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September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jon Anderson, AZ, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5663
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
During our shore diving, we had no limits or restrictions. Most of those
dives were shallow and close to shore. On boat dives, our guides were
cautious about watching our air consumption and depth, as were we.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
There was adequate rinse water on shore and it was easy to rinse camera
equipment after a shore dive. The boats are small and fast do not have a
rinse tank but most dives were close to the dive shop so we used their
facilities, which were fine.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second trip to Sea Rovers and Adi Assri. As it is a bit off
the beaten path in Bali, this should tell readers that it was well worth
the gorgeous drive up north to stay and dive with Sea Rovers at Adi Assri
in Pemuteran. The dive shop is right on the resort property with only a
few, easy steps along the sand and into the sea. We were impressed with the
entire region and its commitment to the environment. Since many of the
local people come from a long line of fishermen, they have been educated in
the importance of preserving the reefs in the area. They have clean up
projects as well as a 'reef gardeners' (see more about them on the web
site) project to inject new life into the reefs. With the island of
Menjangan, and its 'gin-clear' waters nearby, a boat trip over there was
made on both of our trips to Pemuteran. It was so beautiful to see such
clarity, although there can be currents here. I am not good at estimating
visibility but, for the dives at Menjangan, I'd have to say you could see
'forever'. We also did several other boat dives, most notably to an
underwater temple! That being said, I have to say that the highlight of our
trip to Sea Rovers and Adi Assri was the shore diving. Although this is not
Lembeh, my husband and I had a great week just treasure hunting in the
'muck' in front of the resort with NO current at all. Visibility here was
not great but after every dive, we returned to the dive shop, wildly
enthusiastic over some new critter we had found such as tons of pipefish,
ornate pipefish, frogfish, snake eels, scorpionfish, crocodilefish and
sassy anemone fish and damselfish for a start. If you're not into muck
diving, the shore diving could be skipped, I suppose. But WE LOVED IT! I
especially loved being greeted by the friendly "Dita' with a cup of
hot ginger tea after every shore dive. The staff, led by 'PIrate Paul' was
kind and helpful and loads of fun (see photos of all of us on their web
site). They made suggestions to us of dive possibilities and allowed us to
choose what we wanted, where we wanted to go. I have to say that I enjoyed
every dive with this crew (and without them on our shore dives; of course,
if you need some guidance, as we did on our first visit, they are there to
help you and point out various odd critters). The resort is quiet and
peaceful and a far cry from the action of Kuta or even Ubud. The seas in
front of the resort were flat and welcoming. The rooms were so pretty and
well cared for and the resort staff was helpful with all of our needs
(internet, extra table, etc.). The whole atmosphere was great. This is an
extremely relaxing and peaceful place with an aura that is difficult to
describe. We did not feel the need to leave at all during our week here. I
also received the BEST massage I'd ever had at Adi Assri and I've had quite
a few in Bali. It was also deeply satisfying to find a place that was so
dedicated to conservation and the environment. I dream about the
tranquility and I long to return.....
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