This site is flat and calm with warm water. It is a very good site for those who want to try scuba diving - Discover Scuba! It is very relaxed and comfortable with black sand bottom, slopes, coral, and a wide variety of fish species that make for a great first impression under water! True Scuba Bali uses a traditional Balinese fishing boat - jukung - with a maximum of three divers per boat. Dives start about 400m from shore.
Secret Bay: Macro Dive
This site is shallow and calm with flat sandy and flat muddy bottoms. There is less visibility here and the sea temps are often 20C (COLD for Bali!). There can be lots of rubbish underwater - from lost and broken shoes to sunken wood boats - but it is one of the best sites to find many rare fish like; Frog Fish, Mandarins, Ghost Pipe Fish, and a variety of Sea Horses. This is the site for Underwater Macro Photographers -- you will want to stay down forever!
Menjangan (Deer) Island is about 6000 hectares with white sandy beaches and is part of the West Bali National Park. There are 10 AWESOME dive sites surrounding Menjangan Island! The crystal clear waters around Menjangan makes for almost unbelievable visibility at 30m+. The coral reef is very healthy and flourishes at depths ranging from 3m to 40m. This coral system hosts more than 60 families of fish with varying genus within those families. Snorkeling is EXCELLENT here! The Drop-Off at Menjangan, if you choose, can make for very challenging dives. This site is near the abandoned guard post and has a broad channel that assists guiding divers to the surface. This dive offers spectacular coral, many deep crevices and fissures, small caves, Garden Eels, sleeping Groupers, and large schools of Big Eye Jack Fish. We often see Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Whale Shark, White Tip and Black Tip Reef Sharks, Green Sea Turtles, amd Molo-Mola (Sun Fish).
Menjangan Island, about 70km west of Lovina, takes about 1 hr 20 min by car. From the harbor, it takes about 30 min by fast boat. The scenery is FANTASTIC!
This dive site is centered around a local, community driven, reef restoration project began in 2000. This project not only changed, for the better, the coral reef, it also changed the attitudes and livelihood of the neighboring villages. “Bio-Rock” is the technology where wind and solar energy is harnessed to produce a low-voltage electrical current into underwater artificial structures which, in turn, encourages coral growth! Bio-Rock is just 20m from shore, shallow water, shore entry, and clear water. Coral growth is astonishing here due to the success of the local project which brings a wide variety of marine life. “HEALTHY CORAL, HEALTHY FISH”
Pemuteran: Underwater Temple
From Pemuteran Bay it takes about 20 minutes by boat. The boats are from the traditional boat village organization and the Underwater Temple is the result of regional divers organizing with the local community. When diving the Underwater Temple we feel as if we are actually visiting an old Hindu Temple. This site is a deep water entry dive site so Advanced Open Water Certification is required.
Puri Jati: Macro Dive
Puri Jati is “MUST DIVE” dive site for underwater photographers. World famous for its macro diving and photographs as well as for those divers with the patience to discover small and fascinating creatures of the deep! With its black sand beach, black sandy bottom, and sparse sections of seaweed, comes Sea Pens, Soft Coral, Octopus, Pipe Sea Horses, Decorator Crabs, small Anemone, the Mimic Octopus, an
untold numbers and varieties of crabs, shrimp, and seahorses.
“HAPPY MACRO SEARCHING”
Kubu Boga Ship Wreck
The “Boga” is a ship of 150 tons and 85m in length sunk (on purpose!) in October 2012 just off the Kubu Beach in North Bali and ranges in depth of 13m near the bow and 33m to the sand at the stern. Being a “new wreck” there is very little coral growing on the ship but several species of marine life are starting to gather here. The atmosphere of the Boga has been described as “CREEPY” and is a bit of challenging dive! The shape of this complete wreck and the sensations she emanates must be felt by divers. The VW Safari in the upper cargo hold is a MUST SEE!
Tulamben: USAT Liberty Ship Wreck
The USAT Liberty was an American armed cargo ship which was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942. She did not sink where she rests today! She was towed to Tulamben and beached. Where she remained until the 1963 eruption of Mt. Agung. That eruption moved her to where she lays today. The many years under the sea have transformed the USAT Liberty into one of world's best known and desired artificial reef dive sites with visibility in excess of 30m at times!
Stunning Gorgonian Sea Fans, huge Barrel Sponges, and coral flourish here with over 50 different fish family and genus -- day and night diving is a MUST!
This is a shore dive that is 78km east of Lovina - about 1 hour 30 min by car.
About 800m to the northeast of Tulamben Bay and the USAT Liberty lies plankton rich water and the Tulamben Drop-Off. There are three main dive sites here, each with totally different environments! Black sandy bottom, rocky point beach entry, then follow the rock fall to a sharp drop-off where the BIG fish like to hang out! Fish like the whale shark and sunfish.
This can be a shore dive or boat dive.
Seraya: Macro Dive
Another spot for some GREAT macro searching and underwater photography! Just 3km east of Tulamben Bay with easy shore entry. Here you will find a black sandy slope rich with marine life. Pipefish, Cuttlefish, Seahorses, Firefish, Pygmy Seahorse, Mimic Octopus, Frogfish, Nudibranchs, crabs, shrimp, and MORE!!! Lots of of big sponges, fan coral, and BIG groupers. This site is perfect for all levels of divers.
Lipah: Japanese Wreck
Lipah Bay is a quiet, black sandy, bay about 3km southeast of Amed and nderwater home to the 20m steel freighter wreck. She sits in 6 to 12m of sea and rests between a reef and a sandy bottom. She is encrusted with gorgonians, sponges, and black coral bushes. The slope down and away from the wreck is rich and healthy with a wide range of fish occupants and visitors. Lipah Bay makes for a good snorkeling site as well.