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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

Scuba Seraya, Dec, 2007,

by Peter Shwartz, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 3824.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 retreat.

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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