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Dive Review of Aqua Marine Diving/several options in
Indonesia/Bali specifically Secret Bay

Aqua Marine Diving/several options, Mar, 2005,

by Sally Schroeder, Fla, USA . Report 1659.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving 8 trips to Indonesia, 15 locales in the Caribbean, Red Sea , Thailand, Malaysia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 68 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions muck diving so the max at this location was 30 feet & less. My dives were 70-80 minutes always
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 5 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 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Concrete area next to black sand walk in entry point. Overhead showers for rinsing off you & gear, picnic table sort of gear up area. No facilities for camera stuff, just benches and a shade tree or tow. No wash area specifically for your camera. Bring your own plastic bin.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Great muck diving area, simple walk in with flat black sand, no surges, no rocks to climb over ( I do not do shore dives! but this was easy). Very fine black silt so need to be really careful not to fin the bottom. This is a very quiet back lagoon with a large tidal change. Follow the dive guides recommendations as to when the tides are best for diving. Otherwise the vis went to near zip. Currents were never an issue here. Aqua Marine Diving set me up with my own driver, van w/airco and reading library of diving magazines & books, my own excellent dive guide & tanks & weights. We went where ever I wished for 4 dives daily, more could have been done... I had picked Secret Bay for the great muck critters which we found in abundance. Frogfish, lots of different colors of sea horses, many fingered dragonettes, flatheads, snake eels, grassflats critters all in green colors, razorfish, juvenile pennant batfish, 8-10 variety of eels, lots of sea lettuce critters, sea hares, pipefish,...etc
My guide was great, patient about hunting for hard to see critters and always finding interesting photo subjects.
Cost were VERY reasonable for the diving/driving/accom/some meals. With accomadations nearby a couple of choices all are simple, "relatively "clean and 5 minutes drive from the dive site. The only choice of on site accom. was really grim-you don't wish to stay there-even the grubbiest backpacker would give this one a miss. We are talking about 1* places as OK. Its a remote area. If you need 3-4* its a 40-50 minute drive away.

Only down side would be piling into a car to wash camera at the hotel. Not an issue but also not convenient.


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