Manta Point

  • Dive Type: Manta sighting
  • Max Depth: 15m-18m
  • Avg Depth: 8m-10m
  • Visibility: 10m-20+m, just depends on the strength of the swell.
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*, some more experience beyond the course dives is preferred due to possible strong swell.

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  • Description: Once you have gone round south Nusa Penida island and gotten close to the two offshore rocks, there is a small, slightly protected bay where the whole fun begins. Roll off the boat and let yourself sink to 12m and follow the patch of sand towards the island and find the cleaning station, which is a rounded rock with its summit around 7m deep, swim around it, towards the east or towards the west and come back to the cleaning station. Beware of other groups of divers…
  • Advantages: The one spot in Bali where sighting manta rays can almost certainly be guaranteed! Exceptional dive site if the mantas are there.
  • Activities: Photo, Video, Using up your entire SD card on a single 30 minute video because you loved it so much!
  • Marine Life: Manta rays! A fair load of Blue-spotted stingrays as well, the very occasional eagle ray, some porcupinefish and puffers, surgeons and so on but that’s clearly not the interest…

USAT Liberty

  • Dive Type: Wreck, ambiance
  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Avg Depth: 15m
  • Visibility: 10m to 30m, depending on wind and stirring from other divers.
  • Level required: All divers, DSD possible there. To see the whole wreck, better to have AOW cert
  • Description: 126m long US transport ship torpedoed by Japanese submarine during WW2, beached in Tulamben, and slipped down along the beach into the near slope after the 1963 Mt Agung eruption. Between 10:00 to 14:00 o’clock it’s very crowded there. Groups of divers arrive at this time with buses. The dive-experience of these divers is very low or sometimes even less than that. A very famous dive site, and its for a very good reason!

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  • Advantages: No boat needed, easy access, little to no current.
  • Activities: Marine biology, Night diving, Orientation, Photography.
  • Marine Life: Resident giant Barracuda (Mr. Frank), large malabar groupers, blue-spotted stingrays and ribbon-tail rays, large school of big eye trevallies, giant trevally, surgeonfish, sweetlips, garden eels, leaf-scorpion fish, heaps of small reef fishes.

The Drop Off

  • Dive Type: Wall, deep
  • Max Depth: 60m
  • Avg Depth: 25m
  • Visibility: 10m to 25m, depending on wind and lay-off from the land
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water / CMAS** at the absolute minimum
  • Description: Tulamben bay, approx 500m Southeast of the Liberty wreck, close to the temple. Easily visible thanks to a rocky point protruding from the water at the end the bay. Main wall is formed by the westernmost side of one of three coral covered lava spurs. It has a rugged and uneven structure, but is exceptionally rich. It is worth rounding the corner to explore the ‘a bit less’ rich areas of the small middle reef and the easternmost reef.

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  • Advantages: Accessibility for a deep dive, coral and sponge life, little to no current.
  • Activities: Marine Biology, Photography, Deep
  • Marine Life: Large sponges, trademark gorgonian at 30m, bushy black coral, morays, bumphead parrotfish if you are lucky, soft coral crabs, octopus, schools of damsels, anthias, hawkfish and many small reef fishes.

Seraya Secret

  • Dive Type: Ambiance, macro
  • Max Depth: 20m
  • Avg Depth: 10m
  • Visibility: 10m to 30m, depending on wind and surf.
  • Level required: All divers, DSD possible there.
  • Description: Situated just 3km east from Tulamben bay. The best way to enjoy Seraya is to go very slowly and look and sneak into every crack and rock to find the treasures that this site beholds. Seraya is made from a steep black sand slope with many blotches of rocks, all inhabited by various amazing creatures and critters. Looking around for the cool small stuff will keep you occupied for hours.

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  • Advantages: No boat needed, easy access, little to no current, shallow enough to not have to consider bottom time as an issue.
  • Activities: Marine biology, Night diving, Orientation, Photography, Dive training
  • Marine Life: Harlequin shrimps, many species of morays, cleaner shrimps, pygmy seahorse, devil scorpion fish, boxer crabs, orang-utan crabs, frog fish, sea moths, zebra lionfish, cuttlefish, sea horses, and even the rare mimic octopus!

