Diving Padangbai. It is a small fishing village that offers easy and also relaxed diving in its small and cosy bays. In fact, we can reach it by jukung, in other words, a traditional Balinese boat, in less than 20 minutes.
Diving Padangbai. Blue lagoon
This dive site gently slopes down to 15 meters and then continues steeply into the depths. Here we can find small bommies covered by hard and soft corals and typical reef fish species and crustaceans as well. 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 at around 24 meters. It is beautifully covered with corals and sponges and is a shelter for moray eels, lionfish, clownfish, mantis shrimps, frogfish, nudibranchs, seahorse, and many others.
Route 2: Head west in shallow waters with the 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 sheltered to many small colourful fish. In truth, it is an easy dive that we usually do as a check dive. It is also a perfect spot to do a night dive.
It is another bay on the West side of the port. In fact, in our opinion, it is the best dive site in Padangbai. 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 amazing marine life. For example, turtles, octopuses, jacks, fusiliers, snappers and even sometimes white tip reef sharks and rays. During the dive, we will encounter a huge pinnacle that is totally covered in corals and sponges where a school of glass fishes, clownfish and also lobsters have found their home here.
Diving Padangbai: Jepun Wreck
This purposely sunken steel fishing trawler is a very easy dive. In addition, it presents no currents and a maximum depth of 20 meters. In fact, the wreck is laying almost upright, at 19 meters depth on the sandy bottom.
Actually, from its bow until the shallows are stretching coral farms made of metal wires. Here many fish and crustaceans find shelter. For example, ghost pipefish, frogfish, mantis shrimps and clownfish.
At the end of the dive, we reach a shallow reef where we do the safety stop while we watch its usual inhabitants. For instance, school of yellow snappers, butterflyfish and also turtles.
Watch this video below, diving in Padangbai.
Video credit: Ludovic Amevor
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