BALI DIVE SITES

East Bali dive sites

Amuk bay area Amed and Tulamben area Nusa Penida area
- House Reef -Amed - Manta Point
- Blue Lagoon - Tulamben USS Libert Wreck - S.D.
- Tanjung Jepun - Tulamben Coral Garden - Toyapakeh
- Gili Biaha - Seraya - Crystal Bay
- Gili Tepekong - Tulamben Drop Off  
- Gili Mimpang  
- Tanjung Sari  
- The Ferry Channel  
 

Amuk Bay Area
Blue Lagoon is only 10 minutes by traditional boat from the beach in Candidasa. This shallow coastal reef has a sandy bottom, a wall and a gradual slope. It has a good variety of hard and soft corals and has a surprising variety of fish, from the small tropical fish to the larger fish like sharks and turtles.

The Ferry Channel is close to the beach of Padang Bai, only 10 minutes by traditional boat from the beach in Candidasa. The gradual slope has a sandy bottom. The dive starts in the ferry channel and ends around the corner on the Tanjung Sari dive site. A great place to look for pygmee sea horses and to spot reef sharks. Due to tides and currents the site is not always accessible.

House Reef The house reef is right in front of Bambu Divers dive center and we sail with the traditional boat in 2 minutes to there. The reef runs very gradually to 12 meters. It is ideal for introductory dives, courses and just a relaxing fun dive to. It has a surprisingly nice variety of hard and soft corals. Large table corals and a huge variety of fish, nudi branches, turtles and interesting smaller marine animals.

Bias Tugal dive site located in Padang Bai is a very nice coral plateau. It is quite shallow at only around 10 m deep. It is a good site for training diving courses in Bali or for macro photography. Is is possible to dive much deeper around 30 to 40 m deep but currents can tricky and strong, so be careful!

Macro observation and photography spot. This location is a Reef. This is great place for spotting and diving with Sharks! You can dive Bias Tugal all year long. Fishes you may spot while diving Bias Tugal Angel Fish Barracuda Boxfish Clownfish Crocodile Fish Filefish Napoleon Wrasse Nudi branch Puffer fish Pygmy Seahorse Ribbon Eel Scorpion Fish Sweet Lip Triggerfish Turtle White tip Shark ... and more fishes & sea life, Ghost Pipefish, Moray, Reef Cuttlefish, Squid, Stingray.

Tanjung Jepun lies on the north side of the Padang Bai diving area past Blue Lagoon. This dive site has a sandy bottom and small groups of corals. It is a great location for finding smaller marine life such as Sea horses , Mantis shrimps , the Crocodile fish, Blue spotted stingrays! It is also a great place for underwater macro photography (Frogfish) with many strange and rare animals and is a very good night dive. There is an artificial reef and a small wreck at about 17 m deep. The dive site starts quite shallow and gradually slopes to some 27 meters.

Tanjung Sari dive site is just North of Padang Bai, only 15 minutes by traditional boat from the beach in Candidasa. The site consists of a small wall and a reef on a sandy slope. The site is great for spotting interesting smaller marine life such as the scorpion leaf fish, nudi branches and the octopus as well as sharks and turtles. It is generally an easy dive and great for exploring.

Gili Biaha is, as the name already suggests, a little island (gili in Indonesian). The dive is a wall dive and Bambu Divers only dives there when the current and surge are not too strong, normally in the mornings. In the shark cave at about 12 meters depth, so called because there used to be white tip reef sharks, we regularly see the octopus and mantis shrimps. When leaving the cave you will find the most amazing display of colorful reef fish and light. The wall has a few terraces and you can often spot a variety of nudi branches and if you are lucky, a scorpion leaf fish.


Gili Mimpang consists of 4 mini rock islands and is located between the village of Candidasa and Bugbug. The quality of the reef is healthy and it boasts a rich marine life with the occasional shark, turtle, manta ray and in season the mola mola (Sun Fish). The site is a combination of slopes and walls. Bambu Divers offers trips to Gili Mimpang for the more experienced diver.

Gili Tepekong is a small island, reef slopes and vertical walls. On this site for advanced divers, you can expect to find large schools of barracudas, turtles and in season the mola mola. The current can be challenging at times, so Bambu Divers only dives there when the current is not too strong.

