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Diver in the Liberty Wreck Tulamben

Tulamben Diving – Diving Around Bali

Tulamben Diving – North East Bali

Tulamben Diving Agung

Tulamben is one of the most famous diving areas in Bali. The diving industry in Tulamben started due to the presence of the USAT Liberty shipwreck. The ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942 and beached in Tulamben. In 1963, the earthquakes associated with a Mt Agung eruption pushed the ship back into the water. Over time the wreck drew adventurous scuba divers to the area and a new industry was born. The first dive centre/resort was opened in 1986 (Paradise) and now the town is dedicated to diving.

Although famous for the Liberty wreck, the entire area is a diving hotbed. What started as an industry based around the coral reefs of Coral Garden, Drop Off, and Alamanda has now exploded. The diving activity now ranges north to Kubu and south through the Seraya area. Now, when people refer to Tulamben they refer to the larger area as a whole.

In the early 2000s, with the rising popularity of digital photography and muck diving, Tulamben truly blossomed. The new found fame of the Lembeh Strait and it’s weird critters led divers to search for the same in Bali. Sites such as Seraya Secrets and Batu Niti were found to produce incredible critter life along black sand slopes. Now, the Seraya area 5 minutes from Tulamben is the hotspot for critter diving in Bali.

Tulamben Diving – What To Expect?

Juvenile Catfish

Tulamben is a varied destination and suitable for all levels of divers. The USAT Liberty wreck is the dive that gets the most attention but it’s certainly not the only one around! Many of the sites are easily accessed by shore, some with sand, others with rocks. We therefore advise people to use open heel fins and booties for diving in the area.

Here we have a look at some of Tulamben’s top attractions from North to South.

Kubu Wreck (Wide Angle)

The newest wreck in the area, this is a purposely sunken wreck for divers. Starting around 15 m deep, this wreck drops down to 30m+ at the stern. For wide angle photographers it offers all kinds of fantastic photo opportunities. Although not covered in coral, there are plenty of photogenic holds for great snaps.

Kubu Wreck Tulamben

Liberty Coral Garden (Wide Angle)

Located to the NW of the wreck, this small coral garden is a real treat. Several large barrel sponges and sea fans decorate the sandy slope. The highlight of the site are the many and colorful magnificent anemones and attendant clown fish.

USAT Liberty Wreck (Wide and Macro)

The most famous site in Bali, this shipwreck is a real treasure. At over 100 meters in length, this ex cargo ship is a true coral reef. Soft corals and sea fans cover much of the superstructure in brilliant colour. Schools of fish are very used to divers and easily approachable. A friendly hawksbill turtle calls the wreck home and is not afraid of divers. Although a very busy site, there are always great photo opportunities available.

Tulamben Diving Liberty

Liberty Slope (Macro)

A sandy slope to the south side of the ship, this is a great site for finding wonderpus! There are a few coral heads on the slope but not many. A great spotter is a real advantage on this site in order to find the cool critters. Nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, shrimp, and frogfish are common encounters here. This site is a great afternoon dive when many critters begin to emerge.

Coral Garden (Wide and Macro)

The corals here have suffered over the years from storm damage. However, the fish and critter life remain abundant. One of the best places in Bali to find blue ribbon eels and juvenile black males. There is a gorgeous section of hundreds of magnificent anemones and clown fish in just 3 – 7 meters of water. There is also a small artificial reef here with tires and statues which have attracted cleaner shrimp and many eels.

Tulamben Coral Garden

Drop Off/Alamanda/Emerald (Wide and Macro)

These sites are all reached with a short ride on a jukung. All of these sites are steep slopes with great fish life. Sea fans, soft corals, and sponges are plentiful in 20 meters and deeper. Hard corals are spread throughout the shallows with clouds of anthias and damselfish hovering above. Turtles, bump head parrotfish, and reef sharks are a common sighting as well.

Moving further south east past the abandoned Emerald Resort the area becomes Seraya, the heart of critter diving.

Segara and Melasti (Macro)

These are two sites that fit the classic black sand dive profile. Gentle slopes with fairly nondescript looking bottom topography. However, these sites are macro life heaven. Shaun the Sheep nudis, donut dorids, Harlequin shrimp, frogfish, and octopus are just the tip of the iceberg. A good spotter is required to make the most of your time at these sites. The cryptic nature of the inhabitants mean a keen and experienced guide will bring out the best of these sites.

Seraya Secrets (Macro)

The first muck dive site in the area, this sandy slope is located in front of Scuba Seraya Resort. Another black sandy slope with oases of coral on the slopes. Spotted morays, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, leaf fish, and the occasional rhinopias are frequent inhabitants. It’s easy to spend a day here diving along this series of sites spread over several hundred meters of beach front.

Tulamben Harlequin Shrimp

Batu Niti (Macro)

Hidden under some shady trees, the entrance to this site is along a rocky stretch of shore near a dry river bed. Although it can be silty during the rainy season, the bottom is home to a plethora of great encounters. Beautiful nudibranchs, boxer crabs, harlequin shrimp, and saw blade shrimp are found daily. Do keep your fins off the bottom here as the sand/silt is very easy to stir up.

Batu Belah/Sidem (Macro)

Around the corner from Batu Niti lies a small cove and dive site Sidem. This site has a different bottom composition than the Seraya area. This site is more rocky with a lot more vegetation covering the bottom. Rhiniopias, lots of octopus, frogfish, and harlequin shrimp can be found here. The bay is quite large and it’s easy to spend two dives in here, diving different ends of the bay.

Mimic Octopus Tulamben

As diving is such an integral part of the local community, Tulamben diving is unique. Each dive spot boasts a small parking area, rinse tanks, showers, and helpful porters. Divers provide a great source of income locally and in return receive a unique service. Divers don’t have to carry their heavy tanks along the beach as porters do it. The porters range from young kids who put the gear on their motorbikes to older women who carry it on their heads! Watching how everything functions like clockwork is part of the charm of Tulamben diving.

Tulamben Dawn

Dive in Bali

We suggest that every diver who visits Bali to try Tulamben diving. The variety and quality of diving in the area is one of the best in Bali. Underwater photographers and critter enthusiasts rave about their encounters here.

If you would like to see a few sample itineraries please have a look at our Bali Safari page.

If you would like to read more about the history of the USAT Liberty Wreck please have a look here or watch this short video.

Nusa Penida Diving

Diving Nusa Penida Bali

Diving Nusa Penida Bali: More Than Molas!

Nusa Penida Mola

Nusa Penida is one of Bali’s most popular diving destinations. However, there are many misconceptions about what the island offers to scuba divers. In this article we discuss diving at Nusa Penida and what to expect.

We say “Nusa Penida” but for this article we use that term to refer to all three islands: Penida, Lembongan, and Ceningan. Nusa is an Indonesian word for “island”, all 3 islands in this archipelago are referred to as “Nusa”. Nusa Penida is the largest of the 3 islands and is separated from the other two by a 200 meter deep channel.  The islands are located approximately 12 nautical miles east of Bali, which takes approximately 45 minutes on a dive boat from Sanur.

Nusa Penida Dive Sites

North Coast Nusa Penida Diving

The islands are home to a great variety of dive sites. Along the north coast of Nusa Penida are long coral reefs with steep slopes. Sites such as SD, PED, and Buyuk are drift dives along tropical coral reefs full of beautiful fish. These sites typically offer great visibility and warm water year round (but not always!) Although they may have strong current, these are usually one way currents without cross currents or down currents. These sites are often dived in the afternoons or when conditions aren’t right for diving in the channel or along the south coast.

Turtle Nusa Penida

These sites are known for encounters with green and hawksbill turtles, sting rays, large schools of snappers and surgeon fish, as well as the occasional sighting of bigger marine life. What does bigger mean? Thresher sharks, sunfish, dolphins, and even whale sharks can be found when diving along the north coast.

The north coast is typically not as cold during the winter months (June to October) as the southern sites and the channel. It’s not uncommon to have a 19C dive at Manta Point followed by a 27C dive at SD, only a few miles away!

Lembongan and Channel Diving

In and around the channel between Penida and Ceningan/Lembongan, lie some of the more famous sites. Blue Corner and Jack Point/Mangroves are located on the west and north west side of Lembongan. Blue Corner is an advanced, deep drift dive that often produces encounters with large life such as wobbegongs, marble rays, and sunfish. Due to the current often encountered at this site, including down currents, it needs to be done at the best time of tide.

Coral Reef Fish

Toyapekah, Ceningan Wall, Gamat and Crystal Bay are the other popular sites in this area. Crystal Bay is the most famous of these due to frequent sightings of sunfish. All of these sites can experience current and are not suitable for novices unless under supervision in the best conditions. Marine life encounters include healthy hard corals, big schools of tropical fish, turtles, sharks, and of course sunfish.

South Coast Diving

The south coast of Nusa Penida is where the “monsters” are! The entire south coast is home to a large population of reef manta rays, which are present all year long. Sites such as Manta Point and Manta Bay are great for either snorkelers or divers. One thing to watch for in the south though is swell, this area can receive a large swell from the south. The visibility along the south coast is typically not as great as along the north coast, but there is mantas!

Manta Ray Nusa Penida

When To See What?

