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8 Days Diving, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Bali

  • Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, Jalan Raya Sengkidu, Sengkidu, Manggis, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia

Overview

Bali Yoga Retreat in Indonesia

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Whether you are a certified diver or never been diving before, come and experience with Zen Dive Bali this unique harmony diving package, the best of Balis beautiful underwater paradise, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul through yoga, meditation, pranayama (effective and efficient breathing techniques), and traditional Balinese treatments.

    Highlights

    • Daily sunrise yoga
    • Daily meditation session
    • Diving including rental equipment
    • A day trip trekking and exploring Bali
    • Relaxation reflexology treatment
    • Transport from and to airport
    • Daily breakfast and lunch
    • 7 nights accommodation

      Languages

      • Instruction languages: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Rama Candidasa Dive and Spa resort is located in the east of Bali, in the heart of the Candidasa district. It is the only place for having a peaceful and relaxing holiday in Bali as well as to explore the magnificent underwater paradise in Bali, such at Tulamben, Amed, PadangBai, Blue Lagoon, and many more.

    About 90 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Tuban, this beautiful bali dive resort overlooks the outstanding Indian ocean and offers a romantic atmosphere for nature lovers. The natural serenity of being set amongst mountains, rice fields, and ocean that offers the ultimate peace and tranquility.

    For your retreat in Bali, Rama Candidasa Dive and Spa Resort boasts 80 artistically furnished rooms with contemporary Balinese décor enhanced with modern amenities, all with secluded balcony offering views over the ocean, pool, or tropical lush garden. The dive resort facilities consists of outdoor swimming pool with children pool, oceanfront day bed, garden gazebo, tranquil zen garden, meeting and function room, wedding facilities, library and business center, a wellness spa, extensive terraced sun decks, and plenty more besides.

    Superior room has the average size about 32 square meters and has a maximum occupancy of two adults and one child with double or twin beds. This type of room also has a connecting room, private terrace, or a balcony. You can see a beautiful garden through windows.

    Superior room is a private room with individually controlled AC, LCD TV with international channels, in-room safe deposit box, daily housekeeping, room services, coffee or tea maker, well stocked mini bar, DVD Player, hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi.

    Start your day with an ocean view breakfast in serene and tranquil environment at Rama Candidasa Resort and Spa and a sunrise yoga session. After that, you will join for a day of diving at one of Bali’s best dive sites, perhaps enjoy the view of gliding giants at the world-renowned Manta Point, or at Tulamben, where you will experience a 130 meter World War II shipwreck, or at Gili Mimpang - one of Bali’s most exciting diving sites and home to white tip sharks, turtles, and other fascinating marine life.

    Upon you return from diving, you will indulge in a Balinese massage or take a swim in the infinity ocean view pool.

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    • Afternoon arrival
    • Welcome drinks

    Day 2

    • Sunrise yoga
    • Zen harmony diving consultation
    • Zentsu pool session
    • One dive at Rama reef
    • Harmony massage

    Day 3

    • Sunrise yoga
    • Two dives at USAT Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben

    Day 4

    • Sunrise yoga
    • Two dives at Gili Mimpang and Tepekong, or Padang bay
    • Relaxation reflexology treatment

    Day 5

    • Sunrise yoga
    • Trekking and exploring Bali day with a traditional Balinese lunch
    • Harmony massage

    Day 6

    • Two dives at Nusa Penida and Manta point with lunch on board
    • Relaxation reflexology treatment

    Day 7

    • Sunrise yoga
    • Two dives at Padang bay

    Day 8

    • Sunrise yoga
    • Departure

    A day trip trekking and exploring Bali

    Ujung Water Palace

    Located some 20 minutes car ride from Zen Dive Bali is stunning water palace, Ujung, which is the sister site of Tirta Gangga, also built by the late raja of Karangasem. The complex consists of various large pools and historic structures set against a backdrop of Agung moutain and the eastern shoreline. It underwent a series of expansions and pool additions around a single existing pool which served not as a royal bathing place, but instead a site for punishment of accused proponents of black magic or Balinese witchcraft known as ‘pangiwa’ and ‘leyaks’.

    Two ensuing pools were built adding to the Dirah pool, as well as a number of resting pavilions, the raja’s meditation quarters, and the Taman Gili floating pavilions. The complex then shifted purpose to serve as a retreat and a place to welcome dignitaries on their visit to the Karangasem kingdom. In 1921, during the Dutch occupation of Indonesia, Taman Ujung became an officially open to the public and became known as a royal water garden complex.

