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Dive Review of Abyss Adventures in

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Beth & Matt Dodd, GU, USA
Report Number 1698
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Saipan, Rota (CNMI), Guam, Chuuk, Yap, Palau, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
76   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits imposed by the Nitrox mix we were diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Lot's of great macro opportunities as well as pelagics.  Many hard to find
creatures.  Rinse tanks are available at some facilities.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This was our 1st trip to Bali so we did a lot of research to find a good,
reputable, PADI shop.  Abyss Adventures was the best value!  We booked a 10
day Dive Safari package with them that included all our diving,
transportation, accomodations and 2 meals a day on dive days.  Plus they
gave us free Nitrox with our package!  They are one of only 5 shops in Bali
that even have Nitrox.  They cater to experienced divers (100+ dives),
divemasters, instructors, tec divers & underwater photographers.  It
was so nice to not have to dive with newly certified or
once-a-year-vacation-divers!  (Thier sister company, Bali Scuba, caters to
those.)  We were very pleased with thier high level of service!  On about
half of our dives we had our dive guide to ourselves.  On the other half we
dove with only one or two others, often photographers.  Our dive guide,
Menyun, was great at finding all the critters we wanted to see, from Pygmy
Seahorses to Ghost Pipefish to exotic Nudibranchs & Frogfish &
Harlequin Shrimp & Flashlight fish & even an out-of-season Mola
Mola!  The Dive Safari took us to different dive sites around the island
(with accomodations along the way) and was an excellent overview of the
island & it's diving!  We did everything from muck diving to high
adrenaline drift diving.  Our itinerary covered Nusa Penida, Padang Bai,
Tulamben, Menjangan, & Gilimanuk (Secret Bay).  We were amazed at the
diversity of all the marine life!  We live & dive often in Guam &
as we dove in Bali we saw many of the same fish, but larger & much more
numberous.  Plus there were tons of new ones we'd never seen.  It seems
everything there grows bigger & better!  Thankfully Menyun brought all
his marine life ID books along!  We opted for med.-low budget accomodations
and they were very adequate & comfortable. (Mushroom Beach
Bungalows,Lembongan Island; Paradise Palm Beach Bungalows, Tulamben)  Some
were even very high quality hotels - a very nice surprise indeed! (Sindhu
Mertha Guest House, Sanur; Aneka Bagus Resort & Spa, Pemuteran; Sri
Ratih Cottages, Ubud area)  Overall, we were very pleased with our Dive
Safar with Abyss Adventures and are happy to highly recommend them to any
other experienced divers!  We would also highly recommend their sister
company, Bali Scuba, to all other divers as they share the same fascilities
and many of the same staff, thus offer the same high quality service.  We
can't wait to go back ourselves!      
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