PADANG BAI, Bali Dive Sites
Padang Bai and Blue Lagoon dive sites are situated on the east coast of Bali, about 50 minutes north of Sanur. This area gives scuba divers great choice, from the calm waters of Blue Lagoon, which is suitable for those doing a try dive for the first time. Other Dive Sites include The Jetty which is great for Macro life and photographers, it’s also one of our favourite dives as there is so much variety there. Slightly more challenging are Gili Tepekong and Gili Mimpang which require divers to be very proficient and experienced in dealing with unpredictable currents.
We make two dives at Padang Bai which is about a 1 hour 30 minutes drive from the main tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
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Blue Lagoon dive site is renowned for its crystal clear waters, bright white sandy bottom and delightful coral bommies swarming with a profusion of brightly coloured fish, if this does not tempt the novice diver into a life of diving then nothing will! Blue lagoon has some very nice shallow reefs that are perfect photography dives and night dives. There are huge coral bommies that start in around five meters of water. The fish life is amazing! This dive site is very popular with photographers due to the depth and quality of the marine life. There is loads to see here from Napoleon wrasse, several kinds of reef shark, stone fish, morays, blue ribbon eels, nudibranches, rays, squid and octopus, leaf scorpion fish, and stargazers to name just a few.
This is one of our favourite sites in Bali. It’s not pretty but it is amazing! Diving underneath an abandoned commercial jetty that now just hosts the occasional fisherman, some divers and lots and lots of fish! It also has some of the weirdest fish around, from the giant frogfish to the flying gurnard, plus we normally see octopus, cuttlefish, mantis shrimps and much much more at this exceptionally varied site.
Is a very nice coral plateau. It is quite shallow at only around 10 m deep. It is a good site for training diving courses in Bali or for macro photography. It is possible to dive much deeper around 30 to 40 m deep but currents can tricky and strong.
Macro observation and photography spot. This location is a Reef. This is great place for spotting and diving with Sharks! You can dive Bias Tugal all year long. Fishes you may spot while diving Bias Tugal Angel Fish Barracuda Boxfish Clownfish Crocodile Fish Filefish Napoleon Wrasse Nudi branch Puffer fish Pygmy Seahorse Ribbon Eel Scorpion Fish Sweet Lip Triggerfish Turtle White tip Shark … and more fishes & sea life, Ghost Pipefish, Moray, Reef Cuttlefish, Squid, Stingray.
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 , Mantis shrimps , the Crocodile fish, Blue spotted stingrays! It is also a great place for underwater macro photography (Frogfish) with many strange and rare animals and is a very good night dive. There is an artificial reef and a small wreck at about 17 m deep. The dive site starts quite shallow and gradually slopes to some 27 meters.
Padang Bai – Advanced Divers Only…
A short boat ride from Padang Bai brings you to Gili Tepekong. Tepekong offers some of the most impressive diving in Bali. Great walls, the canyon, strong currents coupled with superb coral and marine life makes this a dive for experienced divers only. On these excellent drift dives you can expect to see all kinds of pelagics such as grey reef sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, and many other spectacular fish. The currents bring in a lot of fresh water so you can normally expect excellent visibility. Conditions here are very changeable so a good guide is essential.
Gili Mimpang consists of four small islands between Gili Tepekong and the Bali mainland. Underwater, the vast amount of sea fans offers some superb underwater scenery. Clouds of angelfish and chromis can be seen amongst the schools of other fish. It is common to see Napolean wrasse here, as well as black rays, leopard sharks, and white tip reef sharks. This site really only goes down to around eighteen meters so there is plenty of time to explore this beautiful site.