Bali Diving and Surfing

Sanur and Nusa Dua Beach. Often used as a Vacation for teaching diving because of it’s close proximity to the tourist areas, there are some interesting coral formations, sponges and plentiful colourful fish on the reef at Sanur.

Candi Dasa
Batu Tiga – (Three rocks) is accessed by boat from Candi Dasa or Padang Bai.  With an average depth of 20m the site is excellent for diving or snorkelling.  The reef is steep and sloping with many corals.  Some fish seen here include Red Snapper, Clown Triggerfish, Blue Spotted Stingrays, Trevally, Morays and Whitetip Reef sharks.
Pulau Tapekang – On the east and north sides of the island this is a wall dive with many caves.  There are large bommies and many fish such as different Triggerfish, Angelfish, Snappers, Butterfly fish, Parrotfish, Moorish Idols and Emperor.

Bali Diving and  Surfing
Amed has excellent snorkeling just off the black sand beach and further out in the bay there’s a coral wall with an abundance f sponges and hard and soft corals.  Fish varieties include Black Snapper, Triggerfish, Surgeonfish, Unicornfish, Parrot fish, Damselfish, Cardinalfish, Whitetip Reef Sharks and many larger varieties such as Dogtooth Tuna and Blue Finned Trevally.

One of Bali’s most popular diving sites is the wreck of the US Liberty warship.  It was torpedoed by the Japanese during World War Il in the Lombok Strait.  She was beached on Tulambe when rescue attempts failed.  After the eruption of Mt. Agung in 1963 she broke in half and was left in her present position close to the shore of Tulamben.  The hull is encrusted with coral and the fish have become quite tame because of the large numbers of divers here.

A popular beach resort area, Lovina refers to a collection of small villages on the coast. In the past coral in the bay was used to make lime.  Fortunately the coral is now protected and some diving and snorkeling is possible with very clear water.  Lovina also is a good place to stay if you want to go to Menjangan.

This area has suffered a bit from dynamite fishing but great efforts have been made to stop further destruction.  There is much coral available such as Elkhorn and Staghorn.  There are a lot of tropical reef fish and a profusion of Moorish Idol.  There is also a turtle sanctuary located at Permuteran with regular releases of turtles into the sea which have been bred at the Sanctuary.  There’s also good snorkeling available right off the beach.

Menjangan Island (Deer Island)
There are a few dives sites to choose from at Menjangan with good conditions and excellent visibility.  The snorkeling is excellent too.  Menjangan also has a wreck, known as the “Anker” because of it’s heavily encrusted anchor at the top of the reef.  Fixed moorings have been built to prevent damage and the island is reached by a 30 minute boat ride from Labuan Lalang.

Nusa Penida
About one and a half hours from Bali by motor boat, Nusa Penida offers some truly spectacular and unspoiled diving and snorkeling.  As there is not much development here the reefs are very pristine.  An abundance of hard and soft corals make a home for large amounts of tropical fish such as Angelfish and Clownfish.  Morayeels live in the crevices and Whitetip Reef Sharks search for food at night and sleep by day under table corals.

Nusa Lembongan
The smaller island of Nusa Lembongan is a popular destination for day trippers.  At the northern end of the island, Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay and the Blue Corner Trip are all good diving sites.  Some of the areas are for experiences divers only and look for Mant Point to the east where school of Mantas come to the cleaning stations and to mate.

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