The diving around Nusa Penida and Lembongan can be broken down into two seasons: Mola Season and No Mola Season! Mola season is typically from around the end of June until the end of October. The peak period runs from late July to late September. At this time of year, the water can become much colder, especially along the south coast and into the channel area. Temperatures ranging from 19 – 23C are normal with 16C thermoclines nothing out of the ordinary. Sunfish are most commonly found when the water is colder, which is why June to October is their high season. The best sites to find them include Crystal Bay, the sites around Candidasa, Toyapekah, and Manta Point among others. The temperatures around the entire Penida area average 26 – 28C from December to April.

Sunfish Nusa Penida

The Weather

Of course weather will always play an integral role while diving in the area. South Bali is a well known surfing destination, which means waves! As the islands are open to the Indian Ocean, a large swell coming from the south will affect conditions. Therefore, it’s never guaranteed that the south sites such as Manta Point or Crystal Bay can be visited. On occasion, when the swell is large (June to September typically) then boats can be grounded all together. Do keep this in mind when visiting Bali, if the harbour is closed we switch to a Tulamben trip.

Interested in learning about other sites in Bali? Have a look at our Bali Dive Location page for more information.

The Nusa Penida area has been identified as an important Marine Protected Area. Learn more about it on the Coral Triangle Center page

Have a look at a short video from Manta Point

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Aaron Gekoski Wildlife Photojournalist – UWT Podcast

UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 – Aaron Gekoski

Aaron Gekoski Podcast

We are happy to announce UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 with Aaron Gekoski.  Aaron is an environmental photojournalist who travels around the world documenting wildlife tourism.  The wildlife tourism trade is a booming business around the world and often involves cruel treatment of animals.

“Bertie” joins us in the studio to discuss his history and journey into photo journalism.  With a varied background Aaron has worked as a photographer in Africa before relocating to SE Asia. He worked with Scubazoo for several years as their in house presenter. Aaron has worked on their shows Borneo From Below, Indonesia From Below, and Timor Leste From Below.  He has also worked on productions for the Smithsonian and Sharkweek.

As a photographer, Aaron won the environmental category of the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

He is now working on a campaign called “Raise the Red Flag” in conjunction with Born Free.  This campaign highlights the cruel world of Wildlife Tourism.  The key to this effort is the ability for everyone to report suspicious wildlife exploitation to a central source.

To found out more about Aaron and his current activities please visit his website: aarongekoski.com

Or visit his dedicated Facebook page: Aaron Gekoski, Environmental Photojournalist

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel here: UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 Aaron Gekoski

SoundCloud Version can be found Here

Or on iTunes Store Here

To watch or listen to our entire series of Podcasts please visit our Underwater Tribe Podcast page.  This page contains links to both audio and YouTube versions of each episode.  We will continue to record throughout the year, please subscribe to our YouTube channel in order to receive notifications for each release. Feel free to leave a comment or question below if you have any feedback.

 

Bali Diving Sunfish Mola

Bali Diving – What To Expect

Bali Diving

A quick guide to understand what Bali Diving is all about! Many visitors to the island only stop in Bali on their way to Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park or elsewhere in Indonesia. Bali suffers a little as a stand alone diving destination of it’s own due to the popularity of it’s famous neighbors. In this article, we discuss exactly the type of diving that we do in Bali!

 Diving Under Over

Bali is home to world class diving throughout the island. There are few diving destinations in Indonesia that offer the same variety of encounters that Bali does. From pristine coral reefs, to black sand macro sites, Bali diving has a little something for everyone.

The Big Stuff

One thing that sets Bali apart from many other destinations in South East Asia is the chance to dive with the “big stuff!” Manta rays are found in the waters around Nusa Penida all year round. Diving with these majestic rays is always a treat and can be done as a day trip from Sanur and Padang Bai or while staying in the islands. The mantas are not seasonal visitors but it can be difficult to reach Manta Point during high seas.

Manta Ray Penida

The bizarre looking Sunfish, or Mola alexandrini, is a seasonal visitor to Bali with sightings peaking in the months of August and September. These largest of bony fish are found around the island of Nusa Penida on shallow reefs where small fish pick parasites off their body. Sunfish are high on the bucket list of many divers and the peak season for spotting them happens to coincide with the peak season for diving in Bali. These strange fish frequent visitors to the waters around Candidasa at sights such as Gili Mimpang and Tepekong.  Read more about the Sunfish here: Podcast with Bali Sunfish Researchers

The best thing about diving with Mantas and Sunfish is that they are often done on the same day. If divers are lucky, they can even spot them both on the same dive at Manta Point!

Although not consistent, whale sharks are a frequent sight in Bali waters with reports of encounters usually happening each month.

The Macro

No discussion of diving in Bali would be complete without mention of the truly world class critter diving. Being in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Bali is home to almost every species on a serious macro lovers list. From harlequin shrimp to frogfish, from rhinopias to bizarre nudibranchs, from wonderpus to blue ring octopus, all the critters that photographers love are here. Although Tulamben is known world wide as a top destination, there are many critter hotspots in Bali.

Harlequin Shrimp Bali Macro

Tulamben

Found in the north east of the island, Tulamben is a small town which is home to unique black sand diving. Sites such as Liberty Slope, Coral Garden, and the USAT Liberty Wreck are all great sites to find subjects such as wonderpus, leaf fish, and ghost pipefish.

Seraya

Only 5 minutes by car from Tulamben, the Seraya area boasts more than a half dozen pure critter dives. Melasti, Seraya Secrets, and Batu Niti are a few of the sites in this area which boast great encounters. Long arm octopus, boxer crabs, pygmy seahorses, and 100s of species of nudibranchs are common encounters. These sites are easy dives with black sand or rubble/gravel slopes along with small oases of coral reef.

Amed

Known to many as a relaxed beach side town, Amed is a 20 minute drive to the SE from Tulamben. Although many divers come here to experience the coral and artificial reef diving, the macro is also fantastic. Sites such as Ghost Bay and Melasti offer encounters with stone fish, mimic octopus, frogfish, and even blue ring octopus.

Puri Jati/Lovina

The north coast of Bali boasts more of the black sand sites that make the Tulamben area famous. Sites such as Puri Jati along the coast near Lovina are rich in critters such as sea horses, octopus, Shaun the Sheep nudibranchs, and sea moths. Often visited during the transit between Tulamben and Menjangan, serious critter divers can spend more time here with a short drive from Pemuteran.

Secret Bay

Nestled in the far NW of the island, Secret Bay is a small site with a rich history. Around 40 mins drive from Pemuteran, this site offers shallow and easy muck diving. Frogfish are common here as are seahorses. This is also the only place in Bali to find the Banggai Cardinal fish, these non native but beautiful fish are an introduced species.

Padang Bai

Located only one hour from Sanur, Padang Bai is a hidden gem when it comes to muck diving. The local reefs in the bay offer great encounters with nudibranchs and cuttlefish as well as the occasional rhinopias sighting. The real highlight of the area is diving under the cruise ship jetty. The Padang Bai Jetty is home to eels, octopus, frogfish, and other gems hiding under the pier.

The Reefs

Bali is also home to incredible and diverse tropical coral reefs. With approximately 400 species of coral found in the area, there are several areas throughout the island with beautiful corals. For visitors who enjoy coral reefs as well as snorkelers, some of the best coral sites are as follows.

Menjangan Coral Reefs Bali

Nusa Penida/Nusa Lembongan

Although busy during the bustling high season of June – September, the reefs around these islands are home to some of the best coral in Bali. The protected west and northern sides of the islands offer sloping reefs with coral that grows up the shallows. Sites such as S.D and Toyapakah are home to incredible coral gardens covered in schools of small tropical fish.

Menjangan Island

The West Bali National Park includes the island of Menjangan and other surrounding waters. This quiet island has stunning drop offs as well as more gentle slopes and coral gardens. The diving here is easy with beautiful underwater encounters typical of “tropical diving”.

Candidasa

The dive sites around Candidasa such as Gili Biaha and Tepekong are home to beautiful and varied coral life.  Large schools of fish hang out on these sites due to rich plankton life.  These sites have a good chance of currents, but these currents are what creates the life.

The Wrecks

No discussion about diving in Bali would be complete without mention of the USAT Liberty Wreck.  However, there are other, smaller wrecks in Bali that also deserve attention. There is talk on the island of a new naval wreck being planned for the future.

USAT Liberty Wreck

USAT Liberty

The dive site that made Tulamben famous.  This cargo ship was part of a convoy of American ships during WWII that was attacked by a Japanese submarine in 1942.  The ship was towed to the beach in Tulamben and sat there from 1942 until 1963, when it was submerged by earthquakes associated with the Mt Agung volcanic eruption in 1963.  It’s now a beautiful artificial reef located in recreational diving depths and covered in coral.  This site is certainly a must do for anyone diving in Bali.

Kubu Wreck

The Kubu wreck is a steel hull ship that became an artificial reef in 2012.  It’s a Dutch cargo ship of approximately 40 metres in length.  The ship lies perpendicular to shore with the bow in around 18 metres and the stern lying deeper than 40m.  There are cool swim throughs and penetrations available on this wreck for those with the know how.

The Japanese Wreck

The Japanese wreck is located in the southern reaches of Amed and is a site open for divers and snorkelers. The top of this small wreck is very shallow and the bottom is around 10 metres. There are plenty of beautiful sea fans on the wreck as well as a large school of sweepers in the hull. The wreck is a mysterious one, althoug the name is “the Japanese wreck” many believe it’s of Indonesian origin. The dive site itself is only partially about the wreck, due to it’s small size. However, the reef to either side of the wreck is stunning with beautiful soft and hard corals.

