is a resident school of batfish at Baby Rock and Two Tree Island is often full of thousands bait fish. There is also a pinnacle off Two Tree Island that we call The Watch Towers. Here the soft corals are magnificent and there is a huge resident school of snappers. At Wagmab and Farondi dive into Eddy Cave and surface inside to see the stalactites hanging from the top of the cavern.  Outside the wall is full of overhangs and caves where divers are likely to encounter groups of snapper and large groupers resting at the bottom. At Three Sisters, Grouper Net and Wagmab Corner look for wobbegong sharks resting under ledges or on top of cup corals.  Sea fans fill the walls and slopes so be on the look out for pygmy sea horses.  Between dives there is a chance to go on our Jungle River Tour to see the secret lagoons around Wagmab Island – check out a video of the lagoons here.


Misool – Boo Area


Boo Windows is the famous dive site in this area. It is best known for the “windows” or rounded openings on the end of the largest rock that completely pierce the reef from the surface down to about five meters/fifteen feet. Although the two rocks appear separate from the surface they are in fact connected underwater by a magnificent reef draped in soft corals and brimming with fish. See photos of the Windows here. Boo Ridge is an underwater ridge coming off the eastern point of Boo Island. Both sides are covered in huge gorgonian sea fans. At these dive sites look out for turtles, reef sharks, pygmies, nudis and schooling batfish, fusiliers and snappers. Shadow Reef is a submerged seamount south of Boo. The fish life here is profuse with napoleon wrasses of all sizes, baby white tip reef sharks sleeping under the table corals, schooling barracuda and batfish and for the lucky ones maybe a manta ray circling the cleaning stations. Shadow Reef is one of a very few places in the world where you can see both types of manta ray – Giant manta and Reef mantas!


Misool – Yuliet Area


The tiny islands of Yuliet and Romeo both have a surrounding plateaux in the shallows that slope down to reefs or small walls. At Yuliet there is a good chance to see the ‘Santa Claus pygmy’ a red colour variation of the Denise pygmy seahorse. In the shallows are large coral heads completely covered in colorful soft corals. Schools of barracuda and batfish as well as napoleon wrasses are often seen here. Romeo is a great night dive where we will look for the endemic epaulette shark, the ‘walking’ shark.


Misool - Fiabecet


Fiabecet area has a selection of dives where the colorful soft corals and beautiful sea fans literally cover the reefs. The soft corals here are truly outstanding. There is a deep underwater ridge connecting the island of Boo in the east to the island of Kalig in the west. In parts this ridge moves up shallower and forms the dive sites of Boo West Corner, Batu Kecil (aka Tank Rock), Nudi Rock, Whale Rock and Kalig Ridge. Expect healthy fish life, pygmy seahorses galore, nudis, colorful anemones, reef sharks and perhaps a Wobbegong shark.


Misool - Wayilbatan Area


Neptune Fan Sea is a small channel between two islands with a shallow wall completely covered in some of the biggest gorgonian sea fans you will ever see. At the start of the dive explore the beautiful coral heads where a wobbegong shark or even a huge grouper can be hiding. Then drift along the wall and enjoy the view of the sea fans, stopping once in a while to find the tiny pygmy seahorse. Four Kings is a stunning dive site made up of four underwater pinnacles. Swim from one rock to the next enjoying the soft corals and fish life. Look out for turtles here. Wedding Cake and Wayili Rock offer chances to see schools of batfish, trevallies, barracuda, pygmy seahorses and even a walking shark at night.


Day 8    Koon Island (2-3 dives)


Too Many Fish

Our next stop is Koon Island, located southeast of Seram Island and over a trench that goes down to more than 3000 meters. There is only one dive site here and its distinct name of “Too Many Fish” is aptly deserved. The reason for this name becomes obvious to anyone who dives here. Large schools of all kinds of fish are seen here especially black snappers, batfish, barracuda and fusiliers. The sloping reef is full of beautiful corals interspaced with white sandy patches, going into a steep wall at around 30m/100ft. In the deep look for large groupers, sharks or even a passing eagle ray. In the shallows schools of banner fish, Oceanic triggerfish and red snappers decorate the reef. With all the fish in the usually perfect visibility you probably won’t be looking at the macro residents of this reef but if you do pygmies, leaf fish, nudis and ghost pipefish have been seen here. Depending on the phase of the moon, strong currents can make this dive site very challenging but unforgettable.


Depending on the weather we will do two to three dives here before heading to the Banda Islands.


Day 9    Banda Islands (4 dives)


Most widely known as one of the main stops along the old spice route, the Banda Islands are an isolated group of islands in the midst of the wide expanses of the Banda Sea. The remoteness of these islands has given it a fascinating, colorful history, including the fact that it was once the only place in the world where nutmeg grew!

The diving here is usually fairly relaxing with mild currents, good visibility and calm waters, but there are spots with strong currents. However, our experienced dive guides will of course properly brief you on the conditions to be encountered and will plan the dives according to divers’ experiences. Here is a list of possible dive sites:


Little Manhattan

On the island of Nailaka next to the island of Run is the dive site Little Manhattan. The reason for the name of the dive site is that in 1667 the English traded the small island of Run for Manhattan, giving the Dutch full control of the Banda archipelago. White sandy slopes interspaced with large coral heads and a healthy reef makes this dive site very beautiful. A resident school of Bumphead parrotfish may be spotted here and look out into the blue for a passing eagle ray.


Tanjung Noret

Tanjung Noret is on the south-west corner of Run island. Tanjung means corner and from the shallows the reef slopes down steeply into very deep water. There are gigantic gorgonian sea fans and sponges here. Drift along the slope with great visibility and enjoy the view of thousands of tiny reef fish darting in and out of the cracks and crevices. Look out into the blue once in a while for a chance to see hammerhead sharks.


