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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya Resort in

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6695
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
BVI, USVI, Saba, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman
Brac, Costa Rica, Coco Island, Revillagigedos, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap,
Red Sea, Sipadan, PNG, Indonesia, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stick with dive guide, which was easy since I was the only diver with my
guide for the six dives we did.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The photo room was spacious and had charging stations, towels and good
space for photographers. However, when I was there, only one other diver
had his camera rig in the room, so I dont know what capacity the room has.
Rinse tank for photo gear was at the dive center next to the gear rinse
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Scuba Seraya is on the northeast part of Bali. Its location is quite
picturesque, sitting at the foot of Tulamben volcano. I arrived in the
evening when light was failing, so I didnt see this view until the next
morning. A group of divers from Singapore wanted to finish their visit with
an early dive (6:30a) to the nearby Liberty wreck to see the school of
bumphead parrotfish that inhabits the shallows by the wreck each morning,
so I agreed to go along. We departed in darkness and entered the water just
as the sun started to show. I had set my camera for wide angle, thinking
Id get good shots of the bumpheads. However, the vis was 5-10 feet that
morning in open ocean, so I nearly ran into the school before seeing them.
The vis cancelled any thoughts of photos. However, upon penetrating the
wreck, we found vis improved and I was able to take a good photo of two
bumpheads hanging by some nice coral growth on the ship. It was upon
exiting the dive that I had my first view of the volcano overlooking the
area, and it was impressive. I made sure to get photos on my next trip.

Since the vis was poor, I elected to do only macro photography. I was
assigned a dive leader, Komang, who accompanied me on my next five solo
dives and found so many critters and fish for me. Since it was just he and
I, we spread out the dives to enjoy plenty of interval: 9a, 1p and 6p. The
latter dive each day was a night dive on the house reef, Seraya Secret. I
got so many photos of squat lobsters, crinoid shrimp, lots of other shrimp
and crabs, plus plenty of juvenile fish that hide out among the rubble. It
was my first time seeing a boxer crab and several other tiny decorator
crabs covered in coral polyps. On the second days morning dive we returned
to the Liberty wreck where my guide found one bargibanti and one denise
pygmy seahorse for me. The only tough part of the night shore diving was
that the wave action never let up so exiting on a rocky beach was
challenging, but my guide and other dive guides were always there to help.

The rooms at this resort were comfortable and a short walk from the
restaurant. Breakfast was included in the room cost, while lunch and dinner
were ordered from a menu and paid for at checkout. Internet was available
for a small charge. Just past the restaurant was the photo room, which was
spacious and had charging stations, towels and good space for
photographers. However, when I was there, only one other diver had his
camera rig in the room, so I dont know what capacity the room has. The
dive area was next to the camera room. All dive gear was kept in large
basins which the crew would wash and store overnight. Nitrox was available
at a small charge. Everyone was quite helpful and friendly.

The last night the Singapore group was there the staff held a pig roast,
and I was invited to join. Besides good food, there was singing and playing
of instruments. It was a nice end to their trip and an enjoyable time for
me. Then on my last full day there, I opted to not dive to give my gear a
good chance to dry out and to see some local sights. I visited the former
Kings residence and two water parks, one of which was where the king
addressed his subjects on occasion. The weather cooperated that day, so my
gear was dry and I headed to the Denpasar airport, a three-hour drive, the
next morning. Bali Tours handled my transportation each way, arranged by
Poseidon Dive Adventures, with which Ive happily been a customer for 20
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