Muck Diving in Bali

Muck diving is a style of diving focused on looking for tiny critters in the sand, typically done as shore diving. Bali is one of the best places in the world to do this!

Why is muck diving in Bali so special?

It’s one of the one places in the world where such a huge variety of critters are concentrated in a few dive sites. Nudi lovers can see Shaun the Sheep, Pikachu and Donut nudibranchs all in one dive!

Typically, we do long, shallow dives over sandy bottom or rocks with some sporadic coral. Nitrox is recommended for those with certification. It’s great to combine with an overnight safari so you can relax in the afternoon or enjoy a night dive.

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A beautiful seahorse we found muck diving in padang bai bali
Bali is world famous for its macro sea life and a haven for underwater photographers. If small stuff is your thing, these are the dive sites for you. There are many shore diving sites in northeast Bali such as Seraya and Sidem, Batu Niti, Melasti (Amed and Tulamben), all of which offer incredible muck diving.  Let us know what you’d like to see, as many critters are territorial so can be only seen at certain dive sites.
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Things to see

Discover epic macro critters like this harlequin shrimp muck diving with our dive centre in Canggu, Bali
An incredible variety of nudibranchs, tiger shrimp, rhinopias, harlequin shrimp, boxer crabs, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, frogfish and hairy frogfish, seahorses, pygmy seahorses, hairy shrimps….. The list is endless!
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A tiny little frog fish we found muck diving in Tulamben Bali
  • Currents – normally mild
  • Temperature – 27-29 degrees
  • Suitable for – more experienced divers with great buoyancy and air consumption
  • Depth – up to 30m if you want to see pygmy seahorses, otherwise around 10-20 metres. 

Let’s Go Diving!

What’s included in the price?
Two dives – transport (pick up and drop off at your hotel), equipment incl dive computer, tanks and weights, boat, lunch, snacks, water and your guide.  
Can I use nitrox?
Yes, if you’re certified or want to get nitrox certified. Check out more information here. 
What is the pickup and return time?
Approximately 6:00am pickup and 5pm – 6pm return time, depending on your dive time. 
Can I do three dives?
Yes, although it may be better to consider an overnight trip. If you’re okay with a long day, pick-up will be around 5:30 a.m. and return around 6:30 p.m., depending on your dive time. Please check our pricing page for additional charges for your third dive.  
What about a night dive?
The Liberty wreck or Melasti are both exciting night dives with plenty to see if you are considering an overnight safari with two days diving. 

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