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    Bali Diving

    Diving Bali 2013. I hope to add to this as time goes on but the current internet access is a bit slow.
    10.11/2013 Sunday
    We are now in Candidasa Bali (the south east corner) on the mainland inshore from Nusa Penida the 5 mile off shore island we shall dive tomorrow. The travel from the UK was as painless as travelling half round the world can be and the combination of Heathrow Singapore Airlines and transit in Chennai did not loose our luggage. We are here with complete sets of dive gear fully functioning and a green light on the Housing Sentry indicating a water tight housing. RESULT!
    We are diving tomorrow with Aquamarine Diving, who claim to be the only British owned/run dive centres on Bali, we were met by them at Denpasar conveyed to our Hotel who were expecting us and we have even selected lunch for on the boat tomorrow. All they need to do now to get A+ is show us a Mola Mola or two, but it is the end of the season soit may not happen. The three weeks involves three different resorts and dive centre seamlessly stitched together by Divequest. Watch this space for pics and reports.

    11/11/2013 Monday.
    Aquamarine picked us up as promised at 0730 (some might think this early our clocks are so screwed that it might be bedtime or midday) nice minibus. I takes us 5 miles up the road dodging motorbikes and lorries (Memo donít drive in Indonesia you donít understand the rules and might kill someone (or worse a whole family on one bike)).
    The boat is very nice with twin 250 Suzuki outboards that push us over a calm sea to Nusa Penida (imaginatively the Big Island) And drops us in at Crystal Bay to look for Mola Mola, sadly it is the end of the season and they have gone (deeper or away) non are seen but a reasonably friendly Cuttlefish stays around, and lots of large Sweetlips, try again tomorrow.
    Second dive is on Manta Point2 fairly murky water (5-15m vis) greets us on entry but almost immediately a Manta is seen and after a one hour dive with up to six feeding in the area of significant surge we are out and ready for lunch on the boat, this is part of our three dive day package.



    The boat is well shaded and the ladder scores 8 out of ten, excellent for a hang it over the side type, Betsy is against a higher score as she feels the rungs are a little far apart. (the only 10/10 is a diver lift)
    The third dive Tim is chased off by two different Titan Triggerfish, must have nests. Never experienced this before quite scary given the size of the teeth.
    Then back on shore by 1500 hours with an hour between dives a slick operation, they have taken our gear to rinse and store, judgement tomorrow on whether it all returns or gets mixed up and confused with the rental gear.
    12/11/2013 Tuesday.
    Marta our dive guide turns up trumps all our dive gear appears in a van from the dive centre in Denpasar and we shoot across the strait to Nusa Penida, we are Aquamarines only customers so the boat is ďcodesharedĒ with a group of Germans and their dive guide from another outfit the first dive is a drift along a reef slope a fairly standard nothing special dive out here and we fail to spot any Mola Mola. For the second dive however we return to Manta Point 2 the same dive as yesterday. The German group stay and play for their full hour with the Mantas feeding we swim quite hard out to a 20+M plateau where Bluespotted sting rays gather to mate (most of the year apparently) and find them in untidy hMore latereaps littering the bottom.



    On the way out we also spot a large Blotched Fantail Ray then a swift swim back leaves us with 5mins of air for another look at the Mantas. The vis here is still around 10m (attractive to Mantas). For lunch today we have Nasi Gareng (Fried Egg noodles and fried egg) and very good it was too. The last is another excellent drift dive along a reef slope at about 15m with many different hard and soft corals with sponges and crinoids and a multitude of fish. Plus right at the end a small Hawksbill turtle.

    More tomorrow Muck diving.
    Last edited by Tim Digger; 12-11-2013 at 09:40 PM.
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    13/11/2013 Wednesday.
    A muck day along the east coast of Bali, our guide Marta (male) picks us up with a driver and minibus to go up the coast to areas he is familiar with, unfortunately it is Tulumben bay (we donít seem to get through that we will be diving there next week) but as a prequel it is very enjoyable. The day starts later with a drive up the coast road, not a bad road but for itís size about as crowded as the M25, motor bikes and slow lorries make an interesting combo. We stop briefly quite soon to allow our driver to feed a troupe of monkeys, he says they are thirsty as the monsoon season has not yet changed, as we make our way up the coast is obvious we are in a very dry area of the island it is in the rain shadow of the large volcano in the north centre of Bali for the last 6 months. Only irrigated crop land is green. We arrive at Malasti mid morning and do two dives on an area of black sloping sand with some fish traps and beach fishing lines, some dead (fresh looking) juvenile tuna as hooked and detached by our guide and returned to the fisher families of the beach (who seem to have a symbiotic relationship with the various dive outfits) we later eat two of these fish cooked by them over a beach fire (very good).
    The dive is classic muck with many small things and one or two larger ones. Including a nudibranch claimed by Mata to only be found around here.


