DIVE AROUND AMED & TULAMBEN
Besides the famous Liberty USAT Wreck, Amed/Tulamben is a paradise for macro lovers . Diving over black sand makes it all the more special and creates a contrasting, interesting backdrop for photographers.
Most of Dive centers in Tulamben won’t come to dive at Amed, but we cover all dive sites both in Amed and Tulamben. Below are some of the most well-known dive sites in both areas, but our expert local dive guides know much more secret dive sites for expert underwater photographers, make your menus of creatures that you want to see, our guide can find for you!
US Liberty Wreck
A historic artifact revitalized into one of the richest marine environments in the world. Only 25 meters from the shore, the Liberty is one of the most accessible wreck dives and Bali’s most famous scuba diving and snorkeling site.
The wreck is 120m long and it sunk off the coast of Tulamben in 1963. This is an easy dive site accessible by shore, but at the same time very interesting and home to amazing creatures. Anemones, soft and hard corals are grown all over the wreck.
Difficulty: All level
The Coral Garden, located between the Liberty Wreck and Drop-Off dive sites, is a shallow reef abounding with colorful corals and rare marine life. This easily accessible reef stretches for about 150 meters along the shore of Tulamben Bay.
One of the unique features of this site are the sunken Balinese statues that are scattered around the area, including figures of Buddha and various Hindu gods. These artistic structures serve as an artificial reef, attracting a variety of marine life.
Bali’s newest shipwreck remains nearly fully intact as it transforms into a haven for marine life. The site also features a submerged VW car and other interesting pieces.
The Boga Wreck is located just off the coast of Kubu, a village just north of Tulamben. Due to its location, you may also hear this dive site referred to as the “Kubu Wreck.”
A paradise for macro lovers and underwater photographers, this “muck diving” site is teeming with fascinating and rare little critters, including countless Nudibranch and the elusive Harlequin shrimp.
At first glance, it may appear that there is not much to see on this stretch of black sandy sea floor aside from a few small pebbles, rocks, and pieces of coral – but look closely and you’ll be in for a treat! Seraya Secrets is one of the best “muck diving” sites in Bali and an excellent spot for macro photography. True to its name, this dive site is chock full of marine secrets and the sandy slope is teeming with many tiny, yet rare, critters. Just make sure not to forget your camera!
Two dive sites that will be done with jukung boats out of the bay where we follow a rocky slope with many species of reef fish.
Batu Kelebit are two large underwater rocks. The dive site consists of three steep ridges which are completely covered with hard corals, beautiful fire corals and sponges. Among these ridges is, in difference to the Tulamben area, white sand. The water temperatures are colder compared to Tulamben and the diving goes a bit deeper. The current sometimes can be strong but the ridges offer protection.
Two dive sites that will be done with jukung boats out of the bay, both remains mostly untouched.
Emerald, located just past Batu Kelebit,is a sloping reef canvassed with corals, gorgonians, and sponges. You’ll begin your dive at around 12 meters deep and can continue down alongside the slope until 30 meters or so, depending on your experience level. You’ll head back along the top of the reef in the shallower water. While the water is calm at first, be aware that there can sometimes be a stronger current that kicks in and turns the dive into a drift dive.
Difficulty: All levels
Jemeluk bay is our ‘house reef’, easily accessed from the beach or by ‘Jukung’. Leaving from a sandy bay, the reef soon turns into a dramatic, sheer wall leading to about 40 metres which is covered in beautiful hard and soft corals. There is an abundance of marine life on this site, including many different kinds of nudibranch and leaf scorpion fish. You can often find sea horses in the shallow, sandy parts of the bay, watch trevallies hunt or simply enjoy the wall of corals as the current takes you back to your entry point.
Difficulty: All levels
Pyramids, located right cross the road from the dive centre, is easily accessed from the beach. The Pyramids are artificially created reef structures, located in approximately 20+ metres of water, which have become home to a large variety of marine life.
This is the place to see pygmy seahorses hide in gorgonian fans, discover frogfish sitting on hard coral or simply enjoy a fast drift taking you along the reef. You may also spot hawksbill turtles here and the wall makes for a fantastic night dive.
