A lot had happened in my life in 2019. During that turbulent time, my body was afflicted by a “serious damage”, reflected on my psychological state ;) Upon checking my dive computer I found the cause – it turned out that more than 275 days passed since my last dive. Totally unacceptable. The only remedy for such “disorder”, was to make a trip to a place where I did not dive yet. Hence, my wife and I, after short deliberation, decided on a trip to Tulamben, one of the premier places for macro diving.

I contacted Yuri Ivanov, the guy who frequently posts on Facebook, amazing pictures of mollusks from aforementioned area. We swapped few notes and settled on 11 days of staying (10 days of diving,) at the Matahari Tulamben Resort Dive and Spa.

Matahari Tulamben Resort

“Dear Timur,
for your request we can offer you package 11 D/10 N,
*10 Nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room (room share)
*Transfer pick up and drop from the airport to Tulamben and drop from Tulamben to the airport or any hotel in Bali
*5x day dives in Tulamben area
*12 x macro dives by car
*2x night dives in Tulamben area
*2x night dives in macro dive sites
*2x day dives in Amed
*1x black “water dive”
*1day land tour
(private diving with 1 guide for 2 divers)

Price per person will be; 15.000.000 IDR (US$ – 1.072) in cash. Payment by a credit card +3%”

As you see, the offer was very attractive. Yuliia and I picked the time, bought tickets and began patiently count days until departure.

Qatar Airline

We both flew Qatar Airline, Yuliia departed from Kiev and I did from Boston. Five years in a row, the carrier was taking first place in customer satisfaction. Personally, I spent in the air more than 20 hours, 11+ from Boston to Doha and about 10 hours from Doha to Bali. In Doha, I had 8 hours long interval and relaxed quite nicely after the first leg of the trip.