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Dive Review of Aquamarine/Mimpi Menjagen & Mimpi Tulamben in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jan and Chuck Simonds, TX, USA
Report Number 2734
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Quanaja, Bonaire,
Belize, Jamaica, Cozumel, St. Lucia  (450 dives)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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  
Because of the airline weight restrictions my husband didn't bring his
underwater camera.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Thanks to an Undercurrent Chap Book recommendation, we booked our trip to
Bali through  They arranged a custom dive/travel tour
for us complete with airport pick-up, van driver and our own dive master
for the 8 day trip.  This was our first venture diving outside the
Caribbean and we wanted to combine sight-seeing around the magical island
of Bali with 5 days of diving.  The service provided by Aquamarine was
excellent and they booked us into small atmospheric hotels that made for
great memories.  Our guides stopped at two temples along the way including
one where a wedding celebration was taking place. 

The 3 hour drive to Menjagen took us through gorgeous scenery, over
mountains, along rice fields and through small villages. We particularly
liked the diving off this NW corner of Bali. This was wall diving with
great vis, marvelous coral, and beautiful fishlife.  We were thrilled to
see a cuttlefish laying eggs on the coral, a first for us.  In hindsight, I
would have preferred staying another day at Menjagen and repeating some of
those dives.(We made 5 dives around the small island in two days.)  There
is a 45 minute boat ride out to the island in a small boat, back-roll off
and a little ladder to reenter the boat.  The dive master took care of my
gear and was terrific with this 69 yr. old lady.  At the Mimpi Resort
Menjagen we ate at the water admiring three volcanoes visible in Java. 
Watching the long-tailed fishing boats go out in the morning was also a

We went on to Tulamben where the diving is on the volcanic flow and it was
necessary to walk on a very rough beach to the point of shore entry.  I
found I'm not that fond of shore diving, muck diving or looking at small
things on black sand - I know some divers love this.  The wreck of the
Liberty was gorgeous, covered with wonderful coral and surrounded by huge
numbers of fish.  Again this was a long trek down the beach on the rocks. 
I shouldn't complain, women from the village carried our tanks and gear on
their heads, amazing.

Our final dive destination was Padangbai.  The water was cold, our 3 mm
wetsuits were not warm enough, vis was poor, diving was again on volcanic
flow.  I would skip this dive.

If you go to Bali don't miss the artist village of Ubud.  There are
traditional dance performances each evening, a monkey forest to visit, wood
carvers, craft markets, and good restuarants.  

Aquamarine did a fantastic job of arranging the entire trip and the service
couldn't have been better.
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