Fish and Turtles
With young kids, we couldn't do too many water activities, so we took them to feed fish on the glass bottom boat and to turtle island. The will try to overcharge you, but that's to be expected. Make sure you're either very clear of the exchange rate or have an app ready. Since you're expecting them to over charge, haggle with them. A lot of other reviewers seem disappointed because of the price, so if you can get it down to a reasonable price, you'll enjoy your experience more.
01 Feb 2019
Friendly but not recommended
Planned to go snorkeling with a group of friends on a private charter. They offered to change it to a couple of dives for the divers in the group, for $50 per dive. Equipment was very old, wetsuit had broken zips and wasn’t sized appropriately and booties were falling apart. The snorkellers were told to jump into the water at Manta Point with no guide etc - luckily they saw a manta at the surface but then were not able to see anything else due to the depth and poor visibility, plus the rubbish floating at the surface. For us, there was no dive briefing before hand or the usual safety checks that you do on other boats. My BCD would keep inflating to its max so that I lost 20 bar on the surface but they weren’t too concerned. The guide had only one reg for one reason. When we got down there the guide was more focussed on taking a (unwanted) video of us then on showing us around the site or pointing out anything. Finally we just ended sitting at the bottom waiting for a manta to arrive (it didn’t). My leaking equipment and lack of guidance meant I signalled to come up early, and did my own safety stop using my computer, during which time the guide disappeared - maybe went up to the surface? When we got up our friends were seasick so we cancelled the last dive and went straight home. Didn’t ask for a refund but they at least dropped us off at the hotel and gave us the CD (for what it’s worth). Staff were friendly enough and were worried about us cancelling the second dive, but it wasn’t really worth it particularly with our sick friends.
04 Dec 2018
I was here for 5 days, and was excited to try the watersports. The pictures of seawalker and flying fish looks inviting. If you have a private taxi to bring you around, chances are he will bring you to a place where he will receive the most kickbacks. Prior to getting a quote from Hotdogs, i had done some research on the average prices of each activities and was well prepared for a good bargain showdown. Upon reaching the beach, the hotdog-gers sat me down and began showing broschures and prices and we were supposed to choose a few activities. So we chose a 15mins jetski, 2x 5mins flights on the flying fish and a 25mins seawalker. We were quoted 3.3million rupiah for the activities, with pictures, videos and 'insurance' throw in. I wasnt surprised at the price and so i told the guy that i am going to have a walk and do some comparison since there are so many joints along the beach. Immediately after walking to the next joint, we got quoted 2million for the same activities. My taxi driver who followed me immediately told me that the hotdog staffs are open to a bargain and brought me back. But this time, i pulled out the big guns. The night before, I had found an online broschure for watersports that said 350k for 25 mins seawalker,150k for jetski and 150k for flying fish. I showed it to the staff and told her to match it otherwise im off again. She made some excuse about the low rates being a promotional period but was quickly shot down by me as i can read bahasa. In the end, i paid a total of 1.2million for 25mins seawalker, 2 flights on the flying fish and 15minutes on the jetski. Overall experience? Only the jetski was worth it. Seawalk only lasted for 10mins and the limited number of corals are artificially planted on steel structures. Flying fish flew twice for 10 secs each and that was it. Probably should have done parasailing instead.
07 Jul 2018
Hot Dog Watersport Bali
Jl. Pratama No.62 E, Tanjung Benoa, Bali, Indonesia