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

Aquamarine Diving/Nusantara Famili, Aug, 2002,

by David Lenderman, TX, usa . Report 175.

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

Weather dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15 to 30 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
Corals 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Secret Bay in Gillimanuk is muck diving capital of Bali. Spent four days and nights diving Secret Bay. Aquamarine Diving (www.aquamarinediving.com) 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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