Ferry Channel

  • Dive Type: Shark, wall
  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Avg Depth: 14-18m
  • Visibility: 10m to 20m, depending on swell, surge and wind.
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*, Advanced OW or CMAS** preferred because there’s quite a bit of stuff to see beyond 18m/20m
  • Description: This site is situated just in front of the Padang Bai bay. There is a mooring to which the boat attaches itself, go down from there on a shallow plateau, turn southwards until you reach the edge of the plateau, nice slope down to 20m, turn east and follow the slope/wall, there you will find 3 small caves with resident sharks. Go a bit deeper and you find some more caves. Then slowly swim back towards the shallows going north-westwards.

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  • Advantages:  The closest dive site from the shop, probably reachable in less than a minute! Sharks are a near guarantee here…
  • Activities: Shark dive, Orientation
  • Marine Life: Whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, cuttlefish, stingrays, octopus, trevallies, fusiliers, mantis shrimps, nudibranchs, puffers, morays, devilfish…

Drop off / The Wall

  • Dive Type: Wall, reef, photo, video
  • Max Depth: 30+m
  • Avg Depth: 12-18m
  • Visibility: 15m to 25m, depending on swell, surge and wind.
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*, Advanced OW or CMAS** preferred because there’s quite a bit of stuff to see beyond 18m/20m.
  • Description: The drop-off is the name for the tiny bay found beyond the point at Blue Lagoon. It is thus named because it is an easy place for all types of boats to drop-off the divers! The bay is pretty shallow, around 5m until 7m with healthy coral; it then slopes down with more scattered coral into deeper areas.
  • It is in this area that you will find the small things that are specific to Padang Bai area. Once you have started going down the slope in a north direction, turn southeast and take your time, open your eyes wide and enjoy the macro! The slope then slowly becomes steeper as it turns south, to then become a straight wall down to 27m. The slope starts again 30m-40m further on to access into the Blue Lagoon area, where the boats are usually moored, waiting for you!

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  • Advantages: Easy access, small protected bay to start the dive with,
  • Activities: Fish ID, Photography, Dive training, Exploration, Macro, Wall diving
  • Marine Life: It can go from the classic parrotfish, sweetlips and all to some turtles, morays and weird small things. Cowfish, stingrays, mantis shrimps, translucent anemone shrimps, cuttlefish, large-spotted snake eel, long-jawed mackerel, very interesting nudibranchs, cockatoo waspfish, octopus, scorpion fish, garden eels, ribbon eels, peacock razorfish…

Tanjung Jepun

  • Dive Type: Lagoon, wreck, ambiance
  • Max Depth: 26m
  • Avg Depth: 14-18m
  • Visibility: 10m to 20m, depending on winds and currents
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*
  • Description:  This site, on the southern edge of Amuk bay is a long shallow reef that slopes down at around 7-9m. At the starting point of the dive site, next to the platform used as a base for the submarine, there is a buoy. Descend along the line to 17m, turn southeast keeping the slope on your right along the small wreck and the artificial reef.

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  • Advantages: Well protected, great variety of strange animals, excellent for night diving.
  • Activities: Marine biology, Night diving, Orientation, Photography, Fish ID
  • Marine Life: This is probably THE dive site with the highest number of blue-spotted stingrays per square meter you will ever find! Resident frogfishes, ornate ghost pipefish, crocodile fish, leaf-scorpion fish, cuttlefish, turtles, white-tip reef sharks if you are lucky, leafy and scrawled filefish, porcupine fish, random nudibranchs. At night, there is a chance to see the rare coral cat shark, the uncommon helmut gurnard, the sea moth, the slipper lobster and so on…

Crystal Bay

  • Dive Type: Reef, Ambiance, 
  • Max Depth: Deep…
  • Avg Depth: 20m
  • Visibility: 25+m usually
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water / CMAS**, some more experience is preferred due to possible strong swell, as well as up and downcurrents.

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  • Description: The bay has an island in the middle. Start the dive close to the island and facing Penida, go down along the sandy slope with the gradually growing wall on your right hand, usually starting shallow and going deeper as you swim, always look hard for signs of downcurrents. Go around the edge of the rock, look for the molas and come back up towards the entry point (which is also the exit point) swimming above the ledge you swam along on the way there. Some good to very good coral life is present there.
  • Advantages: Best place for the mola-mola sighting, good visibility, great fish life beyond the main interest.
  • Activities: Mola-mola sighting, Photo, Video, Fish ID, Orientation
  • Marine Life: The world famous mola-mola (oceanic sunfish), very large groupers, bamboo sharks, blue-fin trevallies, scorpionfish, leaf-scorpionfish, spiny devilfish, very interesting nudibranchs, octopus. There is a resident green frogfish living upside down on a bommies at the 30m mark

