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Dive Review of Aquamarine/Mimpi Menjagen & Mimpi Tulamben in
Indonesia/Bali

Aquamarine/Mimpi Menjagen & Mimpi Tulamben, Aug, 2006,

by Jan and Chuck Simonds, TX, USA . Report 2734.

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

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Because of the airline weight restrictions my husband didn't bring his underwater camera.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Thanks to an Undercurrent Chap Book recommendation, we booked our trip to Bali through Aquamarinediving.com. 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 thrill.

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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