Nusa Penida is small island in the South East of Bali. Here you can enjoy impressive wall dives, often find sun fish (mola mola) in season and dive with manta rays on Manta Point or Manta Bay. The dives on the North-side of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan tend to be drift dives. We leave by speedboat from Sanur. The dive sites are about 45-60 minutes from Sanur.
The dive sites around Padang Bai offer some great diving. It is about 1 hour drive from our dive center. The Padang Bai dive sites are a short boat ride of just 5 minutes from the shore. In Padang Bai you will find 7 different dive sites which are appropriate for any level of diver. You find some great coral gardens teeming with marine life such as anemone fish, octopus and occasionally sharks and turtles, as well as some great muck diving sites with special critters such as frog fish, seahorses and once in a while the blue-ringed octopus.
Tulamben can be reached about 1.5 hours drive from our dive center. The highlight of Tulamben is the USAT Liberty wreck from WWII. It is one of the most famous dive spots in the world. The wreck is covered in corals and fans and is home to a variety of marine life. Next to the wreck there are 2 other dive sites in the Tulamben area, the drop off and the coral garden. We often combine these dives. These 3 sites are appropriate for any level of diver. A 10-minute drive further, you find another wreck, at Kubu. This has been sunk on purpose in 2012 and starts at about 20 metres depth. So plenty of dive sites to explore in the area.
Amed is a 2 hour drive from Sanur. It is near Tulamben. There are plenty of different dive sites there, some accessible from the shore, others by boat. Amed’s dive sites have pretty corals and offer some great macro marine life such as leaf scorpion fish, pygmy seahorse and cuttlefish, as well as occasionally larger marine life such as turtles and if you are lucky white-tip, black-tip reefsharks or even whale sharks.
North-West Bali offers some great diving and is testament to the variety Bali has to offer. The spectacular reefs and walls of Menjangan National Marine Park are definitely worthwhile the trip. Marvel at the beautiful scenery and the abundant reef life there. It takes 4-5 hours to get there from Sanur. If you want to dive there, we suggest you to stay overnight there.
Located in Gilimanuk, 3 hours drive from Sanur. This bay is not deep at all, with the water level rising and falling between 2 and 12 metres deep. Neither very large, the bay measures about 2km across, and is made up of mangrove flora. As it’s located just next to the strait of Java and strong current passes by through the strait, the mouth of the bay is like a canal that provides nutrient-rich currents, and a safe place for marine life to reproduce, making it a protected and ideal nursery to visit in bad weather.
The marine life here is abundant and varied despite the absence of coral. In the first few minutes the dive might not seem very interesting, as you kick out over a lot of decomposing sea grass, algae, and leaves. However, it’s one of the few places around Bali where we can find creatures that are difficult to believe that they exist!
Secret Bay is an exceptional dive site for muck diving, and usually reserved for divers in search of a unique experience. It will bring joy to any photographer, as well as those passionate about marine biology and macro life. Here you might see seahorses, shrimps, frog fish, dragonets, Banzai cardinal fish, nudibranch, leaf scorpion fish, razor fish, and pipefish.