Hello and welcome to our community! Is this your first visit?
Register
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21
  1. #1
    Bewildered Nomad Phate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Portugal when not globetrotting!
    Posts
    3,915
    Likes (Given)
    1992
    Likes (Received)
    1299

    Indonesia recommendations please :)

    Hi all,

    One of our around the world destinations is Indo, and we don't have any further plans than flying to Bali on Feb 3rd. We've got approximately 2-3 weeks in Indo.

    I'm not looking for any liveaboard information. Just recommendations for dive sites and centres that aren't run by cowboys where I can turn up and do a day or so's diving.

    Ana is considering doing her PADI OW as well, so needs to be "non diver" friendly if that makes sense. She needs to feel comfortable ofcourse.

    Any and all recommendations welcome. Thank you in advance!

    Jake

  2. #2
    New TDF Member falco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    22
    Likes (Given)
    2
    Likes (Received)
    3
    Try 'Joe's gone diving' in Sanur. Dived there in May and can vouch for the good reviews on Tripadvisor.

  3. #3
    Bacon fiend londonsean69's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Surrey
    Posts
    3,552
    Likes (Given)
    3268
    Likes (Received)
    3226
    Quote Originally Posted by Phate View Post
    Hi all,

    One of our around the world destinations is Indo, and we don't have any further plans than flying to Bali on Feb 3rd. We've got approximately 2-3 weeks in Indo.

    I'm not looking for any liveaboard information. Just recommendations for dive sites and centres that aren't run by cowboys where I can turn up and do a day or so's diving.

    Ana is considering doing her PADI OW as well, so needs to be "non diver" friendly if that makes sense. She needs to feel comfortable ofcourse.

    Any and all recommendations welcome. Thank you in advance!

    Jake
    Staying in Bali? Or travelling around Indonesia?

    Bali is but 1 of 17000 islands in Indo.

    I personally used Tulamben Wreck Divers up on the North East coast. Good bunch, nice mix of diving, and local to the USS Liberty (It's over the road). This was in 2008 though.

    TwoFish divers have a centre on Nusa Lembongan (just off the Bali coast), good for Mantas. I've used TwoFish in Lembeh before and would recommend them.

    Bali is one of the better bets for a non-diver, however places like Tulamben are just 1 road towns, so you do need to pick and choose where you want to dive. SWMBO did her OW in Padang Bai, it's a bit livelier/backpackery than Tulamben, so may be a better choice, but I am not sure how good the diving is down there.

    It depends what sort of diving you want to do, and if you want to travel around - Indonesia has a lot to offer, but it's spread out.
    Sean

    A few more pics - www.arrowpix.com

  4. #4
    Prior Member Tim Digger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    West Midlands UK
    Posts
    4,239
    Likes (Given)
    2850
    Likes (Received)
    3201
    Since your life ( currently ) is not only diving. I would say see Bali. There is a lot of diving and surface interest. But one of the nicest resort/dive centres we have been to was Scuba Seraya. Their own web site seems to be under reconstruction but they are a typical PADI outfit with good equipment and a cared for place to stay. The area is fantastic for both Macro, reef and wreck it is only 1.5 km from the Tulumben wreck which you at least must dive at dawn to see the emerging bumpheads. Bali would be a great place to persuade someone that they want to dive, but they may not want to dive anywhere but Indonesia again. If you dive the Tulumben wreck from land there is an organised carry system for gear to waters edge. All the porters are local ladies and quite able to heft a twinset!!! Please use them it is a local income stream.
    Evolution is great at solving problems. It's the methods that concern me.
    Tim Digger

  5. #5
    Nav jāuztraucas par manu zirgu Baron015's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    South London
    Posts
    4,241
    Likes (Given)
    247
    Likes (Received)
    1629
    +1 for Scuba Seraya


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


    Memento mori.

  6. #6
    TDF Member SouthCoastDiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Esperance, WA
    Posts
    59
    Likes (Given)
    100
    Likes (Received)
    24
    Hey Jake

    My two teenage daughters did their OW in Bali with www.aquamarinediving.com

    We chose to do it in Tulamben but AquaMarine have other places to choose from as well.

    The gear was good, the instructor patient and safe and the communication from Bali while organising the trip was excellent.

    AquaMarine, while using Indonesian dive instructors and guides is owned and run by a British ex-pat. Can't recommend them highly enough.

    They do dive trips as well if you want to slip away or once your girlfriend is qualified.

    Steve

  7. #7
    Prior Member Tim Digger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    West Midlands UK
    Posts
    4,239
    Likes (Given)
    2850
    Likes (Received)
    3201
    While we are on Bali (wish I was) I would not advise taking newly qualified GF to Secret Bay, Gilmanuk, unless she is rapidly into Macro muck dives. It is an acquired taste with viz like a British Quarry on a bad Sunday mid summer, we did three dives there when we visited and saw a tremendous amount of stuff. Its 6-7 m deep all over and even the local dive guides use a compass now and again.
    Last edited by Tim Digger; 19-12-2015 at 12:23 PM.
    Evolution is great at solving problems. It's the methods that concern me.
    Tim Digger

  8. #8
    TDF Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Nottingham, England
    Posts
    54
    Likes (Given)
    10
    Likes (Received)
    25
    I've dived Indonesia a fair bit and can recommend -

    Bali - the first time I travelled north to tulemben diving the Liberty wreck and surrounding muck dives, lovely diving however the town was VERY quiet. Second time I dived with all4diving in Sanur, I chose to do two trips to Nusa Penida to see the manta rays, but they do do day trips to The Liberty wreck and other sites around Bali.

    Gili islands - 3 very different islands, I stayed on Gili Trawangan (party) island, but all dive centres on all islands seem to go to all the dive sites plus some in Lombok. I really liked blue marlin dive centre.

    Komodo is incredible, I did a liveaboard with Wicked, but loads of scope for day diving

    Raja Ampat is a fair commute but stunning diving.. It is really just for diving though

  9. #9
    New TDF Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Sharm el Sheikh
    Posts
    2
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0
    That is all true..
    if you want to avoid the crowd in Bali, choose a place like Sumbawa, very close to Bali and untouched by tourism. Diving is cheap and it is plenty of accommodation to choose..!
    Enjoy!

  10. #10
    Established TDF Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    870
    Likes (Given)
    232
    Likes (Received)
    458
    Quote Originally Posted by Phate View Post
    Hi all,

    One of our around the world destinations is Indo, and we don't have any further plans than flying to Bali on Feb 3rd. We've got approximately 2-3 weeks in Indo.

    I'm not looking for any liveaboard information. Just recommendations for dive sites and centres that aren't run by cowboys where I can turn up and do a day or so's diving.

    Ana is considering doing her PADI OW as well, so needs to be "non diver" friendly if that makes sense. She needs to feel comfortable ofcourse.

    Any and all recommendations welcome. Thank you in advance!

    Jake
    Have you been? How was it?
    'I saw some purple slug things on the Scylla, so I squished them' - #MiniBodger


 
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •