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Dive Review of Sub Ocean/Rama Candi Dasa in
Indonesia/Bali

Sub Ocean/Rama Candi Dasa, Jan, 2008,

by Carl Scott, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 3880.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Micronesia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Caymans, Cozumel, Belize, St. Vincent, St. Croix, Texas, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time and air (usually 60 minutes, 700 PSI), otherwise just don't get lost or die.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Bali, like any place in this part of the world, provides excellent photographic opportunities for macro and tropicals. Boat facilities (rinse bucket, etc.) are typically not considered by most dive operations, but they will certainly accommodate any reasonable request, which largely depends on whether you are aboard a small outrigger for a 5 minute ride from shore, or a modern fiberglass boat for an hour's journey to the next island. This operator has a dedicated rinse tank on shore.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments There is no place in the world that I have found where the people are nicer than here in Bali. They will do their best to provide you with excellent service and an enjoyable stay. If it isn't offered to you, just ask for it. The food is great everywhere you go, especially if you like seafood and exotic flavors. Take a day (or two!) to visit Ubud, Bedugal, or other places in the mountains for some cooler air and fantastic souvenir shopping (buy an extra suitcase while you are here to bring home some great gifts! - the carvings are unbelievable). There are no sandy beaches where diving is best, so bring some good booties to cross the large pebbles that make up the shore in Tulamben and Ahmed. Bring a land camera everywhere you go to capture the beautiful culture, too. The diving is typically very easy, with few currents of any consequence, except the small rock islands offshore at Candi Dasa. However, for the experienced diver, these are must-dive sites! The corals and abundance of fish life are the best in Bali that I've found. The operator may not schedule a group to go there, because very small outriggers are used, and it limits how many people they can take per day. However, I highly recommend that you ask for it. The Liberty wreck at Tulamben is probably the least spectacular dive site, though not bad. The large resident barracuda will sit and let you photograph him for an hour, if you wish. The trip to Manta Point on Nusa Penida was (for me) worth the extra charge, as the cleaning station there is almost a sure thing for multiple manta sitings (I think we counted 6 individuals on our dive there). Summary: This island is a magical place to visit, and the diving is pretty darn good.
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