The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches.
Straddling the equator, Indonesia is situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. It is as wide as the United States from San Francisco to New York and has a population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups.
Among the most well known islands are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (better known as Moluccas), Papua— and Bali.
Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali is more than a beautiful island; it is a magical experience with its spectacular mountain scenery, looming volcanoes, lush rainforests and terraced rice fields. Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colorful ceremonies. It pampers with its luxurious beach resorts. It thrills with its world class diving.
And everywhere on this lovely island you will meet warm and friendly people. With a population of over three million, the island is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority. The Balinese are a most devout people and a large part of their lives is dedicated to rites and ceremonies aimed at maintaining harmony in this world.
You will love Bali.
Bali's dive sites offer great diversity: vertical walls and sandy slopes, shipwrecks, limestone shorelines and black, volcanic outcrops, peaceful bays and coral-covered ridges. Since we're staying near the dive sites, you can do earlier dives, like the crack of dawn dive when the herds of Napolean Wrasse wake up, and later dives, like dusk and night dives when the even more exotic creatures are seen. It also allows you to do more dives each day. At Scuba Seraya you can do as much shore diving as you can handle. Here are some of Bali's best:
The Liberty shipwreck is considered Bali's most popular dive site. The American ship USAT Liberty was an armed cargo steamship that was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942. The years under the sea have transformed it to one of Indonesia's most beautiful artificial reefs. Stunning gorgonian sea fans, huge soft coral trees and big-barrel sponges all flourish here. A resident school of big-eyed jacks live on and around the ship and are unafraid of divers, so it's safe to enter the school and have them whirl around you. The ship is also a haven for emperors, batfish, sweetlips and parrotfish.
This is one of the latest ‘discoveries’ among the Tulamben area’s dive sites. It was named by famed underwater journalist and book author Michael Aw after the beachfront Scuba Seraya Resort. The name ‘Seraya’ comes from nearby Mt. Seraya. At Mt. Seraya’s coral encrusted foot lie some of Bali’s most beautiful dive sites. Regulars have divided this dive site into three sub-sites: Noisy Reef, Seraya Secrets and Deep Secrets.
Noisy Reef’s name comes from the huge number of juvenile reef fish that are found here and are known for their endless clicks and clatter and smacking sounds. Schools of juvenile blue Triggerfish flutter in large numbers above the hard coral. At the outer edge at around 12m, the reef turns into a black sandy slope. Large numbers of blue dotted Stingrays congregate here, some of them buried deep in the sand.
Seraya Secrets is known as Critter Heaven. The macro bonanza starts as soon as you are in water just knee deep: Shore crab, juvenile moray eels, lionfish, anemone shrimp, needle shrimp, zebra crab, nudibranch, ghost pipefish, boxer crab, frogfish, mimic octopus, scorpionfish; the list is endless. The rare harlequin shrimp has become the trademark of Seraya Secrets. Some of the larger systems have evolved into cleaning stations where fish such as coral groupers, sweetlips or moray eels have their mouths and gills cleaned by tiny shrimp picking out parasites.
Deep Secrets is a large, busy cleaning station at about 100 feet. It sits on an underwater ridge. Approaching divers can point it out from a distance by a school of Banner fish fluttering above. It forms a sort of mini-reef and hence has several reef fish inhabitants such as Angelfish, Coral trout and Wrasses. This cleaning station often attracts large pelagics.
SCUBA SERAYA • TULAMBEN • DELUXE OCEAN VIEW VILLA
Veranda facing sea, double beds only. Private garden with kitchenette, plunge pool, bathroom semi-outdoors, direct access to garden or bedroom. 3 villas available. Upgrade cost: $35 per person, per night • Total for 8 nights: $280 per person, double occupancy.
SANTI MANDALA • UBUD • FAMILY GARDEN VILLA
Private villa with view of the valley, river, lotus and natural garden. 2 king-size beds. 1 available
Upgrade cost $50 per person, per night • Total for 3 nights: $150 per person, double occupancy.
