I very much enjoyed Lembeh and since have been to other cool places. Now, I am going back to Indonesia, but in Bali, Scuba Seraya resort. Did a lot of homework and landed on this place but my GAP was not reaching out to this experienced group for advice. So since I am all booked and leave in early June, can anyone recommend or share any nuggets I should know or "to-dos" that are not advertised? Of course I am shooting with my new D850 Nautical system so I want as group-less of diving as I can get and we will pay, if needed, for a private guide. Seraya is saying that it is a one-guide per buddy team but they do offer more private diving for a fee (which isn't too much). Can anyone who has been there recommend how to best navigate the diving operation to optimize privacy and quality but with tact and professionalism? I am not going with a group. I booked this myself. I have read reviews where that is a mistake. The guy who posted that said the resort really treated them as second class to the bigger groups and they were denied dives due to weather while they still took out the bigger group. Now, fun transparency, I do not believe that. I've been around the block a time or two and think there was more to that story than was told. But to my point, do you have any "watch outs" I need to be aware of or "do this"kind of thing? Guides are important as well. Anyone have experience with specific guides I might request? I'd like to get tight with 1-2 of them and my wife and I plan to invite all of the working staff to dinner one night.
I think you folks know what advice I'm looking for but one last thing. Is there a specific product or something I can haul there that the dive team or staff would enjoy? Perhaps some kind of dive gear that is harder to get there? In Fiji I left quite a bit of gear there, giving some items to the dive staff and helping a local kid learn to snorkel, leaving him a mask, wetsuit and booties (they had fins).
Anyhow, any advice, tips, tricks, do's, don'ts etc. would be really appreciated.
Thank you in advance.