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Dive Review of Sub Ocean/Rama Candi Dasa in

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Carl Scott, TX, USA
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Report Number 3880
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Caymans, Cozumel,
Belize, St. Vincent, St. Croix, Texas, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and air (usually 60 minutes, 700 PSI), otherwise just don't get lost
or die.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Bali, like any place in this part of the world, provides excellent
photographic opportunities for macro and tropicals.  Boat facilities (rinse
bucket, etc.) are typically not considered by most dive operations, but
they will certainly accommodate any reasonable request, which largely
depends on whether you are aboard a small outrigger for a 5 minute ride
from shore, or a modern fiberglass boat for an hour's journey to the next
island.  This operator has a dedicated rinse tank on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
There is no place in the world that I have found where the people are nicer
than here in Bali.  They will do their best to provide you with excellent
service and an enjoyable stay.  If it isn't offered to you, just ask for
it.  The food is great everywhere you go, especially if you like seafood
and exotic flavors.  Take a day (or two!) to visit Ubud, Bedugal, or other
places in the mountains for some cooler air and fantastic souvenir shopping
(buy an extra suitcase while you are here to bring home some great gifts! -
the carvings are unbelievable).  There are no sandy beaches where diving is
best, so bring some good booties to cross the large pebbles that make up
the shore in Tulamben and Ahmed.  Bring a land camera everywhere you go to
capture the beautiful culture, too.  The diving is typically very easy,
with few currents of any consequence, except the small rock islands
offshore at Candi Dasa.  However, for the experienced diver, these are
must-dive sites!  The corals and abundance of fish life are the best in
Bali that I've found.  The operator may not schedule a group to go there, 
because very small outriggers are used, and it limits how many people they
can take per day.  However, I highly recommend that you ask for it.  The
Liberty wreck at Tulamben is probably the least spectacular dive site,
though not bad.  The large resident barracuda will sit and let you
photograph him for an hour, if you wish.  The trip to Manta Point on Nusa
Penida was (for me) worth the extra charge, as the cleaning station there
is almost a sure thing for multiple manta sitings (I think we counted 6
individuals on our dive there).  Summary:  This island is a magical place
to visit, and the diving is pretty darn good.
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