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Dive Review of Villa Markisa in
Indonesia/Bali

Villa Markisa: "Best dive resort on Bali for black sand and small animals", Sep, 2017,

by Marilyn Walker, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9827.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Caribbean, Australia, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Micronesia
Closest Airport Denpasar Getting There Car and driver from the resort to pick us up at the airport for a long drive across the island.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Easy-going but safety-minded.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Staff handled the equipment very carefully. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The Villa Markisa attracts European and Asian divers, but is not well known in the USA. Guests this week included a Swiss couple, a Swedish couple, a German woman and her non-diving parents, and a couple from Hong Kong. He dives but his wife does not. We are served by a staff of 39 people, who take exquisite care of all of us. The European owners, Pedro and Christiane, are in residence. The other guests and staff speak English adequately to quite well. The restaurant menus have pages in German and pages in English. The word markisa refers to passion fruit, an Indonesian favorite.

Divers who visit here tend to be serious photographers. Most of them have cameras, some small point-and-shoot and some enormous SLR's. There is a work table for u/w photo gear in the main house with plenty of towels and plenty of electric outlets for charging strobes and batteries.

The resort is so well landscaped that it feels much larger than it really is. The flowering shrubs of bougainvillea and frangipani are decorative. The scuba compressor is on the property, but we do not hear the noise such machines generate. We hear chirping birds and crowing roosters, rustling leaves, surf grinding lava stones into black sand, perhaps the occasional truck rumbling by on the road, no barking dogs. The charming gecko lizards call their name sometimes. It's said to be a social thing.

The resort's wi-fi service is slow and erratic, often dropping the connection and requiring that we log in again, which is inconvenient and old-fashioned. I advise examining your favorite apps ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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