Dive Bali: CANDIDASA
Amuk Bay in Candidasa offers some of the best dives in Bali, from macro dives to see the strangest creatures underwater to cleaning station to dive with Mola-Mola. All the dive sites in Candidasa area can be reach in few minutes by boat.
This is the biggest of the three islands that we regularly dive and is reached in less than 5 min by jukung, a traditional Balinese boat. Here we can enjoy two different dive sites that are mostly reserved for advanced divers: the canyon and the swim through.
One of the most exciting dives in Amuk Bay will definitely put you to work! It has a reputation for fierce currents. Only for experience divers.
That being said, it is definitely worth the work! It is home to white-tip reef sharks , jacks , tunas , mola molas and schools of sweet lips , bat fish , snappers , and rainbow runners It’s underwater topography consists mainly of black basaltic rocks, boulders and walls reminding one of dive sites from the North Atlantic.
Because of existing strong currents coral growth is scarce and there is only gorgonians growing. Visibility can be very good but water temperature drops in dry season to as low as 20 degrees in the deeper parts. This is a dive that we carefully plan and only under perfect conditions. Recommended only for advanced divers, we are sure it will be the one, you won’t forget for a long time.
Along the more protected eastern side of the island grows a healthy reef that gradually drops to more than 60 meters. Here we can find many hard corals forming bommies with large gorgonias. Fish life here is very good with schooling sweet lips, bat fish, fusiliers, jacks, cuttle fish and turtles. Large table corals give shelter to baby sharks.
Depending on currents we either head north or south. At the southern tip of the island at 16 meters we encounter an opening to a tunnel that has its exit in the southern wall in 28 meters of depth. Here we often find resting turtles and sometimes white tip sharks. In right season this is the place to observe Mola Mola.
On the northern end of the island big boulders have formed kind of a canyon that some divers confuse with the real one, nonetheless it is a very interesting place where we can find lots of life.
Gili Mimpang is a small archipelago of four big rocks and few smaller ones just a few minutes away from Candidasa. We usually start the dive at the north side of the middle rock dropping straight to around 18 meters. Here we encounter the sloping reef of Mimpang. Full of hard and soft corals with many bomnies and teaming with fish life. Usual current will carry us along that reef to the west. On the way we have the chance to spot white and black tip sharks, schools of jack, sweet lips and many more different species of marine life. The shallow part of the reef on the southern side of the islands is just magical with a great variety of fish, turtles, crustaceans and hard coral bomnies, gorgonians and large barrel sponges. This dive site usually has a very good visibility and in the season we have a chance to spot Mola Molas. As any dive site in the Amuk Bay this one also has frequent currents that make it accessible only for advanced divers.
This 300 meters long jetty, was completed in 2009. Due to differences in international standards has never been used , becoming home of an impressive biodiversity of strange creatures and a paradise for macro lovers.
The pillars of this jetty are fully covered with corals and sea fans where you can find a variety of crabs and prawns. In the sand you can find many frog fish , pipe fish, snakes buried in the sand, eels , stonefish , rinopias , blue-ringed octopus and countless sea slugs.
Topography is sandy bottom, and depth between 3 and 16 meters, is the highlight muck dive in Candidasa.
Usually no current to moderate, makes this spot an easy dive suitable for all level of divers.
Small islet of lava formation with a cave and walls that drop more than 80 meters deep.
The walls are completely covered with coral. Remarkable white tip reef sharks sleeping in the cave, huge lobsters, lantern fish, frogfish , and a variety of nudibranches. Occasionally during the season you can spot oceanic sunfish and manta rays .
Currents and swell can be strong especially around new moon and full moon. Inside the cave divers must constantly equalize due to the effect of the swell. The image when you leave the cave and look at the blue you won’t ever forget it.
Watch this video, a normal day diving at Gili Biaha