Here we are home from another adventure. We drove to Vancouver then took Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, from Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific to Bali. Then a one hour hop from Depensar to Bima.
We then were on our way to the Indo Siren, our liveaboard boat for 10 days. This is without a doubt the best dive boat and operation I have been on in ten years. The Indo fleet is the biggest dive fleet in the world. The owner of the boat is Frank Van Der Linde from Worldwide Dive and Sail. He and his daughter were actually on the boat with us this trip. He is a great guy and his boats and staff are top notch.
You get three full meals a day on the boat, plenty of snacks, tea, coffee, water, and booze. The sodas and beer and water and sparkling waters are all included in the price of the trip. The wine is very expensive but that is because it is so hard for them to get. But you are fully taken care of. You can even get massages on the boat. There is place to hook up your music. The cabins are big and comfortable. You will not be disappointed in this operation or these boats.
We had a friend with us this time. He got SCUBA certified about 2 years ago and now he is Brads dive buddy. He said he could not have had a better time. The diving was incredible and they had a wonderful time.
The dive sites are Bima Bay, Sangeang Island, Gilli Banta, Gili Lawa Laut, Current City, Rinca Island, and Komodo Island.
At each place there were at least four dives a day. One in the morning, then breakfast, one in the afternoon, then lunch, one after lunch and one in the evening. Most people did all four dives each day. But that is a lot of diving so for some they would skip the evening dive.
We actually got to get off the boat and walk on Komodo Island and see the Komodo Dragons. They are spectacular creatures. Very dangerous. We had several guides. But if you ever get to see them outside of a zoo, you will be fully impressed.
After the dive boat we took a flight from Bima to Bali. Then we took a 3 hour drive to Amed. We stayed in this incredible Villa. Villa Candi Matahari
This place was spectacular. The owners Paul and Staci were such gracious hosts. The rooms are large and comfortable with outdoor showers and amazing beds. There is an infinity pool that you wont ever want to leave.
You get breakfast included in your stay. There are several restaurants around the Villa where you can get fantastic food. Fresh seafood, steaks, salads and wines to die for!
Indonesia is one of our favorite places in the whole world. It takes a while to get there, but once you are there, you wont want to leave. Your dollar goes very far here, things are very inexpensive, even the everyday living. The locals are kind and easy going.
If you are thinking of taking a trip here, and dont know where to start, reach out to me and I would be happy to help you figure things out.
Cheers and Happy Traveling!