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Dive Review of Sea Rovers/Villa Wilali in

December, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Wood, WA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Philippines, North Sulawesi, Maldives, Hawaii, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive guides allow you to dive your computer, come up early or last, just
stay in sight of group.  Experience divers given wide berth.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
With the exception of a half hour ride to Menjangen Island, all dive sites
are within 5 minutes of the dive shop.  Muck diving right off shore of dive
shop.  Will put fresh water tub on board for Menjangen trips.  Plenty of
tables to work on gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Dive shop owner of Sea Rovers Paul Turley runs an excellent dive operation
in the NW corner of Bali, in the Pemuteran area.  Local long-tenured guides
very well trained, good at spotting small stuff, helpful, accommodating,
safe.  Would be great for new divers or open water check-out dives, still
great for experience divers.  Rich coral life, bommies, wall at Menjangen
(worth 1 trip, not 2).  Don't miss underwater Temple and biorock site. 
"Midway" dive site was as good as any I've been to in Asia.  A
dozen clownfish nests, nudis, table coral aquaria, strange critters, hairy
crabs, wide variety of soft and hard corals, big fans, tropicals, shrimps,
crabs, pipefish.  Spend half the dive at 20 feet!  Muck diving in front of
dive shop worth the trip, like a small Lembeh with rich life, can dive 2
hours if you want and not get bored.  Macro photography great.  Discounts
for multi-dive packages, reasonable rates.  Free transport from local
Villa Wilali an excellent choice for a family or group of up to 8 people. 
Can have staff fix all meals ($5-$6 pp for lunch/dinner), continental
breakfast included but can supplement with eggs, etc.  Meals are varied
Balinese and excellent, off menu of your choice or family style.  We cooked
ourselves a few times but mainly ordered in.  Local restaurants good,
inexpensive ($3-$4). Concierge Putra is responsive, helpful, friendly. 
Cooks/maids very efficient and thorough.  All kinds of day trips available
to temples, waterfalls, Ubud, rafting, trekking for reasonable price ($70
per day for a taxi van all day to go anywhere).  Villa is nice, grounds
spectular, beachfront with netted gazebo, netted beds (flies a real
annoyance; bring flypaper/flyswatters for inside villa; bug repellant for
outside; mosquitos not bad, no-see-ums not bad.  Buy local coffee grown in
the mountains.  Trip from Denpasar is breathtaking but 4 hours long so
suggest overnighting before taking car (provided by Villa for $70)to Villa
in NW Bali Pemuteran area.  Rainy season really wasn't--had some showers,
downpours 2 nights but nice breeze and weather, albeit typically humid and
90F high during day.  Pemuteran area is drier than rest of island, in a
rain shadow from eastern Java and mountains to south on Bali.  
Can take a 3 hour day trip (recommend overnight) to dive USS Liberty at
Tulamben. Didn't do it due to time constraints, but Paul at Sea Rovers can
arrange drive over at 2pm, night dive then 7am two-tank dive and back to
Villa by dinner time.  

Oh and $15 massages by the sea or in your room, arranged by Putra.  Owner
Cisca Sibbald was extremely accommodating and helpful in getting our
relatives there, as was Putra. 

All in all a wonderful experience for my family, half of whom are
Indonesian from N. Sulawesi and enjoyed Bali immensely too.  Local people
delightful and happy to have tourists, most from Australia and Europe.  Few
Americans seem to make the trip (their loss!)
Remember this is Indonesia, with littered beaches and roadsides due to lack
of infrastructure; black sand beaches with gravel/rocks so stick to the
Caribbean if you want white sand.  Monkeys at local temple are a hoot, just
20 min. walk up the beach.  Don't miss that!  Diving into water, playing,
eating seaweed and clams. I counted a hundred of them at one point.  Don't
forget to wear sarongs (both sexes) into temples and bring small offering
of cash.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ehkzu at Jan 17, 2014 23:46 EST  
My wife & I dove with Sea Rovers last September, with similar
enjoyment. We both have around 600 ocean dives under our weight belts, but
we had a newbie with us who did her open water with Paul and thought very
highly of both his instruction and Pemuteran. I warned her it would ruin
her for Caribbean diving, but that's life.
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