Underwater Tribe
Underwater Tribe
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Underwater Tribe specializes in creating custom scuba diving trips in Bali and throughout Indonesia for discerning clients seeking professional, personal, and knowledgeable service. Our team of professional dive guides and PADI instructors in Bali are second to none when it comes to quality guiding and service. Our range of services includes custom Bali scuba diving tours, personal photography courses, leading resort and liveaboard adventures, teaching photography workshops, professional photo and video services, and booking the best liveaboard or resort for our guests who understand that our local knowledge is indispensable when choosing a holiday destination. Our knowledge and experience in Indonesia and our personal relationship with many operators throughout the country ensures that we tailor make the perfect holiday for all of our Underwater Tribe members! Do not hesitate to contact us and send us your inquiry to customize a perfect Bali scuba diving holiday.
Sanur, Indonesia
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44 reviews
Very good

Austin, TX13 contributions
Nov 2015
I've had the pleasure of diving with Mike Veitch, one of the owners of the UnderWater Tribe several times in Indonesia over the years and had the opportunity to travel to the Raja Ampat (Three Kings) region of Indonesia with Mike and Luca last year for a 7- day liveaboard trip on the Mermaid II. Prior to the trip, Mike, Luca and Miho competently and quickly handled our arrangements for the trip via email (as we are located in the USA) and once we landed in Sorong, we were met at the airport by staff members who helped us gather our luggage and travel to the hotel. While I have had the privilege of diving in other areas of Indonesia over the years, I have always wanted to travel to the Raja Ampat region, particularly to photograph the wobbegong shark and hopefully catch the manta rays. During the course of our liveaboard, even though the trip was not advertised as an official "photo" trip, Mike and Luca were extremely generous with their underwater photography knowledge and offered at least one lecture/discussion each day pertaining to particular UW Photography topics. They also were very helpful whenever we had questions topside about equipment, strobe positioning and placement or lens selection and also were willing to assist underwater to ensure proper strobe placement and also helped with composition of subject matter. Besides being phenomenal photographers, both Mike and Luca are really engaging and fun guys and ensure that their guests have a fantastic time during the group trips. I cannot recommend the Underwater Tribe highly enough and know that when we travel to Indonesia in the future, we will reach out to Mike, Luca and Miho to have them help us plan another fantastic trip to Indonesia!
Written October 4, 2016
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HI Erica, thank you very much for a very positive review, we appreciate it a lot!
Written November 15, 2017
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Gloucestershire, UK13 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
It started with an enquiry and ended up a trip of a lifetime. We sent the guys some dates and a brief overview of what we were after and left the itinerary up to them. We booked the flights and set off on our adventure. A safari staying at 3 hotels in 3 locations starting in the NW and ending up in the SE in Sanur. Everything from arrival to departure was spot on, above and beyond our expectations. My wife and daughter saw and experienced things they will remember for a lifetime from the manta's to the sharks, and elephant ride to the coconuts! And Derek, the best guide you could wish for - we have even booked him gain for next year!!! Thanks you again for the trip, we will be back for sure if not sooner! Cheers The Shimmins, UK
Written May 13, 2015
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New Zealand22 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
Thanks to the Underwater Tribe I am left with great memories, more photography skills, some great shots, and new friends. Even before I booked, Mike was very good at answering my questions, giving advice and explaining the workshops. Miho even made a few phone calls to book another part of my trip in Indonesia.
On the course which was divided between Lembeh Straight and Bunaken both Mike and Luca were professional, maintained a great sense of humour (not easy when dealing with up to 12 individuals) and the course was very educational.
**A great point of difference for these guys is they take slates underwater so they can write on them and give you tips. Courses run by some other companies have instructors who dive with their cameras and you hardly ever see them while diving and communication is very hard when you do.
Lessons given on land were thorough and informative and we were given digital files to study at home. Luca and Mike are accomplished photographers and were very easy to talk with and shared their ideas and techniques freely.
The diving in both Lembeh and Bunaken was great and Luca's local knowledge of Bunaken provided us with beautiful dives without the current.
Written July 2, 2014
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Robert M
Telford, UK229 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
Attention to detail and customer care are what makes this company stand out. We joined them on a dive safari of north Bali, as the fourth leg of our month-long trip around Indonesia, having spent 3 weeks in the north of the country.
We were met at the airport and over-nighted at Denpasar in a very nice hotel. Mindful of the fact that we had had a long travel day, paperwork was left for us to complete in our own time; a refreshing approach. In the morning we were collected, and we expected to be with a group - very surprised to find that the vehicle, driver and guide were just for us. Over the next 6 days we were treated to the most excellent service. The diving, site-wise, was tailored to exactly what we like; the dive start times adjusted to suit us, with early starts; and the length of dives extended to the absolute maximum. An hour became a short dive, and 110 minutes will have to be bettered when we return. The care and assistance, particularly when shore-diving, was most welcome; and the advice regards places to eat in the evenings was spot-on for good local food.
Written November 16, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
I've been taking underwater photos for about a year now, but there were still some shots I could never figure out. I decided to just sign up for a photo class to quickly improve my skills so my dive trips wouldn't go to waste. Underwater tribe was the only one that had a photo class available in bali and I signed up for a 3 day class with Mike. He was an amazing teacher who was always patient and making underwater photo concepts super easy to understand for any layman. Mike will work with what camera configuration you have to try and get the best out of it. He does not sell you any camera equipment. All he does is work with you to I wish i had done the classes much earlier! I feel my photos have now significantly improve compared to before I had the class.

After the photo class I did a regular 3 day dive in nusa penida with their guide, Parman, who was provided amazing service throughout and did his best to please his guests. I had him as a private guide throughout the whole time without paying extra.

The photo class was money well spent! I would definitely dive with these guys again even if not for the photo class.
Written October 5, 2016
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Morrison, CO58 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Very nice people and they go above beyond to make everything helpful. They care of all the equipment, any tours you may want, and the guides are great. Would use them again.
Written September 8, 2015
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Greater Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
As a diver with nearly 800 dives under my weight belt and having dived Indonesia many times l can not recommend these guys more highly. If you are into Underwater Photography and wish to take it to the next level you cannot go wrong with attending one of their workshops or enlist their one on one instruction. The practical in water training makes it all so much easier to understand and is open to all levels, l have no hesitation in recommending to my friends and to anyone reading this review. Diving in Indonesia can be challenging so it is critical to go with people who know the dive sites and when and when not to dive there, both Luca and Mike have many years experience to ensure your safety and enjoyment. The Underwater Tribe have definitely taken my photography to a level l never thought possible which l thank them for as well as making my diving in Indonesia so much fun! Cheers,Steve W.
Written July 28, 2015
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Serge B
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand60 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
We spend 4 days with Mike Veitch, Luca and Derek at Tulamben. My wife attended a UW COURSE with Mike and I did two specialty courses with Luca.
Those two guys are great teachers, very competent dive maters, full of knowledge, and will help you to progress in all aspects of diving, photo...
We had an amazing time, accommodation at Mimpi (dream) was enjoyable, clean tidy, well located.
With UW tribe you are looked after, gear is carried for you... A small but so efficient and professional company. My learning with Luca was unbelievable. Here is a man who inspire relaxation in the water, calm and safety at all time.Completing deep diving was a great challenge, very rewarding, and learning more about PPB, is a must do.
In regards to the photo course the details and program by Mike are exceptional as he shares all tricks and tips to take amazing pics .
We are so pleased to recommend very highly Underwater Tribe in Sanur, Bali. What you get for a modest price is GREAT!
finally diving in Tulamben on the Liberty wreck was fun, easy, full of good surprises. Fish and critters are there waiting for you. A special place not to be missed.
Thank you again to Underwater Tribe .
Written May 7, 2015
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Duane H
Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
Apr 2014 • Couples
I did the 3 day PADI Open Water course with the Underwater Tribe in April 2014. Luca had set it up so that I could do the half-day theory part online allowing me to begin in the water on my first day of arrival. Luca was a pleasure to have as an instructor. Not only was he extremely competent, but he also gave the course with humor and fun! Upon our first entrance into the water Luca guided me around the Tulambem Liberty Wreck. I am still marveling at what a magical experience that was! Between doing course exercises in the ocean Luca would take the time to introduce me to some of the wonders of the ocean. Among many other creatures we saw a giant zebra Mantis Shrimp, got a close look at a Cuttle Fish, and swam through a field of garden eels.

After the 3-day course I joined my girlfriend and our two friends as a fully certified diver. Together we spent the rest of the week with the Underwater Tribe dive guides Wayan and Derek exploring the reefs of Bali. We had one adventure after another ending our final dive swimming with Mantas! I must say that this was one of the best vacations I’ve had in my life.

Having Luca, Mike & Miho prepare the trip itinerary, booking the drivers, dives etc with professionalism and high standards gave us the space to truly enjoy the trip without stress, knowing everything was taken care of. We look forward to organizing a live-aboard diving trip with the Underwater Tribe for our next vacation in Bali.
Written May 18, 2014
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Zurich, Switzerland52 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
In April 2014 (2 couples, 27 - 32y) we enjoyed a custom tailored diving holiday with Underwater Tribe in Bali and dived beautiful and divers dive sites, including stunning reef walls, Tulambem wreck and macro diving.

Planning and communication by email was uncomplicated, we received fast responses, changes of itinerary were possible anytime and our wishes were taken into account.
We met Luca, Mike & Miho and appreciated their dedication, their professionalism and their authenticity. We are sure we are going to see you again on another trip!
We enjoyed the flexibility, since it was just us four travellers plus our guides. We could decide at what time we wanted to dive, what dive site we wanted to visit and we didn’t have to wait for anybody else.
During our stay on Bali we changed the itinerary slightly. UWT was flexible, informed us about our possibilities and did all the organising.
From the moment we arrived at the airport until the last day, we enjoyed the luxury of a private mini-van with driver and private diveguides. We spent the whole week with Wayan & Derek, they dived with us in Amed (1 day), Tulamben (3 days), Menjangan Island (2 days) and Nusa Penida (1 day). They were amazing dive guides: easy-going, fun, very experienced & eager to show us Bali’s Underwater-Pearls.
In the morning, over lunch and after the last dive we were on our own and relaxed in our nice hotels and enjoyed the privacy.
The two-days Underwater-Photography-Course was intense, but I learned a lot. The theory above water was interesting and prepared me for the practical part under water. The one-to-one approach is the best way to learn. Luca and Mike used a slate under water for giving me advice. That way I knew what I needed to work on in order to get the picture I wanted. I started the course with Luca, but did the most dives with Mike because Luca was busy teaching my friend how to dive (Open Water).
In between my two-days course, I had a day of fun dives. That way I got to practice with my cam and strobe. At the end of the day we went through the pictures on the laptop. Mike provided me with lots of ideas on how to improve my skills. Plus he showed me the basics for enhancing my pictures in Adobe Lightroom.
Written May 12, 2014
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