Villa Markisa Resort Reviews & Specials - Bluewater Dive Travel

Villa Markisa - Private Beach Bungalows - Dive Resort


Destination: Indonesia

Dusun Batu Dawa Kelod, Tulamben, Kubu, Karangasem, Bali 80853, Indonesia | Full board + 2 dives from $198/ppn

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Villa Markisa Quick Pitch 

With its waterfront location at the foot of the Gunung Agung volcano, Villa Markisa offers natural beauty and a relaxing atmosphere. Excellent diving, personalized service, and comfortable accommodations make this an ideal destination. Villa Markisa made it on our exclusive top 6 luxury dive resort list for SE Asia.


Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 8
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, ensuite bathrooms, gardens, pool, jacuzzi, spa, wifi, nitrox, restaurant including vegan menu
  • WiFi: Yes, free
  • Nearest International Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport
  • Airport shuttle: Yes, surcharge

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How to Get There

Villa Markisa is 2-3 hours' drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The resort can provide airport transfers and shuttle services with additional charges.


Dive Overview 

Its vicinity to the wide range of dive sites makes Villa Markisa a great place for a dive vacation. The resort is 50ft from phenomenal macro diving, and it's just a short trip to the renowned Liberty wreck. Villa Markisa offers Blackwater diving in Bali, a rare experience to find in Indonesia.



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Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Villa Markisa Room Overview 

A variety of elegant private bungalows and rooms are available.



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Experience beautiful sunrises and let your soul drift like the butterflies in the garden of your bungalow while sipping a cold drink on your spacious outdoor sofa! The bungalows feature open bathrooms, integrated into their own private garden to provide you with the ultimate tropical feeling. All rooms and bungalows are equipped with AC, minibar and room safe.


Master Bedroom

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Enjoy a wonderful view over the garden and pool from the most luxurious of our rooms, the master bedroom on the upper floor in the main building and be enchanted by gorgeous sunrises over the Bali Sea. In the spacious bathroom, you can also relax in your own jacuzzi.


Deluxe RooMS

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Deluxe room 4

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Deluxe room 5

From the spacious terrace of the deluxe room no 4 on the ground floor of the main building you can enjoy an undisturbed sea view over the pool and the luscious tropical garden. The smallest room, no 5, does not have its own terrace or sea view but otherwise offers the same quality as the other rooms.


Villa Sonea

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The Villa Sonea offers 2 deluxe rooms on the ground level, each with its own generous open-air bathroom, with a big shared entrance/living area and undisturbed view to the sea and gardens. Perfect for families and friends.


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Resort Facilities

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Villa Markisa Features

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pool & Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Library
  • Boutique


Villa Markisa Food & Drinks 

The on-site restaurant features Balinese and Indonesian cuisine as well as international dishes. The restaurant serves homemade breads, jams, and ice creams. Villa Markisa has a complete vegan menu and can handle special dietary requests. Breakfast is a la carte, lunch is a 2-week menu plan with a daily choice of 5 mains and 2 desserts, and dinner is a 4-week menu plan served buffet-style. Guests will share their dining experiences at one large table, helping to make new friends and exchange dive stories. Or, for the quiet couple, you can arrange an independent beachside table.


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Schedule & Rates

The actual rates are based in EUR. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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Room Rates 

Rates are per night at double occupancy including full board for 2 persons (3 meals, afternoon tea & snacks, drinking water). All rates in EUR and include 11% tax, 10% service charge, and all local fees. 




Deluxe Bungalow

No. 1/2/3


Deluxe Room

No. 4



No. 5


Master Bedroom

No. 6


Villa Sonea (per Room)

No. 8/9


Additional Bed



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Diving Rates

Prepaid dives and diving packages are non-refundable and non-transferable. All Rates are in Euro and include 11% Tax and 10% Service Charge.



