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Dive Review of Blue Water Dive Center/Ocean View Dive Resort in

Blue Water Dive Center/Ocean View Dive Resort, Oct, 2012,

by Robert & Gayle, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6891.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was a short stay (3 days) after 12 days at Wakatobi and before 5 nights ‘drying out’ in Ubud. We made 2 dives on the Liberty Wreck. There is a shore entry in front of the Ocean View Dive Resort. It was a little difficult for the entry/exit due to the rocky beach and wave action. I made arrangements with the dive shop to have someone carry the gear to/from the water. In addition to the usual suspects, we saw 2 octopus, 6 huge bumphead parrots, frog fish, leaf scorpion fish, garden eels. This is a popular dive site, so expect many divers of varying skill levels. Best to dive early morning, before the vanloads of divers arrive from Denpasar.
The Ocean View has spacious rooms, bathrooms have enough floor space for rinsing dive gear, if needed. But, the dive shop takes care of that unless you want to do your own. Villa Nos. 6 thru 9 are on the upper tier, so ocean views are somewhat blocked by Villas 2 thru 5. Each has a large porch with chaise lounges and tables. Villas 6 thru 9 get the afternoon sun on the back wall, which makes the air conditioning struggle to keep the room below 80 degrees. The grounds are well-maintained. They have a pool and restaurant. The Blue Water Dive Center is on the premise.

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
Water Temp 83-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40- Ft/ 12- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Signal DM at 750 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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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By nycball in , at Mar 09, 2013 05:56 EST  
Robert and Gayle Hello I am planning to book 3 days in the Tulamben area prior to my family arriving from NYC. So far my research shows that is the best area to dive in early April. As there are a number of resorts in the area I was wondering how you picked Ocean view dive resort and if you would recommend that one over others. Thank you Andy
By report author: Robert & Gayle in OR, US at Mar 10, 2013 03:52 EST  
Found and booked the Ocean View through Chose it over others on Agoda because it's close to the Liberty Wreck. It was our first land-based visit to Tulamben (previously dove Liberty Wreck from the Komodo Dancer.) Our travel agent (Reef n Rainforest) had recommended a different resort that was 15 minutes away from the wreck and cost 4 times as much. The Mimpi resort looked nice from the outside, but we did not go inside for a look. All the villas at Ocean View appeared to be the same size...don't know how many in your family; but they are certainly spacious and comfortable.
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