Diving Bali: Amed
Diving Bali: Amed. It is a little fisherman village in North East Bali. It takes 45 minute drive from our dive shop. Amed is famous not only for its excellent dive sites but also for their continued use of traditional sea-salt extraction methods.
Up until 1997, reefs at Jemeluk Bay were the super healthy and top, totally covered by hard coral, barrel sponges, and also gorgonias. But, due to the effect of El Niño in 1998, the bay suffered coral bleaching and loss of marine life. In order to help the reef recover, divers set artificial reefs along the coast. The success of these reefs are evident today. In fact they are covered by corals and are home to a great variety of macro life. For example, reef fish, rays and hock bill turtles. In the blue, you also have the chance to see white tip sharks, black tip sharks, big groupers, jack fish, tunas, and eagle rays.
Due to its location in a protected bay, this spot is ideal for beginners and experience divers alike.
PYRAMIDS & CORAL GARDEN
This unique dive site is home to a coral garden and pyramidal structures. It slops down until 30 meters. You can observe barrel sponges, soft and hard corals, feather stars and gorgonias as well. It is also home to diverse macro life such as pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, goths pipe fish, stone fish and frog fish. In addition, lion fish, nudis, cleaner shrimps and crabs. In fact, all kind of reef fish come to the visit the Pyramids to be cleaned and seek protection from larger predators.
The pyramidal structures lie in a black sandy bottom where many blue spotted stingrays, garden eels and mantis shrimp live.
This dive ends on the top of the very healthy reef very rich in color and biodiversity.
Usually we dive this spot drifting in a mild current. It is perfect for beginners and also for underwater photographers.
Diving Bali – Amed DROP OFF
The drop off is located in west side of the Bay.
The dive starts on the top of the platform. In fact it is a beautiful coral garden very colorful and also full of life. The platform slopes down slowly, ending in a wall that drops down to more than 40 meters.
The wall is absolutely covered by soft and hard corals. Also huge sea fan, sponge, crynoideas and gorgonias.
Take a look to the blue and you can see big pelagics passing by. In contrast, in the reef a big live a great biodiversity of tropical fish. For instance, trigger fish, angel fish, and also butterfly fish.
At the end of the bay the topography changes. In fact there the wall is facing the open sea. Actually you can observe the sandy bottom covered by big bommies and also gorgonias. Take a look there, they are home of pigmy sea horse! Here we also have the chance to see big fish. For example, black tip sharks, napoleon wrapper, barracudas, humphead parrot fish and also unas. And there is more! During the months from july and november we can occasionally observe Oceanic sun fish.
It is an easy drift dive, therefore suitable for all levels.
Diving Bali, Amed – BUNUTAN
This is one of the highlights of diving in Bali in the Amed area! Drift dive along Bunutan and experience the sandy bottom covered by huge sea fans and table corals attracting an incredible amount of different reef fish. You may also spot schools of bumped parrot fish, jack fish and also black tip sharks.
Because of presenting strong currents, this dive site is suitable only for experienced divers.
This small, steel wreck is located in shallow water (~6 meters). It lays in a coral garden totally covered by gorgonias, sponges, black coral bushes attracting all kind of reef fish. The most interesting part of this dive is not the wreck itself but the reef, especially in shallow water where the corals are healthy and colorful.
What can you see? For example, barrel sponge, gorgonian and huge table coral where many reef fish find shelter. Also, you have the chance to spot pigmy seahorses, ghost pipe fish, sea slug, shrimps and many scorpion fish and also big barracudas in the cleaning station.
This dive is exposed to waves and currents. Therefore, we can only can dive here with optimal conditions.
For that reason, this beautiful dive site only suitable to experience divers.
Watch this video, a normal day diving in Bali: Amed