This place is very boutique, very discrete and small – for us it’s absolutely wonderful and idyllic. I think some who were not in couples might struggle a bit and despite a French couple staying a week to visit local culture, I think this is just for divers.
The boat journey to/from dive sites is often accompanied by Bottlenose or Pygmy Pilot whales and we’ve also seen about five or so Mola mola on the surface and even snorkelled with one.
There is some awesome Komodo style current about but the real unique fun is the variation of the water temp from 30 down to 18 degrees! Fish life is abundant and the variation of critters is right up there with the best. Due to the colder water, no coral bleaching observed at all. Would recommend 5 or even 7mm wetsuits. I dived in my 3mm plus some bioprene and was often quite cold.
Both Max and Lauren are perfect hosts, excellent divers with thorough briefing although they don’t point out as much as some local guides in other locations that we’ve been too but they do share the top stuff such as Nudis, Rhinopias, Frogfish and a variety of octopus.
Topside the scenery is stunning, the fitting out of the hotel is delightful and chic, the photos are accurate on their website, perhaps doesn’t portray the resorts remoteness, though, ie no neighbours at all.
The food is absolutely gorgeous – not a single dud throughout. You only get the meal that’s served (I suspect you could ask for a special if you didn’t like the set) and at the end of the 70 to 75 min dives I must admit I was dreaming of the next meal.
On arrival after a long journey one has to wait until 7pm for food, a small snack on arrival would have been ideal, as if like us, you started at 0415 – it’s a long wait to 7pm meal.
We had to abort two dives due to extreme down current and the water movement around full moon is quite unpredictable and extreme, so divers need to be experienced, however the underwater scenery can be simply stunning.
The house reef is awesome too with free access and a couple of members of staff on hand to help you in/out. No shortage of Mandarin fish either.
Night diving in the black sands was also very good indeed.
There are two other resorts and a bloke with a boat in the town who will take backpackers/low budget divers, but we only had one site in over 30 dives where the other boat was there and we moved.
All in all this place truly can be called a paradise for divers.