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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya Resort in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

Scuba Seraya Resort, Jun, 2012,

by Martin Roberts, Fordingbridge, GB (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6582 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Many Indonesian locations - Bali, Komodo, Alor, Wakatobi, Lembeh, Raja Ampat.
Philippines, Thailand, Maldives, OZ, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique,
Madagascar, Costa Rica, Eqypt, Jordan, Ecuador, USA, Grenada, Tobago,
Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Cuba.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 27 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 20 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, very much in control of your own dive sites, profiles etc.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Spacious camera room at dive centre with plenty of charging stations. Dedicated rinse tank for cameras. Cameras handled to and from boats with due care and carried in/out of water on shore dives if requested.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was a short - 4 night - stay after a liveaboard trip. The resort itself is well laid our and immaculately maintained. All staff are very friendly, welcoming and relaxed.

New dining area has recently been constructed as the old dock was apparently destroyed in February's storms! The restaurant is open all day to order at any time that suits - breakfast is included in room rates otherwise a la carte lunch & dinner menus are the same. Enough variety for a week or so of diving. Nothing spectacular but all meals were cooked and presented well and tasty enough. No bar or similar so resort is a quiet relaxing affair.

Seafront villas are spacious internally, as is the open air (covered) bathroom. External kitchen area provides tea/coffee and mini bar/fridge. Small courtyard contains a small external bath/shower/plunge pool affair which we never really used. The day bed overlooking the ocean was however extensively utilised for off gassing and the terrace area with sea view for sundowners - BYO. All well maintained and serviced appropriately. "Dive" towels replaced daily in villa for use the following day.

Dive service is personalised to suit the customer. We were always asked where and when we wished to dive and could choose our own times and sites. More info on the available sites would have assisted in these choices!! The dive staff were all pleasant and friendly but not as forthcoming with information and dive briefings (very brief..) as they could be. Diving isn't particulary challenging but can be quite deep and close to (or into) deco even on Nitrox. As such a suprise to see some others diving without computers and guides apparently only on air. We're sure ours was in deco at least once. As experinced dive I can't say that this personally concerns us in benign conditions, each to their own so long as it doesn't affect our trip..

Diving is mixed for such a small area. The USAT Liberty wreck is a focal point for the area and can get busy. Whilst the wreck has deteriorated somewhat since I first dove here in 1999 it is still worth several dives as much for the abundant life on it as the structure these days. We focused quite heavily on macro/muck dives and were rewarded with a large array of critters many of which we specifically requested our guide to search for; this they did willingly and quite successfully, especially the Harlequin Shrimp which they informed us were not generally being seen at the time having been abundant a few weeks before - yet concerted effort did locate a great example for us, thank you.

In summary we would highly recommend Scuba Seraya both for the divng and relaxing resort not to mention the great staff. Given a few spare days again I'm sure we will return.


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By Craig W. Norris in IL, US at Jul 04, 2012 13:27 EST  
Might be going to bali for end of July. Advanced diver. Want to see reefs and fish more than muck. What are the best areas and any operators recommended?
By Martin Roberts in ZZ, GB at Jul 05, 2012 03:01 EST  
Tulamben is still woth a couple of days for impressive Liberty wreck & a nice wall drop off. Otherwise Nusa Penida - Amed - Candidasa area - Eastern corner. Personally I can recommend Blue Season in Sanur, have used multiple times. They can taylor make diving, transport & accomodation throughout and better advise on dive sites. http://www.baliocean.com/en/ see suggestions on their dive safari bali page
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