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Dive Review of Bali Scuba/Grand Hyatt Bali in

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Paul , AP, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, California, Cayman Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Netherland Antilles, Palau,
Pennsylvania, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and limits of your computer.  
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
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Bali Scuba and the other dive boats running to Nusa Penida are speed boats
that are not set up for photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
My wife and I added a day of diving in Bali, after our 10 days on a
live-aboard, in hopes of being able to see the elusive Mola-mola (ocean
sunfish).  Picked Bali Scuba based on their web site and a phone
conversation with store.  Mola-mola season doesn't start until August, but
the other dive operators all promised we'd see them.  Bali Scuba was the
only honest dive operator who told us the season hadn't started and we
might not be able to see them.  Booked a 3-tank dive day with Bali Scuba
due to their honesty.  Bali Scuba picked us up at our hotel and transported
us and our equipment to their shop.  Check-in procedures were quick and
mostly organized.  Bali Scuba even transfered our gear from our hard side
dive bags into mesh "boat bags".  We then departed the shop to
the Sanur beach area where the dive boats were moored.  All of the dive
operators in Bali use the same type of 30' speed boat to make the 45 minute
commute from Sanur to Nusa Penida.  Once on board the "Bali Scuba
2", we set up our gear and then departed to Nusa Penida.  There were a
total of 6 divers, 2 DMs, and 2 crew on the boat.  Not a lot of room, but
enough.  Boat was equipped with marine head, emergency gear, but
surprisingly no radio.  I looked at the other dive boats in the area and
none of them appeared to have radios either.  Locals appeared to use cell
phones versus radios.  Seas were mainly calm and transit to Nusa Penida was
uneventful.  My wife and I were assigned our own DM, who also had a IDC
candidate tagging along.  Short briefing was given by other DM, but since
my wife and I were more experienced than our DM, our DM didn't say much. 
Dove in at first site at Manta Point and were not disappointed.  We saw a
free swimming Common Octopus on the descent, as well as blue spot rays. 
After about 5 minutes, our DM starting gesturing wildly and racing ahead. 
We swam after her and were greeted by a 12-15' Mola-mola!   We had to hook
in due to current, but we spent about 20 minutes with this huge fish before
heading back toward the boat.  On the way back, we also saw two 8-10' manta
rays.  This was our DM's first Mola-mola encounter as well.   
The next two dives at Crystal Bay (normal Mola-mola site) and SD Point were
not nearly as eventful, with no more big fish, but we still saw cool
things: scorpion fish, giant frog fish, leaf fish, ribbon eel, hairy crabs,
porcelain crabs and nudibranchs.  We pointed as much out to the DM as she
pointed out to us.  After the dives, we went back to Sanur and Bali Scuba
took care of transporting our gear from the boat to the shop, cleaning the
gear and then transporting us and our gear back to the hotel.  All in all,
Bali Scuba runs a good dive operation and we had a good diving experience. 
The only negative experience we had all day involved the boat crew's
smoking, but my wife and I are more sensitive and anti-smoking than most
people.   If you are in Bali or passing through on your way to Bima, I
highly recommend giving Bali diving a try with Bali Scuba.
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