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Dive Review of Euro Divers/Villa Candi Matahari in
Indonesia/Amed, Bali

Euro Divers/Villa Candi Matahari: "Healthy Reef", Apr, 2016,

by Tracy E. Johnson, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8936.

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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 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I would not go to Bali for less than 2 weeks due to the 24 hour travel time to get there and the 2 1/2 hour ride to Amed. We stayed at Villa Candi Matahari a 5 bedroom villa with a staff of 5 plus a driver and a very new van to transport us wherever we wanted to go. I found the best exchange rate for IDR was at the ATM. This villa was incredible. Definitely 5 star. The staff would cook for us or we could go out to many fine restaurants. Each room had on outdoor private shower and very good air-conditioning (I like a cold room). A 1 hour massage next to our infinity pool was $7.50. My son rented a scooter at a very cheap rate to buzz around on. Bring your 1 liter allotment of liquor if you want because its hard to find and expensive. Bintang beer is cheap and plentiful.

Roda our dive master was terrific. I would call it organized chaos the way everything always came together. The dive shop took us and the equipment to the dive site and local porters carried our equipment to the beach. Everything was always delivered on time. The women could carry two tanks with BC's at a time. I'm 73 with a torn rotator cuff and Roda was a great help to me on all the diving. The dive shop was a 5 minute walk from our villa. Most diving was from the shore but some drift diving was from a motorized outrigger that carried 2 divers. We put our BC on in the water. Its the warmest (90) that I've ever been in and the reef was incredibly healthy though no big animals in Amed. Lots of nudibranchs, giant clams, anemones with clown fish, and frog fish. We drove 2 hours to dive with Geko Dive in Pedang Bay. We went to the island of Nusa Penida for a dive with Mantas and that was incredible.
Websites Euro Divers   Villa Candi Matahari

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Panama, Bahamas, Hawaii, Fiji, Bora Bora, Curacao, Cayman Brac, Guadaloupe, St. Lucia, Columbus Isle, Matinique, Key West, Easter Island, Roatan
Closest Airport Denpensar Getting There EVA through Taiwan, no problems but I would recommend elite/economy class

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 89-90°F / 32-32°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-90 Ft/ 12-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dove with dive measter usually 50-100 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Mostly shore diving but sometimes in an outrigger with 2 divers per boat. No facility or room for one so you have to be careful with cameras.
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