Dive Sites

Boga Wreck 

The Boga was a former 150-tonne cargo ship, almost 50 metres in length, and it was purposely sunk in September 2012. It now lies on a sandy bottom between 15 m. and 35m, perpendicular to the shore. The wreck is almost intact and thus have not yet been colonised by coral unlike the USAT Liberty Wreck. The very rich and colorful aquatic flora of the reef will take you to the wreck where you will enjoy how it is adorned with a Volkswagen car, treasure chest, a Buddha statue and other objects.

  • Access from shore at Kubu
  • Current: non-existent to moderate
  • Deep Dive – Bow @ 18m. & Propeller @ 35 m.
  • Abundant fish colonies, Octopuses & Moray eels, schools of Barracuda and Trevally, Peacock Mantis Shrimp
  • Ideal for PADI Advanced Diver. Why not? PADI Deep, Wreck & Sidemount Specialties

USAT Liberty Wreck

This shipwreck is most likely one of the favorites dive sites in Bali. The USAT Liberty was a former WWII cargo, outfitted with only a stern gun and a bow gun (still in place). The wreck is about 120 m long and lies on sandy bottom since 1963. Therefore, it is perfectly camouflaged with abundant soft and hard coral colonies.

Accessible for all-levels of diving as the shallowest parts are about 5m and the deepest around 30 m. Highly recommendable is to explore the Liberty Wreck at night as the interaction of bump head parrotfishes, marbled groupers and giant moray eels is a unique experience you surely won’t regret.

  • Access from shore at Tulamben
  • Current: non-existent to moderate
  • Shallow & Deep Dive
  • Abundant fish colonies, humphead parrotfishes, hawksbill turtle, napoleon wrasses, schools of fusiliers, nudibranchs, multiple sea anemonies, leaf scorpionfish, warty frogfish, commensal shrimps, boxer & decorator crabs, giant moray eel, spanish dancers
  • Ideal for entry-level experience, novice, intermediate and experienced divers. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Deep, Wreck, Fish-ID & Sidemount Diver Specialties as well

CORAL GARDEN

This dive site is situated approximately 150 m along the middle section of Tulamben beach –close to USAT Liberty Wreck- and is a shallow dive.

The reef mainly consists of table corals and anemones, as well as sponges and soft corals. However, the site is covered with an artificial reef as well, whereas diverse sunken objects, structures and statues help attracting organisms and species that like to find shelter and residence on this kind of environments.

Get ready to encounter an incredible diversity of aquatic life for instance a significant presence of ribbon eels, multiple sea anemones of various colours or even the higher probability to spot reef sharks. Same as the Liberty Wreck, Coral Garden is a fabulous place to conduct night dives.

  • Access from shore
  • Current: none to moderate
  • Shallow Dive 
  • Abundant fish & coral colonies, ribbon eels, reef sharks, humphead parrotfishes, hawksbill turtle, napoleon wrasses, leaf scorpion fish, nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, blue-ring octopus
  • Ideal for entry-level experience, novice, intermediate and experienced divers. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Underwater Photography & Fish ID Specialties as well

Drop OFF Tulamben

Tulamben Drop-Off is one of the most popular sites of Bali as the wall features an impressive underwater topography. The rock formations decorated with multitude of corals –especially gorgonian fans- are the consequence of lava flow originating from Mount Agung’s eruption in 1963. The Drop Off is at the opposite end of the bay, about a 15mins slow walk, from the USAT Liberty Shipwreck and this dive site is adequate for different dive levels depending on experience.

The dive starts from shore on a sandy bottom slope ideal for spotting nudibranchs and other curious macro critters. Still shallow you will have a great chance to enjoy a huge school of fusiliers. Following the contour of the beach you suddenly encounter a vertical wall that starts at around 15m. and goes to 80m. You will definitely like the incredible landscape sculpted by many overhanging rocks and we will be very happy to show you the famous and rare disco clam.

