Diving in Amed-Tulamben

 

Situated in the global center of marine biodiversity, Bali presents some of the best diving in the World. The unspoilt coast of Amed is known for its clear visibility, rich sea life and vibrant coral reefs, and the easily accessibility to dive sites allows for very affordable diving.   At Fab Diving we offer free accommodation if you dive twice in one day, however if you prefer to dive only once a day you’ll still find that our accommodation is the best value in the area.   Most dive sites of Amed and Tulamben are accessible from the beach and allow for an easy, slow which is gentle on the ears. Access to other sites are made via traditional Balinese boats (Jukungs) and day trips to see Manta Rays and seasonally the Mola Mola on Nusa Penida are also available, for divers who want to explore a little bit further.  

Amed Dive sites

Melasti

The Melasti dive site is the home dive site of Fab Dive Center and is located at the end of the street, just over 500 meters away. Melasti is a favourite of photographers and lovers of macro diving because many rare creatures can be found here such as harlequin shrimps, frog fish, sea horse, a lot of nudibranchs and moray eels, sea snake. A no reef dive site, Melasti offers a unique type of experience with many different forms of marine life in it’s shallow waters.

 

Jemeluk Bay – 3 exceptional sites

The extraordinary area of Jemeluk Bay offers three exceptional dive sites including the drop-off, coral garden and artificial reefs. The magnificent reefs are inhabited by a wide variety of life and still offer frequent divers nice surprises including frog fish, ghost pipefish,Sea horse, leaf scorpion ,flying gunart, devil scorpion fish, octopus mimetic and much more.

The drop Off

The Drop off presents a rugged and interesting stretch of coast with deep slopes full of black and colourful corals. The wall starts at a depth of 16-18 meters and spans to a depth of 30 meters. At the beginning of the dive you’ll see some fascinating bioluminescent anemone, full of vibrant colours which are great for photography. After continuing to the wall there are many reef fish amongst the hugs soft coral including lots schools of mackerel, yellow fusilier and giant trevally. In the shallow water of this dive there is also an artificial structure – an underwater post box where many fish congregate.

Coral Garden

This coral garden is known as the beauty of the reef because it’s home to the bat fish, nudibranch and many flounders. There are a large range of beautiful corals here which flourish in the warm waters of Amed, giving divers a great variety of species to search for amongst the coral fabric. It’s a very easy dive, reaching to a depth of 18 meters, which makes it perfect for those new to diving wishing to undertake the Discovery scuba dive. It’s also a great spot for snorkelling as the clear water and bright colours present lots to see.

Artificial Reef

The mermaid statue of this artificial reef gives this dive a mystical touch as fish take shelter underneath and inside the structure. Made out of ph neutral cement the smiling mermaid sits at a depth of 10 meters and can be found 30 meters inward from the shore. The dive itself presents a large bio diversity for divers wishing to see more rare sea life such as the Ornate ghost pipe fish and minic octupus. Also common to this dive site are the frog fish, nudibranch, shrimp, moray, flat worm and the puffer fish. It’s a very easy dive and it’s great for snorkelling too.

Pyramids

Very unique dive site, a must to do in Amed : A series of artificial reef structures in the shape of pyramids offer a very unique kind of dive. The pyramid structures are grouped in threes and they are made up of metal pieces or rubber tyres which are tied together and lie on the sandy ocean floor at a depth of 20 meters. The current here is mild – intermediate, making for a gentle drift dive available to all dive levels.

Amongst the artificial reef there is also a natural reef and both harbour a many species of fish including turtles, puffers, moray eels, pygmy sea horse, and huge school of fish. On the sandy bottom you can see many rays, especially the blue spotted ray as well as a huge field of sea eels at the start of the dive.

The secret Wall

A very infamous but wonderful wall, hence the name – the secret wall. Its only for experienced divers with minimum of Advanced certification. The wall starts at 20 meters and goes down to a depth of 40 meters, with a pinnacle in the middle where divers can pass through the pinnacle and wall like an canyon. Here you can see the white tip shark, eagle ray and turtles. This dive is mainly about the beauty of the reef, where you can see huge untouched coral table that can span up to 10 meter squared, which is very rare. Access is only by boat so there is an extra charge.

The Japanese wreck

A few meters from the edge of shore lies a small steel ship of 20 meters in length. It sits at a depth of 2 – 12 meters and was allegedly a Japanese patrol boat which came to the end of it’s fate during the second World War. The wreck is covered in beautiful coral bushes, hard and soft, inhabiting by a multitude of diverse sea creatures.

The site can sometimes have a strong current which provides nutrient food for the tropical fish in the area, such as the ghost pipefish, seahorses, white tip reef sharks, tuna, dragonfish and turtles. This site is a favourite because of the abundance of nudibranch, as the soft coral provides a great living habitat.

