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Dive Review of Bali/Matahari and Puri Gopa in
Indonesia

Bali/Matahari and Puri Gopa, Aug, 2005,

by Rick Tuss, DE, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2720.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Just about everywhere in the Caribbean, Thailand, Malasia, Indonesia, Maldives, and all over the East Coast of USA.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 72 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions depth and time... stay with guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We dived two diffent areas of Bali and stayed in two different resorts - Matahari in Tulamben and Puri Gopa in Sanur. The Matahari is your basic, Southeast Asia dive resort while the Puri Gopa was a very nice, well above average resort.

Let me start out with the bad... suprise, the water was much cooler than expected. I only brought a .5mm wetsuit with me which I find is plenty at 80 F or better. Water temps were as low as 72 F! Talk about freeze you XXlls off! Come prepared with at least a 3mm.

Now for the good... the diving, it was great. Tulamben is shore diving, including the USS Liberty. The beach is rough as it is made up of 4 inch diameter volcanic rock, but once in the water, look out. Healthy corals, plentiful tropicals, but the best is the macro action. There are critters everywhere. I've dived Lembeh Straits, and this is at least as good (without the trash).

Out of Sanur, we took a speedy dive boat over to Nusa Penida. Our first dive was Manta Point. Any guess what we saw? 3 Mantas. Vis was down for a couple reasons.. it's fairly shallow and open to ocean rollers (lot's of surge) and cold as hell at 72 F (remember the .5 mm I wore?). Of course, this is from the upwelling bringing up the nutrient wich water that brings in the Mantas.

Other dives on Nusa Penida were slightly warmer but we never saw 80F. The vis was also better, reaching 80 feet. The corals were spectacular along with the number and variety of tropicals. We went to one site known for it's Mola Mola sightings, but none were home that day.

Bali is extremely affordable and great value for money. The people are extremely friendly and helpful. For you techies out there, BIDP specialty is tech diving, so if you want to do deep and stay longer, they can accommodate you.
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