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Dive Review of Aqua Marine Diving/several options in
Indonesia/Bali specifically Secret Bay

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Sally Schroeder, Fla, USA
Report Number 1659
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
8 trips to Indonesia, 15 locales in the Caribbean, Red Sea , Thailand,
Malaysia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
68   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
 muck diving so the max at this location was 30 feet & less.  My dives
were 70-80 minutes always  
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
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Concrete area next to black sand walk in entry point.  Overhead showers for
rinsing off you & gear,  picnic table sort of gear up area.  No
facilities for camera stuff, just benches and a shade tree or tow. No wash
area specifically for your camera.  Bring your own plastic bin.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Great muck diving area, simple walk in with flat black sand, no surges, no
rocks to climb over ( I do not do shore dives! but this was easy).  Very
fine black silt so need to be really careful not to fin the bottom.  This
is a very quiet back lagoon with a large tidal change.  Follow the dive
guides recommendations as to when the tides are best for diving.  Otherwise
the vis went to near zip. Currents were never an issue here.  Aqua Marine
Diving set me up with my own driver, van w/airco and reading library of
diving magazines & books, my own excellent dive guide & tanks &
weights.  We went where ever I wished for 4 dives daily, more could have
been done... I had picked Secret Bay for the great muck critters which we
found in abundance.  Frogfish, lots of different colors of sea horses, many
fingered dragonettes, flatheads, snake eels, grassflats critters all in
green colors, razorfish, juvenile pennant batfish, 8-10 variety of eels,
lots of sea lettuce critters, sea hares, pipefish,...etc
My guide was great, patient about hunting for hard to see critters and
always finding interesting photo subjects.
Cost were VERY reasonable for the diving/driving/accom/some meals. With
accomadations nearby a couple of choices all are simple, "relatively
"clean and 5 minutes drive from the dive site.  The only choice of on
site accom. was really grim-you don't wish to stay there-even the grubbiest
backpacker would give this one a miss.  We are talking about 1* places as
OK. Its a remote area.  If you need 3-4* its a 40-50 minute drive away.

Only down side would be piling into a car to wash camera at the hotel. Not
an issue but also not convenient. 


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