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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya/Villa Markisa in
Indonesia/Bali - NE Coast

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by David J Inman, PA, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6594
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All Caribbean, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomons, Raja Ampat, 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox max 110 ft, 75 minute dives  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Most of the sites were muck diving and the critters are often quite small. 
Macro photographers would be very happy here.

For a look at some of my Bali photos, visit davidinman.phanfare.com
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
I traveled with a private group of underwater photographers and naturalists
organized by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach.  We were housed at two contiguous
resorts - Scuba Seraya and Villa Markisa -  because our group was so large
that one resort would not accomodate us.   

Although one could easily walk from one resort to the other, the dive
operations were separate.  Because my friends were housed at Villa Markisa
and I was at Scuba Seraya, we were initially unable to dive together. 
However I approached the dive operation at Scuba Seraya and my diving was
switched to Villa Markisa with little difficulty.  I spent most of my 10
days of diving with the group from Villa Markisa.   Overall I thought that
the dive operations of the two resorts were comparable 

Overall, Villa Markisa is slightly more upscale.  The accommodations are
more luxurious and the food is better.  However Scuba Seraya is very
pleasant and the food is good. It is slightly more rustic than Villa
Markisa but quite acceptable in terms of comfort and convenience.  Internet
access was available at both resorts but connection was a bit spotty.

This location is most suitable for macro photographers.  The great majority
of dive sites were muck diving and the guides were very helpful in finding
rare critters.  Nudibranchs were especially abundant.  Our package included
two boat dives daily and two shore dives.  Night diving was optional and
usually from shore. 

Photos are available davidinman.phanfare.com
Feel free to contact me at inman001@gmail.com for additional information.
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