Dive Bali: PADANGBAI
Padangbai is a small fishing village that offers easy and relaxed diving in its small and cosy bays. We can reach it by our jukung ( traditional Balinesse boat ) in less than 20 minutes.
This dive spot gently slops down to 15 meters and then continues steeply into the depths. Here we can find small bomnies made of hard and soft corals and typical reef species of fish and crustaceans. Depending on the conditions we can take two different routes.
Route 1: East side of the bay. This takes us to the vertical wall starting at around 9 meters and finishing in around 24 meters. It is beautifully covered with corals and sponges and is a shelter for moray eels, lion fishes, mantis shrimps, nudibranches and many others.
Route 2: Head west in shallow waters with white sandy bottom covered in hard corals in which sometimes we have a chance to find sleeping white tip sharks. During the dive we encounter huge colonies of acropora coral which are shelter to many small colourful fishes. It is an easy dive that we usually do as a check dive and is a perfect spot for a night dive.
It is another bay on the west side of the port. In our opinion it is the best dive site that Padangbay has to offer. Because of the currents this dive site is a bit more demanding, however, when properly planned this dive is very enjoyable. Here we have a huge chance to spot turtles, octopuses, jacks, fusiliers, snappers and sometimes white tip sharks and rays. During the dive we will encounter a huge pinnacle that is covered in corals and sponges with school of glass fishes and a few lobsters that have found their home here.
This (purposely) sunken steel fishing trawler is home to a very easy dive with no currents and a maximum depth of 20 meters. The wreck is almost upright and at 19 meters on the sandy bottom. From its bow until the shallows are stretching coral farms made of metal wires. Here many fishes and crustaceans find shelter.
Following this installations we will reach shallow reef where we do our safety stop watching its usual inhabitants.