From Amed village we go by traditional Jukung (outrigger boat) to the dive site at Jemeluk, where we start diving in a shallow area of 3 to 8 m in a wonderful coral garden. You may see turtles, parrotfish and a huge variety of smaller creatures.
A moderate current will guide you in about 10 min to the drop off, that drops to a depth of 30 m. It is beautifully grown with soft coral and any possible species of reef fish can be found there. White- and black-tip reef sharks pop in occasionally to patrol their feeding ground. At a depth of 27 m is a sandy field highly populated with blue-spotted stingrays.
On the other side of the bay is another drop off, about 25 m deep and just perfect for a second dive. The highlight is a pinnacle, which erects from a depth of 25 m forming a scenic swim-through at 20 m. At both drop offs the 5 m safety stop is highly entertaining. Both dives are drift dives with a mild current. The following outrigger boats pick the divers up and make both dives very comfortable. The coral garden starts right off the beach in Jemeluk and is one of Bali's best snorkeling areas.
Tulamben Ship Wreck
Anchored off the coast of Lombok, the ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo during World War II. As far as we know, nobody got hurt, but the ship was damaged badly. The American Navy's plan to tow the ship to Singaraja harbor (northern Bali) failed as the harbor was completely occupied, so the ship was intentionally stranded on the rocky beach of Tulamben, where it was unloaded. In 1963 Mt. Agung (Bali’s highest volcano) erupted and the magma flow pressed the ship back into the sea where it presently rests at a depth of 3 to 29 meters. Since then, coral has covered the wreckage completely and turned it into a home for many species of fish and the most famous dive site in Bali. From time to time, a Napoleon fish or a huge barracuda drops by. You may dive or snorkel this wreck comfortably, accessing it directly from the beach. A night dive is a highly recommendable option as well.
Tulamben Wall divides into three excellent dive sites - the drop off, the coral garden and shark point. All three dive sites are easily accessible directly from the beach.
The drop off starts at a depth of only 1 m and drops straight to 70 m. This reef features an amazing coral growth in a magnificent landscape sculpted by many overhanging rocks. The reef is highly populated with a fine selection of beautiful reef fish. A variety of angelfish, emperor angelfish, blue-banded angelfish and yellow-faced angelfish as well as the duke fish are at home here. Pretty often, huge schools of jack fish invite the diver to join the club. This dive site is suitable for snorkeling. The coral garden starts at a depth of 2-15 m and is wonderfully grown, featuring stone- and soft coral alike. Besides numerous species of reef fish, the beautiful blue-yellow ribbon moray eel has found a home here. This dive site is also a superb snorkeling spot with none to moderate current.
Shark Point can be reached diving close to the wall. The residing sharks are commonly white-tip - and black-tip reef sharks that rest at a depth of 20 to 30 m in a sandy area. When currents are present, occasionally gray reef sharks and hammerhead sharks can be seen circling around. This dive site is not suitable for snorkeling.
From Amed we travel by boat to the North and enjoy a beautiful view of Mt. Agung. After about one hour we reach Batu Kelebit, a rock off the lava coast not far from the Emerald Hotel. We start diving from Batu Kelebit and let us drift with the current along an amazing variety of soft corals, sea fans, coral bushes and sponges. There is a good chance to see reef sharks and bump head parrotfish. The deeper we dive the better the marine life. A depth of 40 m and more is great fun for experienced divers.
The second dive starts right in front of Emerald Hotel, where we may have a look at the car wreck planted there in order to attract the growth of corals some years ago. Both dives are drift dives and are usually most enjoyable, as is the little sailing tour to Batu Kelebit and back.
Shark Point at Gili Tepekong
Certified divers should visit the sharks point at the huge rock Gili Tepekong. At the open seaside of this rock, a slope drops to a depth of several hundred meters. The slope is covered with beautiful stone- and soft coral, which remain small but sturdy because of the permanently present current. Because of the rock's exposed position facing the open sea it offers a fair chance for big fish encounters including gray-, white-and black tip reef sharks which sometimes can be observed while asleep in a cave. The rock side facing the beach slopes in 45 degrees to a depth of 60 m. Here you may find nurse sharks and black-banded sea snakes.
Your adrenaline level may quite well increase by being surrounded by 20 or more sharks of various sizes -but it is a fantastic adventure and a very memorable experience.
Both dives are drift dives with an attentive boat crew following the divers. Because of it's exposed position in the open sea and occasionally strong currents, Tepekong is an outstanding dive site for experienced divers only.
The Blue Lagoon is at Padang Bai, the harbor serving ferries traveling between Bali and Lombok. The blue lagoon is a perfect spot to start your diving trip in Bali, because the relaxed environment supports rusty divers to get used to diving again and train buoyancy and equipment checks. The lagoon is an excellent site for snorkeling, too.
Discover scuba diving, swimming and sunbathing only 5 boat minutes away from Padang Bai. The southern part of the reef drops vertically to 20 m and is covered by stone- and soft coral. The landscape is dominated by up to 4 m high growing soft coral where large spiny lobsters feel at home. Large schools of batfish are usually hanging around and accompany the divers.
On the northern side we have the option to dive an interesting slope that drops to 30 m offering the sight of plenty 'fan' worms and feather stars, or we dive the sandy area while drifting between beautiful soft coral piles. At a short distance a large stag horn coral field stretches 8 m of depth, providing a colorful home to oriental sweet lips, bassets and schools of glass fish. At the end the sandy area changes to a stone coral field. Due to an increased current at the outer reef border, white tip reef sharks are frequently observed hunting.
Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Penida & Lembongan Ceningan are excellent dive sides due to their unharmed environment. Nusa Penida & Lembongan island are located more or less in between Bali and Lombok and are populated by a few inhabitants only. The major “industry” on these islands is based on the collection of sea grass (to be exported to Japan) and a growing tourism. Still there is hardly any pollution and this fact keeps the marine life in an exceptional condition. Therefore, this is a beautiful spot for divers but kind of expensive due to its location and the required boat trip. We make your trip to Penida & Lembongan island a most enjoyable tour on board of our 18 m traditional sailing vessel Condor.
The reef characteristics are the same for both islands with the exception that Penida's reef drops steeper than the Lembongan reef
The visibility is usually excellent and reaches 20 meters or more. Thermo-clines may cause sudden drops in water temperature. Large schools of bassets circle the reef and quite often you will find the wonderful egg cowries as well as high whip coral. Big fish, like manta rays, eagle rays, sharks, giant turtles and sunfish are common visitors in this area.
Look around and enjoy the magnificent creation of Mother Nature. These islands are a must for the experienced, demanding and solvent diver. Currents may become very strong and may change direction – these dives are not suitable for beginners but a perfect spot for divers with advanced experience.
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