BALI DIVE SITES SNAPSHOT
Tulamben – USAT Liberty Wreck, Macro Paradise
Far more than just the Liberty wreck, a day or two diving our Tulamben shore dives will introduce you to the stunning, coral covered USAT Liberty wreck, epic wall diving and more macro than you can point your pokey stick at.
If you have time, we recommend you talk to us about an overnight stay in Tulamben so you can enjoy a dawn dive with the Bumphead Parrot Fish that visit the wreck in the early mornings, it’s also worth the opportunity to see the wreck at night.
Read more detail about Tulamben dive sites and the USAT Liberty Wreck here.
Nusa Penida – Manta Rays and Mola Mola
Take the speed boat from Sanur to these beautiful islands off the mainland of Bali, and enjoy some of the most beautiful and healthy reefs in Bali. The waters around this former island penal colony are also the best place to see the famous Mola Mola or Sun Fish (June to October).
Deep channels around these islands mean the area is rich in nutrients and teeming with life. From Manta Rays and Mola Mola, healthy shark and turtle populations, to huge Tuna and Jack Fish, before we even start on the schools of colourful reef fish.
Nusas Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan have a huge variety of dive sites to offer, although sometimes unpredictable conditions. Newer divers may need to hire a private guide.
Have a closer look here.
Padang Bai – Beautiful Corals, Turtles, Frog Fish,
We love diving Padang Bai! Not too far to drive, and a huge variety of dive sites to choose from.
The jetty provides a wealth of small and cleverly disguised critters including frog fish, rhinopias, cuttlefish, and schools of smaller fish.
The normally calm waters of Blue Lagoon and Bias Tugel showcase beautiful soft corals. Whilst around the corner at Jepun you can visit a small wreck where we sometimes meet some ornate ghost pipe fish.
This dive location is a must visit for those with a passion for photography.
Candidasa – Sharks, Mola Mola, Turtles
One of our all time favourite dive locations, Candidasa is another potential area to spot Mola Mola (June to October) without the crowds of Crystal Bay.
Other favourites we meet here include white tip reef sharks, lemon sharks, turtles, grouper, and barracuda.
Advanced divers can enjoy day a thrilling day at Candidasa, with strong currents or surge, beautiful reef and lots and lots of life. Be prepared for the unexpected!
Amed – Macro Paradise, Pygmy Seahorses, Turtles
The black sands of Amed are famous for macro life and beautiful diving.
Coral covered pyramids provide great hiding places for frog fish with healthy reefs supporting hard and soft corals where you can hunt for all manner of shrimps and other critters including the famed and very hard to see pygmy seahorses.
The Amed wall is a stunning dive with loads of cephalopods like octopus and cuttlefish, as well as small stuff.
Kubu – Boga Wreck, Stunning Corals
A short drive from Tulamben, Kubu is one of Bali diving’s better-kept secrets. The wreck is the star attraction, a 38 metre decommissioned Indonesian government patrol boat which was deliberately scuttled here close to the shore in 2012.
The wreck is still very much intact, with some cool swim throughs and a variety of artefacts from pots to an old Volkswagen car.
Ask us about a wreck diving adventure where we explore both the Kubu and the USAT Liberty wreck on the same day!
Seraya/Sidem – Macro Lovers Must See
A muck diver’s paradise, a visit to Seraya or Sidem is a must for those with a passion for underwater photography.
Hunt for harlequin and tiger shrimps, rhinopias, ghost pipe fish, all manner of nudibranchs, seahorses and frog fish.
Check out our gallery of critters here.
Sanur – Clown Fish, Nudibranchs, Turtles
For a cruisy day dive without the need to venture further afield, Sanur offers some nice diving and perfect training grounds for our open water students.
We’ve seen turtles, all kinds of nudibranchs and even orangutan crabs, sharks and sea kraits on our Sanur adventures!