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Dive sites North-West Bali: spectacular reefs and walls

North-West Bali offers some great, relaxing diving and is testament to the variety Bali has to offer. Best known is Menjangan island - part of Menjangan National Marine Park. Menjangan dive sites boast spectacular reefs and walls, groupers, large groups of jacks and turtles and some beautiful scenery. Secret Bay on the other hand is best known for its muck diving and wonderful and weird critters – a photographer’s delight. Pemuteran offers some relaxing dives and is best known for its coral reef project. You can encounter large groups of fish on the Pemuteran dive sites, as well as the napoleon wrasse, turtles, small marine life such as sea horses and healthy coral formations.

     
 
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Garden Eel
This dive site is located at the most northwestern tip of Menjangan Island and can be reached by boat. In order to reach it you need to follow the wall west of the Anchor, navigate around the tip of the island and head almost into the channel between Menjangan and the Bali mainland. In the channel you will find an extremely rich and healthy wall. At the end of the dive you come across a shallow area which is inhabited by garden eels and is known as a good spot for occasional sightings of barracuda, white tip reef sharks, turtles and napoleon wrasse.

Location Location Visibility Visibility Depth Depth
Menjangan Island 10 - 40 meters 5 - 40 meters
     
Currents Currents Level Diver Level Distance Distance to Site
No current All levels Approximately 3 hours by car and a 20-minute boat ride
 
Marine Life Marine Life
Garden Eels, barracudas, turtles, napoleon wrasse, colourful marine life
 
As the name says garden eels on this reef in Bali
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Kapal Budak (Anchor Wreck)
Most dive sites on Menjangan island boast rich, colourful walls, clear waters and an abundance of reef life. The Anchor Wreck is no different. The wreck is a small wooden boat and one of the oldest in Bali, built in the late 1800’s and sunk in the World War II. It derives its name from the large, encrusted anchor which still lies about 6 to 8 meters from the surface. You can still find some of the ship’s cargo here, such as sheets of copper and brown ceramic bottles. Some of the wreckage, covered in gorgonians, protrudes from the sand.  You will find large schools of fish here, reef sharks, moray eels, and some turtles. Joe’s Gone Diving offers dive trips to Kapal Budak as part of our dive safaris.

Location Location Visibility Visibility Depth Depth
Menjangan Island 10 - 33 meters 5 - 40 meters
     
Currents Currents Level Diver Level Distance Distance to Site
Constant currents, strong at times All levels Approximately 3 hours by car and a 20-minute boat ride
 
Marine Life Marine Life
Very rich reef life, large schools of colourful fish, reef sharks, turtles, bull jacks, grey snappers, surgeonfish, nudibranches and fusiliers.
 
View of Anchor reef Menjangan
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POS I
POS I offers a spectacular drop off with healthy blossoming corals, crevices and fissures, as well as some small caves along the reef. There is an abundance of fan corals along the drop-off which descends to 40 metres or more. The top of the reef is a great place to spot some hidden marine life like an octopus, pygmy seahorse, groupers, the gorgeous orangutan crab and moray eels. As there is usually no current, you can expect a relaxing, easy dive. Great for photographers of course.

Location Location Visibility Visibility Depth Depth
Menjangan Island 10 - 33 meters 5 - 40 meters
     
Currents Currents Level Diver Level Distance Distance to Site
No current All levels Approximately 3 hours by car and a 20-minute boat ride
 
Marine Life Marine Life
Abundant colourful reef life, schools of jacks, turtles, groupers, octopus, reef sharks and small fish like nudibranches, pygmy seahores, oranguntan crabs and anemone fish. Colourful sponges, sea fan and soft  corals
 
Pygmy seahorse bali
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POS II
The POS II Ranger Station is another of Menjangan’s impressive wall dives. This site can be accessed by boat or from the beach on Menjangan after a break. A sandy slope leads to the start of the wall at about 12 metres. You will find gorgeous soft corals here, sea fans and sponges. And an abundant colourful reef life: schooling jackfish, turtles, barracudas, nudibranches and pufferfish. As the visibility is usually very good here, be sure to look down at the sandy bottom to look out for reef sharks and the eagle ray. A relaxing dive with plenty to see. Joe’s Gone Diving highly recommends putting Menjangan on your wish list during one of our dive safaris.

Location Location Visibility Visibility Depth Depth
Menjangan Island 10 - 33 meters 5 - 40 meters
     
Currents Currents Level Diver Level Distance Distance to Site
No current All levels Approximately 3 hours by car and a 20-minute boat ride
 
Marine Life Marine Life
Colourful reef life, schools of jacks and fusiliers, trumpet fish, nudibranches, reef sharks, turtles, eagle ray, barracuda, pufferfish and beautiful coral formations
 
School of fish Menjangan
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Pemuteran
Pemuteran offers a variety of dive sites. It is particularly well known for the coral reef project that was started here which consists of 3 sites. But it also offers some interesting wall dives. There are some shore dives, but the majority of dives are done by boat. The current is very moderate in this part of the island and is therefore ideal for easy and relaxing dives. You can find a variety of marine life here, from schools of jacks and snappers to napoleon fish and frog fishes. Joe’s Gone Diving dives here on a regular basis on our dive safaris.

Location Location Visibility Visibility Depth Depth
Pemuteran 10 - 30 meters 6 - 25 meters
     
Currents Currents Level Diver Level Distance Distance to Site
Mild to non-existent currents. Can be a bit stronger farther out All levels Approximately 3 hours by car
 
Marine Life Marine Life
Schools of jacks, snappers, cuttle fish, napoleon fish, groupers, stone fish, pipe fish, small colourful reef fish and beautiful corals
 
A Ribbon Eel living on the reefs in Pemuteran
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Secret Bay
The muck dive site of Gilimanuk can be found at the far northwestern tip of Bali. The ferry to Java leaves from Gilimanuk. The black volcanic sandy bottom houses a variety of critters and is a great site for the underwater videographer or photographer. You can find dragonettes on this shore dive. Ghost pipefish, frog fish and many juveniles use this as their safe harbour. As the site is very remote, Joe’s Gone Diving will only dive here on dive safaris.

Location Location Visibility Visibility Depth Depth
Gilimanuk Bay 4 - 10 meters 3 - 10 meters
     
Currents Currents Level Diver Level Distance Distance to Site
Generally hardly any current All levels Approximately 3 hours by car
 
Marine Life Marine Life
Frog fish, dragonet, crabs, nudibranches, ghost pipefish, octopus and many different critters
 
Nudi Branches in Secret Bay BAli
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