Toya Pakeh

  • Dive Type: Reef, Drift, Shark, Ambiance, Macro, Turtles, Molas
  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Avg Depth: 15m
  • Visibility: 20+m usually
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*
  • Description: Depending on currents, usually the dive starts at the south end of the bay. Descend there along a mooring and flow along the amazing landscape of Toyapakeh drifting northwards. The richest area is between 12m and 20m. Go along and around the large coral bommies to find the riches of  the site. Make sure you don’t flow beyond the pier as the site stops there!

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  • Advantages: Considered by many dive professionals (including us) as the single best dive site in and around Bali. The profusion of colours, life, be it in small or large size, the quality of coral… Just the best around, not to miss!
  • Activities: Photo, Video, Dive Training, Orientation, Drift, Fish ID
  • Marine Life: Mola-mola can be sighted there at the right season, enormous giant trevallies, napoleon wrasse, blue-fin trevallies, very large puffers, ribbon eels, interesting coral formations, mantis shrimps, beautiful nudibranchs and a variety that basically encompasses pretty much all the other dive sites’ fauna and flora!

The Blue Lagoon

  • Dive Type: Ambiance, reef, photo, video
  • Max Depth: 25m
  • Avg Depth: 6-12m
  • Visibility: 15m to 25m, depending on swell, surge and wind.
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*, DSD’s are usually conducted on this site.
  • Description: This site is situated just in front of the eponym beach just north of Padang Bai. Lagoon is probably a wrong description, small protected bay would be a better one. The site has two moorings, at 3m and 6m where you descend onto a sandy patch. Many bommies, large and small, scattered around the sandy area. It is a plateau from 4m until 9m-10m and then slopes more abruptly beyond and very deep! The interest of this dive site is that amongst the sand, the bommies and the rubble there is an amazing amount of juvenile fish that try to hide around.

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  • Advantages:  Very easy dive site, excessively easy access, shallow for most of the site, little to no current.
  • Activities: Dive intro, Dive training, Photo, Exploration, Fish ID, Night diving on the search for sharks!
  • Marine Life: Garden eels, ribbon eels, morays, cowfish, sweetlips, cuttlefish, squid, filefish, crocodilefish, flounders if you have the eye! Juvenile rock mover wrasse, jv. yellowtail coris, spadefish, stingrays, rarely some pipefish, beautiful nudibranchs, octopus, barracuda, dartfish… Whitetip reef sharks by night!!

S.D Point

  • Dive Type: Drift, Deep, Reef, Pelagic
  • Max Depth: 30m+
  • Avg Depth: 10m-18m
  • Visibility: 15m-20m
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*, some drift diving experience is better since this dive is pretty much ensured to end up as a drift.
    Description: The boat will attach itself to the mooring, you will go in and down pretty quickly. Get transported along the hard coral that plateaus down to 12m and then steeply slopes very deep. Enjoy the view!

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  • Advantages: Drift dives have the advantage that as long as you stay close to the reef, you shouldn’t actually need to do anything but get transported along by the current!
  • Activities: Video, Fish ID
  • Marine Life: It goes from the scorpionfish, the large puffer, large schools of damsels, anthias or single parrotfish, unicorn surgeons to large pelagics such as oceanic sharks (Thresher shark for example), turtles, napoleons and so on. In the shallower parts you will see many coral fish swimming low and close to their coral homes!

Pura Ped

  • Dive Type: Drift, Deep, Reef, Pelagic
  • Max Depth: 30m+
  • Avg Depth: 10m-18m
  • Visibility: 15m-20m
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*, some drift diving experience is better since this dive is pretty much ensured to end up as a drift.
    Description: The boat will attach itself to the mooring, you will go in and down pretty quickly. Get transported along the hard coral that plateaus down to 12m and then steeply slopes very deep. Enjoy the view!

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  • Advantages: Drift dives have the advantage that as long as you stay close to the reef, you shouldn’t actually need to do anything but get transported along by the current! 
     
  • Activities: Video, Fish ID
     
  • Marine Life: It goes from the scorpionfish, the large puffer, large schools of damsels, anthias or single parrotfish, unicorn surgeons to large pelagics such as oceanic sharks (Thresher shark for example), turtles, napoleons and so on. In the shallower parts you will see many coral fish swimming low and close to their coral homes!