All in all, Bali diving holds attractions for divers of every level. Underwater photographers, tech divers, students, and marine life lovers will find a plethora of amazing attractions in Bali’s waters.  An experienced guide with a great eye for details such as the correct current and time of day to dive a certain site is crucial. The Underwater Tribe is happy to have experienced guides on our team who know the best time to dive the best sites.

Experience Bali Diving with the Underwater Tribe

Now that you know a little about what each area has to offer, feel free to drop us a line. We are happy to discuss the best areas for you based on your diving goals in Bali! Have a look at our Bali Diving Safari page to see a sampling of the itineraries that we offer. Don’t see an itinerary that works for you? Don’t worry, we are happy to work with you to create the perfect itinerary for your diving needs on Bali.

Five Favourite Critters Shaun Cover

Five Favourite Critters on a Bali Critter Dive

Five Favourite Critters on a Bali Critter Dive

Harlequin Shrimp Bali 5 Favourite

Learn more about our five favourite critters found in Bali! These are the five most requested critters that our guests would like to find on our popular Bali Diving Safari trips.

One of the highlights of a scuba diving trip to Bali is the incredible critter life. Photographers and non-photographers alike love to find cryptic creatures. With a large number of critter dives throughout the island, Bali is a world class destination for macro lovers. Dive sites such as the Padang Bai Jetty, Puri Jati near Lovina, and Secret Bay at Gilimanuk are some of the lesser known gems.  Tulamben and Amed are home to a variety of black sand sites. There are more than a dozen great macro sites in the area including Melasti, Liberty Slope, Seraya, and many more!

However, it’s not the sites themselves that make a dive unforgettable, it’s the creatures that are the stars of the show. Photographers who visit Bali often have a list of critters they want to find.  Over the years we have compiled a short list of the “5 Most Requested Critters in Bali” from guests. Without further ado, and in no particular order we present our 5!

Harlequin Shrimp

Five Favourite Critters Harlequin Shrimp

These gaudy crustaceans are highly requested by photographers and non photographers as well. With their bright colors and a “look” like no other shrimp, harlequins are always a hit. Typically found sheltered under large rocks, these beautiful animals feed on starfish. Find harlequin shrimp throughout Bali at sites such as Seraya Secrets, Melasti Amed, and Melasti Seraya.

Donut Dorid Nudi

Donut Dorid

A nudibranch that looks like no other. When first encountering the donut dorid, many divers can’t tell the difference between the head and the tail! These nudibranchs resemble six donuts that have been laid out side by side. They exclusively live on and eat hydroids. The best site in Bali to find them is Melasti in the Seraya area.

Mimic Octopus

Mimic Octopus

The most sought after octopus in Bali. These long armed octopus are notoriously shy but when feeling confident they can put on quite a show! The incredible flexibility of these charismatic cephalopods means they can take a multitude of shapes. The name “mimic” originates from their ability to take on the form of other marine life in order to confuse predators. Find these beautiful octopus on the black sand slopes of the Amed and Seraya areas as well as Puri Jati in north Bali.

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep

The cutest animal under the sea? These tiny sea slugs with “eyes” are only around the size of a grain of rice. They are found in singles, pairs, and small groups living on certain type of sea grass. Due to their small size, these are extremely frustrating subjects for photographers to shoot. Diopters or tele-converters are a real must when photographing these cute invertebrates. Find these adorable critters at sites in Bali such as Puri Jati and the black sand sites in the Tulamben and Amed areas.

Check out it’s resemblence to the popular Shaun the Sheep cartoon to know how it received it’s nickname.

Coconut Octopus

Coconut Octopus

Perhaps not as famous as it’s cousin the mimic, Coconut Octopus make up for it in the “character” department. Recently classified as the only non vertebrate with the ability to use tools, “coconut” octopus are named that way for a reason. These highly intelligent cephalopods utilize a variety of items to shelter themselves from predators. They use coconuts, clams shells, and even discarded plastic as protection. Find coconut octopus at sites in and around the Puri Jati area.

Watch a Coconut Octopus carrying around it’s own home

 

With it’s location firmly in the Coral Triangle region, Bali is home to countless wonderful critters. These five favourite critters are just the tip of the iceberg of what you can find on a Bali Diving Safari. Frogfish, blue ring octopus, mantis shrimp, seahorses, and an endless variety of nudibranchs are all found regularly by our guides. If you are a critter lover, please Contact Us today to inquire how we can create the perfect dive holiday for you in Bali.

What are your Five Favourite Critters in Bali?

Have you just finished a Bali diving trip? Or will you be joining us on a safari in the future?  Why not let us know in the comments what your five favourites are.  We will certainly try to show you all of these amazing critters on your dive trip in Bali.

Bali Night Dive Wasp Fish

Bali Night Dive Special Offer

Bali Night Dive Special Offer 2019

We are happy to announce a Bali Night Dive Special Offer for April, May, and June 2019.  Book a trip with us, including a minimum of 8 dives per person, and receive a free night dive.  This is for Bali diving only and the night dive will be in the Tulamben/Seraya/Amed areas.  Offer not applicable for night diving in Candidasa/Padang Bai/Sanur/Penida. Bali is a wonderful place for night diving and the NE area is the best on the island.  Discover the critters that make the Tulamben area famous such as boxer crabs, nudibranchs, octopus and more.

Bali Night Dive Coi

Many of the macro sites in NE Bali are famous for their critters. Sites such as the Liberty Wreck and Seraya boast a whole new level of excitement at night.  Our guides are wonderful spotters and their skills really shine during a night dive.  The months of April through to June normally have fantastic weather throughout Bali.  The rainy season has stopped and it’s what we call the “shoulder season”.  This means mostly calm seas and warm weather, perfect for night diving!

Not feeling comfortable to dive at night quite yet? Don’t worry, we can also offer the PADI Night Diver specialty, this is a great way to get more comfortable in the water at night.  (PADI course not included in the special offer)

This offer is only open for a limited time. Please let us know via email that you would like to take advantage of our Free Bali Night Dive special offer! Please Book Now on our Contact Page or ask us for more details.

Bali Night Dive Frogfish

Bali Night Dive: Blackwater and Bonfire

If you are a keen night diver we can also offer Bonfire style Black Water dives in the Tulamben area.  These are great dives for unique photographic encounters with bizarre animals.  Read more about Black Water and Bonfire dives on one of our recent blogs. Ask us about availability for one of these one of a kind diving experiences during your trip to Bali.

Bali Night Dive Octopus

Diver in the Liberty Wreck Tulamben

Tulamben Diving – Diving Around Bali

Tulamben Diving – North East Bali

Tulamben Diving Agung

Tulamben is one of the most famous diving areas in Bali. The diving industry in Tulamben started due to the presence of the USAT Liberty shipwreck. The ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942 and beached in Tulamben. In 1963, the earthquakes associated with a Mt Agung eruption pushed the ship back into the water. Over time the wreck drew adventurous scuba divers to the area and a new industry was born. The first dive centre/resort was opened in 1986 (Paradise) and now the town is dedicated to diving.

Although famous for the Liberty wreck, the entire area is a diving hotbed. What started as an industry based around the coral reefs of Coral Garden, Drop Off, and Alamanda has now exploded. The diving activity now ranges north to Kubu and south through the Seraya area. Now, when people refer to Tulamben they refer to the larger area as a whole.

In the early 2000s, with the rising popularity of digital photography and muck diving, Tulamben truly blossomed. The new found fame of the Lembeh Strait and it’s weird critters led divers to search for the same in Bali. Sites such as Seraya Secrets and Batu Niti were found to produce incredible critter life along black sand slopes. Now, the Seraya area 5 minutes from Tulamben is the hotspot for critter diving in Bali.

Tulamben Diving – What To Expect?

Juvenile Catfish

Tulamben is a varied destination and suitable for all levels of divers. The USAT Liberty wreck is the dive that gets the most attention but it’s certainly not the only one around! Many of the sites are easily accessed by shore, some with sand, others with rocks. We therefore advise people to use open heel fins and booties for diving in the area.

Here we have a look at some of Tulamben’s top attractions from North to South.

Kubu Wreck (Wide Angle)

The newest wreck in the area, this is a purposely sunken wreck for divers. Starting around 15 m deep, this wreck drops down to 30m+ at the stern. For wide angle photographers it offers all kinds of fantastic photo opportunities. Although not covered in coral, there are plenty of photogenic holds for great snaps.

Kubu Wreck Tulamben

Liberty Coral Garden (Wide Angle)

Located to the NW of the wreck, this small coral garden is a real treat. Several large barrel sponges and sea fans decorate the sandy slope. The highlight of the site are the many and colorful magnificent anemones and attendant clown fish.

USAT Liberty Wreck (Wide and Macro)

The most famous site in Bali, this shipwreck is a real treasure. At over 100 meters in length, this ex cargo ship is a true coral reef. Soft corals and sea fans cover much of the superstructure in brilliant colour. Schools of fish are very used to divers and easily approachable. A friendly hawksbill turtle calls the wreck home and is not afraid of divers. Although a very busy site, there are always great photo opportunities available.

Tulamben Diving Liberty

Liberty Slope (Macro)

A sandy slope to the south side of the ship, this is a great site for finding wonderpus! There are a few coral heads on the slope but not many. A great spotter is a real advantage on this site in order to find the cool critters. Nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, shrimp, and frogfish are common encounters here. This site is a great afternoon dive when many critters begin to emerge.

