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Dive Review of Villa Markisa in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

October, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
Top Contributor   (45 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
"Great Muck Diving"
Report Number 7926
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia
(Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red
Sea, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
DPS - Denpasar, Bali
Getting There
Just a LONG flight from the
US.  About 2.5 hours from the
Denpasar airport, but Villa
Markisa will arrange
transportation for you at a
very reasonable rate.

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't go into deco and come back with 500 psi, but nobody checked.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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Comments
Boats are relatively small so there is no special accommodation other than
a soft mat to put the cameras on and the cre ...
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Food
4 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
I am a macro/muck diving enthusiast.  This was my second trip to Villa
Markisa in 2 years.  While the diving is not Lembeh it can still be very
rewarding.  Christiane, one of the owners, is what I will call a "nudi
nut," and, as a result, the dive masters are all very attuned to
finding nudibranchs of all sizes and descriptions.  In addition to a
plethora of nudibranchs and flat worms I saw baby frogfish about 1/4 inch
long, baby Ambon scorpionfish about 3/4 inch long, harlequin shrimp, ghost
pipefish of various descriptions, several rhinopias, a translucent baby
lobster, octopi, etc. etc.  It was just great  ...
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