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Dive Review of AquaMarine Diving in
Indonesia/Bali ( Tulamben and Amed)

AquaMarine Diving, Oct, 2010,

by Mark Vanderlinden, AP, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5746.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, Florida, Hawaii, Micronesia (Palau, Truk), Wake and Johnston Is, Malysia (Sipadan), Okinawa, Maldives, Indonesia (Bali and Wakatobi)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The accomidations (Paradise) we stayed in were adequate however be sure to bring power converters. I just picked up a large plastic storage container and kept fresh water everyday from the tub shower. The bathroom itself is constructed so the floor can rinsed down from the shower so the it worked great for keeping salt buildup to a minimum for the underwater camera housings.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is my fourth trip to Bali with Aqua Marine- this time at my overall favorite location- Tulamben . In my opinion Aqua Marine is a truly customer oriented professional operation. They have never failed me and always met my dive requests. On trip such as these, I generally go it alone or with one other person and hire a guide (provided by Aqua Marine), not only to spot creatures but act as a dive buddy, since otherwise I would I would end up diving solo which my wife generally is apprehensive about. The guide also has the gear ready to go on notice so diving is truly effortless. On this latest trip I was able to get many good shots of cleaner shrimp with fish, mantis shrimp with eggs, Coleman shrimp on sea urchins and a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a bumphead parrotfish feeding during daylight hours (close up wide angle shots less than 1 ft away). Over the nine diving day trip, I made 27 dives - mostly shore dives. I could have easily made more but at 60 + years, I have slowed a bit so I elected to have a massage instead of that fourth dive daily. Tulamben definietly has more divers than I have seen on previous trips but with my arrangement, I could easily work around it and get some good photos. I also dove a new spot in Tulamben area - Batu Kelbit which had some great photo subjects not found in the other areas. As mentioned earlier I stayed at the Paradise, the orinal accommodation at Tulamben. It's certainly not a 5 Star or fancy, but it is more than adequate for my needs and the price is more than reasonable.
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