The jukung boat brings us to the starting point. Bunutan is a fantastic fast drift dive along a rich coral reef. Setting out from a large eel garden (sneaking up to these eels requires a bit of stealth and skill), you will pass big barrel sponges and giant gorgonian fans, before spending the rest of your dive exploring the beautiful coral garden here.An extraordinary dive for which some experience is needed.
Amed Wall is an impressive vertical wall with a maximum depth of 40meters. The wall is covered with beautiful hard and soft corals as well as sponges and sea fans. The underwater world is rich with lionfish, pufferfish, angelfish, triggerfish and many, many more.
Youfinish your dive over a shallow plateau bathed in soft sunlight. From overhead, the shadow of the jukung awaits your bubbles…already, it’s time to surface.
We do 2 dives here, one on the right and one on the left. Shore dive where you can admire the unspoiled hard and soft corals, the many colors and the small wreck itself which is a breeding ground for fish. The Japanese shipwreck lies in shallow water (6 m). Behind the wreck the “real” dive starts and brings you along a slope with barrel sponges, hard corals, hiding moray eels and many other species. This is a photographer’s paradise with fantastic macro opportunities, pygmy seahorse, leaf fish, frog fish, nudibranch, you name them…. Be careful: The wall reaches approximately 35 metres and you may find strong currents on this site, and sometimes water temperature can drop to 24-25 degree in some part of the dive.
Gili Selang is the most easterly point of Bali and sits on the very edge of the Lombok Strait. The more exposed areas can have up, down and swirling currents. We recommend being certified in drift diving for this dive site with loads of experience in varying currents. Considerable care needs to be exercised in the area. That’s why this site should be restricted to only very experienced divers. Please stay close to your dive master who understands the environment and currents best.
Melasti Amed is a relative new dive site, it’s almost the Amed version of Seraya secret, another paradise for macro lovers and underwater photographers, this “muck diving” site is teeming with fascinating and rare little critters, including countless Nudibranch and the elusive Harlequin shrimp.
DIVE AROUND PENIDA & PADANG BAI
Nusa Penida is the only region in Bali where you can regularly see Manta Rays all year round and Oceanic Sunfish (Mola) – mainly between July and October. Penida is also home to over 500 species of reef fish, corals, and pelagic creatures.
Diving around Nusa Penida is fantastic all year round. During the rainy season the rains primarily happen in the late afternoon and evening, making diving very feasible, and sites are less busy. The ocean temperature during this time is warm and comfortable.
The marine life is consistently spectacular. During the peak season between June – November the water is much cooler, crisp and visibility is fantastic.
During this time you will have a high chance of seeing a Mola/Oceanic Sunfish/Moonfish. Our local manta population is here for 11 of 12 months of the year and the reefs are healthy and colourful 365 days of the year.
Padang Bai dive sites are almost the same distance as to Manta Point, when weather and sea conditions permit, we cover also dives sites in Padang Bai, which offer both macro and big creatures.
As its name suggests, Manta point is the perfect place to swim with the mantas. No need to get very deep to see them because they usually stay around 3 to 10 meters, sometimes less. You have a higher chance to see bigger mantas than in Manta bay. Swimming slowly around, mantas come here for a cleaning session so it’s pretty common for divers to see them having their washing time.
Located in a gorgeous bay fringed by a white sand beach, Crystal Bay is definitely one of the most famous dive sites in Bali for its regular mola-mola sightings during the season (End of August to beginnning of November). Drop down to the sandy bottom and then head over pristine soft corals towards the corner where larger fish and Mola Mola are found in season.
Difficulty: All level
You probably already guessed what you can see there. Indeed, as its name mentions, this area is the best to swim with Mantas. Other species can be spotted as well, such as bamboo and nurse sharks. Sometimes you might also see dolphins swimming on the surface, which makes it a great and accessible place to snorkel as well.
This is a favourite of many of our dive guides for the abundance of corals and marine life as well as for the great visibility.
The dive site enjoys some shelter from the strong currents that run through the deep channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, usually with a gentle drift to the north. However the currents can change quickly, so stay close to our experienced local dive guides for a fun and safe dive.
For experienced divers only, as most of the stunning drop off on this dive site located off the shore of Nusa Lembongan is between 20 and 40 meters.
Blue Corner has a great topography and hard corals, a hugely exhilarating drift over multiple terraces full of marine life including eagle rays, marble rays and (in season) the famous sunfish. Blue Corner will be one of your favourite dives when conditions allow, although please be aware it is not always diveable due to strong currents.
