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Dive Review of Aquamarine Diving/Nusantara Famili in
Indonesia/Secret Bay, Bali

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by David Lenderman, TX, usa
Report Number 175
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Wakatobi, Palau, Sipadan, Fiji, Yap, Hawaii, Bonaire, Little Cayman,
Belize, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Shore facility at Secret Bay is nicely set up for underwater photographers.
 Shade, showers, plenty of room for gearing up, changing film, etc.  Four
rinse tanks, two dedicated to cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Secret Bay in Gillimanuk is muck diving capital of Bali.  Spent four days
and nights diving Secret Bay.  Aquamarine Diving (
put us up at a local homestay, Nusantara Famili.  Homestay provided all
meals and 1/2 mile transport to and from Secret Bay shore dive facility. 
Nusantara Famili is very small place with only 4 or 5 air conditioned rooms
for rent in a family compound.  Much nicer than rooms available at the
Secret Bay facility.

Dive times are determined by tides.  Dive only on incoming and high tide. 
When tide starts out vis really drops (<10 feet).  We did 2 day and one
night dive per day.  Critters spotted include: several ghost pipe fish,
numerous fogfish, schooling catfish, various crabs and shrimp, numerous
species of lionfish and scorpion fish, bobbit worms, pegasus fish, wasp
fish and numerous nudibranches.  On most dives I managed to shoot two
cameras full of film.

Annabel of Aquamarine Diving took care of many logistical details for us to
make trip go smoothly.  Ramon the guide from Aquamarine was a nice guy and
very service oriented.

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