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Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#1  Postby toodus » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:29 am

Bought this Bali ticket a year ago during Air Asia’s sale. My first time going to Bali. After collecting info from all the dive centres, I chose Crystal Divers. They offered USD987 for 15 dives including accomodation, boat transfer, lunch and equipment. 
The dive sites : Nusa Penida, Tulamben, Seraya, Candi Dasa and Nusa Penida on my last day

Day One
Dive Centre picked me up from airport and whisked me to Crystal Divers located in Sanur. Sanur is like Phuket. High end restaurants, 2 lane road, hotels, taxis moving and honking and shouting “Transport transportâ€� and  not to forget, plenty of Mat Sallehs.


Day Two
Dive Site 1 : Manta Point (Boat ride from Sanur to Manta Point is 40 minutes)
I have never seen a manta before in my life. So I was quite excited. Prior to Bali, I asked if the water was cold and all of them concurred. Being a cocky diver that I am, I shrugged off their comments and thought to myself “How cold can it be?..Softies and weaklings� It was 23 degrees Celsius. The temperature for our Malaysian waters is 29-30 degrees only.
I literally froze. And it did not help that the surge was forward and backward when underwater. Fin a bit, surge will push you forward and then fight current for 3 seconds and you get pushed forward again. Sadly, no manta sighting. We went to another spot to look for Mola. Sadly no mola.
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The viz is brilliant but oh so cold


Dive Site 2 : Toyopekoh
My coldest dive ever. 22 degrees Celsius. I wanted to abort the dive.  I could only divewith my hands below my armpit and on bended knees. Luckily it was only a  28 minute dive because the DM also couldn’t take it and he had a hood, gloves, rash guard and wetsuit. What an experience !!! But visibility is amazing !!!!! Great corals , lots of fish. The worst is encountering thermocline.  Already cold, I enter the realm of thermocline for warmth of only 3 seconds and then the cold comes back to bite you. It was like that throughout the dive. 

Dive Site 3 - Jack’s Point
Fastest drift dive I have ever done. We just drifted for at least 2km. Water not that cold this part.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0JDF7PtETE#ws

Day Three (3 dives in Tulamben)
Woke up early and left for Tulamben. Journey is about 2 hours. Some parts are windy and all the way is a two lane road so if there’s a Pertamina petrol lorry in front, the journey is like forever.

Reached Tulamben.
The women of Tulamben will carry your tanks and BCD on their head. Sometimes two tanks and walk about 20 metres from the car park to the stone filled beach of Tulamben.

It’s a shore dive so no boat and the viz is amazing. The USS Liberty wreck is even more amazing. Huge and corals are everywhere inside the wreck. The sand is black in color and it’s easier to spot stuff there. I saw a few frogfishes, black tip shark, crinoid squat lobsters, garden eels, nudis, etc. But there are also a lot of divers ...A LOT !!!!  I stayed in Toraja Hotel which I would not recommend. Anyway, the street of Tulamben is quiet and very simple.

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Tulamben women
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Crinoid squat lobster
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My only money shot
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Day Four (3 dives in Seraya)
Shore dive and a short drive from Tulamben. Viz is amazing here and the coral life is healthy. School of jacks ala Sipadan can be found here also. Blue ribbon eels, nudis, leaf fish, eagle ray,huge sweetlips, fingered dragonet,
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Black tip shark
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Blue Ribbon Eel
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Family of crinoid squat lobster
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OGPF - Ornate Ghost Pipe Fish
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Look at how this bugger camouflaged itself
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Mexichromis Multituberculata

Day Five (2 dives in Candi Dasa & 1 Night Dive in Sanur)
From Tulamben, we headed down to Candi Dasa which is near to Sanur. The islands of Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang and Gili Biaha is where we dived. Current can be quite strong.  Saw my first honeycomb moray eel there.
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Prog Pish
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Cuttlefish
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Glossodoris Atromarginata
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Striped catfish - They look docile and even playful but these guys can sting. 
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MORAY
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Trying to get into the vortex but failed. Notice the monster stuck on my thigh
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My first honey comb
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Night dive in Sanur is not so good. Although I saw an octopus and it was the skinniest octopus I’ve ever seen in my life.
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Day Six (Nusa Penida)
My last chance to see manta and mola. The night before, I made an offering to a manta and mola picture. At the end, I did see manta rays. Giants !! You have to see it to believe how graceful and huge these guys are. 
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The video of a manta during my safety stop was posted in this forum a month ago

