We signed up for a 12 day diving tour around Bali with Blue Season Bali. All I can say is they set the bar very high with our first accommodation at The Menjangan. It is an eco jungle resort that is way above the normal pay scale we would sign up for. But what a lovely treat.
The service and facilities were fantastic. The only thing better than the resorts customer service and food was the quality of the dive staff at Blue Season Bali. We have only met the staff at this location so far, but once again they have set the bar very high. Our dive master was Komang, a skilled and understanding leader. He allowed us our own individual quirks as long as we stayed within the guidelines he set out. It has been a long time since I felt as relaxed and comfortable while diving. The other wonderful surprise was Jenny, the manager and instructor at this location. Her professionalism and efficiency was a pleasure to experience. You may be picking up that I really enjoyed our time here. You would be correct.
The resort is located on the island of Bali however the diving takes place around the island of Menjangan which is a short boat ride away. Everything is situated in the West Bali National Park.
The boats we dove from were an interesting change of pace as well. From what we understand when the government declared this area a National Park it effectively put a lot of fisherman out of work. Part of the solution was that tour operators are not allowed to bring in their own boats. Everyone is supposed to use the fisherman’s boats for tours, snorkelling, and diving. It makes for smaller groups which is nice, but it can get busy when the dive gear is moving when the water gets rough. All part of the adventure and a reasonable partial solution for the fishermen I am sure.