Coral Garden (Wide and Macro)

The corals here have suffered over the years from storm damage. However, the fish and critter life remain abundant. One of the best places in Bali to find blue ribbon eels and juvenile black males. There is a gorgeous section of hundreds of magnificent anemones and clown fish in just 3 – 7 meters of water. There is also a small artificial reef here with tires and statues which have attracted cleaner shrimp and many eels.

Tulamben Coral Garden

Drop Off/Alamanda/Emerald (Wide and Macro)

These sites are all reached with a short ride on a jukung. All of these sites are steep slopes with great fish life. Sea fans, soft corals, and sponges are plentiful in 20 meters and deeper. Hard corals are spread throughout the shallows with clouds of anthias and damselfish hovering above. Turtles, bump head parrotfish, and reef sharks are a common sighting as well.

Moving further south east past the abandoned Emerald Resort the area becomes Seraya, the heart of critter diving.

Segara and Melasti (Macro)

These are two sites that fit the classic black sand dive profile. Gentle slopes with fairly nondescript looking bottom topography. However, these sites are macro life heaven. Shaun the Sheep nudis, donut dorids, Harlequin shrimp, frogfish, and octopus are just the tip of the iceberg. A good spotter is required to make the most of your time at these sites. The cryptic nature of the inhabitants mean a keen and experienced guide will bring out the best of these sites.

Seraya Secrets (Macro)

The first muck dive site in the area, this sandy slope is located in front of Scuba Seraya Resort. Another black sandy slope with oases of coral on the slopes. Spotted morays, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, leaf fish, and the occasional rhinopias are frequent inhabitants. It’s easy to spend a day here diving along this series of sites spread over several hundred meters of beach front.

Tulamben Harlequin Shrimp

Batu Niti (Macro)

Hidden under some shady trees, the entrance to this site is along a rocky stretch of shore near a dry river bed. Although it can be silty during the rainy season, the bottom is home to a plethora of great encounters. Beautiful nudibranchs, boxer crabs, harlequin shrimp, and saw blade shrimp are found daily. Do keep your fins off the bottom here as the sand/silt is very easy to stir up.

Batu Belah/Sidem (Macro)

Around the corner from Batu Niti lies a small cove and dive site Sidem. This site has a different bottom composition than the Seraya area. This site is more rocky with a lot more vegetation covering the bottom. Rhiniopias, lots of octopus, frogfish, and harlequin shrimp can be found here. The bay is quite large and it’s easy to spend two dives in here, diving different ends of the bay.

Mimic Octopus Tulamben

As diving is such an integral part of the local community, Tulamben diving is unique. Each dive spot boasts a small parking area, rinse tanks, showers, and helpful porters. Divers provide a great source of income locally and in return receive a unique service. Divers don’t have to carry their heavy tanks along the beach as porters do it. The porters range from young kids who put the gear on their motorbikes to older women who carry it on their heads! Watching how everything functions like clockwork is part of the charm of Tulamben diving.

Tulamben Dawn

Dive in Bali

We suggest that every diver who visits Bali to try Tulamben diving. The variety and quality of diving in the area is one of the best in Bali. Underwater photographers and critter enthusiasts rave about their encounters here.

If you would like to see a few sample itineraries please have a look at our Bali Safari page.

If you would like to read more about the history of the USAT Liberty Wreck please have a look here or watch this short video.

Nusa Penida Diving

Diving Nusa Penida Bali

Diving Nusa Penida Bali: More Than Molas!

Nusa Penida Mola

Nusa Penida is one of Bali’s most popular diving destinations. However, there are many misconceptions about what the island offers to scuba divers. In this article we discuss diving at Nusa Penida and what to expect.

We say “Nusa Penida” but for this article we use that term to refer to all three islands: Penida, Lembongan, and Ceningan. Nusa is an Indonesian word for “island”, all 3 islands in this archipelago are referred to as “Nusa”. Nusa Penida is the largest of the 3 islands and is separated from the other two by a 200 meter deep channel.  The islands are located approximately 12 nautical miles east of Bali, which takes approximately 45 minutes on a dive boat from Sanur.

Nusa Penida Dive Sites

North Coast Nusa Penida Diving

The islands are home to a great variety of dive sites. Along the north coast of Nusa Penida are long coral reefs with steep slopes. Sites such as SD, PED, and Buyuk are drift dives along tropical coral reefs full of beautiful fish. These sites typically offer great visibility and warm water year round (but not always!) Although they may have strong current, these are usually one way currents without cross currents or down currents. These sites are often dived in the afternoons or when conditions aren’t right for diving in the channel or along the south coast.

Turtle Nusa Penida

These sites are known for encounters with green and hawksbill turtles, sting rays, large schools of snappers and surgeon fish, as well as the occasional sighting of bigger marine life. What does bigger mean? Thresher sharks, sunfish, dolphins, and even whale sharks can be found when diving along the north coast.

The north coast is typically not as cold during the winter months (June to October) as the southern sites and the channel. It’s not uncommon to have a 19C dive at Manta Point followed by a 27C dive at SD, only a few miles away!

Lembongan and Channel Diving

In and around the channel between Penida and Ceningan/Lembongan, lie some of the more famous sites. Blue Corner and Jack Point/Mangroves are located on the west and north west side of Lembongan. Blue Corner is an advanced, deep drift dive that often produces encounters with large life such as wobbegongs, marble rays, and sunfish. Due to the current often encountered at this site, including down currents, it needs to be done at the best time of tide.

Coral Reef Fish

Toyapekah, Ceningan Wall, Gamat and Crystal Bay are the other popular sites in this area. Crystal Bay is the most famous of these due to frequent sightings of sunfish. All of these sites can experience current and are not suitable for novices unless under supervision in the best conditions. Marine life encounters include healthy hard corals, big schools of tropical fish, turtles, sharks, and of course sunfish.

South Coast Diving

The south coast of Nusa Penida is where the “monsters” are! The entire south coast is home to a large population of reef manta rays, which are present all year long. Sites such as Manta Point and Manta Bay are great for either snorkelers or divers. One thing to watch for in the south though is swell, this area can receive a large swell from the south. The visibility along the south coast is typically not as great as along the north coast, but there is mantas!

Manta Ray Nusa Penida

When To See What?

The diving around Nusa Penida and Lembongan can be broken down into two seasons: Mola Season and No Mola Season! Mola season is typically from around the end of June until the end of October. The peak period runs from late July to late September. At this time of year, the water can become much colder, especially along the south coast and into the channel area. Temperatures ranging from 19 – 23C are normal with 16C thermoclines nothing out of the ordinary. Sunfish are most commonly found when the water is colder, which is why June to October is their high season. The best sites to find them include Crystal Bay, the sites around Candidasa, Toyapekah, and Manta Point among others. The temperatures around the entire Penida area average 26 – 28C from December to April.

Sunfish Nusa Penida

The Weather

Of course weather will always play an integral role while diving in the area. South Bali is a well known surfing destination, which means waves! As the islands are open to the Indian Ocean, a large swell coming from the south will affect conditions. Therefore, it’s never guaranteed that the south sites such as Manta Point or Crystal Bay can be visited. On occasion, when the swell is large (June to September typically) then boats can be grounded all together. Do keep this in mind when visiting Bali, if the harbour is closed we switch to a Tulamben trip.

Interested in learning about other sites in Bali? Have a look at our Bali Dive Location page for more information.

The Nusa Penida area has been identified as an important Marine Protected Area. Learn more about it on the Coral Triangle Center page

Have a look at a short video from Manta Point

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Aaron Gekoski Wildlife Photojournalist – UWT Podcast

UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 – Aaron Gekoski

Aaron Gekoski Podcast

We are happy to announce UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 with Aaron Gekoski.  Aaron is an environmental photojournalist who travels around the world documenting wildlife tourism.  The wildlife tourism trade is a booming business around the world and often involves cruel treatment of animals.

“Bertie” joins us in the studio to discuss his history and journey into photo journalism.  With a varied background Aaron has worked as a photographer in Africa before relocating to SE Asia. He worked with Scubazoo for several years as their in house presenter. Aaron has worked on their shows Borneo From Below, Indonesia From Below, and Timor Leste From Below.  He has also worked on productions for the Smithsonian and Sharkweek.

As a photographer, Aaron won the environmental category of the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

He is now working on a campaign called “Raise the Red Flag” in conjunction with Born Free.  This campaign highlights the cruel world of Wildlife Tourism.  The key to this effort is the ability for everyone to report suspicious wildlife exploitation to a central source.

To found out more about Aaron and his current activities please visit his website: aarongekoski.com

Or visit his dedicated Facebook page: Aaron Gekoski, Environmental Photojournalist

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel here: UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 Aaron Gekoski

SoundCloud Version can be found Here

Or on iTunes Store Here

To watch or listen to our entire series of Podcasts please visit our Underwater Tribe Podcast page.  This page contains links to both audio and YouTube versions of each episode.  We will continue to record throughout the year, please subscribe to our YouTube channel in order to receive notifications for each release. Feel free to leave a comment or question below if you have any feedback.

 

Bali Diving Sunfish Mola

Bali Diving – What To Expect

Bali Diving

A quick guide to understand what Bali Diving is all about! Many visitors to the island only stop in Bali on their way to Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park or elsewhere in Indonesia. Bali suffers a little as a stand alone diving destination of it’s own due to the popularity of it’s famous neighbors. In this article, we discuss exactly the type of diving that we do in Bali!

 Diving Under Over

Bali is home to world class diving throughout the island. There are few diving destinations in Indonesia that offer the same variety of encounters that Bali does. From pristine coral reefs, to black sand macro sites, Bali diving has a little something for everyone.

