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Dive Review of Archipelago Dive/Taman Sari Resort in
Indonesia/Bali, Desa Pemuteran

Archipelago Dive/Taman Sari Resort, Sep, 2005,

by John M. Artim, CA, USA . Report 2101.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Monterey, CA, USA
St. Georges Cay, Belize
Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Ketut, our dive master, was very good about pointing out interesting creatures including a number of pygmy sea horses on a fan during a wall dive at Menjangen Island.

No freshwater bucket on the dive boat.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The diving was good but not spectacular. Menjangen's dives were definitely the most interesting, with a nice variety of coral, smaller fish, and small critters. The food Ketut provided on the boat--thanks to his very talented Auntie!--was excellent Indonesian fare.

There was one other dive operation right at the resort but we did not have time to try them.

Just offshore of the Taman Sari Resort there is a substantial effort at growing an artificial reef on wire frames. They are also attempting to accelerate the process by applying a low DC voltage to the frame. So far, the coral has not filled in very much but there are a few sizeable heads growing on the frames. This is all an easy snorkel from the beach in front of the resort.

Taman Sari Resort was a wonderful bargain. We had a deluxe room for something like $60 USD per night. This was quite spacious with a lovely walled outdoor bath area, a porch, and a separate screened porch "daybed". The resort has a spa ($12 USD for a 1-hour massage) and a decent restaurant. The pool and beach areas are very comfortable and restaurant service is available at tables set under the trees along the beach. We also took a guided walk around the village and up a nearby hill--worth it for the view of the surrounding area and a peek at local life.
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