Visibility in this area is usually best in the morning, around 20m, due to abundant rich nutrients in the water. Boat diving can be arranged as well in case you may want to explore further areas that are not reachable when entering from shore.

  • Access from shore or boat
  • Current: none to moderate
  • Multi-level Dive
  • Abundant fish & coral colonies, reef sharks, humphead parrotfishes, hawksbill turtle, napoleon wrasses, leaf scorpion fish, nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, schools of fuisliers and jacks, disco clam
  • Ideal for entry-level experience, novice, intermediate and experienced divers. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Deep, Sidemount Diver Specialties as well

 

Seraya & Deep Secrets

Seraya Secrets is certainly one of the best macro & muck sites in Bali and most likely around Indonesia as well. Why is this dive site a heaven for underwater photographers? Continue reading and you will easily understand why.

Seraya Secrets is located in the bay prior to Tulamben and is a black sandy bottom slope suitable for all kind of diving-levels. The slope gradually undulates with sheltered underwater valleys and rounded ridges that allow divers to explore both shallow and deep. 

Whereas a novice diver may not appreciate the beauty of the site as he/she is not yet accustomed to look and spot macro aquatic life, experienced divers however have trained eyes that are easily capable of recognizing wonderful critters such as the harlequin, bumble bee & tozeuma shrimps, zebra & boxer crabs or even rhinopias. Deep Secrets is a large cleaning station that is located at around 35m. It sits on an underwater ridge and often attracts large pelagics i.e spotted eagle ray, whale sharks or even dolphins.

  • Access from shore
  • Current: none to moderate
  • Multi-level Dive
  • Harlequin, needle and also different types of commensal shrimps, zebra & boxer crabs, nudibranchs, ghost & banded pipe fish, coleman shrimp, frogfish, mimic octopus, decorator crab, leaf scorpion fish, rhinopia, etc
  • Ideal for entry-level experience, novice, intermediate and experienced divers. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Fish-ID, Underwater Photography Specialties as well

Pyramids

This dive site tends to be a lovely drift dive where the underwater landscape features a natural coral reef on the slope with pyramids structures on the sandy plateau at around 18 meters. The artificial reef was created by fishermens during the mid 90’s and is located very less than five minutes away from our PADI Dive Resort. When diving the Pyramids you can either choose to do it from shore or using the fishermen boats called “Jukung” what allows more flexibility on the exit point.

Pyramids is because of several reasons one of the main diving attractions in Amed. With over more than 20 pyramids, the depth of this dive site allows Open Water certified divers to enjoy the magic of the place as well. It is also ideal to introduce novice divers into drift diving or even for experienced divers to encounter wonderful critters such as the pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion or frogfishes.

Immerse yourself in the Pyramids and you will discover a great variety of marine life both in the artificial and natural reef but as well in the midwater as the current brings along a high amount of plankton. Starting the dive spotting a huge valley of garden eels, the Kuhls Stingrays and blue-spotted ones will accompany you during the dive. While usually green or hawksbill turtles, big pufferfishes such as the Mappa like to find shelter along the slope, the schools of fusiliers or even giant trevally prefer to swim on the midwater. Reef sharks can be a highlight on this dive site as the like to visit Pyramids and swim around the sandy plateau.

  • Access from shore & boat
  • Current: moderate to strong
  • Multi-level Dive
  • garden eels, kuhl’s & blue-spotted stingray, schools of fusiliers, jacks and giant trevally, black & white-tip reef sharks, mappa pufferfish, hawksbill turtle, leaf scorpionfish, pygmy seahorse, frogfish, barracuda
  • Ideal for intermediate or experienced diver. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Fish-ID, Drift, Underwater Photography Specialties as well

JemeLuk bay/ Wall

Jemeluk bay is a diving hotspot for both entry-level divers and experienced ones. It is very close from our PADI Dive Resort and we use it regularly for training & teaching purposes and fun diving as well.