Tanjung Sari

  • Dive Type: Reef, ambiance, macro
  • Max Depth: 18m
  • Avg Depth: 6-12m
  • Visibility: 15m to 25m, depending on swell, surge and wind.
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*
  • Description: This site is situated just south of the Blue Lagoon, it can be combined into the Blue lagoon dive, it also has a mooring at 7m deep in the centre of the site. It is constituted of a plateau between 5 and 8-9m, in the northern part of the site there is a huge coral formation that you can swim around. The closer part to shore might have some swell if there are waves on the surface. Large bommies with a large array of coral formations all around them. If you go beyond the plateau onto the slope, there are some rocks with coral and on the floor, loads of small stuff, good for macro shooting and random species!

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  • Advantages:  Very easy dive site, excessively easy access, shallow for most of the site, little to no current.
  • Activities:  Dive training, Photo, Exploration, Fish ID, Night diving on the search for sharks!
  • Marine Life: Garden eels, ribbon eels, morays, cowfish, sweetlips, cuttlefish, squid, filefish, crocodilefish, juvenile rock mover wrasse, jv yellowtail coris, spadefish, stingrays, rarely some pipefish, beautiful nudibranchs, octopus, barracuda, dartfish, turtles if you are a bit lucky, napoleon, scorpion fish, stonefish… Whitetip reef sharks by night!!

Gili Biaha

  • Dive Type: Cave, Reef, Sharks
  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Avg Depth: 15m
  • Visibility: 25+m usually
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water / CMAS** and more experienced beyond the course dives is preferred due to possible strong swell and currents.
  • Description: At this site our boat captain will enter the coastline closely and after your backrole you have to descend very quickly because of the current and the waves. At a depth of around 12-14m you can enter the cave easily. On several places white tip reef sharks are resting. You can swim up to them closely and take some amazing pictures. Other species you will find here are lobsters, lion fish and many other colourful inhabitants of the cave. On the way back the dive continues to the left side where we follow the coastline and beautiful hard and soft corals. On the moment we reach to the next corner it is depending of the current if it is possible to go on or turn around to finish this nice dive. 

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  • Advantages: By entering the house of sharks you look into the dark clear waters and all colourful fish will welcome you. It will be one of the dives you will not easy forget.
  • Activities: Sharks, photo and video
  • Marine Life: Sharks, Napoleon wrasses, Tuna, Octopus, Cuttlefish, Morray eels and barracuda.

Gili Mimpang

  • Dive Type: Wall, reef, photo, video, shark, deep
  • Max Depth: 30+m
  • Avg Depth: 15m-18m
  • Visibility: 20m to 25m
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*, Advanced OW or CMAS** preferred due to sharks living around the 25m-30m mark.
  • Description: Gili Mimpang is also known as Batu Tiga; meaning the three rocks, and Mimpang is exactly that: 3 rocks sticking out of the water aligned from north to south. You will go down the most northern one along a mooring and head south towards the richer southern part where you will encounter the Whitetip reef sharks patrolling. During the right season you will also, with a bit of luck, encounter the Mola-Mola around that area. Large pelagic fish like this dive site due to a large amount cold up swell coming from the south of Bali and the continuous flow of current. If there is a lot of current, you will just come back once the sharks have been seen and surface between the second and the third rocks. If current is easy you can go round the third rock and visit the wall beyond the point.

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  • Advantages: The site is an excellent place to see sharks or the unusual wobbegong and mola mola in season!
  • Activities: Photography, Deep, Search for the unusual
  • Marine Life: Whitetip reef sharks! If in season the mola-mola can be seen there… as well as the wobbegong… The coral catshark lives there, stingrays, schooling banner fish, large pelagics such as tuna, trevallies… Moray eels, octopus, large schools of batfish, triggerfish and a lot more!

Gili Tepekong Plateau

  • Dive Type: Reef, Photo, Shark, Turtles, Ambiance, Drift
  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Avg Depth: 15m
  • Visibility: 20+m usually
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*, some more experience beyond the course dives is preferred due to possible strong swell.
  • Description: Go down along the west side of the Tepekong island and enjoy the plateau that is under you from 10m down to about 20m and drift along with the current. Next to the mooring, there is a small cave where baby sharks can sometimes be found. It is around 13m deep. Go far southwards and you will find a tunnel from 19m going down to 27m giving onto the wall (careful of strong currents there). As long as the swell is small it is a magnificent dive site in terms of colour and abundance of healthy coral.

