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Dive Review of Aqua Marine Divers/Watergarden, OceanView, Mimpi in

Aqua Marine Divers/Watergarden, OceanView, Mimpi: "Bali/Aqua Marine Divers", Jun, 2016,

by Scott Oslund, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8979 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We did a 3+ week trip to Bali. We dove in the southeastern area, eastern Bali and northern Bali. We stayed at the Watergarden in SE Bali (awesome, 5 star, fantastic food and service). We were picked up daily by Aquamarine Divers (AMD) who coordinated the entire trip (minus airfare). 5 star operation. I do u/w photo, and had my own dive guide (HIGHLY recommended). My wife and son (10 yrs old, just certified) dove with their own guide. AMD was excellent with my son. He shot GoPro video and produced an excellent video. Bali diving is a mix of traditional boat dives, "wooden boats" and jukungs, and shore diving.

We then dove in the Tulamben area, stayed at the Oceanview Tulamben. Numerous issues with this hotel. I would stay at the Mimpi Tulamben if I did the trip again. A local hangout (restaurant) in Tulamben, Safety Stop, was a 15 min walk, and the food was outstanding. Huge portions. We ate like kings and queens during our entire Bali trip, avg $20 U.S. for a large meal. Bali is very inexpensive.

Finally, we dove northern Bali, stayed at the Mimpi Menjangan. Beautiful hotel. Excellent food. No other restaurants around, must eat at the hotel.

Bali offers outstanding muck/critter diving, beautiful drift diving/walls, coral gardens. A very nice mix. AMD picked us up and dropped us off at the hotel each day. Punctual. Professional. I left Bali with a beautiful portfolio of images.

June is the beginning of the dry season. We had 3 weeks of pure sunshine. A 5mm suit is recommended. AMD offers a "VIP" airport pickup service that expedites customs and immigration process, $35/person, WELL worth it. Flew coach on Korean Air. Beautiful planes. Excellent service. Long flights. Good food (for a plane).

In short, I was exceedingly impressed and surprised by how good the diving was in Bali, and AMD did an exceptional job in coordinating our hotels, diving, transportation, etc.
Websites Aqua Marine Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Palau, Yap, Indonesia, Hawaii, Maldives, Fiji, Caribbean
Closest Airport Denpasar Getting There Non-stop Dallas to Seoul. Nonstop Seoul to Denpasar. Korean Air.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15-150 Ft/ 5-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments We dove a combo of traditional fiberglass outboards (fast boats), traditional Indonesian boats (called "wooden boats") and jukungs (canoe with outrigger--truly Indonesian diving). The jukung sites were 10 minutes away.
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