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 experienced divers, from deep walls, swim-throughs, shark 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. On 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 pipefish, 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 also challenging dives in Amuk Bay! It has a reputation for fierce currents, so it is reserved only for experienced divers.
Dive Bali Candidasa. The canyon is home to white-tip reef sharks, jacks, tunas, mola molas, and schools of sweet lips, batfish, snappers, and also rainbow runners. Its 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 the dry season to as low as 20 degrees in the deepest 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 bommies with large gorgonians. Likewise, fish life is very good. For example you can see schooling sweet lips, batfish, fusiliers, jacks, cuttlefish and turtles. Also, 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 at 28 meters of depth. Here we often find resting turtles and sometimes white tip sharks. In the 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 a kind of canyon that some divers confuse with the real one, nonetheless, it is a very interesting place where we can find 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 jacks, 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 life. For example reef fish, turtles, crustaceans and hard coral boonies, gorgonians, and also large barrel sponges. At this dive site, we usually enjoy 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 also 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. The highlight is white tip reef sharks sleeping in the cave. Also remarkable huge lobsters, lantern fish, frogfish, and a variety of nudibranchs. To top, occasionally during the season, we can spot oceanic sunfish and also sometimes manta rays.
But, we have to carefully plan this dive because currents and swells can be strong, especially around the new moon and full moon. For this reason, inside the cave divers must constantly equalise your ears.
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. But actually, due to differences in international standards has never been used. Consequently has become home of an impressive biodiversity of strange creatures. In truth is 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. On the other hand, In the sandy bottom, you can see a great variety of life. For example, many frogfish, pipefish, and snakes buried in the sand. Also eels, stonefish, rhinopias, blue-ringed octopus, and countless sea slugs.
The topography is a 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.
Video credit: Ludovic Amevor