Drifting Bunutan

The Bunutan drift dive ranges from 10 – 40 meters and is for intermediate divers as there can be a moderate to strong high current. This dive begins by floating over an impressive bed of garden eels and is a nice drift to float along because of the diversity of sea life. With 500 meters in length of coral reef, the scope of life can be diverse, inhabiting lion fish, triggerfish, barracudas, moray eel, groupers, black tip sharks, trevally, turtles, puffer fish and  big pinacle. The nature of this drift dives means that it is done from a traditional Balinese local boat (Jukung). Legend has it that one can see

This dive site is on the most eastern tip of Bali and therefore can have very strong downdrafts, because of this we will only take very experienced divers here. We ask that divers of this site have a minimum of 80 dives and hold an Advanced certificate or equivalent. Such an exclusive dive brings opportunities to see the incredible mola-mola (when in season) and thresher sharks. The depth ranges from 5 – 40 meters and there are exquisitely colourful reefs which remain pristine and vibrant. Here you can also see a variety of sea life including eagle rays, black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, bluefin trevally, turtles, barracudas, napoleon wrasse and bumphead parrotfish. The reefs here also inhabit current-loving schooling batfish and big-eyes travally, as well as yellow margin morays, cuttlefish, and Pygmy seahorses. This dive site is only acceessible by boat, therefore and requires an extra fee.

Batu Bela

This is one of the most beautiful reefs off the coast of Bali and it is renowned for having the highest amount of fish, it remains a favourite site of the Fab Dive Center. As an easy dive and has a depth between 10-30 meters so it’s open to all levels of divers because the current remains mild. You can enter the dive site from the sandy and rocky beach and after a few meters of beach you can see where the coral reef begins. The nutrient rich waters of the Lombok strait and cooled off lava gives this site a vibrancy in its sponge like coral and the numerous marine life that live in it. There are many schooling fish in this area such as snappers, batfish and fusiliers and if lucky you can also see tuna that often patrol for prey. Another good site for macro and muck divers here you can admire the many nudibranch, lobsters, crabs and mantis shrimps amongst the anemones which can be found with the reef and if you are lucky you can find giant frog fish and leaf scorpion fish aswell..

Tulamben dive sites

 

USAT Liberty

Listed as the best wreck dives in Bali, the USAT Liberty remains the only wreck in the World that has been caused because of a volcanic eruption. Originally sunk by a Japenese submarine torpedo in the second World War, it lay on the beach until 1963 when Gunung Agung erupted, resulting in flowing lava pushing the wreck into the Ocean and breaking it up in the process. It now sits on the sandy bed 30 meters away from the shore at a maximum depth of 30 meters, encrusted in lava and coral allowing for extraordinarily nutrient rich waters.

Due to the nature of this dive site, there is a magnitude of interesting sea life fauna and marine life including the red barracuda, turtles, bumperhead parrot fish, mantis shrimps and stringrays to name a few. There are many areas of the structure which are easy to penetrate and the way the wreck has broken apart allows for an interesting topography which is ideal for photography. This wreck invites divers back time and time again as the vibrant environment provides new things to discover, making it one of the favourites amongst the dive masters and instructors in the area.

The wrecks crevices hide a variety of marine life such as the bumphead parrot fish, great barracuda, napoleon wrasse and turtles which can be explored in the day time. At night the wreck becomes alive as lobsters creep out of their hiding places and moray eels roam around the darkness to hunt, providing a spooky and magnificent night time experience. Amongst the bigger things you can also see the Spanish dancers, mantis prawns, pygmy seahorses and the eyes of the bobtail squid as you glide your torch across the structure.

Being one of the most popular dive sites in Bali, we always dive here very early (in either the morning or evening) to avoid the mass of divers coming with the dive centers from southern Bali. The Dive site not to  be miss during your stay in Bali.

 The coral garden

Sometimes nicknamed as ‘Paradise Reef’, there are some species that can be found here which other dives in the area don’t offer such as ribbon eels, Indian Ocean clownfish and reef black tip sharks. The dive site can be accessed from the beach and lies on black lava sand and rocks from the Gunung Agung volcano which is visible from the Fab Dive Center. The coral garden starts off very shallow and goes down to 20 meters, harbouring some steep walls with some fascinating coral reefs where diverse fish inhibit. It’s subject to moderate tidal currents but generally presents an easy dive, which is perfect for beginners.

The Wall/Drop Off

After the USAT Liberty, the Drop Off is the area’s most popular dive and with an exceedingly rich marine life, it’s no wonder. Just 500 meters from the wreck, the main part of the wall has been formed by a procession of coral covered lava spills, and it’s this nutrient rich material which allows for such an abundance in diversity. The dive site can be entered from the rocky beach where immediately a steep coral slope can be seen. Here it is perfect for macro diving as there are many nudibranchs, shrimps and often the Orang-utan crab, which make for vibrant pictures. Between a depth of 5-10 meters, the reef edge drops off to a depth of around 80 meters, leaving divers with a an impressive view as the 15-20 meters of visibility disappears into the darkness.