    Charlie's chocolate factory

    After the visit to Ujung, you will stop at a very special place, Charlie's chocolate factory. Entering the chocolate factory could give you feelings like walking into a different world. The buildings look like they ran away from the set of Lord of the Rings. This place is very different and eye-catching. Overlooking the ocean is a wooden pirate ship built as a children’s playground, surrounded by palm trees, and three of the swings in a row between those trees. It is a beautiful setting which can be observed with a cup or mouthful of chocolate.

    Virgin Beach

    As a well-deserved relaxation time, the day ends at the Virgin Beach. No hotels, villas, or any other tourist accommodations are visible from this beach, only views of Gili Biaha on the horizon. Fresh sea food will be served in one of many little "warungs" that offer local food, snacks, and beverages with available umbrella and sun loungers for the day.

    Gili Mimpang and Tepekong

    Gili Mimpang and Tepekong is located 10 to 15 minutes away by a traditional Balinese boat from Zen Dive Bali. This place is generally acknowledged as one of the best places to see sharks in Bali, and is also known as shark point. Mola molas are very often spotted at Gili Tepekong between September and October, enjoying being carefully cleaned by smaller fish.

    This area offers some of the most impressive diving in Bali. Great walls, the canyon, strong currents coupled with superb corals, and marine life make this dive site for experienced divers only. It attracts big schools of sweetlips and jacks, big groupers, sharks, and pelagics like molas. A wide variety of conditions make Gili Tepekong Mimpang very interesting, similar to Penida. Advanced diving is always a challenge, and the chances of seeing deep-sea pelagics are quite high so anything may happen.

    During diving at Gili Tepekong Mimpang, there is no shore access in the surface interval and lunch is served after the dives on Zen Dive Bali ocean view terrace. The boat ride can be choppy depending on a weather conditions and you do not hit dry land for lunch so prepare for a few hours on the boat and bring sun lotion and a hat.

    Manta point

    Manta point is located 20 minutes minibus ride to Padang Bay and 45 minutes by a speed boat from Zen Dive Bali. Manta point and Manta bay are at the far south side of Nusa Penida and are quite easy dives. Mantas can be seen cruising in formations of two to more than seven in very shallow seas at some five meters. There can be a surge present which keeps forcing divers to equalize continuously.

    Nusa Penida

    Nusa Penida is located 20 minutes minibus ride to Padang Bay and 45 minutes away by a speed boat from Zen Dive Bali. Nusa Penida is the largest, 17 kilometers long of three islands, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan, that lies on the other side of the Bandung Strait from Bali’s east coast. The water here is fairly cold, due to a deep upwelling south of Bali, but often startlingly clear, with gorgeous corals, prolific fish, some turtles, grey reef, and silver-tip sharks. From July to middle November, mola mola, the weird and wonderful ocean sunfish, can be seen here.

    Nusa Penida is famous for its strong currents and beautiful hard corals covering long stretches of underwater walls and slopes. In order to enjoy most its beauty, you mainly make drift dives in this area and that is why it is advised to be a bit more than a beginner level diver. Eagle rays and sometimes dolphins are cruising along with divers over this reefs.

    Padang Bay

    Padang Bay is located 15 to 20 minutes away by a traditional Balinese boat from Zen Dive Bali. Padang Bay are actually eight different dive sites and the most famous is Blue Lagoon. Bottom composition is mainly sand ornate with stunning coral formations of great variety. Very common are massive table corals providing a protection to various small coral reef fish.

    It is perfect for divers or photographers interested in unusual marine life as curious creatures are known to frolic these waters such as nudibranchs, strange walking scorpion fish, flying gurnards, pipefish, and turtles. Hidden gem in this area is dive site called the jetty and you can ask about it.

    Rama reef

    Rama reef is located one minute away by a boat from Zen Dive Bali. It is a flat coral reef, from six to nine meters deep and ideal for complete beginners or divers who need to brush up their diving skills.

    Due to shallow depth, colors are stunning and coral formations can be up to one or two meter high, surrounded by array of fusiliers or larger schools of surgeon fish. Very often, visitors at Rama reef are two beautiful turtles. The marine life of Rama reef is very diverse with nudibranchs, surgeon fish, frog fish, white tip sharks, turtle, cleaner shrimps, cuttlefish, and squids.

    Tulamben USAT Liberty shipwreck

    Tulamben USAT Liberty shipwreck is located one hour away by a car from Zen Dive Bali. This wreck offers an unforgettable experience with a large number of fish life, fantastic coral, sponges, and fans.

