AquaMarine Diving – Bali (PADI 5 Star Dive Resort 6344) is owned and run by Annabel Thomas, English, PADI OWSI 462621. AquaMarine was founded by Annabel in 1999 and is the only British owned and managed dive centre in Bali – and the only one run by a woman. Annabel’s concept was to plan dive trips as she would want arrangements made for her were she a diver visiting Bali and this philosophy of individual attention continues today.
AquaMarine Diving – BaliThe focus at AquaMarine is to provide both high quality service and the best possible diving for guests, offering programmes to suit each diver’s interests, experience and preferences. Attention to detail is a hallmark of the AquaMarine experience. Although AquaMarine has grown over the years, this has never been at the expense of personalised service.
AquaMarine focuses entirely on diving – Dive Safaris (diving and accommodation packages), Day Dive Trips and PADI courses. AMD-B is one of the few dive centres in Bali that is totally dedicated to diving. Of course AquaMarine can arrange other activities for guests (from whitewater rafting to Balinese cookery courses, and much more).
Asked to describe AquaMarine, Annabel replied “We’re pretty good! Obviously we couldn’t be what we are without Bali’s incredible diving, but we are also a great team, both in the office and out in the field. I’ll leave words like ‘premier’, ‘industry leader/pioneer’, ‘outstanding’, ‘most respected’ and so on to other operators, but the number of repeat clients and people who come to us through personal recommendations is testimony to our standards.”
The dive centre is located in Seminyak/Petitenget (a little to the north of the Kuta-Legian area). AMD-B offers diving at all of Bali’s better dive locations and provides hotel pick-up and drop-off for all guests. Multi-day Dive Safaris are organised with a choice of hotels near the dive sites.
AquaMarine does not own accommodation but has contracts with hotels locally, near all the dive sites and around the island for non-diving portions of holidays here. This means their guests are not ‘locked in’ to one resort and therefore one dive location; programmes are flexible with a choice of accommodation to fit each guest’s preferences and budget.
Joining one or more of AquaMarine Diving – Bali’s Daily Dive Trips is a great way to discover Bali’s diverse diving. Whether you’re a diver who wants to experience the best dive sites Bali has to offer, try your first wreck dive or some exhilarating drift dives with big fish action, or an underwater photography enthusiast looking for a shallow muck site hiding a plethora of weird and wonderful critters – AquaMarine Diving – Bali has a great Day Trip for you!
In addition to our standard Day Dive Trips, we offer a number of Special Day Trips, such as our Barbeque Trip; a day to Gili Selang, Bali’s most remote dive site; a trip to dive both Tepekong’s Canyon and Mimpang’s Wall; diving with Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish) during the July-mid November season and a Day Trip to Manta Point at Nusa Penida.
Hotel and resort accommodation is selected for you by AquaMarine based on your preferences and budget, and giving (those that want it) ample time to relax and unwind on ‘The Island of the Gods’.
AquaMarine can organise accommodation around the island to suit your tastes, budget and overall preferences. With AquaMarine you are not “locked in” to one location or style of accommodation. We will design an itinerary to meet your needs, using hotels and villas that fit your requirements. We have developed an excellent relationship with a wide variety of accommodation options all over Bali and so, on your Dive Safari package with AquaMarine, you will benefit from the special rates we receive.
The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – Candidasa BaliThe areas close to the dives sites tend to be small centres and communities with a focus on diving and ocean-based activities. On days pre and post-diving, you might choose to stay in South Bali or you may prefer the quiet of the central foothills in or near Ubud. The choice is yours.
On our pages, organised by region, are samples of the type of accommodation we can arrange for you. The hotels we have listed all have AC, hot/cold water and swimming pools unless otherwise stated.
Of course this is not a complete list, nor does it represent the full range of hotel styles and levels of accommodation available. Let us know what you are seeking and we’ll make recommendations for you.
Bali Hotels by Region
• South Bali: Kuta, Seminyak, Legian
Dive Areas: Tulamben, Nusa Penida, Amed, Padangbai (1.5-2.5 hrs)
•South East Bali: Sanur
Dive Areas: Tulamben, Nusa Penida, Amed, Padangbai (1.5-2.5 hrs)
• East Bali: Candidasa and Padangbai
Dive Areas: Tulamben, Nusa Penida, Amed, Padangbai (20-60 min)
•North East Bali: Tulamben and Amed
Dive Areas: Tulamben, Amed (0-30 min); Padangbai & Nusa Penida (30-60 min)
•North West Bali: Pemuteran and Lovina
Dive Areas: Menjangan, Secret Bay, Puri Jati
•Central Foothills: Ubud
Off-gassing; Possible Dive Areas: Tulamben, Nusa Penida, Amed, Padangbai (1.5-2 hrs)
All of AquaMarine’s PADI dive team are Indonesian and speak very good English; more than 50% of them are PADI Instructors or above. They were all recruited not only for their levels of expertise, but also their dedication and commitment to the company. AquaMarine dive staff stay long-term, some have been with the company for 10+ years and others return to work AMD-B after a break working on liveaboards elsewhere in Indonesia. AMD-B dive guides all know every dive site in Bali like the back of their hands, which gives AquaMarine led divers an advantage over dives led by newly hired ex-pat dive guides.
AquaMarine’s dive team have also trained dive staff from operators as far afield as Raja Ampat, West Papua, both on-site and at the AMD-B Seminyak facilities. They are also (when available) retained as freelance guides/spotters by places such as Wakatobi Dive Resort and Liveaboard, as well as other liveaboards.
In 2012 AquaMarine introduced its latest initiative to re-invest into Bali’s dive community: The AMD-B 11 Month PADI Divemaster Internship 2012 for Indonesian Citizens. This initiative arose as AMD-B looked at ways to invest back into the local community, providing the highest level of training for each candidate so that they can confidently pursue a career in Indonesia’s dive industry.
In addition to scuba diving services, we can help you to arrange a multitude of land-based activities from massages and yoga classes to interesting land activities such as trekking, whitewater rafting and cycling.
Alternatively, explore other parts of Bali by participating in any of AquaMarine’s private full and half day land tours around the island.