UK tour operator Original Diving is offering 7 nights at the Karma Resorts in Bali, Indonesia from £2,050 per couple (saving £750) based on 2 people sharing a 1-bedroom pool villa on a B&B basis with a 1-day dive package (2 dives), return airport transfers and a 20% discount on all spa treatments. Stay 10 nights and you will get a free Bali tour too! Return flights to Bali start from around £690 per person with Qatar Airways via Doha. Offer valid from now until March 2014 excluding 15 Jul to 15 Sep and 27 Dec to 05 Jan.
As Bali continues to lead the way as one of the most popular dive destinations in the world, Karma Jimbaran provides the ultimate resting point from which to discover this magnificent underwater world. The Resort’s location on the south west coast of Bali provides guests with a whole host of options when it comes to diving day trips from Karma Jimbaran. Housing an impressive collection of varied diving opportunities, Bali’s waters are home to a vast array of marine life, from the very small reef dwellers such as the pygmy seahorse to the larger magnificent manta rays. Highlights include the world famous wreck dive in Tulamben: the final resting place of the shipwrecked USAT Liberty sunk in the Second World War; almost guaranteed diving with manta rays at manta point off Nusa Penida; the walls of never ending coral surrounding Menjangan Island or for the macro-lovers out there, Seraya: where the sandy bottom is home to all manner of rare and weird critters. Bali is also one of the few places in the world where it is possible to see the Giant Mola Mola (Sunfish), an extraordinarily large and odd-looking fish. Put simply, Bali has it all when it comes to diving!
Karma Jimbaran is a charming collection of 40 luxury pool villas sleepily overlooking the white sandy beaches of the world renowned Jimbaran Bay; a natural proscenium for some of the island’s most majestic sunsets. The resort takes inspiration from classical Balinese architecture, incorporating both indoor and outdoor living to form a tranquil resting place from which to watch the sun gradually descend into the sea. Villas take the form of a series of pavilions featuring floor to ceiling glass walls dotted around a central garden courtyard, housing a private pool and veranda. Inside, open plan living, dining and kitchen areas house contemporary furnishings and traditional artwork leading to en suite bedrooms. The resort’s restaurant, Karma Lounge is accessed along the Karma Jimbaran’s tropical flora-strewn paths where guests can dine on some of the freshest seafood on the island. Regular weekly events including Sunday BBQs and seafood feasts occur at the restaurant, introducing guests to a little Balinese tradition. The Karma Spa features black timber floors, gossamer fabrics and batik furnishings, creating the perfect environment for a diverse range of treatments, including bamboo stick seaweed facials to the rather unusual hot oil blue glass massage.
For more details, contact Original Diving:
Diving with… Ana and Miguel, Siladen Resort & Spa, Indonesia
In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…
Ana and Miguel
What is the name of your business?
Siladen Resort & Spa
What is your role within the business?
Co owners and General Managers
How long has the business operated for?
Almost 20 years.
How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?
Miguel has dived since 1993 and Ana has dived since 2002. We are both Open Water Scuba Instructors.
What is your favorite type of diving?
We love all dive types, especially wall diving for the wonderful corals and looking out into the blue wondering what other animals will come up next. But as an UW photographer and videographer we both love critter hunting in the sandy slopes. We are both very fond of night dives as we always find interesting animals and different behaviour.
If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?
We have a wonderful location in the heart of Bunaken National Park and we have an amazing team that provides the best service to each guest. We are a fun dive resort; we constantly strive to be as sustainable as possible and safety is our number one priority. If you like sea turtles and beautiful coral reefs you cannot miss this area for diving or snorkelling.
What is your favorite dive in your location and why?
If we have to choose one wall we would say Mandolin as it has beautiful and healthy corals with a wonderful and shallow reef top. We love to search for turtles in the overhangs, look for long nose hawkfish in the black coral bushes, admire the schooling snappers, and spend a long safety stop on the coral gardens on the top that are full of anthias. For critter hunting and night dives we both love Bolung. Here we can find frogfish, ghostpipefishes and nudibranchs, plus at night we often find decorator crabs, octopus and even stargazers on its white sandy slope.
What types of diving are available in your location?
There are very shallow coral reefs surrounding all five islands within Bunaken National Parkpark — beyond the shallow reef, the seabed drops away very quickly, forming the beautiful walls that Bunaken is famed for. Many of these walls are vertical with huge caverns and overhangs, however some are more gentle slopes that allow more reef building corals to form. On the North Sulawesi mainland there are black sand sites that allow amazing muck diving. Close by, we also have white sand sites, which offer some beautiful coral reefs and gentle slopes. There is even a fairly intact (entirely sponge encrusted) wreck within easy access of the resort.
What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
Working together in a dive resort that welcomes divers and snorkellers from around the world and sharing with them our passion for diving, snorkeling and uw photography and video is a great pleasure. Besides we have the privilege to dive and snorkel at world class sites every week.
What is your favorite underwater creature?
We both love cephalopods in general for their intelligence, capacity to camouflage, change colors and patterns…. We are fortunate enough to have many encounters with cephalopods in this area, from the tiny bobtail squid to the wonderful broadclub cuttlefish, the flamboyant cuttlefish, squids and Ana even filmed reef octopus mating. We could watch cephalopods for ever. And although we see them often, Ana has a soft spot for turtles.
As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?
The biggest problem we all face as divers and nature lovers is climate change and pollution. We need to work on these issues locally but even more importantly we need to address these issues worldwide.
Is your center involved in any environmental work?
Yes, we clean our beach daily and we organise very frequent island clean-ups. Not only do we clean this area, but we also separate the garbage trying to send as much as we possibly can to be recycled. We often have activities together with local school children to help bring awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution. We reduce our single plastic use as much as possible and all our vegetables and fruit peel leftovers are composted. We also protect the nests of turtles that hatch on our beach.
Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?
We are partnering with Coral Eye Resort in Bangka Island so that guests can have the best service in the best areas of North Sulawesi. We are getting one more boat; we want to make sure our boats are never crowded, besides we keep working to maintain and improve all our facilities.
How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?
The industry is doing well and I am happy to see that there are more and more avid snorkellers and not only scuba divers. We would like to see more ocean protection worldwide to ensure the future generations get to enjoy the beautiful reef corals and marine life around the world.
Finally, what would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?
We give you a chance to explore some of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the world while providing you with comfortable accommodation, wonderful food and the best service. Staying in Siladen Resort & Spa you can do up to four dives or snorkelling sessions every day with very experienced guides, while staying in a safe and comfortable resort that aims to provide the best service to each guest.
Where can our visitors find out more about your business?
Visit our website www.siladen.com, find us on Instagram and Facebook (Siladen Resort & Spa) and contact us:
WA +62 811 44300641
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The Big Shark Pledge aims to build one of the biggest campaigning communities in the history of shark conservation. To put pressure on governments and fisheries. And make the positive changes required to safeguard awesome sharks and rays.
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