    The USAT Liberty is Bali's most famous diving destination. On 11 January, 1942, Liberty was torpedoed by Japanese submarine southwest of the Lombok Strait. US destroyer, Paul Jones, and Dutch destroyer, Van Ghent, took the damaged ship in tow attempting to harbor at Singaraja, on the north coast of Bali. However, she was taking too much water and so was beached on the eastern shore of Bali at Tulamben so that the cargo and fittings could be salvaged.

    In 1963, the tremors associated with the eruption of Agung mountain caused the vessel to slip off the beach and she now lies on a sand slope in nine to 30 meters of water, providing one of the most popular dive sites off Bali and one of the easiest and calmest large World War II wreck dives in the world. To dive Tulamben USAT Liberty Shipwreck, you enter the water from the shore and swim for only about 30 meters before reaching the ship’s stern.

    • Nearby places

    Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) - 90 minutes

    Activities
    • Boating nearby
    • Cooking classes
    • Cycling
    • Diving nearby
    • Massage
    • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Scuba diving nearby
    • Shopping
    • Snorkeling
    • Spa
    • Swimming nearby
    General
    • Air-conditioned rooms
    • Balcony
    • Beach nearby
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • In-room safe
    • Mini bar
    • Restaurant nearby
    • Terrace
    Services
    • Child care
    • Conference room
    • Dry cleaning
    • Free bottled water
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Hair dryer
    • Laundry and ironing
    • Library
    • Meeting room
    • Parking lot
    • Room cleaning
    • Toiletries

    The price of this retreat includes breakfast and lunches at local restaurants on diving and trekking days.

    • Cycling around Candidasa and the traditional village of Tenganan
    • Enjoy canang making and traditional art demonstration
    • Join cooking class to learn how to prepare local dishes
    • Learn how to artistically fold a towel into a range of different animals
    • Morning walk ventures through local farmland
    • Snorkeling to see coral reefs and a multitude of colorful fish that are all part of Bali’s rich underwater eco-system
    • Take part in free scuba dive introduction

    Two relaxation reflexology treatments and mandi lulur, a traditional massage with floral bath, are included in this package. Rama spa is designed to soothe the senses and indulge you in a range of holistic treatments. A full menu of treatments are available, includes traditional Balinese treatments or spa courses. The operation hour is Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 22:00.

    • 2 relaxation reflexology treatment
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • 9 scuba diving with equipment
    • A day trip trekking and exploring Bali
    • Airport transfers
    • Daily breakfast and lunch
    • Daily mineral water
    • Harmony diving scuba consultation
    • Mandi lulur - traditional massage with floral bath
    • Morning yoga and meditation
    • Spa treatments
    • Daily dinner
    • Flight to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Zen Dive Bali will pick you up from the airport.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Zen Dive Bali an inquiry.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Testimonials

    • Review by a traveler

      "We came in contact with Zen Dive Bali because our hotel/resort in Candidasa is located right next door. Our daughter of 14 years expressed an interest in an introduction to scuba diving, and I was looking for a refresher after so many years."

      "We came to the right spot! Dive instructors Jos and Jelena, who run the place, really took the time for us, made us feel very comfortable, but also showed diving professionalism at the highest level. Scuba diving is a lot of fun, but also not something to mess about with. They made that perfectly clear, all in good spirit, and with the right balance between focus and fun. We were in good hands."

      "After the necessary paper work, and introductory skills in the swimming pool, we went to Tulamben the next day, to go shore diving on the wreck of a US Liberty Ship. Everything was taken care of perfectly. The dive school staff took care of all the equipment, we didn't need to lift a single thing. Transportation to/from and lunch at the dive site were all included. Dive briefings were clear and to the point, again with a pleasant balance between professionalism and pleasure."

      "My daughter was in very good hands with Jos, who showed her a good time hovering over the wreck and created a relaxed mood. We got to see plenty during the dive."

      "I recommend Zen Dive Bali without any reservation. Also, I found prices, which included everything from equipment, transport, catering, to be very reasonable when compared to other world scuba diving desrtinations."

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    • Review by Nick J. from Winchester

      "We went on a trip to Manta Bay (Nusa Penida). My son scuba dives so he did that and the rest of us snorkelled. The boat ride took about one and a half hours and the sea was quite choppy. I get seasick easily and did feel unwell. They do carry pills and so these help if taken far enough in advance. However, this was more than compensated for by the manta rays and then the snorkeling in Crystal Bay where we stopped on the way back. My son subsequently went on four more dives with them so they really are good guys!"

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    • Review by Kate B. from Adelaide, Australia

      "Fantastic dive group. Very safety conscious and knowledgeable about each dive site. Highly recommend!"

