During a recent visit to Amed, i intended just to do a couple of dives but was caught up by the passion of the staff and the beauty of the dive sites we visited. In the end i did 7 dives, including a night dive, where i saw a stack of amazing fish, crabs and coral. I would highly recommend a night dive at the Japanese wreck where we were truly lucky to see a giant frogfish, amongst another stunning sealife (but don't tell too many people otherwise they'll all want to go).
Their divemaster, Roda, deserves a particular mention, never have i dived with someone with so much passion for sealife, where i was called over almost every minute to see something that, only a true lover of these animals, would spend so much time trying to find such as said frog fish, pigmy seahorses, tiny crabs and a pipefish, which are otherwise indistinguishable from the seaweed in which it lives. The latter he having spent a year searching, and when he did find him, he treated showed it off with a considerable amount of respect, watching it from a respectable distance and not bothering it for too long. This man should be a marine biologist, such is his excitement, which is infectious.
I was also able to take my husband, a snorkeller, along for all the dives (except the night dive) so he was able to share, in part, with the experience; we went deep, he stayed up top. The boat dives were a lot of fun, especially as we went out on the traditional fishing boats to reach the site.
Highly, highly recommended. I didn't dive with anyone else in Amed, but i have dived in many, many locations in SE Asia and Australasia, and felt that these guys were well up there with the best.
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