package dive bali, safari dive bali, padi dive course, snorkeling bali, rent dive equipment, bali scuba, dive in bali, diving bali, resort and hotel organize, tour and transport, ... about us | how to find us | our contact | link | guest comment DEUTSCH | ENGLISH   Tulamben has become Bali's most famous diving area. Tulamben Bay, like the rest of Bali, is situated in the richest marine biogeographic zone in the world. Being on the northeast coast, the bay receives plankton rich waters from the major ocean currents that move from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. This, coupled with the fact that the three main dive sites provide totally different physical environments, means that Tulamben contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem. The black sand of Tulamban does not provide the reflective properties of white limestone sand and, combined with the amount of plankton in the water, accounts for the relatively low visibility. It does however provide a dramatic contrast, which brings out the colours of the corals, gorgonians, fish and other marinelife. Tulamben Wall/Drop Off Tulamben Wall drops off to over 60 meters and is located around 500 meters to the east of the world famous Liberty Wreck. Topography consists of three coral carpeted lava spurs that plumet down to 50 meters or so with an overhang at around 18 meters. There is a magnificent purple gorgonian sea fan at about 28 meters that is over 2 meters in diameter. there are big bumphead parrotfish to be seen here and the black sand plays home to ornate ghost pipefish and cometfish. The area also seems to attract a lot of lionfish for some unknown reason. Kelebit Rocks A 15 minute boat ride from Tulamben bay will take you to these two off shore rocky outcrops, topography is quite dramatic with three steep ridges covered in hard coral. The sand is no longer volcanic, the water is cooler and even the fish life is different to back in the bay. Visibility is often better here and larger predators come in to feed including sharks and barracuda. Hammerheads and Mantas have been spotted at this dive site. Paradise Reef This area lies between the Liberty Wreck and the drop off. It is also called Coral Garden or simply House Reef. The shallow slopes here drop to a maximum depth of 25 meters and are home to all manner of macro delights. Marine life is extremely diverse and you will see ribbon eels, octopus, anemonefish, harlequin shrimp, morays, and many juvenile species. Also a great night dive venue where Spanish dancers alongside boxer and hairy crabs can be found. price list | booking Often spelt Padangbai, this tiny inlet is fringed with reef which starts as a shallow ledge at a depth of ten meters. A slope drops down to 20 meters futher to sea, after which a sandy bottom levels out at 40 meters. The slope is dominated by magnificent anemones, black and yellow featherstars and sea squirts. Oriental sweetlips, boxfish and yellow trumpetfish are common on dives here. Commonly named Blue Lagoon this dive site around the headland also has a resident Napoleon wrasse and reef sharks are often seen. August to September can reward lucky divers with sightings of Australian Wobbegong sharks and the elusive Mola Mola sunfish. Macro fans will have fun diving around the Padang Bay jetty where all manner of critters can be found in the shallows. The sheltered bay is also an ideal location for night diving. Better viz and bigger fish can be found further out into Amuk Bay. price list | booking Amuk Bay is around 6km across with the villages of Padang Bay to the south and Candidasa to the north. Two islands (Tepekong and Mimpang) outside the bay, and Biaha a little to the north, offer some of the most breath-taking diving in Bali. However, due to strong currents and unpredicatable water movements, these 3 sites need to be treated with care and respect, always consult your local Divemaster. The sites here are one of the best places to see Mola Mola sunfish, the water temperature is also somewhat cooler. Tepekong This tiny island is only about 300 meters long and not very wide with deep waters on all sides. Off the southwestern tip of Tepekong is a well known dive site called The Canyon. Tepekong Canyon starts at around 25 meters deep and is lined with some large black boulders of basalt carpeted with soft and hard corals. Drifting through the canyon in clear visibility is an awesome experience, sharks and other big pelagics are often spotted. Huge schools of sweetlips, fusiliers, trevally and snapper swirl around the canyon walls in the nutrient rich waters. East Tepekong offers a wall down to around 40 meters and a coral reef at 24 meters again with excellent marine life. Mimpang The four exposed rocks are also called Batu Tiga which actually means 3 rocks. Mimpang's Shark Point offers a better chance to see white tip reef sharks than Tepekong does, and often in greater numbers. It is one of the better locations in Bali to find sharks and even Mola Mola sunfish between August and September. The topography of Mimpang is diverse, with sloping reefs, craggy rocks and walls all with hard and soft corals and some gorgonians. Big schools of fish often congregate at the upper parts of the reef. Biaha This spot has a blowhole that spouts jets of water, it also has very strong currents and vertical surge so is only recommended for experienced divers. With rugged black walls and plenty of coral life this is a great spot. The inside area of the crescent (the east side of Biaha) has a cave with resident whitetips large enough for several divers to enter however extreme caution must be taken if surge is strong.. price list | booking Situated on Bali's northeastern coast Amed offers shallow and sheltered slopes teeming with reef fish. However, in 1998, Amed was badly affected by coral-bleaching as a result of El Nino that affected the reef within the bay and down to 10 to 12 meters. Today the reef is recovering well and offers diving conditions more suited to those