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Dive Review of Archipelago Dive/Taman Sari Resort in
Indonesia/Bali, Desa Pemuteran

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by John M. Artim, CA, USA
Report Number 2101
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Monterey, CA, USA
St. Georges Cay, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ketut, our dive master, was very good about pointing out interesting
creatures including a number of pygmy sea horses on a fan during a wall
dive at Menjangen Island.

No freshwater bucket on the dive boat. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The diving was good but not spectacular. Menjangen's dives were definitely
the most interesting, with a nice variety of coral, smaller fish, and small
critters. The food Ketut provided on the boat--thanks to his very talented
Auntie!--was excellent Indonesian fare.

There was one other dive operation right at the resort but we did not have
time to try them.

Just offshore of the Taman Sari Resort there is a substantial effort at
growing an artificial reef on wire frames. They are also attempting to
accelerate the process by applying a low DC voltage to the frame. So far,
the coral has not filled in very much but there are a few sizeable heads
growing on the frames. This is all an easy snorkel from the beach in front
of the resort.

Taman Sari Resort was a wonderful bargain. We had a deluxe room for
something like $60 USD per night. This was quite spacious with a lovely
walled outdoor bath area, a porch, and a separate screened porch
"daybed". The resort has a spa ($12 USD for a 1-hour massage) and
a decent restaurant. The pool and beach areas are very comfortable and
restaurant service is available at tables set under the trees along the
beach. We also took a guided walk around the village and up a nearby
hill--worth it for the view of the surrounding area and a peek at local
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