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Dive Review of Aquamarine/Amankila in

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Mel McCombie/Harris Friedberg, CT, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1789
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
all over
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
determined by the skill of the diver  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
This is our second trip with Aquamarine Diving, headed by expat Brit
Annabel Thomas, and we have nothing but raves for her and for our
experience. Her dive staff is expert at finding the unusual, and both of us
love the service (gear carried, comfortable transport, nice boat). The
staff knocked itself out to find interesting animals for us.
I also highly recommend Annabel Thomas as a travel agent. Like many dive
operations, she can book you soup to nuts. Her recommendations for hotels
covers the charming budget site to the blow the budget site, and she takes
care of every detail. I have enormous regard for her and shall book our
next trip to Bali with Aquamarine.
Amankila is absolutely amazing. Take a look at its website and you will see
what I mean! Not only is the setting in the hills gorgeous, the villas
luxurious, the food delicious, but it is the service that stands out. Warm,
prompt, detailed--whether a pedicure or caring for our dive gear. 
Bali diving is NOT for the newbie. Currents are strong and unpredictable;
thermoclines abound; and excellent buoyancy control is a necessity. If you
have the chops, however, you will have a great experience underwater and on
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