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Dive Review of Bali Dive Academy/Taman Sari Resort in
Indonesia/Bali

Bali Dive Academy/Taman Sari Resort: "Easy diving in Permuteran", Mar, 2015,

by Fred Drennan, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8173.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Taman Sari: A lovely property with several classes of accomodations. We stayed in Bird, a separate building with a king size bed and attached outside bathroom. Lots of very hot water in the outside shower, lights in room ok [we used Kindles]- not sure if would be as easy for books. Some AC problems but the staff worked on it every day we had issues and got it fixed. Mosquito coils in bathroom and on porch, no netting on bed but well screened room. Towels changed daily. Room had safe which we inadvertently left open- no issues. In fact, sent clothing to be washed with money in pockets, $ was returned with apologies! Breakfast included was very filling, Indonesian or Western. Dogs and cats on property but not intrusive. Gardens spectacular, and beach was cleaned daily [as opposed to the adjacent properties where garbage was present on the beach]. On site restaurant really good and inexpensive, but up the lighted street are two warungs with excellent food. We also walked a bit farther for pizza [quite good] and Bali Re restaurant [about a km away, great babi guling].

Bali Dive Academy: On site at Taman Sari, Dray and Karin are great dive hosts. Nitrox 31-32%, full fills. Had same divemaster for whole trip, Ayu, who was great. Went to Menjangen twice- 15 minute drive to harbor then ~30 minute boat ride to the island. Normally they leave from the beach but their boat was under repair. Menjangen- great walls, would also be spectacular for snorkeling nearer to shore, and island/temples very picturesque. Biowreck/biorock sites interesting with electrified metal framework and coral growth. We could have gone to Secret Beach or Puri Jati [muck dives, about a 30 minute drive away] but Dray commented that they had been degraded a bit with some trawling. We dove instead at Jetty, about 5 minutes away, and saw cuttlefish, pipefish, Bangai cardinalfish, mantis and other shrimps, unusual anenomes, and a cool dragonet. BDA provided our driver to/from Denpassar to Permuteran who was very helpful in purchasing a Telkomsel sim card for our iPhone and with showing us local culture on the way. The drive is quite spectacular.
Websites Bali Dive Academy   Taman Sari Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Fiji, PNG, Hawaii
Closest Airport DPS Getting There EVA Air via TPE

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Did many dives over 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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