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  • Advantages: Large animals! A beautiful ambiance for a dive you will remember.
  • Activities: Photo, Dive Training (esp. for drift), Orientation
  • Marine Life: A sailfish was spotted there! Whitetip reef sharks as well as some bumphead parrotfish, turtles, moray eels, scorpionfish, octopus, sweetlips, surgeons and all the usual reef fish

Gili Tepekong Canyon

  • Dive Type: Wall, Drift, Shark, Thrill
  • Max Depth: 30m+
  • Avg Depth: 20m
  • Visibility: 20+m usually
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water / CMAS** at the very minimum, you will need some experience in drift diving and show proof of 40+ dives.
  • Description: Go down along the east side of Tepekong island where a very steep slope awaits you. It is easy to see where to go in: about 20m to the left of the stairs to go up to the temple on the island. From there head south and downslope, a group of boulders at 20m-25m tell you that you are soon going to enter the Canyon. The Canyon itself is a small amphitheatre, where if you sit at around 15-20m, you could just stay there and look at the surrounding fauna for ages. If the conditions are right you could go seawards, where white tips live on the 30m mark and around the offshore pillars and finish on the northern, protected site. There isn’t much ground to cover but the interest of the dive is to enjoy the  ‘swirling show’.

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  • Advantages: Large animals! Very good chance of getting a thrill out of the dive.
  • Activities: Shark sighting, Photo
  • Marine Life: A very high chance of seeing Whitetip reef sharks, sweetlips are always around on the side of the slope, batfish, jacks, snappers, a large Napoleon wrasse and a resident bumphead parrotfish lives beyond the first pinnacle offshore.

Bias Tugel

  • Dive Type: Reef, macro, turtles
  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Avg Depth: 6-10m
  • Visibility: 15m to 25m, depending on swell, surge and wind.
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*
  • Description:  Large coral plateau in front of the eponym beach just south of Padang Bai. Very gentle slope down to 8m, then sharpens and goes down to 26-30m where a ledge can be found. Large bommies with table coral and fan coral all around the site, especially the southern end..

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  • Advantages: Only 3 minutes boat ride from the port. When the weather is good, it is one of the most enjoyable dive sites due to its accessibility and shallow depth, meaning good luminosity around the mid hours of the day.
  • Activities: Orientation, Photography, Exploration, Macro, Dive training.
  • Marine Life: Resident turtles (Hawk’s bill and Green ones), white tip reef sharks from time to time, crocodile fish, pygmy seahorses and ghost pipefish down on the 30m ledge can be found if patience avails. Barracudas, napoleon, scorpion fish, fluffy nudibranchs, sweetlips, stingrays, reef cuttlefish, ribbon eels, morays, many types of triggerfish , filefish, angelfish, nemos, puffers and boxfish…

Mangroves

  • Dive Type: Drift
  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Avg Depth: 15m
  • Visibility: 20+m usually
  • Level required: Open Water / CMAS*
  • Description: G
  • Advantages: L
  • Activities: P
  • Marine Life: A

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Blue Corner (Ental Pt)

  • Dive Type: DRIFT!!
  • Max Depth: 30m+
  • Avg Depth: 20m-25m
  • Visibility: 15m-25m
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water / CMAS**, some experience in drift diving is required and at least 30+ dives in the logbook too.

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  • Description: You want the rollercoaster ride of a lifetime? Yes? This is the dive site you want to go to! The dive starts just at the end of Mangrove, go down to 15-20m and let yourself drifted along the rugged bottom, go down further and stay around 25m to 30m, turn left on the corner (don’t worry about knowing where, the current will tell you!) and stay on the upper part of the large ledge present there, finish your dive swimming towards the inner part of Lembongan bay where some coral growth is enjoyable…
  • Advantages: You want adrenaline? At least here, the advantage is that you will get it! The strong current means a lot of pelagic fish living around. It’s a good place to look for the mola-mola, sharks or the marbled stingray. 
  • Activities: Video, Fish ID, Drift
  • Marine Life: The mola-mola can be sighted there, large marbled stingrays inhabit these waters. Large schools of surgeons, fusiliers, rainbow runners, unicorns are present. Stingrays, morays and other sheltered reef fauna live in the inside area, towards which we swim by the end of the dive.

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