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PADI Dive Center
Buddha Dive Resort
29th January 2010 by Rovan
Perfect diving, very good atmosphere!
Visit Date: December 2009
After having had a bad experience at one of the other centres on Gili Trawangan, we went to Buddha Dive (Resort) to do some more fun diving. Right from the start we felt at home at the “living room” of their dive centre and got to know some of the dive masters and instructors. Where other resorts are known to use mostly local dive masters (which is good for the local economy, but mostly bad for your diving experience, because of the communication barrier), here the dive masters and instructors are from all around the world (mostly from Europe: UK, Belgium, Spain and Sweden).
The other thing we really liked is how the whole diving operation is run. First your equipment is being carried on board for you, then, when you’re on the boat to the dive spot, the dive masters tell stories about the spots there are around the islands and specifically about the one(s) you’re going to. Furthermore they tell you what you can expect to see and always do some safety instructions. Then before you go in they do a reef check (to see if they’re in the right spot) and a current check (to make sure they can drift along the current, not swim against it).
We made a lot of dives here, all with different dive masters, and loved every one of them. You can dive in a rashie (dive shirt) and swim trunks as the water is around 28 degrees C and there is a huge variety of fish here. Things you can expect to see are white and black tips, at Shark Point and Deep Turbo, which are really(!) nice dives, turtles on almost any dives and if you’re really lucky you can see manta rays or their smaller brothers, the devil rays (which we were fortunate enough to see, three at the same time!). We got really lucky and saw a flying gurnard, which is extremely rare, on our last dive! Also a (night) dive at Bio Rocks is highly recommended. Check and see if you can find the crocodile fish that’s living there!
We would really like to recommend this dive centre for their great atmosphere and the perfect dives you can make with them. The facilities are good, the equipment they rent out all seemed new and we left our equipment with them without having to worry about anything.
All in all, this dive centre is the centre you’re looking for if you’re looking for fun diving around the Gili’s. The dive guides are really friendly and communicative and the atmosphere is great! When you are planning on staying at Gili T, make sure to give them a shot!