Bali has so many excellent and diverse dive sites and snorkel sites that offer adventure and fun for all levels of snorkelers and scuba divers. Photographers come to Bali from all over the world to take pictures of the rare species found here. Certainly diving and snorkeling around Bali offers exceptional experience for everyone who wants to see the live beneath the waves!
Amed Dive Center is located right in the center of many excellent dive sites that can be reached within a short time by car or boat.
To Alam Batu we go by boat . We sail north- west and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest volcano. At Alam Batu dive site we find a cave at a depth of about 15 meters and should not forget to bring a torch to venture into that cave. Beside the cave we dive along quite steep canyons making this dive a real adventure. All kinds of reef fish, hard coral and sponge can be seen. Barracudas show up quite often; there is a good chance to see reef sharks here.
To Kubu we go by our boat and sail for about 1 ½ hours north- west and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest volcano. Kubu is a beautiful reef that stretches into the see. We can dive up to a depth of 45 meters and explore this excellent dive spot. On a depth of 20 m there is a beautiful, large Gorgonian fan and it is most likely to see Barracudas, Napoleon fish, Bump-head Parrot fish, Theira batfish and large table corals. The safety stop is highly enjoyable since the reef is in excellent condition with plenty of reef fish even in shallow water. Kubu is therefore also a very attractive snorkel site.
Since 2012 Kubu has its own shipwrech, called the Boga wreck. This cargo ship built in the Netherlands is about 40 meters long and lies between 15 and 40 meters on a sandy bottom. The wreck is still in good condition and it is quite exciting to explore the wreck if you swim around the structure and (for experienced divers) into the wreck.
Tulamben is a 20 minutes drive (30 minutes by boat) from Amed and offers Bali’s most famous dive site the Tulamben Ship Wreck. The US Liberty wreck is a must see. Right in front of the beach rests the 120m long shipwreck of a US Liberty with the deck facing the seaside. Anchored off the coast of Lombok, the ship was hit by a Javanese torpedo during World War II. As far as we know, nobody got hurt, but the ship was damaged badly. The American Navy’s plan to tow the ship to Singaraja harbor (northern Bali) failed as the harbor was completely occupied, so the ship was intentionally stranded on the rocky beach of Tulamben, where it was unloaded.
In 1963 Mt. Agung (Bali’s highest volcano) erupted and the magma flow pressed the ship back into the sea where it presently rests at a depth of 3 to 29 meters. Since then, coral has covered the wreckage completely and turned it into a home for many species of fish and the most famous dive site in Bali. From time to time, a Napoleon fish or a huge barracuda drops by. You may dive or snorkel this wreck comfortably, accessing it directly from the beach. A night dive is a highly recommendable option as well. This most famous dive site is a must for every diver and is therefore highly frequented.
Tulamben Coral Garden is a dive site that is also very suitable for snorkeling. This dive- and snorkel site is located between the famous Liberty wreck and Tulamben wall. At a depth of around 5 meters we find several objects such as a used Becak (pedicab), stone statues and various sculptures planted there as artificial reef. Coral is growing and marine life is healthy. A beautiful site very easy to dive and snorkel!
Tulamben Wall divides into three excellent dive sites – the drop off, the coral garden and shark point. All three dive sites are easily accessible directly from the beach. The drop off starts at a depth of only 1m and drops straight down to70 m. This reef features an amazing coral growth in a magnificent landscape sculpted by many overhanging rocks. The reef is highly populated with a fine selection of beautiful reef fish. A variety of angelfish, emperor angelfish, blue-banded angelfish and yellow-faced angelfish as well as the duke fish are at home here. Pretty often, huge schools of jack fish invite the diver to join the club. This dive site is suitable for snorkeling. The coral garden starts at a depth of 2-15m and is wonderfully grown, featuring stone- and soft coral alike. Besides numerous species of reef fish, the beautiful blue-yellow ribbon moray eel has found a home here. This dive site is also a superb snorkeling spot with none to moderate current. Shark Point can be reached diving close to the wall. The residing sharks are commonly white-tip- and black-tip reef sharks that rest at a depth of 20 to 30m in a sandy area. When currents are present, occasionally gray reef sharks and hammerhead sharks can be seen circling around. This dive site is not suitable for snorkeling.
We approach Batu Kelebit by our boat either coming from Amed or in combination with a dive in Kubu or Alam Batu. After about one hour we reach Batu Kelebit, a rock off the lava coast not far from the Emerald Hotel. We start diving from Batu Kelebit and let us drift with the current along an amazing variety of soft corals, sea fans, coral bushes and sponges. There is a good chance to see reef sharks and bump head parrotfish. The deeper we dive the better the marine life. A depth of 40m and more is great fun for experienced divers.
We approach Emerald by our boat either coming from Amed or in combination with a dive in Kubu or Alam Batu. After about one hour we reach this dive site right in front of Hotel Emerald. A very convenient drift dive enables us to see the two car wrecks planted here some years ago to attract coral growth. After that we drift along a wall that is nicely covered with all kinds of hard coral and inhabited by plenty corral fish. There is a very good chance to encounter bump head parrotfish, napoleon fish, huge table coral and gorgonian fan. After a beautiful drift dive the dive boat will pick us up.
Scuba Seraya is well known to macro photographers to look for Harlequin shrimps, Tiger shrimps, Honeymoon crab, Frog fish, Spider fish, Ghost pipe fish, Spider crabs and Scorpion fish. It is an easy dive site with dives up to around 20 meters. The dive site can be approached from the beach or by boat.