This beautiful bay off the Toyapakeh Strait harbours crystal clear waters. Gamat Bay is one of the only places on Nusa Penida that does not require drift diving so photographers can spend a little more time getting the best out of this site. The shallows are filled with growth more typical of deep water with black corals and gorgonians.
A healthy reef lines the whole of the north coast of Nusa Penida and right in the centre of it is the dive site of Sental. The shallow coral here was damaged but has recovered nicely. The deep slope which stretches down to 15-20 meters is particularly pleasant with good growth and hard corals. Some of these remarkable corals grow to five meters or more and in the deeper areas beyond 25 meters. As with most sites on Nusa Penida, Sental is a popular place to find the big fish.
Sunfish Season: The Nusa islands are the main diving location for sunfish. August until October divers from all over the world come to Bali specifically to dive with these magnificent animals.
Water Temperatures : The Nusa islands vary more than any other parts of Bali; June until October you can expect 18 to 22 degrees / November until February you can expect a toasty 27/28 degrees.
Warning: Many operators in Bali will take divers out to the Nusa islands, but If you have only a handful of dives or haven’t dived in a while we recommended asking for a PADI Instructor to take you, safety first.
Amazing muck diving to be found here and is filled with the weird and wonderful- frog fish, scorpion fish, Indian walk man, pipe fish, cuttlefish. Not a beautiful dive in the traditional sense but some very special and rare marine life to be seen here and a real heaven for photographers. A real favourite with all of our staff.
The aptly named white sand beach offers up some exceptional hard and soft coral formations. At this site are two resident turtles, regular sightings of sleeping white tip reef sharks, schooling batfish, cuttlefish and some very cool nudibranchs.
At Mimpang there are a series of sharp rocks, poking out from the surface of the water. Divers can often be greeted by White-tip Reef Sharks, huge Giant Trevally, turtles and a great range of colours provided by the soft and hard corals all topped off with schools of colourful reef fish.
In many cases a drift dive, this site can experience strong currents but on occasion we are rewarded with big pelagics and sometimes the Mola Mola. Underwater this area is covered with medusa-like coral heads absolutely adorned with blood-red sea fans, tunicates and various sponges.
Suitable for all.
Located on the East coast of Bali, Padang Bai is a small port town. Here the public ferry crosses to Lombok and many tourists can be seen make the trip across to the Gili Islands. This area offers amazing diving for the beginner to the very experienced. Also famous for snorkeling. A diverse range of dive sites are to be found offering up white sandy bottoms, beautiful corals and the magic of muck diving. The abundance of marine life in this area has something for everybody with a rich array of reef fish, to encounters with larger marine life and the opportunity to see the weird and wonderful macro.
Bloo lagoon contains a treasure-trove of marine life. With the bluest waters in Bali, this site certainly lives up to its name. The dive site consists of a white sandy bottom with scattered table corals and bommies covered in soft corals and hydroids. Teaming with life we may even encounter turtles, reef sharks or octopus.
Offers both a different ambiance and experience to other dive sites with both an artificial reef and a natural reef. Not to mention the working submarine we often encounter underwater! Well known for seeing blue spotted rays, sea snakes, a variety of eels, lion fish, many nudibranchs and if we are lucky some rare sightings of frog fish and scorpion fish, as well as a host of reef fish.
Careful planning required
These islands are close to the south-east of Bali comprise some of the best diving in Indonesia. After a 30-45 minute boat ride from Sanur Beach, divers can look forward to a mouth-watering menu of pristine hard and soft corals, gorgonian sea fans and stunningly clear visibility.
Manta Point attracts Manta Rays all year round. The waters are rich with plankton and the site also acts as a cleaning station. On some days you can see one manta, on other days you can see twenty! They are very friendly and enjoy the company of divers. Often they investigate and enjoy our bubbles tickling their bellies!
Crystal Bay, so-called due to its great visibility, consists of a shallow bay, which then slopes down into deep drop offs. The site can offer anything from frogfish, sunfish, beautiful nudibranchs and bamboo sharks.
