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Need input for Bali in May
« on: 14 Jan 17, 15:25 »
Hey guys, I'm planning a trip to Bali in May. Group of around 6, mixture of new and seasoned divers.

My interest is macro while some of the others is pelagics.

We're thinking of staying and diving tulamben and make the trip up one day to manta point. Couple of questions regarding that:
1. Are there any mantas at all to be seen in Tulamben?
2. Is it worth making the trip up to manta point?
3. Is manta point alright for my new divers (max 15 dive experience)
4. Am I getting all of this wrong and there is actually a better itinerary I'm not considering?

Thanks!

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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #1 on: 14 Jan 17, 15:30 »
Another thing, I'm told that one option for me is to stay in Sanur and do tulamben and nusa penida. Is that good?

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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #2 on: 15 Jan 17, 18:03 »
Hey guys, I'm planning a trip to Bali in May. Group of around 6, mixture of new and seasoned divers.

My interest is macro while some of the others is pelagics.

We're thinking of staying and diving tulamben and make the trip up one day to manta point. Couple of questions regarding that:
1. Are there any mantas at all to be seen in Tulamben?

Nope, normally no mantas, all macro stuffs... The wreck is awesome, the liberty wreck is very famous.!!

2. Is it worth making the trip up to manta point?

If you manage to see manta then its worth it lo. But depending on season, aug to sep , quite high chance to see manta, since u never dive @ manta pt why not do a day trip there?

3. Is manta point alright for my new divers (max 15 dive experience)

Hmmmm quite strong current @ nusa penida.... Soo up to your diving experiences and judge whether you want to dive there.
 
4. Am I getting all of this wrong and there is actually a better itinerary I'm not considering?

I don"t know, but i stay in tulamben when i am diving in bali. tulamben has all kinds of critters , i can do 4 dives/ day in tulamben, the wreck 1 dives can"t cover the whole
Wreck.

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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #3 on: 15 Jan 17, 18:58 »
If you wish to dive at both Nusa Penida area & Tulamben area, you can consider staying at Padangbai area which allows you to stay at one dive centre/resort & dive at these two areas, plus the Gilis islands, & of course Padangbai area.

Stay in Sanur or Kuta if you wish to dive only at Manta Point or the Nusa Penida areas. However the currents can be strong there so some dive centres may not bring inexperienced divers there.

Stay in Tulamben area if you wish to dive only in Tulamben. Less-experienced divers should be able to manage the shore dives.

For you consideration.

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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #4 on: 15 Jan 17, 19:50 »
Hey guys, I'm planning a trip to Bali in May. Group of around 6, mixture of new and seasoned divers.

My interest is macro while some of the others is pelagics.

We're thinking of staying and diving tulamben and make the trip up one day to manta point. Couple of questions regarding that:
1. Are there any mantas at all to be seen in Tulamben?
2. Is it worth making the trip up to manta point?
3. Is manta point alright for my new divers (max 15 dive experience)
4. Am I getting all of this wrong and there is actually a better itinerary I'm not considering?

Thanks!

1. Mantas unlikely at tulamben although pelagics do pass by from time to time. In fact a whaleshark passed over my head in tulamben area last sept.
2. Manta point is a cleaning station, Mantas are spotted there on a very regular basis so yes if you haven't seen one before it may be worth the trip. Take note operators usually use pretty small speedboats to get there. Those who are prone to sea sickness beware. Plus the location of the place is at a sheer cliff area meaning that waves come in from the open sea and underwater surge in the cleaning station area can be quite bad. If you're there and have a good guide they will bring you out to the open water with less surge and predict where the mantas will pass.
3. Not a difficult dive, just that there's underwater surge.
4. Many people do dive safaris and move place to place in Bali. It's a popular thing to do as there are a large variety of dive sites available around the whole island. Some like it. I prefer not moving from place to place. Done safari in Bali twice already.
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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #5 on: 17 Jan 17, 09:25 »
Hey guys, I'm planning a trip to Bali in May. Group of around 6, mixture of new and seasoned divers.

My interest is macro while some of the others is pelagics.

We're thinking of staying and diving tulamben and make the trip up one day to manta point. Couple of questions regarding that:
1. Are there any mantas at all to be seen in Tulamben?
2. Is it worth making the trip up to manta point?
3. Is manta point alright for my new divers (max 15 dive experience)
4. Am I getting all of this wrong and there is actually a better itinerary I'm not considering?

Thanks!


Btw... pls tell us how many dive days are you planning?

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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #6 on: 18 Jan 17, 16:49 »
Thanks for all your responses. Seems like the consensus is that it's alright to do Tulamben and make a day trip out to Manta point to see mantas. We are planning to do 4 days of diving so I guess setting aside one day to make the trip would be worth it. Also sounds like manta point should be alright for my new divers, aside from the surge.

I gusss we'll go with what you guy have said. Thanks for the help!

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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #7 on: 19 Jan 17, 18:27 »
For macros, Amed & Seraya sides not too bad. Close to tulamben as well. Anyway, if you want to stay somewhere less touristy and a more chill/relax vibe, Ameds nice. Been there trice with GGSH and Adventure Divers Bali. Good service and accom. They also do frequent day trips to nusa penida and manta point.
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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #8 on: 20 Jan 17, 19:22 »
Thanks for all your responses. Seems like the consensus is that it's alright to do Tulamben and make a day trip out to Manta point to see mantas. We are planning to do 4 days of diving so I guess setting aside one day to make the trip would be worth it. Also sounds like manta point should be alright for my new divers, aside from the surge.

I gusss we'll go with what you guy have said. Thanks for the help!

Forgot to add manta point can be quite cold. which would affect how your newbie divers kit up for the cold, affect bouyancy etc. or very cold and they don't enjoy the dive if they are not protected enough thermally.
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Re: Need input for Bali in May
« Reply #9 on: 23 Jan 17, 09:57 »
i suggest spending 2-3 days at tulamben, then moving to sanur/seminyak/kuta to do the Manta point dives. otherwise you spend lots of time traveling up and down (not to mention waking up bloody early), and after the manta point day, you still have to go back to the airport anyway. so might be better to break up the travel, and move to sanur/seminyak/kuta after you're done with diving at tulamben. this way, after the manta point dives you get to roam around town for food, shopping, and R&R which you don't get at tulamben.