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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya in

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, USA
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Report Number 1266
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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

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
No special accomodations.  Neither of their boats were working during the
week we were there.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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

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
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