Here you will find delightful coral bommies at about 10-15 meters. The water is clear, the corals rich, and although the bay is quite exposed, it does offer some protection from the strong currents flowing through the straits. Toyapakeh is also known for big gorgonians and soft coral bushes. The marine life here is excellent with the deeper areas a popular spot for large pelagic fish.
This site is close to the shore and is named after the school which can be seen on the mainland. The letters ‘SD’ mean grade school in Indonesian. SD Point offers a fringe reef covered with a carpet of coral. Here we find schools of tropical ref fish, nudibranchs, turtles and reef sharks. Careful observers can sometimes find varieties of Frog Fish. The diverse collection of corals and sponges combined with good visibility and a vast array of marine life make SD one of the most beautiful dive sites on Nusa Penida, FACT! The diving here can range from a gentle drift to more extreme current fuelled thrill rides!
Considered to be one of the best wreck dives in the world and accessible by all. The wreck lies around 30 metres from shore and is very well preserved. Dives can begin as shallow as 3 metres whilst the deepest part of the wreck sits at around 30 metres. Estimated that some 400 species of reef fish live on the wreck and perhaps 100 species of pelagic will visit it. One can dive the Liberty multiple times and never have the same dive twice! There is just so much to see and to explore! Highlights include the ‘pillar room’ where swim throughs and overhangs provide divers with a unique diving experience.
Just along from the wreck, this is simply put a beautiful dive site. Some very healthy hard and soft coral as well as an artificial reef that attracts both a variety of reef fish. We often refer to this site as an acquarium dive due to the large numbers of fish. The beautiful ribbon eel has also made its home here. For those with keen eyes some very interesting macro critters also be found. Reef sharks are also often encountered in the shallows. An easy dive and a real haven for photographers.
At the opposite end of the bay the Drop Off can be found. This is a wall dive sculptured by overhanging rocks and offers marine life similar to that found on the wreck. On occasion we spot larger life such as white-tip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse. Hidden in the rocks of the wall we can see octopus, leaf scorpion fish, crabs and shrimps.
Suitable for all.
There are a number of dive sites in the area that offer some delightful drop offs with good coral and fish. Most of the diving is done out of local boats, however shore diving is available from Jemeluk Bay.
Amed has three walls along the most popular stretch of reef. To get to these walls takes about 5 minutes on the local boats. All the diving here tends to be drift diving which means the boat drivers will put you in the right place and then you just drift along the walls. There is a lot to see along the walls with many sea fans, sponges and fish life. The sites go down to around 35 - 40 metres which is a good depth to find creatures such as sharks and the occasional Mola Mola.
The drive to Lipah bay is an experience on its own! This rarely used road overlooks the Lombok Strait and rural Balinese agricultural scenes in Bali's most remote location. The Lipah wreck is an easy shore dive or snorkel. The wreck rises to just a meter below the surface. There are a number of healthy soft corals, plate corals, tunicates and gorgonians on the wreck. The Lipah Bay dive is mostly sandy with some scattered corals and gardens eels. It runs down to about 18m before sloping off into very deep water. Currents can be strong here at times.
Gili Selang is located off Bali's Eastern most point and is a good option for those divers wishing to have an adrenaline rush. An experienced guide is essential on this dive! The coral walls around Selang are covered with soft corals. If the current isn't too strong, it is possible to get down to below 20m where there is normally a lot of pelagic action happening. The currents here can be very unpredictable with up and down currents a regular occurrence.
The Liberty Wreck
Suitable for all.
One of Bali’s greatest attractions for divers the world over is the wreck of the USS Liberty, an American vessel built in 1918 and sunk by a Japanese torpedo in 1942. Whilst crossing the strait of Lombok, the ship limped towards Singaraja on Bali’s north coast, but she met her watery demise on the beach at Tulamben as the crew abandoned ship. There she remained until 1963 the eruption of the nearby volcano, Gunung Agung.
The volcanic eruption pushed the USS Liberty from the beach into the water, causing it to break in half. Here she has lain ever since, and to the delight of divers has become an exotic oasis for all kinds of spectacular marine life framed by stunning multi-coloured coral gardens growing on her hull. Thousands of tropical species of fish, corals and other marine animals crowd the waters here, making Tulamben a world famous dive site and a must on any diver’s wish-list.