Boat dive Tulamben area


Seraya Secrets dive (house reef - shore entry)


10 dives package - Tank, weights, nitrox, guide and boat fees are included


20 dives package - Tank, weights, nitrox, guide and boat fees are included


Prepaid 10 dives package - Tank, weights, nitrox, guide and boat fees are included


Prepaid 20 dives package - Tank, weights, nitrox, guide and boat fees are included


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Dive Information

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Dive Overview 

A dream became reality: Villa Markisa was built where Christiane discovered in 2002 the now worldwide famous macro dive site "Seraya Secrets", an Eldorado for underwater photographers. Only 5 minutes by one of the speedboats, you can dive the unique wreck "USS Liberty" in the bay of Tulamben. Discover the incredible beauty of the underwater world of the Indo-Pacific Ocean on dive safaris around Bali! Interested in Blackwater diving in Bali? Villa Markisa is one of few resorts to offer Blackwater diving in all of Indonesia!

You can read a detailed account of diving Tulamben with Villa Markisa here



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Dive Center Information

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Dive Center Facilities

  • Independent diving possible (buddy system)
  • Very flexible diving times
  • 2 Twin engine speedboats with ladder and roof for 8 and 12 divers including guides
  • Rental equipment
  • Nitrox
  • INT (10 /12 /15 ltr) for normal air, DIN/INT (12 / 15 ltr) for nitrox

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Practical Information

  • Electricity: 230 V
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Languages: Indonesian, Dutch & English
  • Accept Credit Cards?: Yes, Visa & Master Card

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Reviews (8)


My husband and I traveled to Bali and stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow at Villa Markisa. We arranged to be picked up in Denpasar by a driver from the resort. It was nice not have to worry about travel arrangements with all our dive and camera gear. When we arrived the resort itself was small and quiet and I found it was the perfect calm escape from my busy work schedule. The bungalow was beautiful and had a desk perfect to set up my laptop so I could review the photos I took. The furniture was simple and elegant and I was told later by a friend who stayed at the resort that it was all designed specially by Christiane for the resort. There were plenty of outlets in the bungalow, plus a dedicated camera area with plenty of outlets. Voltage was 220VAC, and our entire stay there was no issue with power. The attention to every detail was obvious in our bungalow, in the special area dedicated to photo and video gear, the dining area and all the other areas in the resort. They have 2 boats, one larger and one smaller that both make comfortable dive platforms, although my favorite diving was right on the house reef. The resort seems to really be geared for the underwater photographer or videographer. I believe part of the reason for this is Christiane's passion for nudibranchs and for documenting them with her photography. Her camera was always ready to go and it was a real privilidge to dive with her and have her show me some of the very many exotic creatures that can be found here. There is an extensive reference library to help in the ID of the marine life available in the common area.
We ate mostly Indonesian food so I cannot really say much about the other food, but the Indonesian food was delicious and there was plenty to eat. I can't say that we lacked for any creature comforts, but I believe that if you are interested in doing a lot of partying this might not be the best place to do it. If you want comfort with a definite feel or luxury you will not be disappointed coming to dive here.
Pedro and Christiane are very gracious hosts and were a good source of information about Bali. The resort offers tours of various areas of the island, so if you have no urge to travel further than Villa Markisa, you can use it as a point to see other portions of the island and return to the comfort of Villa Markisa. That is what we did.
The only thing I would urge a visitor here who is an underwater photographer to do, is to make sure you get some chances to see something besides the macro life. The macro photography is great but I think in our visit I neglected the wide angle possibilities as the resort is so keyed to the tiny life. There are definitely good wide angle subjects too.
The dive staff was a pleasure to dive with and they were great critter spotters. My favorite dives were the night dives and the head divemaster Dharma was as eager to dive at night as I was. I truly enjoyed our stay at Villa Markisa and was sorry to have to return home.

Visited on 01/2013 - Submitted on 02/06/2014

We finished up the last leg of a five week diving trip to Indonesia with four nights a Villa Markisa, in Tulamben, Bali. I did not have high expectations of Bali, Bali diving, or the resort that we chose to stay at. BOY WAS I WRONG! We only stayed four nights, and now, I wish it would have been four weeks! Everything about Bali is unique and beautiful, and Villa Markisa and its diving fit right in.

