EAST BALI DIVE SITES

East Bali dive sites are accessible from Zen Dive Bali in Candidasa, the heart of best Bali`s dive sites. Nearby are not one but two oceans – Pacific and Indian ocean which unite and create unique biodiversity. There are places known for manta rays gliding over almost daily. Just few minutes away from our PADI Five Star Dive Resort is a dive site named The Shark Point and also some of the most exilirating dives at Gili Mimpang, Gili Tepekong and Gili Biaha.

AMED, KUBU & SERAYA

AMED

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: 1h by minibus, than by smallest ever local traditional boat from 5 to 15 minutes to the different
dive spots. Also possible as a shore dive.
Water temperature: 27° – 29° C
Visibility: 15 – 25 meters
Average Dive time: 50 minutes
Current: Mild to Strong
Diver Level: Beginner to expert
Marine life: Turtles, pygmy seahorse, ornate ghost pipe fish, frog fish, five line snappers, nudibranch, barracuda, tuna, moray eel, cleaner shrimp, scorpion fish and many, many more!

There are a number of dive sites in the area that range from dramatic drop offs framed by huge sea fan corals to the sandy slopes with artificial reefs which are great hide out for pygmy sea horses and ghost pipe fish. It is divers heaven and it offers something for everyone – from macro lovers to turtle fans.

 

KUBU

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: 1h and 10 minutes by minibus and it is a shore dive
Water temperature: 27° – 29° C
Visibility: 15 – 20 meters
Average Dive time: 50 minutes
Current: None to Mild
Diver Level: Beginner to expert
Marine life: reef sharks, bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, turtle, cuttlefish, leaf scorpionfish, pygmy seahorse, blues-spotted stingray, lionfish..

Muck divers will find many nudis and other macro creatures outstanding with their colours easily on the black sand slope. Two small walls offer gentle drift diving past numerous sea fans and a variety of sponges, as well as hard and soft corals. Kubu has the highest concentrations of lionfish and blue-spotted rays in the Tulamben area. In the deeper part, more than 38m, there is a decommissioned goverment patrol boat that was scuttled just 25 meters from shore in late 2012.

 

SERAYA

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: 1h by minibus, it is a shore dive
Water temperature: 27° – 29° C
Visibility: 15 – 30 meters
Average Dive time: 50 minutes
Current: None to Mild
Diver level: Beginner
Marine life: Harlequin shrimps, frogfish, pipefish, decorator crabs, spider crabs, boxer crabs, hermit crabs, comensal shrimps, squat lobsters, lion fish, seahorses , cuttlefish, dragonet a wide variety of nudibranchs

Discovered within the last 5 years, this muck diving site quickly became famous as one of the best macro site in Bali. Get ready with your magnifying glasses and cameras for some great shots!

USAT LIBERTY SHIPWRECK

The USAT Liberty is Bali’s most famous diving destination.  The USAT Liberty is a 125 meter long American cargo ship that was sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1942.  To salvage the cargo the Americans ran the Liberty on to the shore, where it sat for almost another 20 years. In 1963, Mt. Agung erupted, pushing the Liberty back into the water, where she now lies on a sandy slope between 9 and 30 meters of water.

Distance from Zen Dive Resort:  1 hour by a car
Water temperature: 27° – 29°  C
Visibility: 10 – 25 meters
Average Dive time: 45 minutes
Current: Mild to Moderate
Diver Level: Beginner to expert
Marine Life: Barracuda, napoleon wrasse; school of big eyed trevally, garden eel, scorpionfish, lion fish, angelfish, butterflyfish, pygmy seahorse, nudibranch, ghost pipefish…

On 11 January, 1942. Liberty was torpedoed by Japanese submarine southwest of the  Lombok Strait. US destroyer Paul Jones and Dutch destroyer Van Ghent took the damaged ship in tow attempting to harbour at Singaraja, on the north coast of Bali. However she was taking too much water and so was beached on the eastern shore of Bali at Tulamben so that the cargo and fittings could be salvaged see here now..

In 1963 the tremors associated with the eruption of Mount Agung caused the vessel to slip off the beach, and she now lies on a sand slope in 9 to 30 m of water, providing one of the most popular dive sites off Bali and one of the easiest and calmest large WWII wreck dives in the world.  To dive Tulamben USAT Liberty Shipwreck we enter the water from the shore and swim for only about 30 meters before reaching the ship’s stern. This wreck offers an unforgettable experience with a large number of fish life, fantastic coral, sponges and fans.

GILI TEPEKONG, MIMPANG, & BIAHA

If you yearn thrill of adventure and are experienced diver, these are the dive sites for you. There is immense richness and diversity in the marine life dwelling here. Gili Mimpang is generally acknowledged as one of the best places to see sharks in Bali, and is also known as Shark Point. Mola Molas are very often spotted at Gili Tepekong between September and October, enjoying being carefully cleaned by smaller fish.

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: 10 to 15 minutes by a traditional Balinese boat
Water temperature: 19° – 29° C
Visibility: 15 – 25 meters
Average dive time: 45 minutes
Current: Mild to Strong
Diver level: Expert only
Marine life: White tip sharks, tuna, turtles, batfish, mola mola, sweetlips, butterflyfish, bannerfish, unicornfish, blue spotted stingrays, triggerfish, moray eels…

This area offers some of the most impressive diving in Bali. Great walls, the canyon, strong currents coupled with superb corals and marine life make this dive site for experienced divers only. It attracts big schools of sweetlips and jacks, big groupers, sharks, and pelagics like molas. A wide variety of conditions make Gili Tepekong Mimpang and Biaha  very interesting, similar to Penida. Advanced diving is always a challenge, and the chances of seeing deep-sea pelagics are quite high; this is not a sheltered coastal area, so anything may happen!

