Pemuteran and Menjangan
There's no shortage of incredible dive sites in Pemuteran, a
region on Bali's
north coast and a jumping-off point for Menjangan Island. All in
all, there are 15 dive sites in the area, suitable for beginners
and advanced divers, with a range of interesting creatures to
Puri Jata in Pemuteran in particular is a must-visit and
undoubtedly one of the best sites for macro diving in Bali. It's a
mainly sandy site, with a few soft corals here and there, but in
terms of critters, you'll find everything from hairy frogfish to
the hard-to-spot Ambon scorpionfish, and the elusive mimic
Padang Bai, a small beach town on Bali's east coast, is where
the ferries to Lombok, the Gili Islands and Nusa Penida depart
from. A busy port may not seem like the best place for macro diving
in Bali, but the Padang Bai Jetty (also known as 'The Jetty'), is a
brilliant muck site with lots to see.
The unused jetty extends out around 300 metres from the shore
with depths of between five and 20 metres. We recommend this site
for seasoned muck divers who aren't new to the unglamorous side of
muck sites (you may see a fish skeleton or two and some debris).
However, on a typical dive, you can expect to see nudibranchs,
giant frogfish, octopus and even rhinopea if you're lucky.
Other great macro diving spots in Padang Bai are the Blue Lagoon
Another beautiful spot on Bali's east coast, Tulamben is home to
the renowned USAT Liberty Wreck. The former World War II US Army
Transport Ship is host to a number of critters like pygmy
seahorses, nudibranchs and, for those on a night dive, decorator
The Tulamben Coral Garden nearby is another fantastic spot for
macro diving in Bali and a lovely site for new divers. Nestled
within the healthy reef, those with a keen eye can spot juvenile
frogfish, ribbon eels, orangutan crabs and lots more. The majority
of the dive is at a shallow depth (around five metres), so air
consumption should be low, giving you plenty of time for exploring
and taking photographs.
At Original Diving, we absolutely love Bali and are constantly
in awe of the interesting creatures you can find under the water.
Our team has the expertise and know-how to help you create a
itinerary to take your Bali diving holiday to the next