Scuba Travel: Bali, Indonesia
In this second installment of my scuba travels series I am focusing on the very popular tourist destination of Bali. Whilst many people come to people to Bali for the beautiful beaches, serene rice paddies and enigmatic people my purpose was for that and more. I was on a mission to secure my Advanced Open Water PADI qualification.
I contacted various different companies in the lead up to the trip but ended up settling with the fantastic Bali Diving Academy (BDA) based in Sanur, as not only were they able to co-ordinate diving in different locations across the island and the Gili’s but they also organized our transfers from the airport on arrival and our hotel during the course.
Our home for the course was to be the Scuba Seraya Resort, Tulamben in the north of island. At first I was bit concerned about this as Tulamben is fairly quiet and there aren’t a huge range of options for eating outside of the hotel but it turned out this wasn’t a problem as the food at Scuba Seraya was really good and very reasonable. Scuba Seraya is perfect for a dive holiday as not only does it already have it’s own dive school onsite, it just understands what divers need such as the racks outside the rooms to hang wetsuits on to the serenity of the whole resort and freshwater pools to take a refreshing dip in between dives. You can also get a massage outside under the stars to help you relax even further.
We were given our Advanced manuals on the drive from the airport up to Tulamben so spent the first night reading up on the sections we needed. The course is split into 5 different speciality dives, and you need to make sure you have read and completed the relevant knowledge reviews before undertaking each dive. Sven, our instructor arrived the next day and talked through the dive plan for the day and checked our knowledge reviews. It was then just a short drive to the first dive site, kitted up did our buddy checks and away we went. We breezed through the course, completing a total of 5 dives including the site of the Liberty Wreck and found Sven to be a brilliant instructor as well as great company. Standout diving moments included; seeing my first sea turtle, the liberty wreck, the colour and abundance of coral and life and not being able to add 2 + 2 at 30m. I would completely recommend using Bali Diving Academy (known online as ScuBali) as mentioned they can help organise your trip and have various bases across Bali and Gili Trawangan.
I would have loved to have dived with them at Pemuteran and in the world renowned Bali Barat National Park and at Nusa Lembongan in the hope of seeing the beautiful Mola Mola or some Manta but we weren’t just here on a diving trip so had to move on to our next Balinese adventure.
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