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…

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!!

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!!

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…

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