I recently stayed at Reef Seen Dive Resort on the first night of an 11 day Bali, Gili Air, and Lombok trip. When I arrived at Reef Seen, after the 4 hour drive fron the airport in Denpansar, I was informed that I was on the schedule for a visit to Menjangan Island, IF POSSIBLE. I'm sorry...if possible!?!? The only reason I took a 4 hour car ride to the far northwest corner of Bali was to snorkel Menjangan Island. At no point in the emails between Amanda (the British manager who lives here with her husband) and myself did she mention that chartering a boat was only possible if there were at least 4 people for the trip. Well, had I arrived and discovered this at, say, 3pm I may have had enough time to make other arrangements with the dock or another resort. But, since I got in at 11pm, I didn't have that luxury. After 28 hours of travel from San Francisco, you can imagine how much energy I had to wake up before the offices opened at 7:30am and make new arrangements. I was able to hire a charter boat through Reef Seen to take me out from the beach to look at two spots with coral. He didn't speak much English, which made it a little difficult, but not a huge deal. While those spots were beautiful in their own right, I was incredibly dissapointed that I was not going to see Menjangan Island. Worst part was, I only had one morning/day there. I left for Ubud that afternoon. My entire 8 hour round trip was only for that purpose. See it, then move on. So, fair warning to all travellers, make sure you know for sure that your trip to Menjangan Island, with Reef Seen, is in fact possible. It's $50 to hire a driver, for each way, to get out there. So if your charter boat with them is not possible, save yourself $100 or book with another hotel who doesn't have a minimum.
Other than this (HUGE) let down, Amanda was a pleasent person and the resort was nice enough. The turtle sanctuary/hatchery is cool, but don't expect an in depth tour or discussion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reef Seen Divers' resort is our new name, our former names were Reef Seen Aquatics & Reef View bungalows. We think our new name covers better who we are. We are mainly focused on Diving! We are not a resort with a dive school, but we are a dive center with nice and good accommodation and that can be an important difference when you are a diver or are interested to become a diver. Why ? Because you will find yourself in a place that is specialized on diving and sharing your experiences with people who understand what you are talking about whether it's fish, reefs, reef protection our special dives and dive sides.Our primary goal is to provide clean, comfortable, on-site accommodation for divers and/or guests who wish to start diving with us. But we also welcome other guests such as snorkellers or visitors who show interest in our projects and are looking for a laid back place straight on the beach. Regretfully sometimes we have to disappoint non diver guests because we are full with divers. But just send us your inquiry and we will try to help you to find good accommodation in Pemuteran. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Reef Seen Divers' Resort Bali/Pemuteran