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Dive Review of Reef Seen in
Indonesia/Bali: Pemuteran

Reef Seen, Nov, 2013,

by John Woolley, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 7446.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments In brief: a fantastic place to visit. I am a picky bugger and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Now the detail.

After concluding our second live aboard trip to Raja Ampat (with Grand Komodo: our third trip with them so obviously we love them), we wanted some time to relax in Bali, work on our tans, and do some slightly more relaxed diving. We picked Reef Seen in Pemurteran for two reasons: they are wonderful stewards of the coral environment and Pemuteran is just enough off the Bali beaten path so it reminds us of the Bali we knew 30 years ago.

The owner of Reef Seen started working with the village in 1991, and it shows. This is the place you might have heard of where they are both protecting existing reefs and working on regeneration with the application of very low voltage to simulate growth. Working with the village, they have started a very active group of "Reef Gardeners", who actively remove damaging star fish and other reef enemies (like plastic bags). Along the three mile beach, there are marked areas for snorkelers to enter so they don't walk on the coral. In a nutshell, very proactively protecting the reef in such a way to both sustain and to regenerate, while greatly benefitting the village with jobs.

And they have a turtle rescue...But enough of "your conscience will feel great": what about the diving and resort? Because of the health of the reef, there are about 30 dives, all within a 5-10 minute boat ride. My wife kept ribbing me as she would come up after 65 minutes with 1,000 psi: meaning each dive was a lovely, easy, stroll through the beautiful coral gardens. The low key resort (I think they have 10 rooms) is lovingly maintained in the careful Balinese style (meaning always an eye to the esthetic). There are multiple restaurants within easy walking distance: we love Indonesian food, with fantastic curry dinners about $3 (yes, that is three dollars). Did I mention the 90 cent fresh mango juice? There are also more expensive European options, such as the next resort down the beach with Greek food, as well as lattes, etc.

Finally, I should note this is not the place for those who demand five star decadence: go somewhere else. If however you are like me and you want to encourage good stewardship, like healthy reefs, enjoy an afternoon beer on the beach, and like leisurely dives through lovely reefs, come one and come all. And its a bargain to boot.
Websites Reef Seen   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Komodo, Gili Trawangan, Philippines, Thailand, Belize, Roatan, Saba, Puget Sound, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions As the diving was so relaxed, it was mostly 65 minute dives, with air to spare!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments You will see from my description below that most dives are a five minute (max) boat ride, so accommodating photographers is pretty easy.
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