    Other things seen on this dive incude a Tiger Shrimp small but very hansome and Ourangutan crabs.






    We move on to Coral Garden in Tulamben (about 500m from the Liberty wreck which we save for next week) and have a bit of lunch after which Tim dives, but Betsy is feeling very unwell with vomiting and a something she ate problem we can only wonder about, but donít blame the fish.
    This dive has a ribbon eel and more shrimps plus a large spotted moray.




    All in all three excellent dives guided by Marta. Tomorrow we avois the coastal rush hour and dive closer to our current home.
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    I'm rapidly going off you Tim







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    Sorry Sue having such a good time have to share.

    14thNovember Thursday.
    We slept well, the sleep of the totally tired who have finally adjusted their internal clocks. Betsy better this morning, so off for three dives in the local bay. Vis a bit turgid 5-10m but loaded for macro so who cares.
    The first two dives are muck dives sand bottom with slopes and intermittent coral, among the life forms spotted are a Lacy scorpion fish, various shrimps and a beautiful blue nudibranch.












    On the last dive under the pier at Padangbai the harbour we set out from to Nusa Penida all in the group are chased quite seriously by a nesting Titan Triggerfish firing off a shot with double barrelled strobes gives a moment in which to escape.This was the shot that resulted!!!!!!!!



    Much of the rest of the dive is like Swanage Pier but MUCH warmer!



    Back to Nusa Penida tomorrow with another couple diving with us today from Australia, he is Mexican/US and she is SE Asian and his ex immigration lawyer! Very pleasant.
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    Incredible!! and I thought that Bali was not supposed to be that good . Thanks for sharing

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    Amazing photos and loving the updates - looking forward to read / see what you saw next!

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    Quote Originally Posted by divingtheark View Post
    Incredible!! and I thought that Bali was not supposed to be that good . Thanks for sharing
    Eh? Not that good compared to where?

    Bali has some great diving, and some great variety.
    Sean

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    Bali is within the coral triangle so biodiversity at it's highest. Tourist infra structure well developed Americans only now starting to come back after Bali bombings a decade or so ago. There are many great dive sites, there are also high volume lowest common denominator centres that go to the safest most accesible there is in our hotel a German couple trying hard to get out to Nusa Penida but the in house diving reluctant as need a full boat to make it worth while. Yesterday was a great day for muck diving but many would have said no good.
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    Friday 15th November.
    We dive Nusa Penida again Crystal Bay is again clear and devoid of Mola Mola as feared we are too late in the year. This bay is a significant dive around the island at the entrance are moderately strong currents and just off shore a dangerous down current that has been the end of one of two divers and given others a nasty shock. An interesting dive along the reef in a modest down current and a bidirectional drift keep us on our toes. Second dive is again Manta Point 2. Most of the boat views the mantas. We visit the sting rays and on the way back mange to capture Octo porn.


    There she was pink and willing and along comes Orlando with his super long tentacle.



    We could hardly tear ourselves away for a last look at the Mantas.
    Dive three was Puk Bai a standard sloping reef with a marked current and good vis 20-25m.


    Tomorrow is a transfer day and no diving we do need a rest.
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    16th November Saturday.
    After a leisurely start we were picked up at about 10am by the Scuba Seraya minibus, we were in some doubt as to whether this would happen according to plan as we had no confirmation of pick up by them and attempts to ring them failed. Still all was well and we arrived at Tulumben in time for lunch having stopped for a few photo calls on the way. We were promptly asked if we wanted to dive in the afternoon, well what can you say we agreed that an orientation dive on the house reef would be good use of time!!
    What a dive, this is muck heaven 4 nudis, two different ornate ghost pipefish,


    various morays being groomed



    more shrimps of different species than you can count including Harlequin and Mantis




    some groupers all queuing at the cleaning station. All this on a quick inspection dive. The shore entry is 10yards from the dive centre all be it the only downside is itís a bit like Chesil beach largeish shifting pepples care with cameras on exit.
    So a sort of day of rest today, tomorrow full on, four dives (hopefully on nitrox). The first on the Liberty wreck and the second a wall dive then back to muck by ourselves for the afternoon.
    Evolution is great at solving problems. It's the methods that concern me.
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