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Dive Review of Scuba Seraya/Villa Markisa in
Indonesia/Bali - NE Coast

Scuba Seraya/Villa Markisa, Apr, 2012,

by David J Inman, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6594 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All Caribbean, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomons, Raja Ampat,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox max 110 ft, 75 minute dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Most of the sites were muck diving and the critters are often quite small. Macro photographers would be very happy here.

For a look at some of my Bali photos, visit davidinman.phanfare.com

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I traveled with a private group of underwater photographers and naturalists organized by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach. We were housed at two contiguous resorts - Scuba Seraya and Villa Markisa - because our group was so large that one resort would not accomodate us.

Although one could easily walk from one resort to the other, the dive operations were separate. Because my friends were housed at Villa Markisa and I was at Scuba Seraya, we were initially unable to dive together. However I approached the dive operation at Scuba Seraya and my diving was switched to Villa Markisa with little difficulty. I spent most of my 10 days of diving with the group from Villa Markisa. Overall I thought that the dive operations of the two resorts were comparable

Overall, Villa Markisa is slightly more upscale. The accommodations are more luxurious and the food is better. However Scuba Seraya is very pleasant and the food is good. It is slightly more rustic than Villa Markisa but quite acceptable in terms of comfort and convenience. Internet access was available at both resorts but connection was a bit spotty.

This location is most suitable for macro photographers. The great majority of dive sites were muck diving and the guides were very helpful in finding rare critters. Nudibranchs were especially abundant. Our package included two boat dives daily and two shore dives. Night diving was optional and usually from shore.

Photos are available davidinman.phanfare.com
Feel free to contact me at inman001@gmail.com for additional information.
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