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Dive Review of Top-Dive Bali/Gawana Resort in
Indonesia/Bali

Top-Dive Bali/Gawana Resort, May, 2009,

by Douglas Hansen, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 5191.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, California, British Columbia, Hawaii, Palau, Phillipines, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 65 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with dive guide (except at house reef), come up with group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Not really set up for photographers. However, the guide was very good at pointing out and finding unusual and rare critters.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Top-Dive Bali that we dove with was located at the Gawana resort near Menjangen Island at the northwest corner of Bali. The resort and dive operation cater mainly to Europeans, and the prices reflect that. The dive operator was very happy to take us to Secret Bay and to Puri Jati to look for rare and unusual critters. At Secret Bay we saw several frog fish, dragonets, seahorses, pipefishes, blue ring octopus, upside down jellyfish and many other critters. At Puri Jati our guide found two mimic octopus, pipefishes, a seahorse, and many different types of unusual fishes. We also dove Menjangen Island, with its beautiful walls, but we preferred the muck diving at Puri Jati, Secret Bay and the Gawana House Reef.

The Gawana Resort is a well maintained and beautiful resort. The bungalows are very spacious and comfortable. The menu at the resort is limited and somewhat expensive. Unfortunately, in that area of Bali, there aren't a lot of other choices for meals, so we ended up paying a relatively large sum for the meals, especially considering the bargains that can be found elsewhere in Bali.

Top-Dive Bali is a well run, well organized dive operation close to some of Bali's best diving. They mainly cater to Europeans, and the prices reflect the current exchange rates.
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