Batu Kapal

Here there is a submerged pinnacle next to the main dive site which has a rock breaking the surface that is in the shape of a boat, hence the dive site name Batu (rock) Kapal (boat). Fish are present here in incredible numbers along with huge gorgonians and some truly monumental sponges. Look out for Napoleon wrasses in the deep and a very special fish only seen in the Banda Sea area, the soap fish.


Pohon Miring

At most sites in the Banda Islands, you will see enormous schools of fusiliers, thousands of redtooth triggerfish and hundreds of schooling pyramid butterflyfish. At this dive site there is a large crack in the reef that creates a deep swim-through. Drift through the hole and then enjoy the wall covered in sponges on the other side. On the top of the wall see many moray eels and perhaps a school of Bumphead parrotfish munching on the rocks.


Princes Reef

Princes Reef is just outside the bay of Banda Neira. It is a long reef covered with a myriad of sponges, usually decorated blue with hundreds of fusiliers. Ribbon eels can be found in the sandy patches and pygmy seahorses have been found on the sea fans here.


Lava Flow

A famous dive site in the Banda Islands it is at the bottom of a lava flow coming down from the peak of the Banda Api volcano. Underwater be amazed by the growth of hard coral when you take into account that the lava flowed into the sea in 1988, not so long ago. Staghorn coral gardens stretch off into the crystal blue water as far as the eye can see. One unusual coral formation to look out for here is table corals that have collapsed on to their sides but continue to sprout mini table corals off its flat edges.


Banda Jetty

The sunset dive in the harbour can prove to be one of the best sites in the world to see Mandarin fish. In the very shallow water, among the stones from old, collapsed sea walls and jetties live many Mandarin fish. We will jump in just before dusk and they will ‘walk’ around on the rocks right in front of you preparing for the nightly mating ritual. Be patient, you may get lucky and see them flutter up off the reef, cheek to cheek. If you’ve had enough of the Mandarin fish, the rocks and volcanic sandy bottom are also covered in other macro critters.


Day 10   Banda Neira Tour / Banda Islands (1 dive)


Intriguing remnants of the old lucrative spice trade are still present in Banda Neira and give a taste of colonial times. Explore Pulau Neira and spend the morning walking through its historic little town. The town is full of interesting houses dating back to the Dutch and English periods. There is also the well-preserved Fort Belgica with its fantastic views overlooking the waters around the island. We’ll visit a traditional nutmeg plantation where you will see nutmeg, cinnamon and clove trees nestled around the plantation farmer’s house. Enjoy a plantation tea under the shade of cocoa trees and try nutmeg jam, candies, cake and cinnamon biscuits. Take a look at our Banda Islands photo album here.


After the tour we will do one more dive in the Banda Islands before heading north to Nusa Laut or to Ambon Bay – depending on guest’s preferences about muck diving. If many guests are flying early on disembarkation day then we may head straight to Ambon Bay so everyone can enjoy some diving there.


Day 11 Nusa Laut / Pulau Molana (4 dives)


Amet Reef

Even though it is located only a few hours away from Ambon, Amet Reef at Nusa Laut presents quite different scenery and is the best example of the positive effects of a village taking care of its reef. The reef remains as unspoiled as it was hundreds of years ago. The locals have taken steps to protect it and the result is an outstanding site that is the favourite of many dive enthusiasts. There are white tips and grey reef sharks patrolling the depths and playful turtles can be spotted as well. Look out for the big group of bumphead parrotfish munching on the reef. For the very lucky hammerhead sharks and dugongs have occasionally been spotted here.


Molana Wall

After two dives at Amet Reef we move to the island of Molana for the third dive and night dive. This shallow wall breaks in places where you can find ribbon eels in the sandy slopes. On the wall look for small pipefish and moray eels. On the top of the reef turtles might be seen feeding in the beautiful coral gardens.


Day 12   Ambon Bay (1-2 dives)

There are many terrific dive sites and even a shipwreck with massive quantities of fish and nice corals around enchanting Ambon Bay, a perennial favourite destination among divers simply for the staggering array of creatures that can be found here. There are even new discoveries of species still being made here such as the recently named psychedelic frogfish.

Some of the critters encountered here are wunderpus and mimic octopus, frogfish, zebra crabs and dozens of different nudibranchs. It seems as if all the members of the scorpionfish family are gathered here including spiny devilfish, stonefish, lionfish leaf fish and even Rhinopias. Another family group well represented here are moray eels and you can generally find snowflake, fimbriated and curious white-eyed morays residing in crevices or even gliding among the reefs. A close look in the sand can reveal crocodile fish while a careful study of the gorgonians might surprise you with the sight of a pygmy seahorse. This area is also a good spot for catching a glimpse of ornate ghost pipefish and the extremely rare halimeda ghost pipefish.

On this, the last full day of the cruise there will be one or two dives depending on the flight times out of Ambon the next day.


Day 13 Disembarkation in Ambon


Total dives: 32-34 dives

Marks Indonesia Flights

I reccomending conacting Lisa at Dreamweaver Travel to book international and/or local flights. 800-767-3483

06MAR           QR 744          Boston - Doha          950P  550P  arrive 07MAR           

08MAR           QR 956          Doha – Jakarta         210A  240P

22MAR           QR 955          Jakarta – Doha         1225A  515A          

QR 743          Doha – Boston          750A  310P

Domestic/ internal flights with Batik. 

09MAR           ID7797           Jakarta - Sorong      1205A  610A          

21MAR           ID6171           Ambon - Jakarta       855A 1020A

Note: I booked the airport hotel in Jakarta before and after the trip since long layover. Lisa can take care of that for you


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