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Bali Muck Diving Sites

Bali offers some excellent muck diving sites. pygmee seahorse in Bali Indonesia Great dives to spot the weird and wonderful critters Bali has to offer such as frog fish, dragonettes, rhinopias, mimic octopus, blue ring octopus and many more. They are spread out across the island. In Padang Bay you find the Jetty, close to Tulamben you find Seraya, and in between Lovina and Pemuteran you can dive on Puri Jati. All excellent dive sites for photographers. If you mainly like to dive on coral, muck-diving is not your thing, but if you like the excitement of spotting cool marine life, these dive sites should definitely be on your wish list.

Dive Sites in this area

The Jetty Puri Jati Seraya Secret Bay
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The Jetty

 The Jetty dive site is one of the newest dive sites in Padang Bay and used to be used for cruise ships. Unlike the other dive sites in Padang Bay, the sand here is black. The bottom is sloping and you find soft corals directly under the jetty. Most of the diving takes place on the sandy bottom around the jetty. You find special critters on this muck diving site such as frog fish, flying gurnard, octopus, many different types of nudibranchs, Indian ocean walkman and the crocodile fish. The Jetty is a macro photographer’s heaven.

  • Diver Level: All Levels
  • Depth: 6-20 meters
  • Visibility: 5-20 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 1 hour by car, followed by 15 minutes by traditional boat
  • Cuttlefish
  • Coconut octopus
  • Reef octopus
  • Brown waspfish
  • Pipefish
  • Nudibranch
  • Flying gurnard
  • Flounder
  • Dragonet
  • Crabs
  • Ghost pipefish
  • Crocodile fish
  • Many different critters

Puri Jati

 Puri Jati or Critter Heaven is one of Joe’s favourite sites. Due to the distance, this dive is best done as part of a Dive Safari. Patience, buoyancy and being alert on the smallest differences in the bottom composition is key here. This site is easily the best muck diving site in Bali today, a great variety of marine critters can be found here, from the mimic octopus to the Indian walkman devilfish and several species of shrimps, nudibranchs and manti shrimps: a photographer’s heaven. And for you that don’t take pictures, a fantastic opportunity to see strange sea creatures up close. The site is more than large enough to allow for two and even three dives. Due to the distance we only go here during dive safaris.

  • Diver Level: All Levels
  • Depth: 2-25 meters
  • Visibility: 10-30 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: Approximately 3 hours by car
  • Seahorse
  • Indian Walkman
  • Devilfish
  • Octopus
  • Cuttlefish
  • Pipe seahorse
  • Nudibranch
  • Crab
  • Shrimp
  • Mimic octopus and much more


 Harlequin shrimp, frog fish, filamon devil fish, ghost pipefish and many other critters have given Seraya the nickname of Macro Heaven. Seraya can be found a few kilometres South of Tulamben. This shore dive is unsurprisingly very popular with photographers. The muck diving site has a black volcanic, sandy bottom and is an easy dive as there is hardly any current. Joe’s Gone Diving dives here on our dive safaris and as a day trip.

  • Diver Level: All Levels
  • Depth: 3-25 meters
  • Visibility: 5-30 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 2 hours by car, shore diving
  • Harlequin shrimp
  • Frog fish
  • Filamon devil fish
  • Boxer crab
  • Nudibranchs
  • Seahorses
  • Ghost pipefish and many different critters

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 here, 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.

  • Diver Level: All Levels
  • Depth: 3-15 meters
  • Visibility: 4-10 meters
  • Distance to Dive Site: 4 hours drive, shore diving
  • Frog fish
  • Dragonet
  • Crabs
  • Nudibranchs
  • Ghost pipefish
  • Octopus and many different critters

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