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    • Review by Blair M. from Candidasa, Indonesia

      "Jos and his team provided an excellent first time dive experience for myself and our two sons - so accommodating when we added eldest son to the group giving extra time for individual induction as necessary. We were in such capable and confidence instilling hands for our dive. Highly recommend Zen Dive Bali to all travelers heading to Candidasa."

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    • Review by Sarah G.

      "Dived the Liberty Wreck at Tulamben with Jos. We were all beginners and he took the time to make us feel comfortable and to refresh our skills at the beginning or the first dive. The dive was fantastic, we went all around and through parts of the wreck and saw heaps of sea life! We also got to see a lot of the real Bali on the drive there. Even stopped to see monkeys on the way!"

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    • Review by Karina S. from Male

      "We enjoyed five days of diving with Zen Dive Bali. We emailed them prior to our arrival and got always immediate replies which was very nice. We already had in mind which dive sites we wanted to see and they were very flexible and made all of them possible for us including a great night dive at Tulamben wreck. The prices include equipment, water in nice steel bottles (ecofriendly), and also lunch at the center or on the dive trips. They also let us dive unguided at the wreck as we were fairly experienced and we surely enjoyed it. Just the visibility underwater was not in our favour as it was very murky due to huge amount of algae in this time of year, but hey this is nature."

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    • Review by Edwin C. from Roosendaal, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

      "My first introduction dive at Zen Dive Bali was a wonderful experience. Our very friendly diving instructor, Jos de Groot, did a great job in professional teaching. In the swimming pool, we practiced all the procedures not only until it went well, but more important until we felt comfortable to go into the open sea. At sea, Jos gave us a great underwater tour, it was impressive to be in this so completely different world."

      "Thanks for this unforgettable first introduction dive, it will probably not be the last."

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    • Review by Pascal K. from Vianen, Nederland

      "We made a reservation by email a few weeks before our trip. Everything was arranged perfect; the pick-up service, the quality of equipment, the staff, and the overall experience were great. Highly recommended."

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    • Review by Ivan B. from Novosibirsk, Russia

      "Zen dive center is closest to ocean and hotel, where our russian company was stay. The cost of service match the quality, competent dive guides are attentive. Throughout the week, we made more than 15 dives in different locations. After diving, you can relax in small warm pool, and that is very nice. All of us were satisfied, so Zen Dive Bali is five stars dive center."

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    • Review by Andrei B

      "Only been to the Liberty wreck with Jos, on my first time dive, but it was amazing, and the team at Sub Ocean Bali was very professional and gave us the feeling of safety. Everything was perfect!"

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    • Review by Laura O.

      "We spent three days diving with Jos and Kedek and had a wonderful time. I was nervous having not dived for two years and Jos was fantastic with me - calm, reassuring, and attentive, consequently we had a great day diving the Liberty wreck. The highlight of our Bali diving was our trip to Manta Point where Kedek and Wayn found us eight mantas who played around us for an hour, we then moved to another deserted dive site by Nusa Penida and drifted along a stunning wall where there was a huge abundance of amazing fish and a turtle. The Sub Ocean team (now rebranded as Zen Dive) make the trip fun, relaxed, and safe; we will definitely be diving with them again if we come back to Bali."

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    • Review by Randy K. from Singapore

      "My wife signed us up for a package which included diving, yoga, and spa. She finished her Open Water certification under Marissa (we had a great time with her). We did our diving in Tulamben and Padang Bai. Tulamben was excellent - visibility was very good and it was a unique experience diving around the wreck. We saw quite a fair bit of marine life in Padang Bai (lion fish, mantis shrimp, scorpion fish, nudibranch, rays etc., and even a tourist submarine cruising past us!) but no frog fish. The crew was friendly, professional, and the diving equipment was new and well-maintained. We also enjoyed our yoga classes and spa (we stayed at the Rama Candidasa next door) - it was a very enjoyable trip and we'll come back again."

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    • Review by Gypsy from Melbourne

      "My husband and I went snorkelling at the Blue Lagoon and we both enjoyed the experience. The dive centre is very professionally run and all of the staff are very knowledgable and friendly. My husband has been scuba diving for a few years now and I had only attempted it about 20 years ago and it was a frightening experience for me. I did not enjoy jumping into a deep ocean from the back of a boat. As a result I never thought I would try scuba diving again until I met Yacob and Yelena at Zen Dive. I was introduced to diving in their swimming pool with Yacob who enlightened me into all of the things one needs to know about the equipment and breathing techniques that allows you to remain calm and in control. I will definitely be returning to Zen Dive to do my first dive in the ocean when we return to Candidasa. Thank you all for making this such a positive experience. My husband also enjoyed diving with Yelena, said it was one of the best dives he had ever done and he learnt new techniques from Yelena."