The wall exhibits an impressive diversity of sponge and fan corals where you’ll find shoals of striped fusiliers, bumphead parrotfish, jackfish, sea slugs, Japanese rock shrimp, octopus, tuna, lion fish, scorpion fish, stonefish, glass fish, angelfish and sole. As well as the reef fish on the wall, the deep blue ocean invites tuna, rays and black tip sharks.

Palung-Palung

Nicknamed as ‘The Bowls’ because of its layout, the Indonesian translation from Palung is ‘troughs’. The dive starts off with a shallow bay, allowing divers to enter from the beach and graduates to an untouched coral garden that lies on a slope. This dive presents a mixture of ‘red hair’ coral, delicate branches of acroporid coral and many unspoilt coral formations, where nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, soft coral crabs and shrimps are often spotted. The topography of this dive site offers divers an interesting dive as there are canyons, walls and slopes with depth ranges from 10 – 40 meters. The current in this dive site be sometimes be of a moderate strength and when timed well they offer the sightings of allied cowries, fusiliers, bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse and hawksbill turtles.

Batu Kelebit

Differing from the usual black sands of the area, the Batu Kelebit site offers white sandy ridges, which protect it from strong currents. There is good visibility of the site from 15 – 20 meters and the depth goes from 10 meters, through to 60 meters which allow for great deep and technical diving. The start of the dive is a sloping coral reef garden which begins in a small bay with a light current, making it rich in plankton and a great place to see groupers, travally, pelagics, tunas, barracudas, napoleon wrasse, rays and black and white tip reef sharks. 

Seraya

Seraya secret is named as such because it is a great site for muck diving and is known as a haven for colourful yet strange macro-life, making it perfect for underwater photographers. The dive site ranges from 15 – 30 meters in depth and is easily assessable from the beach, making it an exciting dive for Open water divers. Amongst the black sand muck you’ll find a vast array of brightly coloured creatures which the dive site is famous for such as the famous harlequin shrimp, nudibranch, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, frogfish, dragonets. Also on this site are ‘cleaning stations’ which provide the perfect habitat for moray eels amongst the miniature sea life.

Kubu dive sites

 

 The new wreck : The Boga Wreck

The Boga Wreck is a decommissioned Coastguard supply ship which was purposefully sunk in the Kubu Bay to increase marine diversity. The area itself can sometimes have a mild current but as the wreck is easy to penetrate on both floors, so it is advised that this wreck is for Advanced divers only. At 45 meters in length the steel structure sits on a sloping black sandy sea bed amongst diverse segments of coral, with the bow at a depth of 15 meters and the stern at a depth of 35 meters. Over the years divers have placed items on to the wreck which makes for a more interesting dive, as Buddha statues, treasure chests and old scuba tanks accompany the Volkswagen car which was originally sunk with the wreck. There is an abundance of fauna which has encrusted the wreck, creating the perfect home for the moray eels, barracudas and batfish.

Coral garden

The Kubu reef enters off the beach into shallow water sloping down to a wall where an impressive pinnacle lies, full of hard and soft coral. The coral garden presents a contras in textures and colours, like fanned out gorgonian coral, here many schools of fish can be found. Groups of chevron barracudas and fairy basslets that often frequent the coral garden and for those who look a little closer the brightly coloured nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses can be seen. Such shallow clear waters make this bay a haven for snorkelers as well as divers. Being situated in the Bay of Kubu, this dive can sometimes have a current but when light, it is a great place to learn diving and for those wishing to perfect their photography skills.

Special Day Trip

Nusa Penida

Located on the Wallace line, Nusa Penida is the meeting point of the north sea and the Bali sea, bringing rich nutrients which provides a great habitat for the marine life. The nature of this environment creates lots of currents so it is for experienced divers only. The day trip starts by a 1 and half hour car ride to Padang Bai where we will pick up a fast boat to take us to the west coast of Nusa Penida which is a white sand paradise. First of all we’ll go to Manta point where we can see the magnificent Manta Rays, then for the second dive we will go to Crystal Bay and between July and September we can see the famous Mola Mola (sunfish). For the third dive we will go over to east coast where there is a huge cliff with very powerful ocean, this is where we will do the third dive, a drift dive. As well as the Mantas Nusa Penida is famous for the beauty of the reef, palegic fish and white tip and black tip sharks.

Candidasa

One of the most spectacular dive sites in the regions, the topography of this site offers walls, pinnacles and caves. The depth here can go down to 40 meters and due to the nature of the site, the currents can vary, sometimes ripping through fast, therefore it is only offered to experienced divers. Such currents from the Lombok straits constantly provide this site with the nutrients to invite some of the bigger marine life found in Bali, such as sharks and mola mola when in season (August – October)

Padang Bai

This dive site offers blue lagoons, canyons, walls and caves.. Cooler temperatures allow for a variety of special and colourful unique reefs which aren’t found in other areas of Bali. Such a rich coral environment in Padang Bai attracts a myraid of species including schools of sweetlips, bannerfish and sharks. Also known for being another good area for muck diving, divers can also find the smaller creatures such as nudibranchs and anenomes which make for great photos.

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