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Dive Review of Top-Dive Bali/Gawana Resort in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, USA
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Report Number 5191
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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

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with dive guide (except at house reef), come up with group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
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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