Let me start with the diving. I just could not get enough!!!! I chose Villa Markisa for two reasons. 1) It was a five minute boat ride from the USS Liberty wreck and 2) the house reef, Seraya Secrets claimed world class muck diving. The USS Liberty is a once in a lifetime dive. It is not only noted as one of the world’s top wreck dives, but also as one of the world’s best dive sites. The USS Liberty was literally a five minute ride on the super fast and clean Zodiac boats. This is important, because in the later morning, the wreck gets very crowded with divers, who have to be transported several hours from their resorts to dive the wreck. The Liberty dive leaves Markisa at 630 am. This allows divers to be among the first to get to the wreck and beat the crowds. The USS Liberty is covered so close to shore, it is usually done as a shore dive. Villa Markisa drops her divers just about on top of the wreck, leaving more time for diving the wreck and less time for swimming from and to the shore. The Liberty is covered in colorful soft corals surrounded by tons of IndoPacific fishes. It really is a once in a lifetime dive! For those who love wreck diving, this alone may be a reason to stay in Tulamben.

The house reef, Seraya Secrets, discovered and named by Christiane (who built the resort on this reef, after she discovered it), is amazing. In four days, I photographed over one hundred different nudibranch species found by our eagle eye dive guide, Dharma, who is as excited as nudis and any macro photographer! We loved the diving so much, that we postponed our scheduled early morning departure for UBUD to the late afternoon so that we could squeak in two more dives!

When we were at the resort, we felt that we were in our own private little heaven! At first, we wondered what we would do besides diving, as the resort is very secluded, and nestled between two towns with no tourism. It is so private that there is no sign for it on the road! Our driver got lost several times trying to find it. As we pulled down another dirt road and driveway that lead to nothing, we began to worry. What kind of place was this? A perfect oasis, away from it all! This tiny, Balinese style dive resort has very few rooms. A few quaint bungalows, a large main villa with some guest rooms and one Villa with two units, and a shared open air living area. This is the villa we chose, as we were traveling with another couple. The accommodations could not have been more perfect. Each bedroom was new, updated and beautiful. The beds were so comfortable and each unit had its own outdoor garden bathroom and shower decorated with a lush tropical garden. It was so romantic. I especially appreciated that the air conditioners were efficient and worked perfectly! The shared living area had a sofa, and kitchen with full refrigerator freezer and stocked with beer and soda.

The grounds were covered with beautifully manicured Balinese gardens of bougainvillea, tropical palms, and flowering plants. Stone stepping blocks placed in the center of a beautiful koi pond, lead the way to the open aired restaurant. The infinity pool was a perfect place to cool off with a cocktail after a day of diving.

When I was in Indonesia, I fell in love with Sarongs. Villa Markisa had the best supply of sarongs I had seen in Bali! They were so beautiful and inexpensive.
The Spa was also amazing. We enjoyed several massages, that were priced just right. Balinese women have magical hands.

Unfortunately, Christiane was not present when we were there, but her co-owner, Pedro provided utmost hospitality. We still talk about Villa Markisa. In the cold winter we are experiencing now, we often talk about how we wish we could return and stay for an entire winter!!

Visited on 12/2013 - Submitted on 02/10/2014
United States

The Resort: Villa Markisa is a gem! My package was all-inclusive including shuttle from/to the airport, full board, and 3 dives per day. It’s a 2-3 hour ride to the resort from Bali airport. This Swiss-German owned resort is located in northeast Bali (Kubu region) within view of the Mt Batur volcano. The owner did tell me that last year the resort had to temporarily close due to volcano warnings, but Mt Batur is generally not very active. January is the low season so there were only a handful of guests. I was in a Bungalow which was gorgeous – large canopy bed, outdoor patio, garden area with outdoor shower, mini-bar fridge, and air conditioning.

The grounds of Villa Markisa are well maintained, the staff is very friendly, and the spa has options for couples massage area or a smaller massage room. Inside the main building is the camera area, and they have plenty of power strips, though you do need to bring an adapter if you are using north american power cords. Breakfast was a 7am, with several options available, lunch was at 12 and was a different menu each day - you selected your lunch during breakfast; dinner was buffet style at 7pm, also with plenty of options – all the food was excellent and plentiful. The coffee was not that good; the wines were limited, but their local wine was fairly decent (grapes from Australia).

The Dive Shop: The shop has rinse tanks for gear and one for cameras, and the staff stows the gear at night in locked storage room; each day they set up your gear. Nitrox is available, and my tanks were always full and at a consistent 32%. Since I was there during the off season, I was assigned my own guide. The staff brought my gear and camera to the boat, and you walk into the surf to get on the boat, just a few meters away.