uncomfortable in the raging currents of the Strait. Ribbon eels and clown triggerfish can be spotted amongst the coral bommies in the sheltered bays here. Amed also has a number of walls where gorgonians sway in the current and bigger pelagics come to feed. The main eastern reef off Cemeluk curves around a rock outcrop just east of town. There is a drop off to around 50 meters just out of Cemeluk bay where marine life is plentiful and currents are gentle. Lipah Bay lies around 3 kilometers southeast of Cemeluk. There is a small wreck of a steel freighter at 6 to 12 meters encrusted with gorgonians, sponges and black corals, with a lot of glassfish sweeping around. Nice hard coral cover with plenty of anthias and even some pygmy seahorses if you look hard enough. price list | booking Nusa Penida and the neighboring island of Lembongan offers some of Bali's finest diving. It is a large island located in the southeast of Bali, across the Badung Strait. With its adjacent deep water trenches, the main attraction at Nusa Penida is the common encounters with the curious and otherwise very rare oceanic sunfish, or Mola Mola, that come close to the reef to visit cleaner stations. Currents are often strong as the islands lie right in the path of the Indonesian Through flow. The Lombok Strait separates the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok, it is the second most important strait through which water is exchanged between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. The best times to dive are when the tides peak at slack and high, when water movement is the least. Toyapakeh This popular dive site is located on the islands northwest shore in the Ceningan Channel. It is partially protected from the current and can offer good visibility and healthy coral. Plenty of schooling fish can be seen along with a couple of sea snakes on occasion. Quicksilver has a mooring here which often gets crowded with snorkelling daytrippers. The reef slopes down to around 25-30 meters with bommies and overhangs to explore. SD and Ped These two sites are also extremely popular for their steep walls and prolific marine life. Drift diving along the steep sloped coral encrusted wall with sponges, hard and soft corals, gorgonians and myriad reef fish is awesome. Larger pelagics such as barracuda, tuna and jacks often put in an appearance here. Malibu Point The dive site is small and often tricky to dive if currents are strong but it is one of the better places to see sharks. Also big dogtooth tuna, rainbow runners and mackerel to be found at this spot. Batu Abah and Manta Point The exposed rocks to the south of Nusa Penida are diveable but don't offer as much reef life as other sites. To the southwest of the island is Manta Point which has a dramatic backdrop of limestone cliffs that descend straight into the ocean. Swell and surge can be huge here so caution is needed, the water is also noticeably cooler. Not much in the way of reef but the main attractions are the mantas that often come here to feed. Crystal Bay and Gamat Bay Around the north side of Crystal Bay is a cave that opens up to the surface and is inhabited by bats. The sheltered lagoon has a nice sandy beach. The reef on the outer areas offers some good coral formations but again currents can be strong. Gamat Bay is a little further north back towards Toyapakeh, it has some sheltered spots which offer a relaxing alternative to drift diving. The rich area of the slope is around 10 to 20 meters where coral bommies and all manner of reef fish can be seen along side some macro critters. price list | booking Menjangan became Bali's first internationally known dive spot in 1978. The island in the Barat National Park is surrounded by coral reefs that drop down as deep as 60 meters in places. This spot is most renowned for is wall diving where huge gorgonians can be found clinging to the coral crevices. Pygmy seahorses and morays are often spotted in the cracks and under overhangs along the walls here. Other marine inhabitants include batfish, titan triggerfish and fuseliers. Visibility is usually good here often beyond 20 meters. Menjangan used to be famed for flat reefs however since the popularity of island has increased more anchoring vessels in the area have caused damage. This coupled with a crown of thorns starfish outbreak in 1997 then El Nino in 1998 which lead to coral bleaching. The reefs today are recovering well and the attractions are now a lot deeper. The island is protected from the cold currents coming in from the open sea so sightings of bigger fish here are rare. Garden Eel point is one of the more popular dive sites where coral growth is healthiest. Longnose hawkfish can be found on the gorginians here and whitetip sharks are often seen on the sandy bottom at around 35 meters. The garden eel colony is on a slope in roughly 20 meters of water. Pos II (park service guard post), off Menjangan's most southeasterly point, is usually done as a drift dive in the gentle current along the wall. An explosion of colour from the wall of soft coral can be seen here and thermoclines are present where an upwelling of cold waters from the deep are met. This often brings in bigger visitors such as mantas and sharks. Just west of Pos II are a couple of caves at around 18 meters that are worth a look. The Anker Wreck This wreck is actually named for the anchor that still lies about 6-8 meters from the surface. Follow the anchor chain down the steep slope to the flattened remains of the shipwreck at 35 - 50 meters, which lie across about 60 meters of sand. The Anker isa 25 metre long 19th century wooden ship, that carried ceramics and copper, parts of which can still be seen across the site. price list | booking Special for non diver | Daily dive trips | PADI dive course | Package or safari dive | Tour and transport | Hotel and Resort all divers are welcome! facebook | Skype Copyright © 2009 fundivebali.com - All Rights Reserved website updated on Ocotober'09 and designed by I Wyn Sunarta