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Dive Review of Two Fish Divers/TwoFish in
Indonesia/Nusa Lembongan

Two Fish Divers/TwoFish: "TWO FISH DIVERS NUSA LEMBONGAN", May, 2015,

by BRADLEY CONDO, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8531.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We stayed at TwoFish May 2015. We were there for 4 nights and that was about right for us. Overall, we spent 5 weeks in Indonesia - Bali, Komodo LOB, NL, Gili Islands.

The a/c - no complaints and my wife likes it freezing. Our room was basic, but certainly adequate - clean and comfortable as was the entire resort. Their website is a fair representation of TF. The staff did a good job. Our fellow divers were an entertaining bunch. The staff was very good. Breakfast and Lunch - nothing special, but a good time to chat with your fellow divers and get the day off to a good start.

TF is about 400m from the beach. Walking to the beach you are surrounded by trash on both sides of the road. Like most of SE Asia nothing really gets cleaned-up. There are a number of eating/drinking spots on the beach - a few were quite good. Likewise the main drag had a few good places to eat and drink. We were forewarned to bring IR - while credit cards were accepted often they could not be processed. ATMs - wouldn't count on them. We paid TF a small deposit and the balance with a credit card on departure. We left a good gratuity and it was appreciated.

The manta dive was well briefed and the mandatory film presentation was informative. BigFish diving was across the alley and had a good manta presentation one night that was well attended.

Our manta experience was good - we were entertained by ~10 mantas at their cleaning station. The site is shallow ~6m, had significant surge, poor viz, and was cold, ~20c. The surge was difficult for most of the new divers. For ~20 minutes we were the only group and the mantas put on a great show for us. And Then - the hoards showed up - replete with dozens of snorkelers dropped on top of the cleaning station. Other dive ops arrived and it was "bombs away" or "divers away" - they came down without regard to the cleaning station location, crashed, corked, swam into the mantas for pictures and soon the mantas were but a fleeting sight.

Diving Overall

It was good, but I would not return. We were at TF for low-season and coupled with high tides and divers with little experience, not all dive sites were a wise choice. TF would not go out for afternoon or night dives while we were there. Tides played a role, but I suspect that the low number of guests for two days contributed to the decision. With just the two of us we visited the more challenging sites during the normal 2tank time window. The challenge was high current drift diving and blue water ascents. TF's decision not to take their "bucket list" divers to these sites was wise. Were those shadows in the distance really molas?

The sites are a tale of two cities - great when its the local boats and jam packed when the Bali day-trippers arrive. TF did a good job managing the diverse group of divers. There were a few experienced divers, along with students, new divers and divers returning to the water for a few dives after years' dry - a tough group in a challenging environment.

Boat traffic is heavy - you need an SMB and the ability to deploy it from depth. We launched both of ours on almost all dives.

The water temps vary from rash guard to 5mm. Upwelling cold waters can be stunning.

Their fill station looked good. NITROX was available as were 15L cylinders.

Do not do the dive that ends under the huge catamaran party boat. Its dangerous and not worth it. I can still hear the hum of propellers spinning. The yellow banana boat towed through our surfacing group was an exhilarating moment for all of us.

Non-Diving Highlight

We rented the gardener's scooter for an afternoon. He asked for $7, we gave him $20 and a full tank of gas. Clearly the most dangerous part of our 5 weeks in Indonesia was my driving on the island.
Websites Two Fish Divers   TwoFish

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving This year we have been to Komodo/Indonesia for a month of diving, cave country in Florida, Grand Turk, and a week on a T&C liveaboard.
Closest Airport I don't know, perhaps DPS? Getting There From Tulamben we hired a car to Padangbai, where we board a fast-boat to NL.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 60-82°F / 16-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions NITROX standard stuff - MOD limitations. No deco. Precautions were tailored to sites visited and were reasonable. Dive times were limited by gas or NDL.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Mantas within arms reach - whats not to like? Considering the infrastructure on the island the camera setup is adequate.
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