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Dive Review of Villa Markisa in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

April, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Rickie Sterne/Chris Button, AR, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
"Supermacro Diving in Tulamben"
Report Number 8498
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
around the Caribbean, Australia, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Truk, Yap, Palau,
other areas of Indonesia
Closest Airport
Denpasar
Getting There
long flight with great direct
service from Houston on
Singapore Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
5   to 35    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
We stayed with our private dive guide, who was finding lots of cool, often
tiny critters.  Our dives lasted from 60 to 85 minutes, so we were ready to
come up when the dive guide said we should.  The dives were always paced to
our photography.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Comments
     Villa Markisa definitely caters to photographers.  There is a camera
area in the main building with plenty of space and electrical outlets.  All
crew members handled cameras, many quite large, very caref
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
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Comments  
     We chose to do only muck diving during our week at Villa Markisa,
although we were offered the opportunity to visit coral sites and the
Liberty wreck.  We had just finished two weeks of diving from the Pelagian
and knew from a previous visit to Tulamben that the local coral sites would
be disappointing in comparison.  The muck sites, however, were anything but
disappointing.
     We saw many, many species of tiny nudibranchs.  There were a number of
exotica we had never seen before.  We saw several color morphs of the
"donut" Doto, species 9.  A tiny Sagominopteron psychodelicum was
a highlight of the week. We encountered a Thecacera picta breeding ground
one morning, where dozens of pairs were mating and several animals were
laying egg ribbons.  We still have not identified all the new species of
nudis we saw at Villa Markisa.  On one dive we even encountered a nudi that
the guide had never seen before. But the diving was not all about
opistobranchs.  We also saw numerous species of shrimp, including a pair of
large harlequin shrimp, tozeuma shrimp, tiger shrimp, and beautiful almost
translucent shrimp floating in the water column, as well as the more usual
crinoid, wire coral, anemone, and mantis shrimp.  There were boxer crabs,
several types of elegant squat lobsters, and mud crabs.  The broadclub and
pygmy cuttlefish were willing to pose for our cameras.  We saw no octopus,
although other divers in the resort did. Frogfish of several species hid in
the corals and sponges, as did leaf scorpionfish.  We saw elegant sand
divers in full display.  One afternoon near the end of our dive at Melasti,
we swam over a patch of begdaggled-looking coral. To our surprise, this
unpromisi ...
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