It’s all too easy to overlook Bali for other Indonesian destinations which tend to steel the limelight in magazines and reviews, but give this island time and you’ll begin to discover the huge potential and varied diving that’s on offer here. Scuba Seraya is one resort that is very well located and has a superb shore dive just a few meters from the accommodation, I say shore dive because this is not really a house reef, it’s pretty baron and with very little coral life to be found – this dive is all about the critters and macro life. Scuba Seraya Resort is located on the east coast of Bali, close to the town of Tulemban and offers access to a number of different diving regions around the island. If you like diving over black sand in search of weird and wonderful marine life then this is a must visit resort.
The diving regions found within close access to the resort are split into three sites – Noisy Reef, Deep Secrets and Top Secrets. Certainly for your first few dives you should take a guide, I remember diving it with some friends a few years back without taking one of the local guides and we all surfaced pretty underwhelmed, Sarah and I later returned and wisely enlisted some help to find the critters and it didn’t take long before we found at what all the fuss was about. I’d say marine life is a little more spread out and findings aren’t quite as frequent as Lembeh but the flexibility and range of other dives sites on offer here more than makes up for that. We’ve seen mimic octopus here, frogfish, star gazers and plenty of other marine life that are otherwise considered rare in other parts of the world. 7 nights at Scuba Seraya costs from £1,750 including 2 dives per day, full board, transfers and international flights.