The Big Stuff

One thing that sets Bali apart from many other destinations in South East Asia is the chance to dive with the “big stuff!” Manta rays are found in the waters around Nusa Penida all year round. Diving with these majestic rays is always a treat and can be done as a day trip from Sanur and Padang Bai or while staying in the islands. The mantas are not seasonal visitors but it can be difficult to reach Manta Point during high seas.

Manta Ray Penida

The bizarre looking Sunfish, or Mola alexandrini, is a seasonal visitor to Bali with sightings peaking in the months of August and September. These largest of bony fish are found around the island of Nusa Penida on shallow reefs where small fish pick parasites off their body. Sunfish are high on the bucket list of many divers and the peak season for spotting them happens to coincide with the peak season for diving in Bali. These strange fish frequent visitors to the waters around Candidasa at sights such as Gili Mimpang and Tepekong.  Read more about the Sunfish here: Podcast with Bali Sunfish Researchers

The best thing about diving with Mantas and Sunfish is that they are often done on the same day. If divers are lucky, they can even spot them both on the same dive at Manta Point!

Although not consistent, whale sharks are a frequent sight in Bali waters with reports of encounters usually happening each month.

The Macro

No discussion of diving in Bali would be complete without mention of the truly world class critter diving. Being in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Bali is home to almost every species on a serious macro lovers list. From harlequin shrimp to frogfish, from rhinopias to bizarre nudibranchs, from wonderpus to blue ring octopus, all the critters that photographers love are here. Although Tulamben is known world wide as a top destination, there are many critter hotspots in Bali.

Harlequin Shrimp Bali Macro

Tulamben

Found in the north east of the island, Tulamben is a small town which is home to unique black sand diving. Sites such as Liberty Slope, Coral Garden, and the USAT Liberty Wreck are all great sites to find subjects such as wonderpus, leaf fish, and ghost pipefish.

Seraya

Only 5 minutes by car from Tulamben, the Seraya area boasts more than a half dozen pure critter dives. Melasti, Seraya Secrets, and Batu Niti are a few of the sites in this area which boast great encounters. Long arm octopus, boxer crabs, pygmy seahorses, and 100s of species of nudibranchs are common encounters. These sites are easy dives with black sand or rubble/gravel slopes along with small oases of coral reef.

Amed

Known to many as a relaxed beach side town, Amed is a 20 minute drive to the SE from Tulamben. Although many divers come here to experience the coral and artificial reef diving, the macro is also fantastic. Sites such as Ghost Bay and Melasti offer encounters with stone fish, mimic octopus, frogfish, and even blue ring octopus.

Puri Jati/Lovina

The north coast of Bali boasts more of the black sand sites that make the Tulamben area famous. Sites such as Puri Jati along the coast near Lovina are rich in critters such as sea horses, octopus, Shaun the Sheep nudibranchs, and sea moths. Often visited during the transit between Tulamben and Menjangan, serious critter divers can spend more time here with a short drive from Pemuteran.

Secret Bay

Nestled in the far NW of the island, Secret Bay is a small site with a rich history. Around 40 mins drive from Pemuteran, this site offers shallow and easy muck diving. Frogfish are common here as are seahorses. This is also the only place in Bali to find the Banggai Cardinal fish, these non native but beautiful fish are an introduced species.

Padang Bai

Located only one hour from Sanur, Padang Bai is a hidden gem when it comes to muck diving. The local reefs in the bay offer great encounters with nudibranchs and cuttlefish as well as the occasional rhinopias sighting. The real highlight of the area is diving under the cruise ship jetty. The Padang Bai Jetty is home to eels, octopus, frogfish, and other gems hiding under the pier.

The Reefs

Bali is also home to incredible and diverse tropical coral reefs. With approximately 400 species of coral found in the area, there are several areas throughout the island with beautiful corals. For visitors who enjoy coral reefs as well as snorkelers, some of the best coral sites are as follows.

Menjangan Coral Reefs Bali

Nusa Penida/Nusa Lembongan

Although busy during the bustling high season of June – September, the reefs around these islands are home to some of the best coral in Bali. The protected west and northern sides of the islands offer sloping reefs with coral that grows up the shallows. Sites such as S.D and Toyapakah are home to incredible coral gardens covered in schools of small tropical fish.

Menjangan Island

The West Bali National Park includes the island of Menjangan and other surrounding waters. This quiet island has stunning drop offs as well as more gentle slopes and coral gardens. The diving here is easy with beautiful underwater encounters typical of “tropical diving”.

Candidasa

The dive sites around Candidasa such as Gili Biaha and Tepekong are home to beautiful and varied coral life.  Large schools of fish hang out on these sites due to rich plankton life.  These sites have a good chance of currents, but these currents are what creates the life.

The Wrecks

No discussion about diving in Bali would be complete without mention of the USAT Liberty Wreck.  However, there are other, smaller wrecks in Bali that also deserve attention. There is talk on the island of a new naval wreck being planned for the future.

USAT Liberty Wreck

USAT Liberty

The dive site that made Tulamben famous.  This cargo ship was part of a convoy of American ships during WWII that was attacked by a Japanese submarine in 1942.  The ship was towed to the beach in Tulamben and sat there from 1942 until 1963, when it was submerged by earthquakes associated with the Mt Agung volcanic eruption in 1963.  It’s now a beautiful artificial reef located in recreational diving depths and covered in coral.  This site is certainly a must do for anyone diving in Bali.

Kubu Wreck

The Kubu wreck is a steel hull ship that became an artificial reef in 2012.  It’s a Dutch cargo ship of approximately 40 metres in length.  The ship lies perpendicular to shore with the bow in around 18 metres and the stern lying deeper than 40m.  There are cool swim throughs and penetrations available on this wreck for those with the know how.

The Japanese Wreck

The Japanese wreck is located in the southern reaches of Amed and is a site open for divers and snorkelers. The top of this small wreck is very shallow and the bottom is around 10 metres. There are plenty of beautiful sea fans on the wreck as well as a large school of sweepers in the hull. The wreck is a mysterious one, althoug the name is “the Japanese wreck” many believe it’s of Indonesian origin. The dive site itself is only partially about the wreck, due to it’s small size. However, the reef to either side of the wreck is stunning with beautiful soft and hard corals.

All in all, Bali diving holds attractions for divers of every level. Underwater photographers, tech divers, students, and marine life lovers will find a plethora of amazing attractions in Bali’s waters.  An experienced guide with a great eye for details such as the correct current and time of day to dive a certain site is crucial. The Underwater Tribe is happy to have experienced guides on our team who know the best time to dive the best sites.

Experience Bali Diving with the Underwater Tribe

Now that you know a little about what each area has to offer, feel free to drop us a line. We are happy to discuss the best areas for you based on your diving goals in Bali! Have a look at our Bali Diving Safari page to see a sampling of the itineraries that we offer. Don’t see an itinerary that works for you? Don’t worry, we are happy to work with you to create the perfect itinerary for your diving needs on Bali.

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Five Favourite Critters on a Bali Critter Dive

Five Favourite Critters on a Bali Critter Dive

Harlequin Shrimp Bali 5 Favourite

Learn more about our five favourite critters found in Bali! These are the five most requested critters that our guests would like to find on our popular Bali Diving Safari trips.

One of the highlights of a scuba diving trip to Bali is the incredible critter life. Photographers and non-photographers alike love to find cryptic creatures. With a large number of critter dives throughout the island, Bali is a world class destination for macro lovers. Dive sites such as the Padang Bai Jetty, Puri Jati near Lovina, and Secret Bay at Gilimanuk are some of the lesser known gems.  Tulamben and Amed are home to a variety of black sand sites. There are more than a dozen great macro sites in the area including Melasti, Liberty Slope, Seraya, and many more!

However, it’s not the sites themselves that make a dive unforgettable, it’s the creatures that are the stars of the show. Photographers who visit Bali often have a list of critters they want to find.  Over the years we have compiled a short list of the “5 Most Requested Critters in Bali” from guests. Without further ado, and in no particular order we present our 5!

Harlequin Shrimp

Five Favourite Critters Harlequin Shrimp

These gaudy crustaceans are highly requested by photographers and non photographers as well. With their bright colors and a “look” like no other shrimp, harlequins are always a hit. Typically found sheltered under large rocks, these beautiful animals feed on starfish. Find harlequin shrimp throughout Bali at sites such as Seraya Secrets, Melasti Amed, and Melasti Seraya.

Donut Dorid Nudi

Donut Dorid

A nudibranch that looks like no other. When first encountering the donut dorid, many divers can’t tell the difference between the head and the tail! These nudibranchs resemble six donuts that have been laid out side by side. They exclusively live on and eat hydroids. The best site in Bali to find them is Melasti in the Seraya area.

Mimic Octopus

Mimic Octopus

The most sought after octopus in Bali. These long armed octopus are notoriously shy but when feeling confident they can put on quite a show! The incredible flexibility of these charismatic cephalopods means they can take a multitude of shapes. The name “mimic” originates from their ability to take on the form of other marine life in order to confuse predators. Find these beautiful octopus on the black sand slopes of the Amed and Seraya areas as well as Puri Jati in north Bali.

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep

The cutest animal under the sea? These tiny sea slugs with “eyes” are only around the size of a grain of rice. They are found in singles, pairs, and small groups living on certain type of sea grass. Due to their small size, these are extremely frustrating subjects for photographers to shoot. Diopters or tele-converters are a real must when photographing these cute invertebrates. Find these adorable critters at sites in Bali such as Puri Jati and the black sand sites in the Tulamben and Amed areas.

