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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya in
Indonesia/Bali

Scuba Seraya, Aug, 2009,

by Dee Mickey, AL, USA ( 2 reports). Report 5099.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, other areas of Indonesia, Solomons
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 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 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera room is available. Amble rinse tank ashore. No rinse on boats, but short boat ride back to base.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Diver heaven! Relaxing in the villa or on the day bed outside, the sound of the waves on the sand and trickling over the shore rocks, the open air shower, our own private garden area, daily massages--it's everything you expect from the island of Bali. Only a short seawall and a a bit of lawn separate your villa from the water.

The diving is easy. Walk to the dive area at the corner of the property, gear up, and wade out to the boat. It's only a 15 minute ride to the Liberty, which gets crowded as early as 7:30 a.m. The other dive sites are closer. The sand bottom drops steeply so there's not a wealth to see at 30 feet. However at 60 feet plus, rocks, coral heads & mooring blocks are rich. We saw several mantis shrimp sauntering over the rocks, almost posing for photos. The harlequin shrimp and ornate ghost pipefish welcome photographers. It's a good area for macro with easy, easy conditions. At night the artificial reef at the house dive holds a large school of batfish.

The property is small, isolated from the road and beautifully landscaped. Patrick, the owner, caters to photographers & is often on site to attend to special requests. The restaurant has a surprising variety of food on the menu, from traditional to sausages. We didn't venture into Telumben for dinner. It's a good 3 hour drive from the airport & you're basically out in the country, so go here if you just want to relax & dive. No night life, no shopping, just life on the water.

The dive staff is excellent. Dive locations are flexible. Three dives a day, plus a shore dive, if you want. No more than 4 divers on the boat. Occasionally you'll see a group of itinerant shore divers in the water, but not often. Other than the Liberty (always crowded), we seldom saw other divers under water.

Prices are reasonable. A five night stay is the perfect compliment to a liveaboard. Airport transfers are included, and the drive up the coast gives a good view of daily life in Bali.
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