The topography of Jemeluk bay allows you to encounter on both edges a vertical wall full of marine life and abundant coral and a protected bay with the absence of currents and very clear waters. On the west side, the wall connects with Pyramids while the drop-off on the east side will bring you direction to Bunutan village. The bay itself features a sandy bottom plateau at around 3-5m where it is possible to already spot seahorses, devil & leaf scorpionfish, harlequin crabs, stonefish and many more interesting and rare aquatic life species. Then following the contour of the gentle sandy bottom slope you will discover for instance an artificial reef covered by concrete structures and Balinese statues, huge sea fans or even red fluorescent sea anemones at depth.

While you can dive Jemeluk shallow fulfilling Open Water certification depth limits you may also want to explore deeper on the wall sides. Usually the drop off begins from around 18 m and goes well below 40 m.

 

This dive site is similar to USAT Liberty Wreck an ideal place to conduct night dives. Plenty of bioluminescent phytoplankton, snowflake moray eels, huge variety of rare nudibranchs, decorator crabs, Spanish dancers are common species to be spotted here.

  • Access from shore
  • Current: none to mild
  • Multi-level dive
  • Harlequin crabs, nudibranchs, ghost & banded pipe fish, frogfish, devil scorpionfish, indian walkman, reef octopus, decorator crab, leaf scorpion fish, snowflake moray eel,
  • Ideal for entry level experience, novice, intermediate and experienced divers. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Fish-ID, Underwater Photography, Deep, Sidemount Diver Specialties as well

Bunutan

This dive site accounts together with Pyramids to the most famous and well known drift dives of Amed. While in Pyramids you may choose to start from shore, in Bunutan it is required to use the fishermen boats called “Jukung”.  This site can be also more challenging than Pyramids in terms of current directions as sometimes can be unpredictable and may change easily.

Bunutan is one of the prettiest dive sites in Amed and as well covers a huge area as you may drift along almost 500 m reef. You will start the dive shallow and follow the sandy bottom slope while observing and enjoying a vast area full of garden eels. Huge barrel sponges arise in the depth providing a perfect shelter for giant and honeycomb moray eels. The biggest barrel sponges in Amed are found here at Bunutan and the magnificent current flow increase the chances to encounter schools of giant trevally, mackerel and fusiliers. As well, the chances are above the average to meet the wonderful spotted eagle rays in the midwater and of course usually close to the sandy bottom and in between barrel sponges the white and black-tip reef sharks.

As a novice diver, we do not recommend this dive site, as you first need to acquire further knowledge on drift diving and mastering of buoyancy. Of course do not hesitate to consult us and together with your logbook and level of experience we will be happy to advice you. Furthermore as an intermediate-level or experienced diver Bunutan is a must do dive on any Amed diving holidays.

  • Access from boat
  • Current: moderate to strong
  • Multi-level dive
  • Huge barrel sponges, infinite field of garden eels, reef octopus, giant & honeycomb moray eel, schools of giant trevally, fusiliers and mackerel, black & whte-tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, barracuda
  • Ideal for intermediate or experienced divers. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Fish-ID, Drift and Deep Diver Specialties as well

Lipah slope

This dive site is less popular in terms that dive centers & resorts do not dive here as often as in other places. However, Lipah features an amazing landscape, especially on the deep part of the slope between 20-40 m.

You can start the dive both from shore and as well using the fishermen boats “Jukung”. It can be an easy and relaxing dive ideal for entry-level and novice divers. The bay offers relatively calm and cristal clear waters, sandy bottom makes it easier for unexperienced divers to manage their buoyancy. You can spot a large variety of nudibranchs around the shallow area.

Though if you are an intermediate-level or experienced diver you definitely should explore the deep side on the west corner direction to Japanese Wreck. You will encounter abundant coral fans and big schools of fusiliers and jacks. Regular residence as well for some big white-tip reef sharks and as well brilliant to spot the juvenile’s ones hiding and finding shelter in between hard coral and overhangs. Giant reef octopuses, big puffer & porcupine fishes will accompany you during the dive.

