Situated on the beachfront, the Villa Alba Dive Resort offers guests spacious rooms, family-friendly amenities and the convenience of onsite diving lessons. Many of the rooms at the resort are able to accommodate up to three guests, making it an excellent choice for families. Family-friendly amenities provided by the hotel include in-room DVD players, an extensive DVD library, free Wi-Fi and two outdoor swimming pools. The hotel has an onsite restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Attractions that are within driving distance of the resort include Mount Agung, Lempuyang Temple and the Tirta Gangga Water Palace.
Our Editor Loves
- Two swimming pools
- Cozy rooms with family options
- Onsite diving classes
- Theme Park
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
It was time to leave my comfort zone and further my diving knowledge and experience. Consequently, I decided to do the TDI advanced Nitrox and deco procedures courses.
After looking at options, Blue PO₂ Diving became my top choice, due to the experience of the instructor, Richard Devanney, and the great training facility at Villa Alba.
Both courses were taught to a high standard. The training progressed at a good rate, and went beyond what is normally provided.
Richard is a professional, organised, patient, and dedicated Instructor. He has an excellent knowledge of technical diving, diving physiology, physics, and equipment considerations, and consequently I learned a lot. The course was designed to encourage thinking, and good level of feedback and discussion happens at the end of each dive/day. This meant I learned why it certain aspects of technical diving are done in certain ways (e.g. gear/diving planning/techniques). We had lots of time diving and practising skills, so that I could get comfortable with the equipment, dive planning, and techniques.
I would recommend him, and this training facility, to anyone who wants the best instruction, a high level of attention to detail and safety.
Overall, it was a rewarding experience, the dives were great, and I look forward to coming back!
This is a resort designed for all levels of divers, including those interested in technical but also a nice place to hang out if your party is a mix of divers and non-divers. You can walk into the sea and go for a dive off the reef; its part of the local environment, rather than an artificial tourist enclave - you know you're not in Florida, which I prefer. It's been a while since I stayed in Bali and I'd forgotten Tulamben is a long way from the airport (90 minutes, two hours plus depending on traffic) so factor that in.
As someone who lived in Asia for a long time, the food is really good - the resort is popular with Chinese divers so it has to be :). The owners live on site, which is the best way to ensure standards are maintained, wifi worked well (not always the case in Bali) and the rooms are good.