Check out it’s resemblence to the popular Shaun the Sheep cartoon to know how it received it’s nickname.

Coconut Octopus

Coconut Octopus

Perhaps not as famous as it’s cousin the mimic, Coconut Octopus make up for it in the “character” department. Recently classified as the only non vertebrate with the ability to use tools, “coconut” octopus are named that way for a reason. These highly intelligent cephalopods utilize a variety of items to shelter themselves from predators. They use coconuts, clams shells, and even discarded plastic as protection. Find coconut octopus at sites in and around the Puri Jati area.

Watch a Coconut Octopus carrying around it’s own home

 

With it’s location firmly in the Coral Triangle region, Bali is home to countless wonderful critters. These five favourite critters are just the tip of the iceberg of what you can find on a Bali Diving Safari. Frogfish, blue ring octopus, mantis shrimp, seahorses, and an endless variety of nudibranchs are all found regularly by our guides. If you are a critter lover, please Contact Us today to inquire how we can create the perfect dive holiday for you in Bali.

What are your Five Favourite Critters in Bali?

Have you just finished a Bali diving trip? Or will you be joining us on a safari in the future?  Why not let us know in the comments what your five favourites are.  We will certainly try to show you all of these amazing critters on your dive trip in Bali.

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Bali Night Dive Special Offer

Bali Night Dive Special Offer 2019

We are happy to announce a Bali Night Dive Special Offer for April, May, and June 2019.  Book a trip with us, including a minimum of 8 dives per person, and receive a free night dive.  This is for Bali diving only and the night dive will be in the Tulamben/Seraya/Amed areas.  Offer not applicable for night diving in Candidasa/Padang Bai/Sanur/Penida. Bali is a wonderful place for night diving and the NE area is the best on the island.  Discover the critters that make the Tulamben area famous such as boxer crabs, nudibranchs, octopus and more.

Bali Night Dive Coi

Many of the macro sites in NE Bali are famous for their critters. Sites such as the Liberty Wreck and Seraya boast a whole new level of excitement at night.  Our guides are wonderful spotters and their skills really shine during a night dive.  The months of April through to June normally have fantastic weather throughout Bali.  The rainy season has stopped and it’s what we call the “shoulder season”.  This means mostly calm seas and warm weather, perfect for night diving!

Not feeling comfortable to dive at night quite yet? Don’t worry, we can also offer the PADI Night Diver specialty, this is a great way to get more comfortable in the water at night.  (PADI course not included in the special offer)

This offer is only open for a limited time. Please let us know via email that you would like to take advantage of our Free Bali Night Dive special offer! Please Book Now on our Contact Page or ask us for more details.

Bali Night Dive Frogfish

Bali Night Dive: Blackwater and Bonfire

If you are a keen night diver we can also offer Bonfire style Black Water dives in the Tulamben area.  These are great dives for unique photographic encounters with bizarre animals.  Read more about Black Water and Bonfire dives on one of our recent blogs. Ask us about availability for one of these one of a kind diving experiences during your trip to Bali.

Bali Night Dive Octopus

Diver in the Liberty Wreck Tulamben

Tulamben Diving – Diving Around Bali

Tulamben Diving – North East Bali

Tulamben Diving Agung

Tulamben is one of the most famous diving areas in Bali. The diving industry in Tulamben started due to the presence of the USAT Liberty shipwreck. The ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942 and beached in Tulamben. In 1963, the earthquakes associated with a Mt Agung eruption pushed the ship back into the water. Over time the wreck drew adventurous scuba divers to the area and a new industry was born. The first dive centre/resort was opened in 1986 (Paradise) and now the town is dedicated to diving.

Although famous for the Liberty wreck, the entire area is a diving hotbed. What started as an industry based around the coral reefs of Coral Garden, Drop Off, and Alamanda has now exploded. The diving activity now ranges north to Kubu and south through the Seraya area. Now, when people refer to Tulamben they refer to the larger area as a whole.

In the early 2000s, with the rising popularity of digital photography and muck diving, Tulamben truly blossomed. The new found fame of the Lembeh Strait and it’s weird critters led divers to search for the same in Bali. Sites such as Seraya Secrets and Batu Niti were found to produce incredible critter life along black sand slopes. Now, the Seraya area 5 minutes from Tulamben is the hotspot for critter diving in Bali.

Tulamben Diving – What To Expect?

Juvenile Catfish

Tulamben is a varied destination and suitable for all levels of divers. The USAT Liberty wreck is the dive that gets the most attention but it’s certainly not the only one around! Many of the sites are easily accessed by shore, some with sand, others with rocks. We therefore advise people to use open heel fins and booties for diving in the area.

Here we have a look at some of Tulamben’s top attractions from North to South.

Kubu Wreck (Wide Angle)

The newest wreck in the area, this is a purposely sunken wreck for divers. Starting around 15 m deep, this wreck drops down to 30m+ at the stern. For wide angle photographers it offers all kinds of fantastic photo opportunities. Although not covered in coral, there are plenty of photogenic holds for great snaps.

Kubu Wreck Tulamben

Liberty Coral Garden (Wide Angle)

Located to the NW of the wreck, this small coral garden is a real treat. Several large barrel sponges and sea fans decorate the sandy slope. The highlight of the site are the many and colorful magnificent anemones and attendant clown fish.

USAT Liberty Wreck (Wide and Macro)

The most famous site in Bali, this shipwreck is a real treasure. At over 100 meters in length, this ex cargo ship is a true coral reef. Soft corals and sea fans cover much of the superstructure in brilliant colour. Schools of fish are very used to divers and easily approachable. A friendly hawksbill turtle calls the wreck home and is not afraid of divers. Although a very busy site, there are always great photo opportunities available.

Tulamben Diving Liberty

Liberty Slope (Macro)

A sandy slope to the south side of the ship, this is a great site for finding wonderpus! There are a few coral heads on the slope but not many. A great spotter is a real advantage on this site in order to find the cool critters. Nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, shrimp, and frogfish are common encounters here. This site is a great afternoon dive when many critters begin to emerge.

Coral Garden (Wide and Macro)

The corals here have suffered over the years from storm damage. However, the fish and critter life remain abundant. One of the best places in Bali to find blue ribbon eels and juvenile black males. There is a gorgeous section of hundreds of magnificent anemones and clown fish in just 3 – 7 meters of water. There is also a small artificial reef here with tires and statues which have attracted cleaner shrimp and many eels.

Tulamben Coral Garden

Drop Off/Alamanda/Emerald (Wide and Macro)

These sites are all reached with a short ride on a jukung. All of these sites are steep slopes with great fish life. Sea fans, soft corals, and sponges are plentiful in 20 meters and deeper. Hard corals are spread throughout the shallows with clouds of anthias and damselfish hovering above. Turtles, bump head parrotfish, and reef sharks are a common sighting as well.

Moving further south east past the abandoned Emerald Resort the area becomes Seraya, the heart of critter diving.

Segara and Melasti (Macro)

These are two sites that fit the classic black sand dive profile. Gentle slopes with fairly nondescript looking bottom topography. However, these sites are macro life heaven. Shaun the Sheep nudis, donut dorids, Harlequin shrimp, frogfish, and octopus are just the tip of the iceberg. A good spotter is required to make the most of your time at these sites. The cryptic nature of the inhabitants mean a keen and experienced guide will bring out the best of these sites.

Seraya Secrets (Macro)

The first muck dive site in the area, this sandy slope is located in front of Scuba Seraya Resort. Another black sandy slope with oases of coral on the slopes. Spotted morays, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, leaf fish, and the occasional rhinopias are frequent inhabitants. It’s easy to spend a day here diving along this series of sites spread over several hundred meters of beach front.

Tulamben Harlequin Shrimp

Batu Niti (Macro)

Hidden under some shady trees, the entrance to this site is along a rocky stretch of shore near a dry river bed. Although it can be silty during the rainy season, the bottom is home to a plethora of great encounters. Beautiful nudibranchs, boxer crabs, harlequin shrimp, and saw blade shrimp are found daily. Do keep your fins off the bottom here as the sand/silt is very easy to stir up.

Batu Belah/Sidem (Macro)

Around the corner from Batu Niti lies a small cove and dive site Sidem. This site has a different bottom composition than the Seraya area. This site is more rocky with a lot more vegetation covering the bottom. Rhiniopias, lots of octopus, frogfish, and harlequin shrimp can be found here. The bay is quite large and it’s easy to spend two dives in here, diving different ends of the bay.

Mimic Octopus Tulamben

As diving is such an integral part of the local community, Tulamben diving is unique. Each dive spot boasts a small parking area, rinse tanks, showers, and helpful porters. Divers provide a great source of income locally and in return receive a unique service. Divers don’t have to carry their heavy tanks along the beach as porters do it. The porters range from young kids who put the gear on their motorbikes to older women who carry it on their heads! Watching how everything functions like clockwork is part of the charm of Tulamben diving.

Tulamben Dawn

Dive in Bali

We suggest that every diver who visits Bali to try Tulamben diving. The variety and quality of diving in the area is one of the best in Bali. Underwater photographers and critter enthusiasts rave about their encounters here.

If you would like to see a few sample itineraries please have a look at our Bali Safari page.

If you would like to read more about the history of the USAT Liberty Wreck please have a look here or watch this short video.