Take into account that currents in Lipah -deep part- can be tricky and challenging as they may change and vary during the dive. The flow direction will not be always unidirectional but you may experience up & downwards currents as well.

  • Access from shore & boat
  • Current: moderate to strong
  • Multi-level dive
  • abundant coral colonies & coral fans, reef octopus, big porcupinefishes, schools of giant trevally, fusiliers and mackerel, black & whte-tip reef sharks, giant moray eels, peacock mantis shrimp, nudibranchs
  • Ideal for intermediate or experienced divers. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Fish-ID, Drift and Deep Diver Specialties as well

japanese wreck

After the Boga and the USAT Liberty Wreck, this the third shipwreck you can dive close or in Amed -both from shore and using fishermen boats “Jukung”-. It is located in the village of Banyuning around 7 km from our PADI Dive Resort and there are some curious “urban legends” regarding the name of this dive site.

While some stories point out that originally the ship was a Javanese fishing boat –thus Japanese being derived from- others prefer to say that the wreck was actually a Japanese patrol ship sunken during the WWII –similar to the USAT Liberty-. The last group base their assumption on the presence of Japanese style toilets on site.

The shipwreck itself is relatively small and compared to the Boga or USAT Liberty less impressive. It is lying after Lipah Bay on shallow -5m to 10m- sandy bottom very close from shore. Actually, the site is a wonderful place for snorkeling as well.

For divers the secret relies not only on the shipwreck but on the surrounding area. The reef next to it features some of the best and more colorful soft corals of all Amed. The landscape is encrusted with gorgonians, sponges and black coral bushes. The slope down away from the wreck is rich and healthy and offers abundant marine life. Ideal place to encounter some big travelers such as the napoleon wrasse or even whale sharks. Get ready to spend time looking for critters such as the pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpionfish and the warty frogfish. Plenty of nudibranchs and of course when given current keep an eye on the midwater for schools of trevallies, fusiliers or sometimes even great barracudas.

  • Access from shore or boat
  • Current: none to strong
  • Multi-level Dive
  • Abundant fish & coral colonies, napoleon wrasse, leaf scorpion fish, nudibranchs, schools of fuisliers and jacks, huge and colorful gorgonians, pygmy seahorse
  • Ideal for novice, intermediate and experienced divers. Why not? PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Deep, Wreck, Sidemount Diver Specialties as well

Gili selang

This spectacular dive site -only reachable by boat- receives its name after the small island of Gili Selang that is actually the most oriental point of Bali and the last diving spot our PADI Dive Resort can offer. The fact of being so close to deep water channels makes this place exceptional and challenging. Unfortunately, not every adventurous diver is welcome to join us; we do only take experienced divers to Gili Selang.

The marine life here is very different from the one you find around Amed and Tulamben but similar to the one you encounter around Nusa Penida. Accordingly, the sometimes-unpredictable currents attract giant trevally, big reef sharks and deep water pelagic such as hammerhead sharks or even mola-mola -giant oceanic sunfish-. Often schools of jacks are present during daylight while barracudas seek hunting.

As you descend and follow the reef slope, you will love the exceptional underwater landscape as it hosts large colonies of gorgonian fans, leather and brain corals. Usually the shallow area is protected from strong currents going south, the clear and virgin waters here allow for excellent natural lighting. When diving the north part -so called “the express”- of the island it is important to keep an eye on the flow direction, as it is not rare to encounter up and downwards currents. The edge between the north and the east part drops sharply beyond recreational diving limits and the drift speed may increase rapidly.

  • Access from boat
  • Current: moderate to strong
  • Multi-level Dive
  • sea fans, brain and leather corals, schools of jacks, giant trevally,  big reef sharks, barracudas, napoleon wrasse, humphead parrotfish, mola-mola
  • Only experienced divers. Why not? PADI Deep, Fish-ID, Drift Diver Specialties as well