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Dive Review of Aquamarine in
Indonesia/Bali

Aquamarine, Jul, 2007,

by Ed Kenney, WA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4129.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bangka, Belize, Bonaire, Bunaken, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Hood Canal, Iles Medes, Lake Tahoe, Lembeh Strait, Nananu-i-Ra, Playa del Carmen, Puget Sound, San Juans, St. John, Taveuni, Wakatobi, Xcaret
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 65 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Ketut and I planned each dive together, with clear goals but no restrictions except those imposed by my computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments I took photographs and processed them in my hotel room. Ketut, the DM, was exceptionally responsive to my requests for subjects.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Aquamarinediving.com is a terrific dive service. Even if there's only one diver scheduled for a trip, the DM's take you out with no hesitation, delivering to the best of their abilities on the dive plan you requested. Even though three days of rain had littered the surface with rubbish, Ketut took me to Bali's Blue Lagoon because it was one of the sites I had not visited on previous tips. Though we couldn't find a wobegong, Ketut found over 20 leaf scorpionfish, a subject I love to photograph.

Ketut also knew I had not seen a mola mola on previous trips to Bali. They don't normally show themselves in appreciable numbers before August, but Ketut took me to Crystal Bay to find one . . . and we did, not too far below 100 feet. I loved this dive. The corals were varied and photogenic, to say the least, and the mola just topped off the whole experience. I was so happy that the mola let me get right next to it to observe the cleaner species which seemed specifically oriented to various body parts!

We also dove Toyapakey off Nusa Penida, one of my favorite dives from previous trips. I loved the variety of nudibranch species and the fish swirling around the pinnacles.
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