Nusa Penida Diving

Diving Nusa Penida Bali

Diving Nusa Penida Bali: More Than Molas!

Nusa Penida Mola

Nusa Penida is one of Bali’s most popular diving destinations. However, there are many misconceptions about what the island offers to scuba divers. In this article we discuss diving at Nusa Penida and what to expect.

We say “Nusa Penida” but for this article we use that term to refer to all three islands: Penida, Lembongan, and Ceningan. Nusa is an Indonesian word for “island”, all 3 islands in this archipelago are referred to as “Nusa”. Nusa Penida is the largest of the 3 islands and is separated from the other two by a 200 meter deep channel.  The islands are located approximately 12 nautical miles east of Bali, which takes approximately 45 minutes on a dive boat from Sanur.

Nusa Penida Dive Sites

North Coast Nusa Penida Diving

The islands are home to a great variety of dive sites. Along the north coast of Nusa Penida are long coral reefs with steep slopes. Sites such as SD, PED, and Buyuk are drift dives along tropical coral reefs full of beautiful fish. These sites typically offer great visibility and warm water year round (but not always!) Although they may have strong current, these are usually one way currents without cross currents or down currents. These sites are often dived in the afternoons or when conditions aren’t right for diving in the channel or along the south coast.

Turtle Nusa Penida

These sites are known for encounters with green and hawksbill turtles, sting rays, large schools of snappers and surgeon fish, as well as the occasional sighting of bigger marine life. What does bigger mean? Thresher sharks, sunfish, dolphins, and even whale sharks can be found when diving along the north coast.

The north coast is typically not as cold during the winter months (June to October) as the southern sites and the channel. It’s not uncommon to have a 19C dive at Manta Point followed by a 27C dive at SD, only a few miles away!

Lembongan and Channel Diving

In and around the channel between Penida and Ceningan/Lembongan, lie some of the more famous sites. Blue Corner and Jack Point/Mangroves are located on the west and north west side of Lembongan. Blue Corner is an advanced, deep drift dive that often produces encounters with large life such as wobbegongs, marble rays, and sunfish. Due to the current often encountered at this site, including down currents, it needs to be done at the best time of tide.

Coral Reef Fish

Toyapekah, Ceningan Wall, Gamat and Crystal Bay are the other popular sites in this area. Crystal Bay is the most famous of these due to frequent sightings of sunfish. All of these sites can experience current and are not suitable for novices unless under supervision in the best conditions. Marine life encounters include healthy hard corals, big schools of tropical fish, turtles, sharks, and of course sunfish.

South Coast Diving

The south coast of Nusa Penida is where the “monsters” are! The entire south coast is home to a large population of reef manta rays, which are present all year long. Sites such as Manta Point and Manta Bay are great for either snorkelers or divers. One thing to watch for in the south though is swell, this area can receive a large swell from the south. The visibility along the south coast is typically not as great as along the north coast, but there is mantas!

Manta Ray Nusa Penida

When To See What?

The diving around Nusa Penida and Lembongan can be broken down into two seasons: Mola Season and No Mola Season! Mola season is typically from around the end of June until the end of October. The peak period runs from late July to late September. At this time of year, the water can become much colder, especially along the south coast and into the channel area. Temperatures ranging from 19 – 23C are normal with 16C thermoclines nothing out of the ordinary. Sunfish are most commonly found when the water is colder, which is why June to October is their high season. The best sites to find them include Crystal Bay, the sites around Candidasa, Toyapekah, and Manta Point among others. The temperatures around the entire Penida area average 26 – 28C from December to April.

Sunfish Nusa Penida

The Weather

Of course weather will always play an integral role while diving in the area. South Bali is a well known surfing destination, which means waves! As the islands are open to the Indian Ocean, a large swell coming from the south will affect conditions. Therefore, it’s never guaranteed that the south sites such as Manta Point or Crystal Bay can be visited. On occasion, when the swell is large (June to September typically) then boats can be grounded all together. Do keep this in mind when visiting Bali, if the harbour is closed we switch to a Tulamben trip.

Interested in learning about other sites in Bali? Have a look at our Bali Dive Location page for more information.

The Nusa Penida area has been identified as an important Marine Protected Area. Learn more about it on the Coral Triangle Center page

Have a look at a short video from Manta Point

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Aaron Gekoski Wildlife Photojournalist – UWT Podcast

UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 – Aaron Gekoski

Aaron Gekoski Podcast

We are happy to announce UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 with Aaron Gekoski.  Aaron is an environmental photojournalist who travels around the world documenting wildlife tourism.  The wildlife tourism trade is a booming business around the world and often involves cruel treatment of animals.

“Bertie” joins us in the studio to discuss his history and journey into photo journalism.  With a varied background Aaron has worked as a photographer in Africa before relocating to SE Asia. He worked with Scubazoo for several years as their in house presenter. Aaron has worked on their shows Borneo From Below, Indonesia From Below, and Timor Leste From Below.  He has also worked on productions for the Smithsonian and Sharkweek.

As a photographer, Aaron won the environmental category of the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

He is now working on a campaign called “Raise the Red Flag” in conjunction with Born Free.  This campaign highlights the cruel world of Wildlife Tourism.  The key to this effort is the ability for everyone to report suspicious wildlife exploitation to a central source.

To found out more about Aaron and his current activities please visit his website: aarongekoski.com

Or visit his dedicated Facebook page: Aaron Gekoski, Environmental Photojournalist

You can watch the episode on our YouTube channel here: UWT Diving and Adventure Podcast #013 Aaron Gekoski

SoundCloud Version can be found Here

Or on iTunes Store Here

To watch or listen to our entire series of Podcasts please visit our Underwater Tribe Podcast page.  This page contains links to both audio and YouTube versions of each episode.  We will continue to record throughout the year, please subscribe to our YouTube channel in order to receive notifications for each release. Feel free to leave a comment or question below if you have any feedback.

 

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Bali Diving – What To Expect

Bali Diving

A quick guide to understand what Bali Diving is all about! Many visitors to the island only stop in Bali on their way to Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park or elsewhere in Indonesia. Bali suffers a little as a stand alone diving destination of it’s own due to the popularity of it’s famous neighbors. In this article, we discuss exactly the type of diving that we do in Bali!

 Diving Under Over

Bali is home to world class diving throughout the island. There are few diving destinations in Indonesia that offer the same variety of encounters that Bali does. From pristine coral reefs, to black sand macro sites, Bali diving has a little something for everyone.

The Big Stuff

One thing that sets Bali apart from many other destinations in South East Asia is the chance to dive with the “big stuff!” Manta rays are found in the waters around Nusa Penida all year round. Diving with these majestic rays is always a treat and can be done as a day trip from Sanur and Padang Bai or while staying in the islands. The mantas are not seasonal visitors but it can be difficult to reach Manta Point during high seas.

Manta Ray Penida

The bizarre looking Sunfish, or Mola alexandrini, is a seasonal visitor to Bali with sightings peaking in the months of August and September. These largest of bony fish are found around the island of Nusa Penida on shallow reefs where small fish pick parasites off their body. Sunfish are high on the bucket list of many divers and the peak season for spotting them happens to coincide with the peak season for diving in Bali. These strange fish frequent visitors to the waters around Candidasa at sights such as Gili Mimpang and Tepekong.  Read more about the Sunfish here: Podcast with Bali Sunfish Researchers

The best thing about diving with Mantas and Sunfish is that they are often done on the same day. If divers are lucky, they can even spot them both on the same dive at Manta Point!

Although not consistent, whale sharks are a frequent sight in Bali waters with reports of encounters usually happening each month.

The Macro

No discussion of diving in Bali would be complete without mention of the truly world class critter diving. Being in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Bali is home to almost every species on a serious macro lovers list. From harlequin shrimp to frogfish, from rhinopias to bizarre nudibranchs, from wonderpus to blue ring octopus, all the critters that photographers love are here. Although Tulamben is known world wide as a top destination, there are many critter hotspots in Bali.

Harlequin Shrimp Bali Macro

Tulamben

Found in the north east of the island, Tulamben is a small town which is home to unique black sand diving. Sites such as Liberty Slope, Coral Garden, and the USAT Liberty Wreck are all great sites to find subjects such as wonderpus, leaf fish, and ghost pipefish.

Seraya

Only 5 minutes by car from Tulamben, the Seraya area boasts more than a half dozen pure critter dives. Melasti, Seraya Secrets, and Batu Niti are a few of the sites in this area which boast great encounters. Long arm octopus, boxer crabs, pygmy seahorses, and 100s of species of nudibranchs are common encounters. These sites are easy dives with black sand or rubble/gravel slopes along with small oases of coral reef.

Amed

Known to many as a relaxed beach side town, Amed is a 20 minute drive to the SE from Tulamben. Although many divers come here to experience the coral and artificial reef diving, the macro is also fantastic. Sites such as Ghost Bay and Melasti offer encounters with stone fish, mimic octopus, frogfish, and even blue ring octopus.

Puri Jati/Lovina

The north coast of Bali boasts more of the black sand sites that make the Tulamben area famous. Sites such as Puri Jati along the coast near Lovina are rich in critters such as sea horses, octopus, Shaun the Sheep nudibranchs, and sea moths. Often visited during the transit between Tulamben and Menjangan, serious critter divers can spend more time here with a short drive from Pemuteran.

Secret Bay

Nestled in the far NW of the island, Secret Bay is a small site with a rich history. Around 40 mins drive from Pemuteran, this site offers shallow and easy muck diving. Frogfish are common here as are seahorses. This is also the only place in Bali to find the Banggai Cardinal fish, these non native but beautiful fish are an introduced species.

