BALI & PENIDA
Diving in Bali is vary in type, challenge and access: diver can go for shore diving, boat diving, go deeper diving at drop off or wall, exploring ship wrecks, enjoying the exquisite beauty of house reef, pump up the adrenaline through drift dive, try out your vision during night dive or muck dive. Bali is also the destination where many dive sites are available for diver from beginner level to experience.
Divers generally arrive in Bali almost along the year but the number increases during June to September. Those months the Ocean Sunfish can be seen sunbathing in the Nusa Penida water, divers call those months as the Molamola season. Another divers favorite site is the most famous US Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben. During the high season, divers schooling around the extravagance shipwreck along with the schooling Jack Fish that can be seen almost everyday at the shipwreck. Up at dawn and dive the water before sunrise, you may encounter the schooling Bump-Head Parrot fish hovering by the shipwreck.
There are 3 islands here, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan. These are located some 20 km from Bali's south-east coast. Nusa Penida is the largest of the three islands and is one of the main locations for scuba dive trips departing from Bali.
Nusa Penida is known for possible encounters with large pelagics like Manta Ray's (Manta Birostris) at Manta Point Dive Site and Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish) at other dive sites around the island. On one rare occasion our crew spotted a whale-shark..
The northern dive sites of Nusa Penida like Crystal Bay, Pura Ped and Toyapakeh are good destinations for Drift Diving. A boat ride with BIDP's speed boat of 45 minutes brings you to the best underwater adventures here in
The divesites around Penida can be challenging. Upwellings from the deep can cause thermoclines and let the temperature drop to 20 degrees celsius. Currents running between the Nusa Islands and Lombok Strait are most of the time southward, but can be influenced in direction and strength by the monsoon seasons.
The sound of crashing surf on the shores is a part of the Oceanside feel, and the dive sites are part of the seascape. The imposing Gili Tepekong and the four outcrops of Gili Mimpang are directly offshore.
Consistent currents flow with the full and varied marine life along the shallow reefs and walls that surround these mysterious islands.
Padang Bai, is a small, busy fishing village. Its sandy bay a convenient haunt for divers. The reefs around Padang Bai have white-sand bottoms and can be magical if the visibility is good. This is not always the case. When the channel is calm you can do a daytrip from Padang Bai to the reefs of Nusa Penida.
Gili Biaha or Ikuan, is a rocky outcrop just of Tanjung Bias Putih. Bias Putih point is a few meters north-west of Gili Tepekong. The west side is mainly chosen for diving as it is more sheltered from current and offers better diving con ditions.
TULAMBEN AREA DIVE SITES
Tulamben has become one of Bali's most famous diving area's. 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.
Day-trippers travelling from Sanur to the east Bali dive locations of Tulamben and Amed will get a look at our traditional Bali. The drive is approx. 3 hours. Diving in Tulamben is normally done from shore, where entry can be
Many people prefer to stay overnight in Tulamben rather than day trip here. The local people are very friendly and Bali International Diving Professionals both support and know the local community. We have been diving in this area before it became developed as a popular dive destination. By diving in Tulamben you are also supporting the local community. Only in Tulamben will you see young and old women alike carrying diving equipment on their heads, to the dive entry points, to earn their living.
Amed's dive sites resemble nearly the same bottom and topography as the dive sites of the Tulamben area and the marine species that can be found here are also comparable. During the last few years there has been great developments for the diving tourism around this area with new accommodations and dive centers constructed. Beside some dives accessable from shore, many diving locations here are visited by local boat (Jukung). It is possible also to visit Gili Selang from here. Amed and the villages south east of this area are becoming more popular with tourists. Life goes back in time here. For most of the year, the water is generally calm, most of the year, with minimal to manageable currents. Many sites make excellent drift dives.
WEST BALI - MENJANGAN DIVE SITES
At the west-side of Bali, near the ferry to Java, there are a great diversity of dive sites mainly around Menjangan island (Deer island) with it's beautiful wall-dives and the Muck diving location with strange critters known by the name "Secret bay" (aka Gilimanuk bay).
West Bali dive sites typically offer pristine waters, colourful marine life and milder conditions suitable for divers and snorkelers of all levels. Divers who enjoy wall diving will appreciate the areas prime spots around Menjangan islands, but there is interest for every one here, with a deep wreck dive, some unique night diving, exceptional muck and macro diving near Lovina, and many snorkelling sites.
Most of the regents dive sites are found around Menjanan island. Diving is regulated here. Spear fishing is not allowed and all marine life is protected.
Menjangan's white sandy beaches make a nice location to break for lunch. Underwater, the drop-off along the south shore and eastern tip, facing the Bali Sea, are home to lots of colourful small fish and vertebrates, lacy sea fans and a variety of sponges. The sandy, gradual slopes of Menjangan' s north coast is a final resting place for Bali' s oldest dive able shipwreck, the Anker Wreck. Menjangan Islands north coast has also some beautiful snorkeling sites.
Even large pelagics are sometimes seen at Menjangan. Occasionally sightings of Whales, Whale sharks and Manta rays have been reported. Drift diving is usual, but currents are quite mild and all levels of divers can enjoy this area.
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