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Dive Review of BIDP in
Indonesia/Bali

BIDP, Oct, 2012,

by Robert & Gayle, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6892.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our second trip to Bali, and our second time with Bali International Diving Professionals (BIDP). They have a well-run shop. We made 8 dives over 4 days around Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. At Manta Point, we did see two mantas, despite 15 foot vis, due to the sharp eyes of Minyon, our dive guide. Water temperature around Nusa Penida was 73 to 78 degrees, compared to 84 degrees around Nusa Lembongan. These were all drift dives, except for Manta Point (some surge there.) The corals were vivid, the critters were the usual: eels, snakes, scorpionfish, blue spotted rays, nudis. The dive boats were small, but adequate. They handle all your gear, rinse it and have it back at the boat for the next day. You order your box lunch the day before, itís on the boat for the dive interval. BIDP will pick you up at your hotel. We were diving October 26 thru October 29. October 29 was a full moon, so 2 days before and 2 days after, there were large tidal changes. (This may be why the vis was so poor at Manta Point and the reason for a down current we experienced at Crystal Bay.) These tidal changes affected which sites we could dive around Nusa Penida, or we would have done Manta Point more. So, know before you go: Check the tide tables when youíre planning your trip.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Bali, Belize, Costa Rica, Egypt, Fiji, Grenadines, Guam, Hawaii, Honduras, Irian Jaya/Papua, Jamaica, Keys, Komodo, North Sulawesi, Palau, Philippines, PNG, Solomons, St. Vincent, Tahiti, Truk, Turks & Caicos.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 74-84°F / 23-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-40 Ft/ 5-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox depth limits; signal DM at 750 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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