Scuba Diving at Candidasa

Scuba diving Candidasa is an exciting dive day, usually with good visibility, healthy coral and a wide variety of marine life. 

Scuba diving Candidasa can be challenging but very rewarding.

The topography here is rocky, with dramatic walls, swim-throughs and caverns. There are four dive sites here: Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang, Gili Biaha and Taket. Surface conditions can sometimes be choppy, and these small islands can be very tidal and affected by surge, swell and strong currents.

Dives at Candidasa are deep dives, down to 30m, to explore the swim-throughs and walls. Reasonable air consumption rates are essential to make the most of your dives. Depending on tides and swell, not all dive sites described here may be diveable during your visit.

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Highlights

A hawksbill turtle hanging out at gili mimpang candidasa

Gili Tepekong is the biggest of the islands in Amuk Bay, both in size and reputation.

It’s exposed to unpredictable and complex currents, making it tricky but rewarding. It has beautiful hard and soft corals, turtles and octopus and often white tip reef sharks. 

There’s a stunning swim through towards the island’s eastern side, a dramatic wall to the west and a mola mola cleaning station to the north.

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Things to see

A white tip reef shark at shark point candidasa

White-tip reef sharks, turtles, cuttlefish and octopus, mola mola (June – October) are the main drawcards here.

Schooling red tooth triggerfish, and sweet lips, batfish, fusiliers, jacks, nudis, marble rays, giant pufferfish, wobbegong sharks, eagle rays, blue spotted rays compliment the bigger pelagics and dramatic walls and swim-throughs. 

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Conditions

At beautiful cuttlefish at gili tepekong candidasa
  • Currents – mild to strong, sometimes unpredictable with possible down currents. 
  • Temperature – June – October 18 degrees – 26 degrees. November – May 25 – 28 degrees
  • Suitable for advanced open water divers with a minimum of 20 logged dives 
  • Depth – 12 – 30 metres

Let’s Go Diving!

Let’s Go Diving!

Other Candidasa Dive Sites

mola mola in bali, candidasa

Gili Mimpang

At the surface, Gili Mimpang looks like some unassuming rocks poking out of the ocean. 

Underwater, we dive a sloping reef full of hard and soft corals, teeming with fish life and a mola mola cleaning station.

There are resident white tips reef sharks hanging out on the sand. At the dive site’s stunning shallow reef on the east side, we see a vast variety of fish, turtles, crustaceans, gorgonian fans and giant barrel sponges. 

A diver on a deep wall at Candidasa doing his advanced course

Gili Biaha

A little further north, we dive Gili Biaha, a small island with stunning walls. On a good day, we can dive around the entire island.

A cave around 10 metres deep provides another layer of excitement with the many schooling red tooth triggerfish and resident white tip reef sharks inside. 

Seasonal mola mola may make an appearance at this dive site, but the dramatic walls themselves, encrusted with corals and sealife, make an impressive dive site.

looking out from inside the cavern at taket

Taket

Our newest dive site, Taket, is an underwater pinnacle with stunning and varied terrain.

An exciting opening invites us inside a cavern which extends back meters into the rock structure and allows us an up-close encounter with the sharks and marble rays inside. 

Diving at both Taket and Gili Biaha require additional planning, so let us know beforehand if you’d like to dive here (conditions allowing).

QUESTIONS?
What’s included in the price?

Two dives – transport (pick up and drop off at your hotel), equipment including a dive computer and torch and 3mm or 5mm wetsuit as required, tanks and weights, boat, lunch, snacks, water and your guide (maximum ratio of two guests per guide). 

What is the pickup and return time?
Approximately 6:30am pickup and 5pm return time. 
Can I dive here with an open water certification?

Unfortunately not. All dive sites here need to be dived beyond an open water diver’s 18m maximum certification depth. 

Can I dive here if I have less than 20 logged dives?

Maybe, but we’d need to dive with you somewhere else first to ensure your skills and air consumption rates meet the requirements. Your (and our) safety is the primary concern, although we understand that diving with sharks is incredible. 

How long is the boat ride?

Around 10 minutes for Gili Mimpang, Tepekong and Taket. Around 20-30 minutes to dive Gili Biaha. We stay on the boat during the surface interval and have plenty of snacks and water for you. There is no toilet on the boat. 

Can I do three dives?

A three-dive day at Candidasa is tricky as we run out of no decompression time unless we have a very long surface interval. An option is to take the boat from Padang Bai (around 20-30 minutes by boat), do two dives at Candidasa and then a third shallow dive at Padang Bai after a lunch box on the boat.

Can I fly after diving?

A three-dive day at Candidasa is tricky as we run out of no decompression time unless we have a very long surface interval. An option is to take the boat from Padang Bai (around 20-30 minutes by boat), do two dives at Candidasa and then a third shallow dive at Padang Bai after a lunch box on the boat.

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