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Dive Review of Villa Markisa in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

Villa Markisa: "Supermacro Diving in Tulamben", Apr, 2015,

by Rickie Sterne/Chris Button, AR, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8497.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We chose to do only muck diving during our week at Villa Markisa, although we were offered the opportunity to visit coral sites and the Liberty wreck. We had just finished two weeks of diving from the Pelagian and knew from a previous visit to Tulamben that the local coral sites would be disappointing in comparison. The muck sites, however, were anything but disappointing.
We saw many, many species of tiny nudibranchs. There were a number of exotica we had never seen before. We saw several color morphs of the "donut" Doto, species 9. A tiny Sagominopteron psychodelicum was a highlight of the week. We encountered a Thecacera picta breeding ground one morning, where dozens of pairs were mating and several animals were laying egg ribbons. We still have not identified all the new species of nudis we saw at Villa Markisa. On one dive we even encountered a nudi that the guide had never seen before. But the diving was not all about opistobranchs. We also saw numerous species of shrimp, including a pair of large harlequin shrimp, tozeuma shrimp, tiger shrimp, and beautiful almost translucent shrimp floating in the water column, as well as the more usual crinoid, wire coral, anemone, and mantis shrimp. There were boxer crabs, several types of elegant squat lobsters, and mud crabs. The broadclub and pygmy cuttlefish were willing to pose for our cameras. We saw no octopus, although other divers in the resort did. Frogfish of several species hid in the corals and sponges, as did leaf scorpionfish. We saw elegant sand divers in full display. One afternoon near the end of our dive at Melasti, we swam over a patch of begdaggled-looking coral. To our surprise, this unpromisi ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving around the Caribbean, Australia, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Truk, Yap, Palau, other areas of Indonesia
Closest Airport Denpasar Getting There long flight with great direct service from Houston on Singapore Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5-35 Ft/ 2-11 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We stayed with our private dive guide, who was finding lots of cool, often tiny critters. Our dives lasted from 60 to 85 minutes, so we were ready to come up when the dive guide said we should. The dives were always paced to our photography.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Villa Markisa definitely caters to photographers. There is a camera area in the main building with plenty of space and electrical outlets. All crew members handled cameras, many quite large, very caref ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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