Conclusion :
My 2 cents. Bali is just for manta and mola mola and the USS Liberty wreck. Other than that, divers can find the rest of the  marine life in Mabul, Tenggol, Pom Pom, Perhentian and Sipadan. My only grouse is that my dive centre did not inform me that they don’t dive in Crystal Bay whereby it is a 80% chance of Mola Mola sighting.  Their reason for not diving in Crystal Bay is that it is dangerous. And it truly is. 2 divers died in August 2012 and I reckon the dive centre is still a bit nervous about bringing new people there. So, at the end, I’m conflicted with their policy. On one hand, it is to safeguard the divers. On the other, my chances of seeing Mola Mola is close to zero.
Nevertheless, it was a good trip and maybe I will only go back for the Mola Mola on a weekend next time.
Last edited by toodus on Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#2  Postby gavstang » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:27 am

Good report dude..1 of 2 is alright !
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#3  Postby run » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:35 am

kudos to u my fren. Ur pix becoming better with lots of improvement!...
Told you it is cold!
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#4  Postby toodus » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:01 am

Thanks run,

I hope my underwater photography improves. It is ultimately frustrating to be shooting underwater with my kind of basic P&S camera.

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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#5  Postby Daylight » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:32 pm

nice.. i'll make sure i'll get some awesome shots next month when i hit bali :)
diving is AWESOME!!!!
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#6  Postby SValley » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:02 pm

Awesome! Thank you for sharing.  :azn:
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#7  Postby grimjour » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:36 pm

Hi All,

I just get back from Bali and yeah the water is colder in there. In dive in Nusa Dua and the water temperature is 26darjah celsius..lol...but it a good experiance thou
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#8  Postby toodus » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:11 pm

Land pictures of Bali

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Tulamben shore dive
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Seraya
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A family affair
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Seraya shade
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Ladies, do your male dive buddies look like this ?
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#9  Postby run » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:26 pm

oh noo child labour. Some more he was carrying 2 weights :P
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#10  Postby tunaturner » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:51 pm

toodus wrote:
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Ladies, do your male dive buddies look like this ?


Bigger impact if model was in the signature teeny tiny red speedo. LOL  :tongue:
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#11  Postby toodus » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:04 pm

run wrote:oh noo child labour. Some more he was carrying 2 weights :P


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Cute right?
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#12  Postby run » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:11 pm

yea cute :)
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#13  Postby Narco » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:23 pm

Way to go Toodus.. More pics please..
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#14  Postby Nitrogen addict » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:57 am

Nice pictures. Well there will always be next time and next dive for Crystal Bay. 

Here you can enjoy watching the mola mola video we took during our trip there September this year

https://vimeo.com/halimi

True, agree with you don't waste time visiting other dive sites. Just go Tulamben for Liberty wreck and Nusa Penida for mola mola and mantas.  If you like drift diving mangrooves and sekolah dasar dive site the best drift dive at Nusa Penida.
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#15  Postby decimal86 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:26 am

great stuff Toodus! nobody goes to Menjagan ?
alamak, the tank goes at the back??
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#16  Postby zaff1984 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:05 am

nice report..  photo is good to....quite impressive result from basic p&s camera... did you use any other light other than flash..?
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#17  Postby JJTan » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:33 am

Nice.. We should gather and organise a trip there in future.
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Re: Bali Dive Report - September 2012

Post Number:#18  Postby toodus » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:50 am

zaff1984 wrote:nice report..  photo is good to....quite impressive result from basic p&s camera... did you use any other light other than flash..?


No zaff1984. I never use other light. Only in built flash.
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