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

aquamarine diving, Sep, 2009,

by Lani Par, ca, usa ( 1 report). Report 5092.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 65 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]about an hour
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments [None]May be hard for DSLR since in tulamben it's shoredives..rocky beaches....but there is a camera rinse tank..at 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]
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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