The site is characterised by the strong currents that make this a very exciting dive and the water colour here has to be the deepest blue that one might have seen, so this site is aptly named ‘Blue Corner’
Difficulty: All level
Anyone diving in the Mangroves may see firsthand how essential mangroves are to the local ecosystem. It does, in fact, contribute to the reef’s health as well as the underwater scenery and corals’ quality.
Mangrove dive sites are well-known for snorkeling, but their topography makes them ideal for scuba diving. The mild slope allows for a descent to roughly 40 meters, however inexperienced divers should practice in shallower places first. Many fish, little and large, reef and pelagic, can be found on the plateau. You’ll be unsure where to look because the display is so thick. It’s truly a visual feast!
Depending on the tide and the full moon cycle, the current is moderate to mild. If it’s a windy day, maintain neutral buoyancy, face the bottom, and enjoy the show!
Looking like a giant aquarium this place offers you bright and colorful seascapes. Gamat Bay is a vast and shallow coral plateau between two rocky points. A descending slope extends the length. This plateau is 6 to 8 meters deep (a little deeper at high tide). At the further end of the bay, there is a 40-meter-long wall. Our playground is defined by a sandbank that runs in the direction of the blue. Everyone diving Gamat Bay should take advantage of this incredible playground! As a result, it’s one of our top 20 dive locations in Bali!
Drifting around the reef is the goal here. The site’s terrain, which is distinguished by beautiful coral formations, adds to the dive’s appeal and beauty. Although challenging at times, its privileged location provides an experience rich in underwater flora and fauna, from the smallest to the largest. We frequently saw nudibranchs, turtles, moray eels, batrish and marble ray squads, as well as our beloved Mola Mola.
This dive site is really a gift for dives, on a good day, it can blow your mind away!
The dive begins with a drop onto a swell-tossed shallow plateau. Surrounded by fusilier, moorish idols, and clownfish, there are already some active coral bumps. A vertiginous and multicolored wall descends further into the blue. The Ceningan Wall is a collection of species from Nusa Penida. It’s completely covered in corals, sponges, and sea fans, and it’s full of vibrant colors.
Although currents can be hard due to their geographic position, they are a huge value to the growth of fauna and vegetation. It is a well-known location for macro life. Various species of Nembrotha, Chromodoris, and Flabellina nudibranchs can be spotted. However, there are also Zanzibar shrimp and Pygmy Seahorses. Moray eels, scorpionfish, and stonefish appear to have discovered their ideal habitat while drifting along the wall.
Right in front of Nusa Lembongan harbour, this bay offers calm conditions and shallow waters which makes it an ideal dive site for training and beginners. If the conditions are good and with good visibility it is an explosion of colors. In fact, the white sand bottom brings out all the colors of the large coral heads. Of course here we come for an atmospheric dive in search of juvenile fish of a thousand colors, crabs, shrimps, moray eels, octopuses, cuttlefish, anemones…
We love doing the first Open Water training dive on this site as well as the specialties like buoyancy control or fish identification.
NORTH COAST SENTAL/PED/SD/ BUYUK/TUGU
Difficulty: All level
Nusa Penida’s north coast, where our dive resort is located, is home to some of Bali’s most magnificent drift dives.
From SD up to Buyuk is a long strech of coast with shallow sloping reefs and some drop off covered in corals of all sorts and with amazing fish life. You can see pretty much everything here, from the smallest reef inhabitants to mola molas in season!
Difficulty: All level
These dive sites on the East coast of Nusa Penida are less visited, so it is the perfect spot to enjoy the reefs without being disturbed by the crowds!
Both offer sloping reefs and some steeper areas. The sponge covered reefs usually have milder currents allowing us to search for the abundant macro life that these sites offer. The deep waters along the reefs sometimes bring up the big stuff, sharks and mola molas are not uncommon on these sites. Molas are seen often on this side of the island so you should always keep an eye on the blue.
Going from Penida to the these dive sites at Padang Bai takes the same time as going to Manta Point, and these are two best dive sites in Padang Bai, they are definitely worth the trip! Both dive sites are not for beginners, since conditions can sometimes be challenging. For both, you must be advanced diver and have a fair amount of dive experience.