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Dive Review of Reef Seen in
Indonesia/Bali: Pemuteran

Reef Seen : "Reef Seen Divers Resort in Bali: Distinctive", Mar, 2015,

by John Woolley, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 8167.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The superlative “unique” is overused and abused, so I’ll choose the word “distinctive” to tell my story about Reef Seen in Bali.

After 40 years of diving, I look for three things in a land-based dive operation:
1. Easy access to dive sites.
2. Stewardship of the marine treasure: coral.
3. Run by divers for divers.
And in each, Reef Seen gets high marks of distinction.

1. Easy access to dive sites: 5-minute boat ride is the average. And once you are there, we averaged 65 minutes per dive. As the owner Chris would say, they don’t call them “safety stops” because the diving at 15 feet is spectacular: corals, sea fans, and the most interesting attempts of camouflage from a cuttle fish I’ve ever seen. I spent 10 minutes with the guy and he did everything (thankfully short of inking me) that he could to make himself look unappealing.
2. Stewardship: It’s likely because of the efforts of Reef Seen over the last 25 years that the reefs off the village of Pemuteran on Bali’s north coast are healthy and vibrant. For a quick summary, read the write-up in the Lonely Planet guide to Bali.
3. By divers/for divers: The “resort” has a total of nine rooms. And they are all about diving (while of course offering icy cold beer after the dive). Nothing makes the owner and all the staff happier than repeat-visit divers who like to talk about diving. That said they are very welcoming to non-diving family members who are there for a snorkel or a sun-bake. Friendliness sums their attitude.
So the story is simple: Reef Seen is distinctive. Go there: you’ll enjoy the diving and you’ll enjoy the experience.
Websites Reef Seen   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Komodo, Amed, Gilis, Thailand, Phillipines, Belize, Roatan, Saba, Bahamas, Puget Sound, Barrier Reef,
Closest Airport Denpasar Getting There About a four hour drive from Denpasar. The drive over the mountains is spectacular.

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Because of the health of the corals, lots of fun small critters to snap.
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