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Dive Review of AquaMarine Diving/Griya Santrian Sanur in
Indonesia/Bali (Nusa Penida)

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by James Castanino, DC, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 6250
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

surge, currents  
Water Temp
66   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stayed pretty close together with DM as a group due to strong currents.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
I spent a weekend in Bali and did one day of (amazing) diving with
AquaMarine. I chose this shop specifically due to their positive reviews on
this website as well as their ability and willingness to take me to dive
off of Nusa Penida, where I hoped to see mola mola and manta rays. I was
not disappointed.

I inquired and arranged my day of diving via email. The shop was highly
responsive and provided good information beforehand. They sent me an array
of choices for my day of diving. (Initially, my friend was going to dive as
well, but he eventually dropped out. He is a new diver, and AquaMarine said
they would not allow him to do the Nusa Penida dives. After diving there,
this is clearly the right policy and I respect the shop for enforcing it.)

AquaMarine picked me up at my hotel in Sanur on time at 630am. We then
drove almost two hours to the northeast where we caught the boat. We had a
chance to get refreshments and have an initial briefing at a local
beachside cafe before boarding.

The boat ride over the Nusa Penida was ~30 minutes. Boat was comfortable
and fast. The Aquamarine Group (5 divers plus 2 DM) shared the boat with
another shop and 5-6 other divers. It was a bit crowded but not terrible.

We made three dives: Crystal Bay (mola molas), Manta Point (name says it
all) and Ped. Crystal Bay had the most challenging conditions, with cold
water (66F) and strong currents. The dive turned out to be great. We saw a
couple molas at depth and then at the end of the dive they moved into the
shallows, swimming circles around us. Amazing.

We did see mantas at Manta Point, although "only" two, one from a
distance. We saw them at the very end of the dive. There is literally
nothing else to see here, so the first 20 minutes or so we spent just
hanging out at about 30 ft (and shivering).

After lunch on the boat, the third dive was Ped, on the north side of the
island. This was a fantastic dive, with 2-3 more molas, which stayed with
us for much of the dive. Fortunately the water was much warmer (75F), which
after cold dives was welcome.

I rented a full set of gear and computer, and I was impressed with the
quality and condition (Auqalung regs and BCs). My only complaint was that
no one mentioned the chilly conditions until we actually jumped off the
boat. In my view, these guys should offer 5 or 7mm suits for rent for
divers going to these sites. The cold was challenging with a thin 3mm (no
dive lasted more than 25 or 30 min because we were all cold), and would
have been miserable if we had not had such luck with the marine life. 

Overall, a great day of diving with a very good operation. DM Ramon was
cheerful and responsible and I would be glad to dive with him again. 

The entire day of diving cost me about $170, I think. Not cheap, especially
for Indonesia, but not crazy considering all the travel involved, lunch,

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