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    • Review by forrestlee123

      "I scheduled our dive a week in advance via email. Jelena always responded promtly amd everything was sorted with ease."

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      "Before the dive they gave us a great briefing not only about the dive but also interesting facts about mantas and the mola mola. We went searching for the mola mola and we weren't able to find it but that's just how diving is.. Jos and the boat crew took good care of us and we all had a wonderful time. Their crew is personable and professional to say the least."

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    • Review by forrestlee123

      "2 of my friends and I dove with Jos at Manta point and crystal bay and we had a great experience. "

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      "I scheduled our dive a week in advance via email. Jelena always responded promtly amd everything was sorted with ease."

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      "Before the dive they gave us a great briefing not only about the dive but also interesting facts about mantas and the mola mola. We went searching for the mola mola and we weren't able to find it but that's just how diving is.. Jos and the boat crew took good care of us and we all had a wonderful time. Their crew is personable and professional to say the least."

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    • Review by Rebecca H from Guangzhou, China

      "The new experience of diving in the open-water was much more vivid and interactive than I could have ever imagined! During my first dive, I was privileged to observe a sea turtle and subsequently learned more about their behaviour from looking in the field guide on the bookshelf back at the dive school. During my third dive, I was shown a sea horse, which was a dream come true for me. "

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      "What I think was excellent about Zen Dive was the alignment between school values, Padi theory and the focus on my understanding of the conditions. It was really very exciting to learn how to dive to develop buoyancy and breathing. Over the course, I learned a lot of sensitivity and new skills."

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      "What I think was excellent about the learning package is that during the first two days, I learned two of the five sections of theory and that taught me the different learning objectives. The book has assigned questions to work through and then there is a review test at the end and a further multiple-choice test after a video. After that, there is a further multiple choice test at the very end, which reflects your final understanding of the theory. So the sections are taught using an indirect style of instruction, which is focused on understanding. The method was excellent and there was plenty of attention to detail and many, many assurances. "

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      "I would like to say that I thought the interpersonal communication of my instructor (JDR) was excellent - a very experienced instructor and a pleasure to be learning how to dive with. In fact, the whole team of instructors are knowledgeable, caring and very well-organised. "

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      "The little details made the service outstanding, for example, a good lunch was included with lots of choice in the menu, with tea, coffee and/or water at both break time and lunchtime. The bathroom facilities are spacious and hygienic, also there is a shower with towels provided. "

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      "Finally, I would also like to mention the model of the dive school reflects a community-based approach. Not only are the instructors involved in leading marine conservation themselves, but they are also involved in a non-profit organisation, which teaches English skills to local school children so that they can develop communication for employment."

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      "The Hindu spirituality of the local people close to the dive school is really lovely. For example, in the evening before the sunset, over 60 people gathered by the waterfront to make an offering to the sea. Again, when we set off in the boat, the boatman made an offering the sea. I think that says a lot about their community, in terms of their respect for the business side of the school and the well-being of everyone involved and of course the coastline and Pacific ocean!"

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      "I would recommend Zen Dive to you."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "We have been in Candidasa with our small family and our hotel was direct next to Zen Dive. That was also the reason why I choosed this dive Center. Everyone is very friendly and nice and its a very warm atmosphere - like a small family. Every dive trip was very well organized - transport, equipment, dive, SAFETY equipment, spare equipment, food..."

      "I was Diving 6 dives with Jacob in this center. Always in a small group with max. 3 persons or even 1 to 1. Jacob gave us/me a very detailed dive briefing and made every dive very successful. Thanks again. "

      "Due to the high waves we were not able to go to Mantapoint this time which means, that I have to come back to Bali for the Mantas. I will than for 100% do my dives with Zen Dive again. "

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      "Thanks to the ZenDive Team. "

      "Thanks Jacob."

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    • Review by a traveler from Amsterdam

      "jelena & jos were so wonderful in making me comfortable with diving again after a break of 3 years. They listened to my worries and found a great spot to get back in the water. Had amazing dives at tulamben. Really a dive for everyone! So many fish and the luck of a shark and turtle! Jelena also helped with finding a yoga teacher, an other great experience."

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    Candidasa, Indonesia

    Zen Dive Bali specializes in Zen Harmony Diving - unique concept that unites the best of yoga and scuba diving into one sublime experience of meditative state achieved in the underwater world.

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    This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

     

    Low season

     

    • July 15 - September 15

     

    High season

     

    • December 23 - January 06

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