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Dive Review of Mimpi Resort in

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Cavanaugh, TX, US
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Report Number 6299
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time. No deco.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Island boats with no rinse tanks or secure places to place video/photo
gear. Did request large tub to be filled with sea water and they were happy
to accomodate. Boat crews did not appear to be well versed on handling
photo/video gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    

Mimpi is a boutique resort which exceeded our expectations. The room we
stayed in was a one bedroom with outside shower, hot springs Jacuzzi,
wading pool and king sized covered bench area to relax. The room was
beautifully landscaped and secluded from other rooms. It was a short walk
from the room to the restaurant, spa and dive shop. The water was fresh and
the A/C in the room worked well. The room had a large desk area and there
were sufficient outlets to charge batteries. The food was average and could
have been better. There was not one meal that we ate that I would rave
about but the food was ok. I got sick as a dog after eating pork my last
night and it is unknown if it was the pork or some bacteria from the water.
The resort was very helpful in tracking down the village doctor to
prescribe medication so I could travel. I would highly recommend this
resort to anyone that wanted to mix relaxation with diving.


The diving was managed by the Mimpi resort through their onsite dive shop.
The boats appeared to be 3rd party contracted and they all looked the same
so the was no difference in boats (except wear and tear and speed). The
dive shop picked up gear at the room to be delivered to the dive shop. We
did not handle our gear again until we checked out. We would recover our
regulators and computers every day for ease of mind. The boat and dive
crews handled the gear on and off the boat. The boats were island style
open boats with some shaded area. The tanks with gear were lying in the
bottom of the boat and the crew would assist in donning the gear to make
the back roll entry. The seats were narrow enough to make the back roll
entry comfortable enough. The crews were capable but not well versed in
handing off and retrieving photo/video gear. Exit from the water was done
by handing off weights, then BCD and fins. Exit from the water on homemade
wooden ladder was comfortable and easy to do. Water and lunch was provided
on the boat when it went to Menjangan Island . Morning dives were at 9 am
departure with a surface interval for lunch then return after 2nd dive.
Plenty of time to do other things or relax in the afternoon. The dive crew
would rinse and hang gear each day after dives. We never had more than 2
divers with a dive guide.


The Menjangan island has mostly wall with some sloping sandy bottom reef.
The island is a marine park so there was plenty of marine life to observe.
Lots of fish and macro stuff but not much in the way of large fish. A huge
disappointment for me was that the villagers are still long line fishing
around the reef (for tuna) and net fishing right off the reef. It's obvious
that the marine park rules are not enforced in this area which I assume to
be because there is no obvious sign of enforcement. We did see one fast
boat with police on the front of the boat but it had a couple of drunks
that were drinking at the resort and flashing themselves in front of
guests. The police were not locals, they were Australian.

We made 2 dives in Secret Bay which is muck diving. We agreed to leave
early in the morning by car to enable us to make 2 dives before the tide
went out which impacts visibility. The first dive was fantastic with lots
of macro critters but the second dive was poor visibility. If I did again I
would request a earlier start. We did see a yellow and brown very large
seahorse in 3-4' of water on the second dive. I would highly recommend
making the Secret Bay dive if you like seeing macro stuff (nudi's, ghost
pipefish, shrimps, cuttlefish, frog fish, sea horses, imperial shrimp,
etc). I was shocked at the amount of green algae that was covering the
bottom. This algae is the hard flat sheet kind that looks and feels like
torn plastic pieces. There were all kinds of macro stuff in and under the

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