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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya in

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Karen & Tom Prideaux, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4437
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, PNG
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Excellent briefings and go at your own pace.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
September, during the dry season in Bali, is an excellent time to visit the
Scuba Seraya Resort in Bali.  There you will find diverse muck diving right
in front of the resort.  Large rocks and black volcanic sand make for some
interesting camouflages.  Take the leopard flounder for example.  In the
Caribbean, this fish blends into the white sand, but at the Seraya Secret
dive site it is black.  Ornate pipefish and sea pens were abundant along
with other strange shrimp, crabs along with a nudibranch on steroids.

We got our first taste for muck diving in Milne Bay and Kimbe Bay, New
Guinea and wanted more of the same.  The real drive was to fly to a place
where we could have muck diving, wreck diving and wall diving with great
underwater photo opportunities all within the same area.  This time we
selected the Indian Ocean on the east coast of Bali.  

A 2.5 hour drive from Denpasar Airport (advise to do this during the
daytime), Scuba Seraya resort is in a quiet area and is for serious divers
that want to escape the large resort scene.  It is more affordable than New
Guinea, Australia and of course the Caribbean.  Bali is a great value for
the dollar. Most evenings at the resort we had fantastic dinners for two
for $12.00USD. Rooms at the Scuba Seraya Resort are very reasonable and who
could argue with a traditional Balinese massage after a long day of diving
for $10.00USD. This resort has romantic rooms, a nice pool and tasty meals
from many cultures. The dive staff and resort staff are very professional
and always have a smile.

A must do is the Liberty Wreck. This dive site is a seven minute boat ride
from the Scuba Seraya resort to Tulamben.  The wreck, a US cargo ship was
torpedoed in Lombok by the Japanese in WWII. The ship took on water as it
was badly damaged. It was towed to the rocky beach of Tulamben where it was
unloaded.  The magma flow of Mt Agnug in 1963 pushed the ship back out to
sea where it lies. This wreck can be accessed as a shore dive also and lies
at 10-80ft.  It is majestic and teaming with marine life, making it a must
do dive site. It was one of our top ten dive sites.

Giant bumphead parrot fish and garden eels greeted us as we descended to
the stern side of the Liberty wreck.  Our first encounter on the wreck was
with a Paper Fish (scorpion fish family.)  You will need two tanks to do
the whole wreck and then some. Spiny-cheeked anemone fish were aggressively
protecting their eggs as the camera was shooting.  Many nudibranchs,
groupers and jacks were schooling in the early morning light which made for
a stunning dive.  This was a perfect start to a Sunday morning. Some say to
start the dive early (7:30 am) but we recommend an hour later, as we had
the wreck to ourselves and the debris had settled.  The Moorish Idols were
quite large as the beautiful white soft corals hanging off of the

There a twenty fantastic dive sites within a short distance from Scuba
Seraya.  The best treat at the resort was unlimited shore diving just a few
steps from our room.  Keep your eyes on the prize as the 28 hour travel
time from Houston was well worth it
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