Dive Bali: CANDIDASA
Dive Bali Candidasa. Amuk Bay in Candidasa offers some of the best dives in Bali. It has three volcanic islands with numerous dive sites and a Jetty. The islands offer some challenging dives for experience divers, from deep walls, swim throughs, sharks caves to stunning coral reefs. It is the perfect place to see big fish like reef sharks and mola mola and also lots of tropical fish. In the other hand, the Jetty is an easy muck dive, perfect for macro lovers, where you can see the strangest creatures underwater, like many different species of ghost pipe fish, seahorse and frogfish. All the dive sites in Candidasa area can be reached in few minutes by boat.
Gili Tepekong is the biggest of the three islands that we regularly dive. It takes less than 5 min to get there 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.
The canyon is one of the most exciting and challenging dives in Amuk Bay! It has a reputation for fierce currents, so it is reserved only for experience divers.
Dive Bali Candidasa. The canyon 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.
Because of existing strong currents coral growth is scarce. As a result is only big gorgonians growing. Visibility can be very good but water temperature drops in dry season to as low as 20 degrees in the deeper part. This is a dive that we carefully plan and only under perfect conditions. In short, we are sure it will be the one, you won’t forget for a long time.
Along the most protected eastern side of the island grows a healthy reef that gradually drops deeper than 60 meters. Here we can find many hard corals forming mommies with large gorgonias. Likewise, fish life here is very good with schooling sweet lips, bat fish, fusiliers, jacks, cuttle fish and turtles. Above all, 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, likewise, this is the place to observe Mola Mola.
On the other hand, 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 a great biodiversity of marine life.
Gili Mimpang is a small archipelago of four big rocks.
We usually start the dive at the North side of the middle rock dropping straight to around 18 meters. Here we encounter a sloping reef. 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 boonies, gorgonians and large barrel sponges. At this dive site we usually enjoy a very good visibility and in the season we have a chance to spot Mola Molas.
As all the dive sites in the area, Gili Mimpang may present strong currents. Therefore, this dive site is only suitable for advanced divers.
DIVE BALI CANDIDASA: GILI BIAHA
Gili Biaha is a small islet of lava formation with a shark cave and very deep walls (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 we 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 equalise as a result of the effect of the swell.
To sum up, the image when you leave the cave and look at the blue you won’t ever forget it.
DIVE BALI CANDIDASA – JETTY
Dive Bali Candidasa. This 300 meters long jetty, was completed in 2009. Due to differences in international standards has never been used. Consequently has become home of an impressive biodiversity of strange creatures and a paradise for macro lovers.
In fact, the pillars of this jetty are fully covered with corals and also sea fans. Here, you can find a variety of crabs and also tiny prawns. In the sandy bottom you can see a great variety of life. For example, many frog fish, pipe fish and snakes buried in the sand. Also eels , stonefish , rinopias , blue-ringed octopus and countless sea slugs.
Topography is sandy bottom, and depth between 3 and 16 meters. No doubt is the highlight muck dive in Candidasa.
The Jetty usually presents no current to moderate, as a result this dive is easy and suitable for all levels.
Dive Bali Candidasa: Watch this video, a normal day diving at Gili Biaha