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Underwater Tribe: "Fantastic muck diving with Underwater Tribe, Bali", Nov, 2016,

by Joseph Daniel Horovatin, BC, CA ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9441 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Underwater Tribe is an exceptional scuba dive company for planning a dive holiday in Bali, or other Indonesian destinations. My daughter and I planned a 17-day private scuba-dive itinerary with the assistance of Miho, owner-partner, focusing on muck diving around Tulamben. We included sites in the Padangbia, Amed and Seraya areas that were easily accessible from our resort base in Tulamben. We had an agreement with Underwater Tribe to maintain a flexible itinerary subject to change because of weather and sea conditions and if we wanted to re-dive any particular site.
Miho met us at the Ngurah Rai International Airport and immediately made us feel welcome and in good hands. She introduced us to our driver, Gede, who drove us to our resort at Tulamben and who would be our driver for the duration of our dive Safari.
After a days rest, we began our three-week dive and photography safari with Parman, the dive guide and critter finder "extraordinaire". Parman's keen eye and broad knowledge of the behaviours and habitats of specific critters ensured that a wide range of critters were found and great photo opportunities had, from rhinopias and Ambon scorpionfish to wire coral crabs and a multitude of super macro critters. Many critters were so small that I needed to follow Parman's pointer through my housing viewfinder and diopter to locate them. We saw all the favourites including: a wide variety of nudibranches, mantis, harlequin and tiger shrimps, boxer and soft-coral crabs, seahorses, frogfish and scorpionfish; the list goes on. Parman and Gede proved to be an effective team. They provided for everything we needed and all assistance that we required. Our equipment was set up at each dive site, rinsed after each dive and stored overnight and ready each morning.
I am a senior diver, and both Parman and Gede took measures to ensure that I was safely into the water as they assisted me to put on my BCD and hand me my camera. Water and refreshments were readily available, and we were encouraged to keep hydrated. Lunches were included with our package; Parman always recommended a quality restaurant that had a wide range of lunch options. My daughter and I were sad to have to leave Parman and Gede with whom we had formed a special friendship and shared an extraordinary diving adventure.
Unfortunately after a days break from our fantastic diving adventure my daughter and I were seriously injured in a traffic accident on the way to the airport and home. We owe debt of gratitude and thanks to Mike, Miho and Luca who, learning of the accident, immediately went to the hospital where we were taken. Underwater Tribe guaranteed payment so that essential surgeries could be started while DAN and my other insurance agency were contacted and funding support initiated. Mike took charge of the negotiations with hospital authorities, contacting DAN and Medoc and our families in Canada. Throughout our nine days hospitalization, Mike and Miho checked in with us and reported on the status of insurance claim proceedings, kept our family updated on our conditions, as well as helped us to communicate with local medical staff. I cannot imagine how my daughter and I would have coped with all the detail and procedures required in a foreign country if we were left on our own in this emergency.[None]
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Northern Pacific off Vancouver Island, Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, Indonesia
Closest Airport Nhurah Rai International Airport Getting There 20 hours Victoria-Vancouver-Hong Kong-Denpasar

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Private guide allowed us to set our own time, depth and dive site destination but provided recommendations regarding best potential for specific critter finding and photo opportunities.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 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 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]This trip was a private dive safari with guide and critter finder and driver. All dives were from shore and in most cases facilities were adequate. Dive operator always provided rinse water for camera equipment for shore dive sites that may not have had developed facilities.
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