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Dive Review of Bali/Matahari and Puri Gopa in

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Tuss, DE, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 2720
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Just about everywhere in the Caribbean, Thailand, Malasia, Indonesia,
Maldives, and all over the East Coast of USA.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
72   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth and time... stay with guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
We dived two diffent areas of Bali and stayed in two different resorts -
Matahari in Tulamben and Puri Gopa in Sanur. The Matahari is your basic,
Southeast Asia dive resort while the Puri Gopa was a very nice, well above
average resort.

Let me start out with the bad... suprise, the water was much cooler than
expected. I only brought a .5mm wetsuit with me which I find is plenty at
80 F or better. Water temps were as low as 72 F! Talk about freeze you
XXlls off! Come prepared with at least a 3mm. 

Now for the good... the diving, it was great. Tulamben is shore diving,
including the USS Liberty. The beach is rough as it is made up of 4 inch
diameter volcanic rock, but once in the water, look out. Healthy corals,
plentiful tropicals, but the best is the macro action. There are critters
everywhere. I've dived Lembeh Straits, and this is at least as good
(without the trash).

Out of Sanur, we took a speedy dive boat over to Nusa Penida. Our first
dive was Manta Point. Any guess what we saw? 3 Mantas. Vis was down for a
couple reasons.. it's fairly shallow and open to ocean rollers (lot's of
surge) and cold as hell at 72 F (remember the .5 mm I wore?). Of course,
this is from the upwelling bringing up the nutrient wich water that brings
in the Mantas. 

Other dives on Nusa Penida were slightly warmer but we never saw 80F. The
vis was also better, reaching 80 feet. The corals were spectacular along
with the number and variety of tropicals. We went to one site known for
it's Mola Mola sightings, but none were home that day.

Bali is extremely affordable and great value for money. The people are
extremely friendly and helpful. For you techies out there, BIDP specialty
is tech diving, so if you want to do deep and stay longer, they can
accommodate you.
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