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Dive Review of AquaMarine Diving - Bali in
Indonesia/Tulamben

AquaMarine Diving - Bali: "Great, Personalized Service With Private Dive Guide; Nice Solo Safari", Oct, 2018,

by Rik Pavlescak, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 10523 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Knew I'd be in Bali for 4 days without anyone else and wanted to dive. Did some searching and found great reviews for AquaMarine Diving, so I sent an inquiry. They set up a personal itinerary for me, with a private guide, at very reasonable rates. They also included accommodation which included breakfast and lunch each day.

The first night there was an issue at the selected hotel (Hotel Uyah, Amed) with their electricity. It impacted the Air Conditioning and Lighting in the room--the AC wouldn't run properly and the lighting was very, very dim. I contacted the office at AquaMarine and they moved me to a different accommodation, Ocean View at Tulamben. The new accommodation was perfect, everything worked fine and it is right at the USAT Liberty dive site. I appreciate the quick action of the office staff to assure that everything was good for my stay.

As for the diving: the first day I had booked 4 dives. We did two as the USAT Liberty. The first was a "check-out dive for me" I had new gear and it was my first dive in about 5 months, so I didn't take the camera. The second dive we went back to the USAT with my camera, and I enjoyed both dives. My dive guide, Endy, was super at spotting tiny little critters, and was very patient as I worked to get the best photos I could. He pointed out small things like frogfish, crabs, and nudibranchs, some so small I could barely see them.

Next, we moved to a site called Drop Off, just down the road. Then, back to the USAT for a night dive that I had scheduled. Huge bumphead parrotfish, as well as small critters, although the site was crowded with a lot of divers.

Next day was 3 dives at Seraya. Each was a different dive--as there are different approaches/entries to the dive site. The shore is volcanic rock, which is tricky to walk in--and to get out of the surf with dive gear on; especially with waves. Endy was very helpful in carrying my camera, and when needed, even taking my gear in so I could walk without a tank. Saw a lot of different crabs, nudibranchs, ornate ghost pipefish, and a pygmy seahorse.

Next day was 3 dives at Batu Belah beach. Again, each was a different approach/entry, each was a great dive. Boxer crabs, and lots of different nudibranchs. Some current and waves, so Endy brought my bc/tank to me in the water which was easier for me to suit up in, and then at the end of each dive, I took the gear off in the water, and Endy brought it back to the beach.

Final day was 2 dives at Melasti. Again, crabs, nudibranchs--various sizes and colors. Great view of Mount Agung from the beach and water. Much calmer site in terms of current and waves and I was able to easily get out of the water with tank on without assistance.

Each day diving with AquaMarine Diving was easy. They picked me up at the hotel at 9 a.m. in their comfortable, air conditioned van, which had bottled water. We'd drive 10-15 minutes at most to the dive site for the day, and they would handle all gear, etc. I was diving Nitrox, so we analyzed the tanks (they provided the analyzer) and then they'd set up gear and get it to the entry point. Each dive site had a water tank for cameras and a shower on location.

At the end of the final dive, they washed down all of my gear, gave my BC a good internal rinse with fresh water, and even carried my gear back to my hotel room. They provided excellent service throughout the four days and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending AquaMarine Diving to my friends.
Websites AquaMarine Diving - Bali   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Costa Brava, Roatan, Key West, Cozumel, Key Largo, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac
Closest Airport Denpasar, Bali Getting There Fly to Singapore or Hong Kong and connect to Bali. Three hour drive from airport to Tulamben area.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas surge
Water Temp 82-82°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25-60 Ft/ 8-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive Guide checked in with me regularly and we followed my computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments AquaMarine Divers-Bali caters to photographers. They handled camera gear carefully and every dive site had a tank for cameras. The sites are spectacular for macro photography: crabs, nudibranchs, ornate ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, frogfish and others were the photos I captured during these 12 dives.Private guide Endy was very good at spotting critters and pointing them out and very patient as I was photographing. After he was sure I had spotted the subject, he'd move on to find the next one.
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Oct 12, 2018 22:42 EST  
All your dives were shore dives? Does AquaMarine Diving have a boat and/or can they book you on a boat?
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