Padang Bai

Located only one hour from Sanur, Padang Bai is a hidden gem when it comes to muck diving. The local reefs in the bay offer great encounters with nudibranchs and cuttlefish as well as the occasional rhinopias sighting. The real highlight of the area is diving under the cruise ship jetty. The Padang Bai Jetty is home to eels, octopus, frogfish, and other gems hiding under the pier.

The Reefs

Bali is also home to incredible and diverse tropical coral reefs. With approximately 400 species of coral found in the area, there are several areas throughout the island with beautiful corals. For visitors who enjoy coral reefs as well as snorkelers, some of the best coral sites are as follows.

Menjangan Coral Reefs Bali

Nusa Penida/Nusa Lembongan

Although busy during the bustling high season of June – September, the reefs around these islands are home to some of the best coral in Bali. The protected west and northern sides of the islands offer sloping reefs with coral that grows up the shallows. Sites such as S.D and Toyapakah are home to incredible coral gardens covered in schools of small tropical fish.

Menjangan Island

The West Bali National Park includes the island of Menjangan and other surrounding waters. This quiet island has stunning drop offs as well as more gentle slopes and coral gardens. The diving here is easy with beautiful underwater encounters typical of “tropical diving”.

Candidasa

The dive sites around Candidasa such as Gili Biaha and Tepekong are home to beautiful and varied coral life.  Large schools of fish hang out on these sites due to rich plankton life.  These sites have a good chance of currents, but these currents are what creates the life.

The Wrecks

No discussion about diving in Bali would be complete without mention of the USAT Liberty Wreck.  However, there are other, smaller wrecks in Bali that also deserve attention. There is talk on the island of a new naval wreck being planned for the future.

USAT Liberty Wreck

USAT Liberty

The dive site that made Tulamben famous.  This cargo ship was part of a convoy of American ships during WWII that was attacked by a Japanese submarine in 1942.  The ship was towed to the beach in Tulamben and sat there from 1942 until 1963, when it was submerged by earthquakes associated with the Mt Agung volcanic eruption in 1963.  It’s now a beautiful artificial reef located in recreational diving depths and covered in coral.  This site is certainly a must do for anyone diving in Bali.

Kubu Wreck

The Kubu wreck is a steel hull ship that became an artificial reef in 2012.  It’s a Dutch cargo ship of approximately 40 metres in length.  The ship lies perpendicular to shore with the bow in around 18 metres and the stern lying deeper than 40m.  There are cool swim throughs and penetrations available on this wreck for those with the know how.

The Japanese Wreck

The Japanese wreck is located in the southern reaches of Amed and is a site open for divers and snorkelers. The top of this small wreck is very shallow and the bottom is around 10 metres. There are plenty of beautiful sea fans on the wreck as well as a large school of sweepers in the hull. The wreck is a mysterious one, althoug the name is “the Japanese wreck” many believe it’s of Indonesian origin. The dive site itself is only partially about the wreck, due to it’s small size. However, the reef to either side of the wreck is stunning with beautiful soft and hard corals.

All in all, Bali diving holds attractions for divers of every level. Underwater photographers, tech divers, students, and marine life lovers will find a plethora of amazing attractions in Bali’s waters.  An experienced guide with a great eye for details such as the correct current and time of day to dive a certain site is crucial. The Underwater Tribe is happy to have experienced guides on our team who know the best time to dive the best sites.

Experience Bali Diving with the Underwater Tribe

Now that you know a little about what each area has to offer, feel free to drop us a line. We are happy to discuss the best areas for you based on your diving goals in Bali! Have a look at our Bali Diving Safari page to see a sampling of the itineraries that we offer. Don’t see an itinerary that works for you? Don’t worry, we are happy to work with you to create the perfect itinerary for your diving needs on Bali.

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Five Favourite Critters on a Bali Critter Dive

Five Favourite Critters on a Bali Critter Dive

Harlequin Shrimp Bali 5 Favourite

Learn more about our five favourite critters found in Bali! These are the five most requested critters that our guests would like to find on our popular Bali Diving Safari trips.

One of the highlights of a scuba diving trip to Bali is the incredible critter life. Photographers and non-photographers alike love to find cryptic creatures. With a large number of critter dives throughout the island, Bali is a world class destination for macro lovers. Dive sites such as the Padang Bai Jetty, Puri Jati near Lovina, and Secret Bay at Gilimanuk are some of the lesser known gems.  Tulamben and Amed are home to a variety of black sand sites. There are more than a dozen great macro sites in the area including Melasti, Liberty Slope, Seraya, and many more!

However, it’s not the sites themselves that make a dive unforgettable, it’s the creatures that are the stars of the show. Photographers who visit Bali often have a list of critters they want to find.  Over the years we have compiled a short list of the “5 Most Requested Critters in Bali” from guests. Without further ado, and in no particular order we present our 5!

Harlequin Shrimp

Five Favourite Critters Harlequin Shrimp

These gaudy crustaceans are highly requested by photographers and non photographers as well. With their bright colors and a “look” like no other shrimp, harlequins are always a hit. Typically found sheltered under large rocks, these beautiful animals feed on starfish. Find harlequin shrimp throughout Bali at sites such as Seraya Secrets, Melasti Amed, and Melasti Seraya.

Donut Dorid Nudi

Donut Dorid

A nudibranch that looks like no other. When first encountering the donut dorid, many divers can’t tell the difference between the head and the tail! These nudibranchs resemble six donuts that have been laid out side by side. They exclusively live on and eat hydroids. The best site in Bali to find them is Melasti in the Seraya area.

Mimic Octopus

Mimic Octopus

The most sought after octopus in Bali. These long armed octopus are notoriously shy but when feeling confident they can put on quite a show! The incredible flexibility of these charismatic cephalopods means they can take a multitude of shapes. The name “mimic” originates from their ability to take on the form of other marine life in order to confuse predators. Find these beautiful octopus on the black sand slopes of the Amed and Seraya areas as well as Puri Jati in north Bali.

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep

The cutest animal under the sea? These tiny sea slugs with “eyes” are only around the size of a grain of rice. They are found in singles, pairs, and small groups living on certain type of sea grass. Due to their small size, these are extremely frustrating subjects for photographers to shoot. Diopters or tele-converters are a real must when photographing these cute invertebrates. Find these adorable critters at sites in Bali such as Puri Jati and the black sand sites in the Tulamben and Amed areas.

Check out it’s resemblence to the popular Shaun the Sheep cartoon to know how it received it’s nickname.

Coconut Octopus

Coconut Octopus

Perhaps not as famous as it’s cousin the mimic, Coconut Octopus make up for it in the “character” department. Recently classified as the only non vertebrate with the ability to use tools, “coconut” octopus are named that way for a reason. These highly intelligent cephalopods utilize a variety of items to shelter themselves from predators. They use coconuts, clams shells, and even discarded plastic as protection. Find coconut octopus at sites in and around the Puri Jati area.

Watch a Coconut Octopus carrying around it’s own home

 

With it’s location firmly in the Coral Triangle region, Bali is home to countless wonderful critters. These five favourite critters are just the tip of the iceberg of what you can find on a Bali Diving Safari. Frogfish, blue ring octopus, mantis shrimp, seahorses, and an endless variety of nudibranchs are all found regularly by our guides. If you are a critter lover, please Contact Us today to inquire how we can create the perfect dive holiday for you in Bali.

What are your Five Favourite Critters in Bali?

Have you just finished a Bali diving trip? Or will you be joining us on a safari in the future?  Why not let us know in the comments what your five favourites are.  We will certainly try to show you all of these amazing critters on your dive trip in Bali.

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Bali Night Dive Special Offer

Bali Night Dive Special Offer 2019

We are happy to announce a Bali Night Dive Special Offer for April, May, and June 2019.  Book a trip with us, including a minimum of 8 dives per person, and receive a free night dive.  This is for Bali diving only and the night dive will be in the Tulamben/Seraya/Amed areas.  Offer not applicable for night diving in Candidasa/Padang Bai/Sanur/Penida. Bali is a wonderful place for night diving and the NE area is the best on the island.  Discover the critters that make the Tulamben area famous such as boxer crabs, nudibranchs, octopus and more.

Bali Night Dive Coi

Many of the macro sites in NE Bali are famous for their critters. Sites such as the Liberty Wreck and Seraya boast a whole new level of excitement at night.  Our guides are wonderful spotters and their skills really shine during a night dive.  The months of April through to June normally have fantastic weather throughout Bali.  The rainy season has stopped and it’s what we call the “shoulder season”.  This means mostly calm seas and warm weather, perfect for night diving!

Not feeling comfortable to dive at night quite yet? Don’t worry, we can also offer the PADI Night Diver specialty, this is a great way to get more comfortable in the water at night.  (PADI course not included in the special offer)

This offer is only open for a limited time. Please let us know via email that you would like to take advantage of our Free Bali Night Dive special offer! Please Book Now on our Contact Page or ask us for more details.

Bali Night Dive Frogfish

Bali Night Dive: Blackwater and Bonfire

If you are a keen night diver we can also offer Bonfire style Black Water dives in the Tulamben area.  These are great dives for unique photographic encounters with bizarre animals.  Read more about Black Water and Bonfire dives on one of our recent blogs. Ask us about availability for one of these one of a kind diving experiences during your trip to Bali.

Bali Night Dive Octopus

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