The best diving in Bali is done on the north coast, and if you're up for it, we can take you from Gilimanuk on Bali's westernmost edge all the way to Amed in the far east.
Explore the distinctive muck diving at Secret Bay and Puri Jati, featuring unique species such as the bobbit worm and mimic octopus. Amed, a well-known diving destination, offers a blend of exceptional coral and macro night dives, while the famous USAT Liberty awaits those who keep a bucket list of the world's best underwater wrecks.
Top 6 dive sites
1. Puri Jati
Another excellent muck dive site with a rich variety of sea critters and different species of octopus, great for macro shots. The bottom consists of black volcanic sand, making it a perfect backdrop for high-contrasted close-ups. Since it's a shallow dive site, we usually make the best of it and dive longer.
Depth: 2 to 18 m
Common Dwellers: mimic octopus, harlequin shrimp, snake eel, ambon scorpionfish, dragonet, stargazer, ghost pipefish.
Special Guests: hairy frogfish, blue ring octopus, coconut octopus, "Shaun the Sheep" nudibranch.
2. Secret Bay
Exploring Secret Bay in Gilimanuk is a truly unique experience. The shallow bay offers muck diving at its best, a vivid contrast to Menjagan or Pemuteran Reefs. A very popular twilight dive site for underwater photographers and macro lovers, famous for small alien critters and bobbit worm.
Depth: 2 to 12 m
Common Dwellers: snake eels, olive sea snake, frogfish, nudibranchs, shrimp, devilfish, ghost pipefish, banggai cardinalfish.
Special Guests: bobbit worm, banded sea snake, dragonet, mimic octopus, flying gurnard.
3. USAT Liberty
The 120-meters-long giant, USS Liberty wreck (also called USAT Liberty) is probably one of the most famous wrecks in the world. Located close to the shore and resting 5 to 30 meters deep makes it easily accessible and suitable for novice and experienced divers alike. With its rich history and unique location, this wreck is truly one of Bali's diving highlights. The ship was commissioned in 1918 and met its fate during World War II, when she was struck by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine in 1942.
Depth: 5 to 35 m
Common Dwellers: bumphead parrotfish, potato groupers, oriental sweetlips, trevally, garden eels, nudibranchs, ghost pipefish & other macro life.
Special Guests: pygmy seahorse, reef sharks, king barracudas, frogfish.
4. Jalan Melasti
Diving at Melasti beach is as easy as it gets. Gentle slopes of black volcanic sand harbor an oasis of life scattered along the bay. They provide shelter for numerous species of nudibranchs, shrimp, and crabs. Squids, cuttlefish, and pygmy seahorses are also among the common dwellers. But this dive site truly shines when the sun goes down. Exploring the sandy bottom with a torch is definitely something not to miss.
Depth: 3 to 24 m
Common Dwellers: nudibranch, shrimp, pygmy seahorse, eels, hairy frogfish, lionfish, scorpionfish, ghost pipefish, skeleton shrimp.
Special Guests: wonderpus, bobtail squid.
Bunutan is the typical representative of Amed drift diving. After a short ride with a local jukung boat from Jameluk bay, we descend on a sandy slope, home to an impressive colony of garden eels. We drift along a 500-meter-long coral reef full of sea fans and barrel sponges. The reef is usually covered with blue-spotted stingrays and other reef fish. While drifting from one underwater pinnacle to another, don't forget to look out into the blue. You might get rewarded with a pinch of pelagics as well. We end the dive on a shallow plateau, perfect for a long safety stop.
Depth: 5 to 35 m
Common Dwellers: garden eels, blue-spotted stingray, barracuda, trevally, wide variety of reef fish.
Special Guests: whitetip reef shark.
The Pyramids is one of the most popular dive sites in Amed. An artificial reef in the form of huge pyramids built from hollow concrete blocks. It blends in with the natural reef that continues for hundreds of meters. The current can be mild to strong, so we have to be prepared for some serious fun. One thing is certain - you won't be bored on this dive. The reef is full of life, and the artificial structures offer endless hours of exploring.
Depth: 5 to 35 m
Common Dwellers: garden eels, blue-spotted stingray, snapper, barracuda, sweetlips, surgeonfish, moray eel.
Special Guests: whitetip reef shark, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpionfish.