I had scanned and scoured the internet and Tripadvisor for information and reviews to determine where I would do my Open Water Dive cert.
Lembongan seemed like the ideal location - a short boat ride from Bali and great reviews, I did not want to waste hours on a boat.
Then I started reviewing all the dive centres on Lembongan and cross referencing with their websites (I am a researcher!!)
Although they all seemed to have great reviews Lembongan Dive Centre stood out for me. My course was conducted by Paul, an English guy (but there were other nationals) and the money stayed with the locals. This was a big selling point for me (giving back to the real community), as well as their comprehensive website which gave me a brief bio on all the local staff, the trip advisor reviews were the most positive and least negative - taking into account many reviews are done by first time divers, like me, who are ecstatic about their overall diving experience.
Lembongan Dive Centre arranged my fast boat return trip and accommodation as well, dealing with just the one person made things so much easier and everything was delivered as promised and expected.
Now to the good bit :)
My diving instructor was Paul. He was very patient, understanding and made things easy to learn - great teaching style.
I was doing my OWD while my partner was just doing a refresher.
There were a few times I was (on the inside) beginning to get anxious and overwhelmed but Paul's calmness and easy going approach made me pull myself together.
I was very lucky and ended up being his only student for the duration of my ocean dives so the one on one experience made it all the better for me.
If the conditions are less than ideal the local knowledge comes in handy and there are options to suit.
The locations we did go to were fantastic and I did get to see a TURTLE! and lots of other fish including a couple of Moray eels.
I am more than happy with the level and quality of service I received from Lembongan Dive Centre and would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of doing a dive course.
Joyce and Chris
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