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East Bali: Dive Sites Padang Bay and Candi Dasa

The variety of dive sites around Padang Bay and Candidasa is impressive.clownfish on East Bali dive site Enjoy the beautiful corals and diverse marine life in the Padang Bay area. Swim with large schools of fish at Gili Tepekong and Gili Mimpang and go on the look out for weird critters at Pura Jepun and the Jetty. Joe’s Gone Diving organises regular day trips to this stunning area.

Dive sites east Bali

Blue Lagoon

 Blue Lagoon is just minutes away by traditional boat from the beach in Padang Bay. This shallow coastal reef has a sandy bottom, a wall and a gradual slope. It has a good variety of hard and soft corals and has a surprising variety of fish, from the small tropical fish to the larger fish like sharks and turtles. On rare occasions we even ran into a manta here.

  • Diver Level: All Levels
  • Depth: 1-30 meters
  • Visibility: 10-20 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 5 minutes by traditional boat
  • Sharks
  • Rays
  • Nudibranch
  • Squid
  • Cuttle fish
  • Scorpio leaf fish
  • Manti shrimps
  • Octopus
  • Elephant coral and table coral

Ferry Channel

 The Ferry Channel is just in front of the beach of Padang Bay where the ferry for Lombok leaves. It is just a few minutes by boat and the gradual slope has a sandy bottom. The dive starts in the ferry channel and ends around the corner on the Tanjung Sari dive site. A great place to look for pygmy sea horses and to spot reef sharks. Due to tides and currents the site is not always accessible.

  • Diver Level: Intermediate
  • Depth: 1-35 meters
  • Visibility: 10-20 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 5 minutes by traditional boat
  • White-tip reef sharks
  • Cuttle fish
  • Turtles
  • Nudibranchs
  • Octopus
  • Surgeon fish
  • Manti shrimp
  • Bumphead parrotfish
  • If you are lucky pygmy sea horses

Pura Jepun

 Pura Jepun lies on the north side of the Padang Bay diving area past Blue Lagoon. This dive site has a sandy bottom and small groups of corals. It is a great location for finding smaller marine life such as sea horses, manti shrimps and crocodile fish. The dive site starts quite shallow and gradually slopes to some 27 metres.

  • Diver Level: Beginner to advanced
  • Depth: 1-27 meters
  • Visibility: 10-20 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 7 minutes by traditional boat
  • Small marine life
  • Nudibranchs
  • Manti shrimp
  • Sea horses
  • Ghost pipe fish
  • Lion fish
  • Puffer fish
  • Trigger fish

Tanjung Sari

 The Tanjung Sari dive site is just North of Padang Bay, 5 minutes by traditional boat. The site consists of a small wall and a reef on a sandy slope. The site is great for spotting interesting smaller marine life such as leaf scorpionfish, nudibranchs and octopus as well as sharks and turtles. It is generally an easy dive and great for exploring.

  • Diver Level: Beginner to advanced
  • Depth: 1-27 meters
  • Visibility: 10-20 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 5 minutes by traditional boat
  • White-tip reef shark
  • Turtles
  • Rays
  • Octopus
  • Leaf scorpionfish
  • Manti shrimp
  • Nudibranchs
  • Lion fish

Bias Tugal

 Bias Tugal is on the south side of Padang Bay, just on the right of the ferry channel. It is named after the beach and is well-known for its beautiful corals and its colourful marine life. The shallow area is flat with a sandy bottom and lots of coral patches. The sloping reef starts around 8 metres and goes down to about 30 metres. You often find turtles, white-tip reef sharks, orangutan crab, nudibranchs and schools of fish. If you are lucky you might come across an eagle ray.

  • Diver Level: All levels
  • Depth: 6-30 meters
  • Visibility: 15-30 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 3 minutes by traditional boat
  • Eagle ray
  • Turtles
  • Nudibranch
  • Octopus
  • Orangutan Crab
  • Large schools of batfish
  • Nudibranchs
  • Schools of barracuda (juveniles) & Jackfish

Turtle Neck / The Wall

 The wall is just left of the Blue Lagoon. As the name already suggests this is a coral wall. This short wall starts shallow at around 5 metres and slopes gently to 28 meters. This is a very nice site for macro life such as the leaf scorpionfish, orang-utan crab, moray eels, lion fish, manti shrimp and octopus. Occasionally you find larger marine life such as sharks here.

  • Diver Level: All levels
  • Depth: 5-28 meters
  • Visibility: 10-25 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 5 minutes by traditional boat
  • Cuttlefish
  • Moray eels
  • Ribbon eels
  • Mantis shrimp
  • Porcelain and orangutan crabs
  • Nudibranchs
  • Ghost pipefish
  • Leaf scorpion fish
  • Wasp fish
  • Octopus
  • On occasion cat sharks, wobbegongs and reef sharks

Gili Mimpang

 Gili Mimpang consists of 4 mini rock islands and is located close to the village of Candidasa. The quality of the reef is healthy and it boasts a rich marine life with the occasional shark and turtle. The site is a combination of slopes and walls. Joe’s Gone Diving offers trips to Gili Mimpang for the more experienced diver.

  • Diver Level: Experienced
  • Depth: 6-30 meters
  • Visibility: 10-30 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 20 minutes by boat
  • Large groups of fish such as yellowtails and bannerfish.
  • Napoleon wrasses
  • Reef sharks
  • Eagle rays
  • Turtles
  • Nudibranchs
  • In season mola mola (sun fish)

Gili Tepekong

 This small island boasts spectacular swim-throughs, reef slopes and vertical walls. On this site for advanced divers, you can expect to find large schools of barracudas, turtles and in season the occasional mola mola. The current can be challenging at times, so Joe’s Gone Diving only dives there when the current is not too strong.

  • Diver Level: Experienced
  • Depth: 6-30 meters
  • Visibility: 10-25 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 20 minutes by boat
  • Schools of barracudas
  • Turtles
  • Reef sharks
  • Groupers
  • Bat fish
  • In season mola mola (sun fish)

Gili Biaha

 Gili Biaha is most famous for its shark cave at about 12 metres depth. The site itself is as the name already suggests a little island (gili in Indonesian). The dive is a wall dive and Joes’ Gone Diving only dives there when the current and surge are not too strong, normally in the mornings. In the shark cave you will find white-tip reef sharks, most often asleep or occasionally cruising around. When leaving the cave you will find the most amazing display of colourful reef fish and light. The wall has a few terraces and you can often find octopus, nudibranch, manti shrimps and if you are lucky a leaf scorpionfish.

  • Diver Level: Experienced
  • Depth: 5-30 meters
  • Visibility: 10-30 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car followed by 25 minutes by boat
  • White-tip reef sharks
  • Turtles
  • Octopus
  • Leaf scorpionfish
  • Puffer fish
  • A variety of small marine life

 

Also check out the Jetty dive site in Padang Bay for some great muck diving.



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