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Dive Review of Blue Rose Divers/Santai Beach Resort in

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Tucker, CA, US (1 report)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, Solomons, Vanuatu, California coast, Costa
Rica, Mexico, Bonaire, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come up when out of air, solo ok  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No rinse tanks on boat, no camera work area on boat or at dive operation. 
Plenty of space on boats for setting down cameras.  Cameras carefully
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
If you are looking for a boutique dive destination, this is not it. 
However, the dive operation [if you have own gear] is very good.  Excellent
guides, fast, comfortable speed boats, few rules, lots to photograph.

This place tends to be overlooked, and sometimes you may be only person
diving.  It deserves more attention.  Schedules are relaxed, dictated by
divers, and site selection open to discussion.  The guide will do his best
to find whatever you are seeking, then come find you.  Very conscientious. 
It's a place worthy of consideration.

All divers I met there were experienced, with at least a few hundred dives,
usually quite more.  Weather was good, waters were flat, little running
current.  Would not be too difficult for newer diver.  On boat we would
usually have one guide and up to 5 divers, usually less.  No buddy teams,
each diver did his own thing, with guide hunting and seeking us out when
finding creatures of note.

Place is right on beach, in a cove where local children swim and play. 
It's like an old strip motel, with a half dozen rooms.  They are spartan,
though with aircon, cold running water.  Some power outages.  No internet,
except in office.  Meals are family style, and you eat what the staff eats,
unless you arrange for something otherwise.  Meals prepared by wife of one
of staff.  Traditional way of cooking there is to prepare all the meals in
morning,in stacked pots with lid on top and setting aside for the day.  A
couple of times we asked for, and got lobster, which was quite good. 
Breakfast quite simple eggs and bread, or bread and eggs.  No toast, no
toasters.  Can buy cereal and milk in town and keep in shop refrigerator. 
Grocery store in Ambon well stocked and has Guinness!

Perhaps the cheapest place I have ever gone diving.  It's very quiet,
relaxing, low key.  Also spent time at the trendy Cape Paperu resort, but
that's another story.

There is restaurant of sorts in village.  Though I did not try, an
Australian there thought food was great, with dinner being $0.50.  Little
else around the place, not like a popular tourist destination.

The place is very quiet, relaxing, low key.

Did not check rental gear. likely not much.  No shop or gear for sale.

Did not find the weird Ambon frogfish, but many other typical muck
destination creatures.  Water clearer than you comes to mind when you think
of muck diving.  Photographed my first blue-ring octopus here, as well as a
number of nudibranch.  Quite honestly, unless it's something odd, I pay
little attention.  Nothing big, nor did I look for such.

Misc of note:  pygmy seahorses, flambuoyant cuttlefish,seamoths, zzebra
crabs, harlequin shrimp, flower urchins

Different species photographed, total: 115
Nudibranch:  81 [numerous uncatalogued]
Fish: 16
Cuttlefish: 1
Crustacea: 10
Worms: 3
Cowries & snails: 3
Corals: 1

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