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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Shwartz, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3824
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Wakatobi, Permuteran, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, Tonga, Fiji, Thailand, Andaman
Sea, Hawaii, Caicos Island 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
We visited this small resort first at the end of their soft opening in
January of 2005, and then again in December of 2007. This is a small,
on-the-beach resort located on the next bay south of Tulamben, and at
present is the only resort located on this bay. The resort itself is well
below the main road, and quite private. At the time of our first visit the
accomodations were finished, the kitchen facilities were adequate and the
diveshop was a work-in-progress. When we returned in December of 2007 we
found a completed resort, with a brand new, fully-equipped kitchen (and an
expanded menu to match) as well as a new dining area, and a new dive
shop/classroom. The resort offers underwater photography courses and
individual sessions with instructor Jeff Mullins, as well as guest courses
with people like Michael Aw, Martin Edge, Dr. Alex Mustard and Tim Rock.
The new dive facility makes dealing with gear (both the gear you manage
yourself as well as the gear the resorts staff handles for you)
live-aboard easy. Not only does the small size of the resort enable one to
very quickly connect personally with the dive staff, what was also
interesting was how many of the staff, dive personnel and resort staff,
remain from two years before. The welcome one receives at Balinese resorts
seems quite genuine here.

There are two classes of accomodations, with the beach-fronting villas
among the cushiest we have ever experienced, with a large main acd bedroom
(a great bed, and maybe the best reading lights in Indonesia), a roofed
outdoor bath with a hot shower, and then a separate outdoor private area
that includes a hot tub, a day bed (with mosquito netting) and a bar (you
have to stock it yourself). You can do unlimited diving here, but for
couples where one person is perhaps not on a four-a-day mission, the small
size of the resort, the nearly private beach (that includes local fishing
activity) and the well-kept waterfront grounds make for a very peaceful

The earlier description by Hansen of the diving remains accurate in terms
of the high quality of the muck diving right in front of the resort. He
compares it to Lembeh. I am not familiar with Lembeh myself, but what is
true here is that the depth of the muck continues beyond 140 ft. (a depth
achieved very quickly off the beach), and the conditions at depth are very
otherwordly: stretches of black volcanic sand interupted by islands of life
where corals and other critters have assembled around rocks. While Hansens
diving was limited to the house reef because of boat troubles, when we were
there (both visits) the resorts boat (a type of hard-shell zodiac, very
fast and with a good ladder) worked reliably. We were the first divers on
the Liberty any morning we wanted to be (a ten-minute boat ride), and then
on other dives explored the drop-offs between Seraya and Tulamben, where
there are four or five separate dive sites toward Seraya from the wall
closest to Tulamben. These drop-offs are fairly rich in corals, descend
rapidly to great depths, and are interestingly riven with canyons, ridges,
and piles of boulders. 
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