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Dive Review of aquamarine diving in
Indonesia/tulamben, candidasa, nusa peni

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Lani Par, ca, usa (1 report)
Report Number 5092
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Bora Bora, Seychelles, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
65   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]about an hour  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
[None]May be hard for DSLR since in tulamben it's shoredives..rocky
beaches....but there is a camera rinse where u start your dive..we
brought our handy point and shoot instead...but wished we took our D90
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
Dive Safari was 4 days covering 2 in Tulamben, and 2 days in Candidasa for
the mola mola(none seen despite of 4 dives in search of them
unfortunately..water was cold..though we wore 3 mm only..i had a mini
hood), manta spotting(we saw 7 at manta pt)....Wonderful land based
experience with Aquamarine Diving (through Lindsey Sinclair) arranging our
dive safari with stays in Mimpi resort, Tulamben (Highly Recommended) and
at Watergarden, Candidasa (so-so) mattress could have been softer, and
finally at Purisaraswati in Ubud(commercialized busy part of Bali but
massages and food very good). We did 4 dives/day in Tulamben and 4
dives/day in Candidasa. We saw all sorts of macro, mantis shrimp,
nudibranchs incl 2 spanish dancers, and blue ribbon eel, ornate ghost
pipefish, octopus, anemone crabs, mantas, bumphead parrot fish, groupers,
pygmy seahorses (denise and barramundi and even a sea snake!!..Corals were
diverse and colorful...swarms of anthias...incredible and great value for
the money...there is a lot of packing/unpacking..but doable...we usually
prefer liveaboards but this was one way to see Bali topside as well...after
4 dive days..we did white water rafting (highly recommended), land tour
incl temples from royal family and tanah lot, visited monkey forest and
also elephant ride at the elephant safari park....Highly recommend a stay
at the Kayana Resort in Seminyak for 2 days after the dive
safari...beautiful villa and best service.. good way to end your week at
beautiful bali, indonesia.
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