Tulamben Bay inc. USAT Liberty Shipwreck (north east Bali)
World- famous for the 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck, Wall/Drop-off and Coral Garden, and offering incredible shore-diving with very easy conditions, Tulamben Bay is Bali’s most popular dive location. Amazing selection of resident marine life. Suitable for all levels including Try-Diving and snorkelling. 2.5hrs by minibus from South Bali.
Tulamben Area inc Kubu Wreck
Only a short distance south of Tulamben Bay (by jukung, local outrigger fishing boat) are other wonderful sites such as Emerald, Alamanda, Batu Kelebit and Seraya Slopes. 10 mins by road, north of Tulamben Bay, Kubu is the location of Bali’s newest shipwreck. Suitable for all levels.
Amed (north east Bali)
The diving outside this sleepy fishing village combines reef and wall diving that can be accessed from shore or by jukung. Pretty corals, good variety of fish, warm water. Suitable for all levels including Try-Diving and snorkelling. 2.5hrs by minibus from South Bali.
Blue Lagoon (Padangbai, east coast Bali)
The closest area to South Bali with good diving. There are companies offering diving around Sanur/ Nusa Dua but it is only for people who want to Get Wet. Blue Lagoon has a white sand bottom and is a treasure-trove of marine life. A good choice for Try-Diving and snorkelling. 1.5hrs by minibus from South Bali.
Mimpang/Tepekong (Padangbai, east coast Bali)
These two sites offer breathtaking diving, however are for experienced divers only due to the steep walls, cold water and (often strong) currents. Expect schooling fish, Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish) in season, White-tip reef sharks and maybe turtles. 1.5hrs by minibus from south Bali then 10 mins by boat.
Gili Biaha (Padangbai, east coast Bali)
Chiselled black walls with healthy corals, good diversity of fish, sharks and frequent pelagic visitors; good visibility. Best dived at slack high tide; can be surgy. AquaMarine is of only a few companies offering Biaha. For experienced divers only. 1.5hrs by minibus from South Bali then 30 mins by boat.
Gili Selang (Padangbai, east coast Bali)
Small island on Bali’s eastern point, like all exposed sites, can have ripping currents but you may see White- tip reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse, turtles – even dolphins. For experienced divers only. 1.5hrs by minibus from South Bali, then 40 mins by boat (can be accessed from Amed).
Nusa Penida (offshore island on Bali’s east coast)
Nusa Penida is the largest of the three offshore islands. The water here is fairly cold (due to the ocean currents) but often startlingly clear, with gorgeous corals and prolific fish, occasional turtles, reef sharks and in August to September Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish). Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.
Toyapakeh (Nusa Penida)
Nusa Penida’s most popular dive site, has good visibility and rich, impressive coral formations with big bommies. The profusion of colourful soft corals provides hiding places for many kinds of marine life. Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.
SD, Ped, Sental (Nusa Penida)
Three lovely dive sites on one long reef with many soft corals and fish such as sweetlips, lionfish, moray eels, scorpionfish and reef sharks, in addition to turtles, nudibranchs and crabs. Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.
Manta Points I and II (Nusa Penida)
With dramatic limestone cliffs descending straight into the ocean, the surge can be strong; no currents. The Mantas are 2-4m wide and seen quite shallow. Mola-Molas, Bamboo sharks, Shark rays, tunas, Tigermackerels and dolphins may also be seen. Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.
Nusa Penida (Crystal Bay)
Best known for Mola-Mola in July- November’s cold waters! The bay itself is quite beautiful with good numbers and variety of fish; gorgeous corals. You may see Eagle rays and the Bali Wobbegong shark – yes, it’s only found in Bali. Experienced divers only. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.
AquaMarine Diving – Bali’s expert diving company operates 1 Day Dive Trips and Multi-Day Bali Diving Safaris (dive/accom packages to see the best of Indonesia). They also offer PADI courses from beginning to professional level. Ph. +62 361 4738 020. Website: www.AquaMarineDiving.com
Lombok – Bali’s neighbouring island. Off its coast are the famous Gili Isles, with some of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the region. Be aware of potentially strong currents around and between these islands.
1. Han’s Reef (Off the coast of Gili Air)
Off the coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands, offers some of the best diving in the region. Han’s Reef is a wonderful dive site to see turtles and a must for macro lovers. You will find beautiful coral bommies, bat fish, angelfish, box fish, frog fish, leaf scorpion fish, spotted morays, pipe fish, mantis shrimps, nudibranchs and so much more. Suitable for all levels of divers.
2. Shark Point (Off the coast of Gili Trawangan)
Shark Point is one of the most popular dive sites in the Gilis. It offers an amazing reef fish life and excellent pelagic life with white tip reef sharks, humphead parrot fish, tuna, giant trevally… Turtles are almost guaranteed to be seen in the shallow parts and pygmy seahorses can also be found in the sea fans if you have got the eye for them! Suitable for all level divers.