There are three main options if you want to dive Seraya Secrets and they all involve staying in the Tulamben or Amed area. There is a fourth option which involves driving north for the day from the main tourist locations in the south-east of Bali, however I would honestly not recommend it unless you like long road trips, as it will involve a round trip of at least 4 hours if you are lucky with the traffic and up to 6 hours if not.
Bali’s roads are narrow and congested, particularly so the farther north you go towards Tulamben…
Diving Indonesia: Bali – Seraya Secrets Option 1: Scuba Seraya
I have personally stayed at Scuba Seraya several times and always enjoyed it. The place is quiet but very relaxing and has it’s own small restaurant & bar, so you do not need to go into Tulamben unless you are looking for a “night on the town” – in which case you will probably be a little bit disappointed and back at the resort by 21.30…
The resort has undergone a series of upgrades & renovations in the last few years and has a new restaurant & kitchen, complete with a real coffee machine that produces excellent cappuccinos.
Scuba Seraya Image Gallery
Diving Indonesia: Bali – Seraya Secrets Option 2: Villa Markisa
As the person who discovered Seraya Secrets, Christiane Waldrich clearly loves the location and the Tulamben area. She was the first person to invest with Patrick Schwarz when he decided to build Scuba Seraya and spent 50% of her time each year in Tulamben.
In 2007 she decided to take her attachment to the area one step further and build her own resort next door to Scuba Seraya with Pedro Wettstein, formerly the Cruise Director on the Pindito – one of the earliest & best known liveaboards operating in Indonesi.
The result is the really nice, and very upmarket, Villa Markisa.
- Villa Markisa
Diving Indonesia: Bali – Seraya Secrets Option 3: Stay in Tulamben or Amed and Sneak Down the Beach…
There is actually a public access site further just up the beach from Scuba Seraya which is used by various guides conducting dive safaris on the northeast coast. I have used this access myself and while lacking the creature comforts & support offered by the resorts it is an option.
There is running water to rinse away the salt and a local villager will look after any equipment left at the shelter whilst you are diving, but no cappuccino machine I am afraid…
Option 3 – Sneak Down The Beach…
Diving Indonesia: Bali – When to Dive Seraya Secrets
The best time of year to dive Seraya Secrets is October & November after the southeast (dry season) monsoon has ended, but before the northwest one (wet season) has begun and when you will get the calmest conditions
The period at the the start of the southeast monsoon in May, June & through to about mid July also offer good conditions, but after that for about 2 to 2.5 months high winds create rough seas and poor conditions. Around the end of September the conditions start to improve again.
Generally December through to early April when the northwest monsoon is at it’s peak are not good conditions due to strong winds & rough seas.
The best time of day is in the morning, because the wind can get up in the afternoon before dying down again in the evening. Night dives are well worth doing as you will often even more critters than during the day and quite often different ones.
Diving Indonesia: Bali – How to get to Seraya
Seraya is just 3km from Tulamben, so if you are coming from the south it’s basically just on the right before you get to Tulamben – it’s well signposted, so you can’t really miss it…
From Tulamben it’s a short 10 minute ride.
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