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Dive Review of Villa Markisa in

Villa Markisa: "Villa Markisa", Apr, 2016,

by Lynn Phillips, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8917.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Villa Markisa is an upscale boutique resort in Tulamben, owned and operated by Pedro and Christine (a Swiss and German). It is the best resort there and the only one with really good dive boats that will take you beyond the local dive sites to get different experiences. The resort is right on Seraya Paradise, the house reef, which is excellent muck diving. It's a PADI certified dive shop and everything is well organized. There are only 8 or 10 rooms at the resort, all in "modern" traditional Bali style with outdoor bathrooms. The food is excellent. There is a good camera room and on-site spa. The only slightly "down" side is getting to and from the dive boats. The very rocky (quite large to smaller pebbles) shore is steep and there is surf. You need to swim out and back and often you need your fins and mask for this. Sometimes we needed to crawl out on all fours. The dive staff would help, if they were right there at the right time. There were worries about getting the cameras safely in and out (not to mention ourselves). The crew carries your camera as it would be very difficult to do this on your own. A piece of one camera was broken off, but recovered under the boat. Another camera housing began leaking with a permanent problem (maybe banged around a little). Of course these things can happen anywhere. All in all, this is the very best resort in Tulamben. If you are into muck diving and tropical luxury resorts, this is the place to go in Bali. We found at least 80 different nudibranch species, 10 of which were new to us (and we've seen over 400 varieties so far). Of course there were also the "usual" Wonderpus, Frogfish, Mantis and other shrimps, crabs, snake eels, etc. The dive guides would look for critters you asked them to find. Several of the guests were multiple repeat visitors who had nothing but great things to say about the resort, its owners, and the diving.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Everywhere with warm water--multiple times.
Closest Airport Denpasar, Bali Getting There Easiest from LAX is Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong to Denpasar. Then it's a 3 hour van ride to the resort.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 88-90°F / 31-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depending if other divers were along, each dive was at least an hour, but often 75 minutes or so. No real restrictions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Good camera room. Dive staff is pretty careful carrying cameras to and from boat.
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