During diving at Gili Tepekong Mimpang and Biaha there is no shore access in the surface interval and we supply water, lunch is served after the dives on Zen Dive Bali ocean view terrace. The boat ride can be choppy depending on a weather conditions and we dont hit dry land for lunch so prepare for a few hours on the boat and bring sun lotion and a hat

RAMA REEF

Our house reef in Candidasa is one of the prettiest dive sites in the area. Coral reef is stretching as long as the eye can see and there is a resident turtle, very often spotted by divers. Underneath the corals there are sometimes white tip sharks hidding and awaiting the night.

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: just in front of it and less than a minute away by a traditional Balinese boat
Water temperature: 27° – 29° C
Visibility: 10 – 25 meters
Average dive time: 45-60 minutes
Current: Mild to Moderate
Diver level: Beginner
Marine life: Nudibranchs, surgeon fish, frog fish, white tip sharks, turtle, cleaner shrimps, cuttlefish, squids

Rama Reef is a flat coral reef, from 6-9m deep and ideal for complete beginners or divers who need to brush up their diving skills. Due to shallow depth colors are stunning and coral formations can be up to 1-2m high, surrounded by array of fusiliers or larger schools of surgeon fish. Very often visitors at Rama reef are two beautiful turtles.

PADANG BAY

Cooler temperatures and currents are what make the sites here so special and yet also unique. All are surrounded by healthy and abundant reefs that attract a myriad of marine species from schools of sweetlips and bannerfish to sharks and other pelagics.

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: 15 to 20 minutes away by a traditional Balinese boat
Water temperature: 27° – 29°  C
Visibility: 10 – 25 meters
Average dive time: 45 – 60 minutes
Current: Mild to Strong
Diver level: Beginner to expert
Marine life: Peacock mantis shrimp, banded eel, spotted eel, frog fish, nudibranchs, trigger fish, trumpet fish, wobbegong shark, flying gurnard, seamoth, batfish, catfish…
Padang Bay are actually eight different dive sites, the most famous is Blue Lagoon. Bottom composition is mainly sand ornate with stunning coral formations of great variety. Very common are massive table corals providing a protection to various small coral reef fish. It is perfect for divers or photographers interested in unusual marine life as curious creatures are known to frolic these waters such as nudibranchs, strange walking scorpion fish, flying gurnards, pipefish and turtles. Hidden gem in this area is dive site called The Jetty, ask about it!

NUSA PENIDA

Nusa Penida is the largest, 17km long, of 3 islands the others being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, that lie the other side of the Bandung Strait from Bali’s east coast. The water here is fairly cold, due to a deep upwelling south of Bali, but often startlingly clear, with gorgeous corals and prolific fish and some turtles, Grey reef and Silver-tip sharks. In July-mid November Mola-Mola, the weird and wonderful Ocean sunfish can be seen here.

NUSA PENIDA

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: 20 minutes minibus ride to Padang Bay and from their 45 minutes more by a speed boat
Water temperature: 19° – 29°  C
Visibility: 15 – 30 meters
Average dive time: 45 minutes
Current: Mild to Extremely Strong
Diver level: Medium to Expert
Marine life: Eagle rays, dolphines, napoleon wrasse, jackfish, sweetlips, snappers, shrimps, nudibranchs, scorpionfish, moray eels, trumpetfish, puffers, and giant trevally

Nusa Penida is famous for it`s strong currents and beautiful hard corals covering long stretches of underwater walls and slopes. In order to enjoy most it`s beauty we mainly make drift dives in this area, why it is advised to be a bit more than a beginner level diver. Eagle rays and sometimes dolphins are cruising along with divers over this reefs.

 

MANTA POINT

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: 20 minutes minibus ride to Padang Bay and from their 45 minutes more by a speed boat
Water temperature: 19° – 29°  C
Visibility: 10 – 25 meters
Average dive time: 45 minutes
Current: Mild to Extremely Strong
Diver level: Beginner to Expert
Marine life: Manta – what more do you need?

Manta point and Manta bay are at the far south side of Nusa Penida and are quite easy dives. Mantas can be seen cruising in formations of 2 to more than 7 in very shallow seas at some 5 meters. There can be a surge present which keeps forcing divers to equalize continuously.

 

CRYSTAL BAY

Distance from Zen Dive Bali: 20 minutes minibus ride to Padang Bay and from their 45 minutes more by a speed boat
Water temperature: 19° – 29°  C
Visibility: 15 – 30 meters
Average dive time: 45 minutes
Current: Mild to Extremely Strong
Diver level: Medium to Expert
Marine life: Ribbon eel, turtle, sea snake, nudibranch, porcupine fish, angel fish, bannerfish and often Mola-Mola

Crystal bay beneath it`s crystal clear water hides shallow coral gardens with a lurking very deep drop off with an unpredictable mood. Down currents are often present but what makes it extremely interesting and tempting for experienced divers is presence of Mola-Mola`s at certain seasons, and of course it`s crystal clear beauty.

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