Explore Indonesia’s Northern Forgotten Islands aboard the ultra luxurious Arenui liveaboard. The Arenui is a traditional and magnificent Phinisi – a classic Indonesian wooden sailing vessel – set to explore the majestic underwater world of the Indonesian archipelago. By providing the highest quality from diving to dining, from leisure activities to the exquisite accommodations – and, above all, providing outstanding service at all times to guests. There is a choice of both comfortable indoor and outdoor areas for relaxing and dining. During meals, there is always an extensive selection of dishes and a tantalizing list of fine wines. When resting in between dives, guests have the possibility of indulging themselves in a relaxing massage on deck.
Diving in the Forgotten Islands you can expect to find plenty of rare and unusual critters and stunning corals, but you will also have fantastic opportunities for pelagic sightings and schools of larger fish such as barracuda and mackerel, as well as the chance to meet schooling hammerhead sharks. Dive sites in the Forgotten Islands are in the Banda Sea and are particularly noticeable for the crystal clear blue sea, deep walls and huge sponges. The stunning walls of the Banda Sea are beautiful and healthy due to the isolation of these areas. The sunlight in the shallows of the dive sites light up the dancing anthias that really look like someone is throwing up ‘confetti fish’!
Dawera Island is a definite stop on our Forgotten Islands itinerary. As well as the diving we can visit the isolated tropical island village nestled on a beautiful white sand beach and sheltered by a line of palm trees and a bamboo forest. There is a seamount off this isolated island, which in our eyes counts as one of the best dive sites in the world! The local villages don’t even fish here because they can catch all that they need from the surrounding area. It has hardly been dived either, hence an immaculate, untouched reef so full of fish you don’t know where to look. On the current side the entire reef is covered with pyramid butterfly fish and when they mix in with the hundreds of neon fusiliers and surgeon fish the colourful effect is striking. There’s a resident school of thousands of big-eyed trevallies that zoom back and forth across the dive site. A big school of batfish also make this pinnacle their home. White tip reef sharks, eagle rays, grey reef sharks and, most excitingly, silver tip reef sharks can be spotted here.
The Forgotten Islands are fast becoming famous for the schooling and individual hammerhead sharks that can be seen there. There are several areas where the sharks have been seen – at Dusborgh, Nil Desparandum, Manuk and in the Banda Islands. Dusborgh and Nil Desparadum are sea mounts far from any islands and are surrounded by very deep water. Manuk is the most eastern volcano in Indonesia. Here sea snakes are abundant and very curious! Diving here you will soon got used to the snakes coming at you from all directions to take a sniff at your fins or even your face!! Manuk attracts frigates and brown and red footed boobies so surface intervals can be spent watching these birds souring above the volcano.
Always a very popular land excursion with our guests is the tour of Banda Neira in the Spice Islands. You will visit the Banda Islands during the North Forgotten Islands cruise. Disembarking by the old colonial balustrades of the seafront hotel you feel that you have stepped back in time. The clean, quiet streets of Banda Neira are a pleasure to stroll around. The quaint little museum is the first stop on the tour and an old diving helmet is one of the other artifacts on show there. A short stroll up the hill takes you to the old Dutch fort with wonderful views over the harbour and to the neighbouring volcano. The town is so peaceful and undeveloped that it feels like the view really hasn’t changed in centuries. Back down the hill on the other side and through a nutmeg plantation your guide will demonstrate how to pick the ripe nutmegs. With the clove and cinnamon trees, the fresh smell of spices assails your nose. The final stop on the tour is at the plantation owner’s house for a mid-morning snack of cinnamon tea and nutmeg cake and jam under the shade of the cocoa tree.
Marine life highlights to see:
• Mantis shrimp
• Fire urchins
• Wobbegong sharks
• Sea turtles
• Pygmy seahorse
• Manta rays
• Blue ringed octopus
If you’ve dreamed of setting sail aboard an old-fashioned pirate ship then this is for you. If you want to experience the culture and style of the country, as you sail through its beautiful islands, then this if for you. Unlike modern-style vessels, we offer you the chance to step aboard a truly Indonesian experience, to enhance your time in this special destination.
There is flexibility in terms of rooms, so the Arenui has an unconventional layout to offer larger cabins, a larger restaurant, a large outdoor area (sky restaurant, sky lounge and dive deck), a roomy wheelhouse for the captain (and guests keen to take part), as well as a very large area for the invaluable crew (22 beds in the crew quarters with extra space for our cruise directors who work so tirelessly on our operations). To accommodate these spacious rooms the corridor space was minimized and created a compact galley with innovative storage areas. The stern of the vessel is the ‘working’ area, so the tenders and diving equipment can be prepared easily without disturbing guests.
The restaurant area is also unique, stretching across the full width of the vessel to allow for maximum seating and space, so guests can spread out and have a choice of places to sit. The upper deck features 2 master-suites (Rama and Shinta, double beds) and 2 deluxe twin cabins (Barong and Ganesh, single beds), plus the galley, the dive deck and the spacious restaurant. On the lower deck we have 4 deluxe cabins (Garuda, Legong, Toraja and Dayak), accommodating couples, single divers or groups of 3 (e.g. families with children). On the skydeck you’ll find the sky restaurant and sun-bathing, the wheelhouse and then the raised sky lounge with stretches across the back half of the boat.
The Arenui has been designed to host a maximum of 16 passengers in 8 exceptionally spacious cabins (starting from 19 squared 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.
The Arenui can be your private sanctuary and second home, but one located amidst a constantly changing tropical landscape!
This cabin is ideal for couples, individuals or a small group or family. It is located on the lower deck and is 226 sq ft (21 sq meters) in size. Amenities include: king-size bed, sofa/relaxing area (sofa can be converted into an extra bed), en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box.
This cabin is ideal for individuals. It is located on the upper deck and is 205 sq ft (19 sq meters) in size. Amenities include: 2 single beds, spacious desk (great for photographers), en-suite bathroom, 2 large windows, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box.
This cabin is ideal for couples with stunning sea-view. It is located on the upper deck and 215 sq ft (20 sq meters) in size. Amenities include: king-size bed, sofa/relaxing area, en-suite bathroom, 7 large windows, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box.
This cabin is ideal for couples or a small group or family. It is located on the lower deck and is 215 sq ft (20 sq meters) in size. Amenities include: queen-size bed, sofa/relaxing area (sofa can be converted into an extra bed), en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box.
This cabin is ideal for couples or a small group or family. It is located on the lower deck and is 215 sq ft (20 sq meters) in size. Amenities include: king-size bed, sofa/relaxing area (sofa can be converted into an extra bed), en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box.
This cabin is ideal for couples or a small group or family. It is located on the lower deck and is 226 sq ft (21 sq meters) in size. Amenities include: king-size bed, sofa/relaxing area (sofa can be converted into an extra bed), en-suite bathroom, 3 large portholes, individual air conditioning, minibar and safety deposit box.
Prices are per person and dependent on room selection, all taxes are already included.
Deluxe Stateroom: $8,690 USD
Master Stateroom: $9,390 USD
Prices do not include flights, additional hotel stays, gear rental, gratuities, park fees and travel insurance (highly recommended).
Dive insurance is required to travel with Scuba Getaway, travellers need to purchase this separately.
There is a Fuel Surcharge, Park Fee and Port Clearance fee: $500 USD. This fee is subject to change before the cruise.
Due now: $1500 deposit
February 1st, 2023: $2500
April 1st, 2023: $2500
June 1st, 2023: Balance