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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya in
Indonesia/Bali

Scuba Seraya, Jun, 2003,

by Douglas Hansen, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 1266.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving California, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Hawaii, Palau, Indonesia, Philippines, Florida Keys, Cayman Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No special accomodations. Neither of their boats were working during the week we were there.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Unfortunately, neither of the dive boats were working during the week we were there, so almost all of our dives were shore dives. In the Tulamben area, the dive helpers club members carry your gear in and out of the water, and they assist you in and out of the water, which is very helpful since the beach is loose cobbles. The resort is brand new and very nice. The menu is limited, but the food was very good. The resort is a kilometer or two outside of Tulamben, but they will provide transportation into town (such as it is) for a price.

The house reef was surprisingly good muck diving. We ended up doing most of our dives on the house reef. We saw numerous nudibranchs, cuttlefish, scorpionfish, octopus, frogfish, an ornate ghost pipefish,common pipefish, a seahorse, harlequine shrimp, white eyed morays, lionfish, devilfish, and many more. The diving on the house reef was remiscent of the Lembeh strait, but on a much smaller scale. It was very good for macrophotography.

The resort imposed no limits on the diving. Ninety-plus minute dives were the norm. Depth was limited mainly by the bottom and the rating of my camera housing (30 meters). The Liberty wreck was very nice. On a night dive we saw an immense grouper hunting, along with a Spanish Dancer, Tiger Cowries, large soft corals, and a crown of thorns seastar. We also enjoyed the Paradise Reef. We saw lots of anemones and anemone fish, blue ribbon eels, giant clams, many species of angelfish and butterfly fish,cuttlefish, nudibranchs and schools of anthias. We found the reef at Amed to not be in as good of shape as others in the area. Overall, we really enjoyed the diving, even though we didn't see any sharks or large pelagics. (We heard that a couple of weeks after we left, they dove with Orcas in front of the resort! Right place, wrong time!)

The resort is new, very clean and well kept. The grounds are well maintained, and the rooms have air conditioning. Of the dive guides, Oka was the best at finding the tiniest nudibranchs and crabs. Nyoman was very helpful, and found a couple of octopus for us on a dive at the Tulamben drop-off.
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