Our second stay in Scuba Seraya. There is something amazingly serene and comfortable about the resort. Probably to do with the character of the owner - relaxed yet completely organised.
We were more than happy with the maisonettes with their comfortable beds and super outdoor showers. We were upgraded for a few days to a villa, which was much more spacious and highly recommended if money is no object. Neither suffer from any noise from roads or otherwise - except the odd passing boat or cockerel!
We really like the ability to dive the Liberty Wreck before most people get there, and then return to our fresh fruit juice and cooked-to-order breakfast. The boat dives are close by and varied enough for a 10-day stay. We always dived the house reef in the afternoon, taking our time, watching and photographing all the extraordinary and numerous critters in the area. You can pretty much set your own agenda and timings for diving, assuming it fits with other people's requests. Trips to other local diving areas, including Nusa Penida for Mola Mola are well organised. It would be helpful if you had a general bias towards small critters, although the resident barracuda and school of jacks on the wreck are not so small. The dive staff are very good and extremely helpful.
The air clarity is extraordinary (both visits in September), and the beers at the end of the day are always cold. The food is of a high quality, if slighty limited in choice, but with always smiling service. We have never yet bothered to leave the resort to eat or drink elsewhere. Prices are the same as eating out in by the beach in Kuta or Legian.
Yes, it will take you 2.5hrs or so from the airport or the noisier parts of Bali (as above), but the scenery en route is very pretty. It is well worth a long stay if you are looking for peace and quiet and good diving, but if you can only make it for one or two nights, then we would highly recommend this resort. And we were particularly grateful for the large (and free) chocolate cake that arrived for a birthday! We look forward to returning this September.
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- Also Known As:
- Scuba Seraya Hotel Tulamben
- Scuba Seraya Resort Tulamben, Bali