We stayed with Villa Alba for four nights and did four days of diving. I cannot recommend them strongly enough. The centre owner Alex and his wife are fantastic hosts, helpful and convivial. When we were there the clientele was a mix of Brits, Australians, Chinese and Germans.
The resort is quite new with great accommodation. We had a nice view of Mount Agung and the sea. All rooms are air conditioned and the resort has plenty of nice spaces for relaxing by the sea when off gassing or for non-diving partners.
The centre is well set up for diving of all standards with good quality, well maintained hire equipment if you need it and free Nitrox for the suitably qualified. The diving operation is well organised and the staff are hard working and incredibly helpful. The centre can provide a range of PADI and BSAC Training. Alex even offered us a 10%discount as BSAC Members. I believe they can also accommodate Tec Divers (Rebreather owners note the import cost of scrubber makes it expensive in Indonesia). There are two pools 3 metre plus which can be used for training or just a relaxing dip after a dive.
The diving in the Tulamben area is fantastic. We dived exclusively from the shore. The Liberty Ship is probably the big pull around here and a great dive (try the drift drive across Corral Garden finishing at the wreck for a top dive) but there is fantastic macro diving at Secret Seraya (definitely pack your camera and housing for this trip). These sites are 10-15 minutes by truck from the resort. There is free buddy diving on the House Reef after an orientation dive with a guide. The House Reef is excellent and definitely worth a few dives.
We will definitely stay and dive at Villa Alba next time we are in Bali.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New dive resort opening in September 2012. 2 swimming pools,(1 infinity) pools (11x5x3 and 12x6x3.5 meters deep), 1 jacuzzi. great sea and mountain views, fantastic diving on the house reef and 5 minutes from the well known "Liberty Wreck" with 20 other rated dive sites within 5 to 15 minutes away. day tourist trips and adventure days out. fishing trips. boat tours etc. ... more less
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