The Diving: The typical schedule was Dive#1 at 8am, #2 at 10:30 and #3 at 2:30pm. Night dives were also offered. On one day we had a 6am dive to the Liberty Wreck. Boat rides were usually less than 10 minutes, roll-back entry, and to get back on the boat you handed up weight belt and took off BCD & fins, which the crew pulled up onto the boat. The underwater topography is mostly steep sloped black (volcanic) sand, with sparse corals. The dark sand made for great contrast in filming nudibranchs, and with the sparseness of coral I was able to set up my tripod without impacting the ecosystem. My guide kept finding things I never would have seen, many different colored nudi’s, and some tiny frogfish the size of my pinkie fingernail. We found a couple dozen species, the diversity was very interesting.

Overall, this was a great trip – I got to see little critters I’ve never seen, and the topography was perfect for filming. The resort is top notch, beautiful, with well-maintained grounds, and excellent service. Shannon handled all the details of getting me there, and helped me select this resort - I could not have been more pleased. Bluewater Dive Travel exceeded my expectations!

Visited on 01/2019 - Submitted on 02/04/2019

Villa Markisa is one of the best dive resorts in Bali. I would not be surprised if it were the best, because it is the nicest place I have ever stayed. The grounds are beautiful, the staff are super friendly and attentive and learn your personal preferences during your stay, and the food is phenomenal (vegetarian and non-vegetarian). They make their own delicious bread, and if you are so inclined, you can have fresh fruit with every meal of the day - both small things, but things that make the stay that much more special.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with air conditioning, big beds and nice mosquito nets. They provide you with a metal reusable waterbottle for your stay, and have water dispensers around the grounds, so you never have to use any plastic water bottles. There is a pool for relaxing, and sunbeds laid out in different parts of the grounds, which are covered in greenery and flowers.

The diving is awesome, with great muck dives right off shore (Seraya Secrets) and also available by 5-10 minute boat ride. The USS Liberty, a bucket-list dive site, is less than 10 minutes by boat, and they run 6 am sunrise trips to beat the crowds. There are also some great wall and reef sites for nice wide angle photos. So you really can get a bit of everything. The water is nice and warm, usually quite calm, and strong currents are few and far between.

All of the dive staff are very friendly and competent, from the boat drivers to the boat hands to the dive guides. A typical muck dive had us following a continuous trail of cool critters found by our guide. And when I asked "where can we find X", they usually had a good idea, and we saw some great high value subjects: a mototi octo, harlequin shrimp, a mantis shrimp with eggs, a pygmy seahorse, lady bug amphipods, and lots of cool nudibranchs.

Topside, there are not a ton of activities available on the resort, but the grounds are fantastic and the spa is nice. They can arrange day trips to explore Bali, and there are lots of cool things to see on the island, including terraced rice paddies and Balinese temples.

The bottom line is, you can't go wrong with Villa Markisa, in my opinion it is worth every cent.

Visited on 04/2019 - Submitted on 06/19/2019

This resort was wonderful! The staff was friendly at all times and any issues that came up were promptly addressed. The accommodations, at least the room we stayed in, were very large with lots of storage for our photographic and other equipment. There is also a dedicated camera room. The food was varied and of high quality, offering several choices at each meal. I think they are on a two week rotating menu there. Breakfast and lunch are a la carte; dinner is buffet style. Plenty of food at each meal was available. There are also snacks available in the afternoon. The grounds were absolutely beautiful. There is a large swimming pool with an ocean view should you choose to take advantage of it.

The dive operation was efficient and very helpful. I needed some help getting all my camera gear on to the boat and the guides were nice enough to help carry some of it. I think that they could have given a dive briefing before each dive; they could improve there. The marine life is generally small stuff. If you like macro photography this place is very good - maybe a step below other areas of Indonesia like Lembeh. All of the scuba divers were very experienced; many but not all were underwater photographers.

Overall I think this resort earned five stars in my book, and I am not an easy person to please sometimes. I think that Villa Markisa is best suited for serious divers, not families. There is little to do there besides dive. Definitely a place I would return to after the world gets control of the plague.

Visited on 04/2020 - Submitted on 04/10/2020


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