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 its continued use of traditional sea-salt extraction methods.
Up until 1997, reefs in Jemeluk Bay were the super healthiest and top, totally covered with hard coral, barrel sponges, and also gorgonians. But, due to the effect of El Niño in 1998, the bay suffered coral bleaching and loss of marine life. To help the reef recover, divers set artificial reefs along the coast. The success of these reefs is evident today. In fact, they are covered with 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, clownfish, and eagle rays.
Because it is located in a protected bay, this spot is ideal for beginners and experienced 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 gorgonians as well. It is also home to diverse macro life, such as pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpionfish, clownfish, goths pipe fish, stonefish and frogfish. In addition, lion fish, nudibranchs, cleaner shrimps and crabs. In fact, all kinds of reef fish come to the visit the Pyramids to be cleaned and, at the same time, seek protection from larger predators.
The pyramidal structures are set in a black sandy bottom where many blue spotted stingrays, garden eels and mantis shrimp live.
This dive ends at 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 on the West side of the Bay.
The dive starts at the top of the platform. In truth, it is a beautiful coral garden very colourful 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 covered with soft and hard corals. Also huge sea fan, sponge, feather stars, and gorgonians.
Take a look to the blue and you can see big pelagic fish 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 with big bommies and also gorgonians. Take a look there, they are the home of pigmy seahorse! Here we also have the chance to see big fish. For example, black tip sharks, napoleon wrapper, turtles, barracudas, humphead parrot fish, and also tunas. 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 with huge sea fans and table corals attracting an incredible amount of different reef fish. You may also spot schools of bump-head 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 lies in a coral garden totally covered with gorgonians, sponges, and also black coral bushes attracting all kinds 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 colourful.
What can you see? Actually, a great variety of marine life. For example, barrel sponge, gorgonian and huge table coral where many reef fish find shelter. Also, you have the chance to spot seahorse, ghost pipe fish, sea slugs, shrimps, clownfish and many scorpion fish. Also big barracudas and morays at the cleaning station.
This spot 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 experienced divers.
Watch this video below. A normal day diving at the Drop Off in Amed.
Video credit: Ludovic Amevor