SANTI MANDALA • UBUD • ONE BEDROOM POOL VILLA
Private Villa with double bed, private pool, overlooking the river, garden, swimming pool and rice field view. 1 available. Upgrade cost: $85 per person, per night • Total for 3 nights: $255 per person, double occupancy.
SANTI MANDALA • UBUD • ONE BEDROOM LUXURY POOL VILLA
Offers views of the rice terraces and resort hillside on the bank of the Wos River. King beds, large living area and bathroom with shower and semi outdoor bathtub. Private pool with sundeck and garden. Extra bed available. Personal butler is available on request. 3 available.
Upgrade cost: $90 per person, per night • Total for 3 nights: $270 per person, double occupancy.
SANTI MANDALA • UBUD • TWO BEDROOM LUXURY POOL VILLA
2 separate bedrooms, modern kitchen dining and living room with access to the private pool and garden. Each room features a soaking bathtub, glass enclosed shower and outdoor shower. Extra bed available. Personal butler is available on request. 2 available. Upgrade cost: $70 per person, per night • Total for 3 nights: $210 per person, quad occupancy.
SEPTEMBER 11th: DAY 1
Arrive at Scuba Seraya Resort. Scuba Seraya Resort Night 1
SEPTEMBER 12th: DAY 2
Dive Day 1: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional). Scuba Seraya Resort Night 2
SEPTEMBER 13th: DAY 3
Dive Day 2: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional). Day tours available. Scuba Seraya Resort Night 3
SEPTEMBER 14th: DAY 4
Dive Day 3: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional). Day tours available. Scuba Seraya Resort Night 4
SEPTEMBER 15th: DAY 5
Dive Day 4: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional). Day tours available. Scuba Seraya Resort Night 5
SEPTEMBER 16th: DAY 6
Dive Day 5: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional). Day tours available. Scuba Seraya Resort Night 6
SEPTEMBER 17th: DAY 7
Dive Day 6: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional). Day tours available. Scuba Seraya Resort Night 7
SEPTEMBER 18th: DAY 8
Dive Day 7: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional). Day tours available. Scuba Seraya Resort Night 8
SEPTEMBER 19th: DAY 9
Depart Scuba Seraya 8am. Day tours: Water Palace and Sacred Monkey Forest. Arrive at Santi Mandala Resort 2pm. Santi Mandala Resort Night 1
SEPTEMBER 20th: DAY 10
Day tours: River Rafting and Coffee Plantation. Dinner in Ubud. Santi Mandala Resort Night 2
SEPTEMBER 21st: DAY 11
Free day. Santi Mandala Resort Night 3
SEPTEMBER 22nd: DAY 12
Depart Santi Mandala Resort 1pm
8 nights at Scuba Seraya, Tulamben, Maisonette Garden View
3 nights at Santi Mandala Villa & Spa, Ubud, Garden Villa
14 boat dives with guide at Scuba Seraya
14 shore dives with guide at Scuba Seraya
High Season Surcharge at Scuba Seraya
Free Wi-Fi at Scuba Seraya
Tanks & weights
White Water rafting and lunch on the Ayung River
Rice Paddies Tour
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tirta Ganga Water Palace
Group airport and resort transfers
Government goods & services tax
Parties & Surprises!
Private Transfers not included
Gratuities are not included
Prices subject to change
EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
June 11, 2017 Balance
AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
DIVER PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) COST $1,895
DIVER PACKAGE (SINGLE OCC) COST $2,350
NON DIVER PACKAGE COST $1,495
Deluxe Ocean View Villa
Add $280 per person, Double Occupancy
Santi Mandala Spa
Family Garden Villa
Add $150 per person, Double Occupancy
One-bedroom Pool Villa
Add $255 per person, Double Occupancy
One-bedroom Luxury Pool Villa
Add $270 per person, Double Occupancy
Two-bedroom Luxury Pool Villa
Add $210 per person, Quad Occupancy
Upgraded accommodations limited.
Available on a first-come first-serve basis
SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2016. COST $801 ROUNDTRIP