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Dive Review of Archipelago Divers/Taman Sari Bali Cottages in

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, US
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Report Number 1268
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Hawaii, Palau, Indonesia,
Philippines, Florida Keys, Cayman Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive times limited to 60 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Good wide angle area, some good macro subjects (flat worms, pygmy
seahorses).  No camera accomodations on boats or on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
I cannot recommend this dive operator.  They limited us to 60 minutes of
dive time.  They cater mainly to snorkelers and newly certified divers. 
Ketut, the lead dive master, even told my wife to not dawdle taking
pictures while he lead his group of new divers up and down the reef, not
even pausing to look for critters.  The other dive guide, Koman, was more
helpful and pointed out several pygmy seahorses, flatworms, and
nudibranchs.  Ketut also wouldn't take us night diving or to Gilimanuk Bay.
 (We also heard from others that Gilimanuk is no longer very good for
diving.)  Fortunately, we were only here for a few days, and by the end of
the second day of diving we had pretty much had enough of this operator.

The diving around Menjangen Island is really quite beautiful with steep
walls covered with large Gorgonians, sea fans, and soft corals of many
hues.  The fish life is pretty good, with at least two different species of
pygmy seahorses.  We didn't have the opportunity to do any muck diving in
the area as we were only there for a few days.

The Taman Sari Bali Cottages is very popular with Europeans.  The grounds
are beautiful and well maintained.  The cottages are older, but nice and
fairly well maintained, although the need for some repairs was evident. 
The food at the restaurant was pretty good.  Service was good, and the
staff was very helpful.  We would recommend this property, but suggest that
you try the other dive operator further down the beach.  We heard after we
left that this other operator is better.

Bali is very beautiful, and the people are very friendly and helpful. 
Except for some vendors in the tourist areas who are very persistent, we
felt very safe and secure.  It is a shame that the terrorist attack has
significantly reduced tourism to Bali, as the Balinese are the ones
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