Amed and Tulamben area
Amed dive sites offers walls with a variety of sponges, sea fans and marine life. Amed is a very good diving spot for Macro and Muck Diving fans. You will find there many critters and small weird stuff to discover. Amed sites are easy to dive and great for courses and starting divers. It is not only divers who can experience the amazing underwater life here – walk just a few meters off the shore with your snorkel and flippers and you’ll feel like you have walked into the film set of Finding Nemo
– there are beautiful, bright, colorful fish and all sorts of rich marine life to discover. And what’s surprising is that the vibrant coral is so close to the shoreline (you can easily spend a whole day here).

Seraya dive sites offers harlequin shrimp, frog fish, ghost pipefish and many other critters. Seraya can be found a few kilometers South of Tulamben. This shore dive is unsurprisingly very popular with photographers. and heaven for macro underwater photographers! With a 10 m deep black volcanic sand bottom, you can stay for hours searching for strange small creatures hiding all over the place. Due to the sandy bottom the visibility can sometimes be poor but this doesn’t really affect muck diving! Get your camera ready and enjoy. Seraya (or Seraya secret) is easy diving as there is hardly any current.

USS Liberty Wreck. In 1942 the USS Liberty, a armed cargo ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo. Before it sunk the ship was beached in Tulamben. During the eruption of Mount Agung, 20 years later in 1963, the ship rolled into deeper water and broke at bow and stern. Usually the visibility is good, the water calm and the current low, making this an excellent dive site for all levels. The shipwreck is about 120 meters long and many species live there. The wreck is accessible and can be entered. Blue spotted stingray, napoleon wrasse, hump head parrotfish and huge, swirling balls of big eye jack fish are frequently seen here. All over the wreck you will spot schooling fishes, trevallies and barracudas looking for their next meal and Black tip Reef Sharks patrolling the area. On the sandy part, watch the garden Eels dance and try to spot the giant Sweetlips.

Tulamben Drop Off is a beautiful wall dive. When diving on the top of the wall, you will normally see moray eels, cuttlefish and octopus. Big gorgonian sea fans can be seen, the coral is beautiful, the reef life abundant. When you think your dive has come to an end keep your eyes open and follow the shore line for another minute or so, normally you will see huge groups of jack fish.

Tulamben Coral Garden Between the USS liberty and the Drop Off you can find the Coral Garden. This is an easy, shallow dive which photographers will love, the sun can reach the bottom during the day, and there are many diverse species that are worth having their picture taken. The Coral Garden, as its name already indicates, is an area with abundant healthy coral. Normally you can see a group of 4 to 5 hump head parrotfish grazing the reef, the lionfish and octopus have made their home here. A fantastic way to spend your afternoon.

Nusa Penida area
Manta Point One of Bambu Divers most popular dive sites is Manta Point, South of Nusa Penida in the Indian Ocean. About 1 hour by speedboat from Padang Bai. Not surprising as the cleaning station here attracts the giant Manta Rays. They cruise around the rock in groups. This dive leaves you with nothing but awe for these beautiful creatures. An amazing experience you will not easily forget. However encountering the mantas is not guaranteed! Even if there are no manta's there are nice things to so see.

Toyapakeh lies just at the entrance between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Bambu Divers often takes more experienced divers to this dive site. As a result of the constant current through the channel, the reef is very healthy here and you can enjoy blooming coral gardens. Toyapakeh is a drift dive.

S.D. is named after the primary school Sekolah Dasar that lies just opposite the site on Nusa Penida island. This dive along a coral slope is usually a drift dive which can be exhilarating at times. This beautiful coral garden is home to a wide variety of fish including the large Queen Angelfish, large Puffer fish, Hump headed parrot fish and Cuttle fish. And if you are lucky you might run into some Whitetip reef sharks and Mola Mola's. Coral garden with hard and soft corals. Smaller reef fish and Nudi Branches.

Crystal Bay is best known for the Mola Mola. Your chances of spotting a Mola Mola here is the highest. Crystal Bay is a small bay on West Nusa Penida and is relatively protected. Diving takes place around a rock and beside the Mola Mola, this site has a beautiful reef life. The dive site is not always easily accessible because of the strong current. Often we see Mola Mola (sunfish), Sharks, Giant Angelfish, Eels, Eagle Rays, Tuna, and schools of fish.

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