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Dive Review of AquaMarine Diving in
Indonesia/Bali ( Tulamben and Amed)

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Vanderlinden, AP, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5746
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Florida,Hawaii,  Micronesia (Palau, Truk), Wake and Johnston
Is, Malysia (Sipadan), Okinawa, Maldives, Indonesia (Bali and Wakatobi)
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
The accomidations (Paradise) we stayed in were adequate however  be sure to
bring power converters. I just picked up a large plastic storage container 
and kept fresh water everyday from the tub shower. The bathroom itself is
constructed so the floor can rinsed down from the shower so the  it worked
great for keeping salt buildup to a minimum  for the underwater camera
housings.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This is my fourth trip to Bali with Aqua Marine- this time at my overall
favorite location- Tulamben . In my opinion Aqua Marine is  a truly
customer oriented professional operation. They have never failed me and
always met my dive requests. On trip such as these, I generally go it alone
or with one other person and hire a guide (provided by Aqua Marine), not
only to spot creatures but act as a dive buddy, since otherwise I would I
would end up diving solo which my wife generally is apprehensive about. The
guide  also has the gear ready to go on notice so diving is truly
effortless. On this latest trip I was able to get many good shots of
cleaner shrimp with fish, mantis shrimp with eggs, Coleman shrimp on sea
urchins and a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a bumphead
parrotfish feeding during daylight hours (close up wide angle shots less
than 1 ft away).  Over the nine diving day trip, I made 27 dives - mostly
shore dives. I could have easily made more but at 60 + years, I have slowed
a bit so I elected to have a massage instead of that fourth dive daily. 
Tulamben definietly has more divers than I have seen on previous trips but
with my arrangement, I could easily work around it and get some good
photos. I also dove a new spot in Tulamben area - Batu Kelbit which had
some great photo subjects not found in the other areas. As mentioned
earlier I stayed at the Paradise, the orinal accommodation  at Tulamben.
It's certainly not a 5 Star or fancy, but it is more than adequate for my
needs and the price is more than reasonable.
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