Diving in Bali - Padang Bai
Diving Padang Bai is suitable for all levels of divers from beginners to experienced. Good snorkeling can also be done straight from the white sandy beach.
Padang Bai is a small village located in a perfect little bay with a white sandy beach. Padang Bai is the ferry port between Bali and Lombok, and passenger boats to Nusa Penida. It is located east of Bali, 45 minutes from Sanur.
Nico Dives Cool” takes you diving to 7 very different dive sites. We reach all the dive sites using a Junkung which is a typical local & stable boat for a max of 4 divers and one guide.
You will encounter hundreds of species, larges, and smalls. Oriental sweetlips, moray eels, many species of clownfish and anemone fish, napoleon wrasses, trevallies, jackfish, dogtooth tunas, king mackerels, crocodile fish, lionfish, octopus, pharaoh cuttlefish and green turtles, just to name a few!
In some of the dive sites such as Tanjung Sari/Shark Point, Ferry Channel, there is a great chance to meet with sharks (white tips, blacktip reef, nurse and wobbegong shark).
You will see a large variety of hard and soft coral, various types of gorgonians, healthy staghorn coral, huge coral bommies and table coral, especially at Bias Tugal, Tanjung Sari and Blue Lagoon.
Other sites like the Secret Jetty or Secret Jepun are muck dive sites and have very little coral coverage, but tons of critters. Great for macro lovers and photographers!
The Secret Jetty – Muck Dive
There is a very special atmosphere when diving between the giant pillars of the jetty. The Jetty dive site is one of the newest dive sites in Padang Bai, since before only the cruise ships were going there. Unlike the other dive sites in Padang Bai, the sand here is black. The bottom is sloping and you will find soft corals, anemones, directly under the jetty.
We will go diving and look for very special species on the sandy bottom all around the jetty. You will find special creatures on this muck diving site such as frog fish, seahorses, flying gurnard, and octopus, lots of nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps and crocodile fish.
The Jetty is a macro photographer’s heaven.
CORAL WALL (Baung Pentu)
This is a coral wall starting just on the left of Blue Lagoon Bay. The wall starts shallow at around 5 meters and slopes gently to 30 meters. This is a very nice site for macro life such as nudibranchs, small shrimps, leaf scorpion fish, orangutan crab, eels, lion fish, mantis shrimp and octopus. Along the wall you may see larger such as reef sharks, Trevally fish, moray eels and groupers.
Using the traditional Junkung local boat, Blue Lagoon dive site is only 1 minute away from the Padang Bay beach. With one of the bluest water of Bali, snorkelers and divers here enjoy the underwater world a lot.
This shallow coastal reef has a white sandy bottom. The corals are in very good condition, you can see huge coral bommies that start in around 5 meters of water. The fish life is amazing, it happens regularly to see shark or dolphins….
This dive site is very popular with photographers due to the shallow depth and the quality of the marine life.
Night-diving is a good option here as a completely different variety of unusual marine life comes out to play at night! Meeting a Spanish dancer is almost guaranteed.
Tanjung Sari - Shark Point
We need only 5 minutes from Padang bay beach with a local boat to reach the dive spot. This dive site is very surprising and different from the others in Padang Bay area. The fauna is very special. We dive on a beautiful coral garden on a nice white sandy slope. Above some giant’s coral, you will see schools of oriental sweetlips, yellow striped snappers and surgeon fish.
It is an easy and relaxing dive, very good for exploration. It is a very valuable site for night dives as well.
This dive site is just in front of the beach of Padang Bay. We are diving in the channel where the ferries are leaving. You can see them passing above your head when you are in the deepest part of the dive. We dive on a sandy sloped bottom with corals and pinnacles.
We start the dive in the ferry channel and finish it around the corner on the other dive site Tanjung Sari. It is a great spot for macro, you see a lot of different species, but it is also a great place to find big turtles and some reef sharks. Often the wobbegong shark (carpet shark) is laying there!
The dive site is straight on the right when you exit the ferry channel. You will find beautiful coral and the slope is covered with big rock formations that make it a dive spot with a beautiful underwater landscape and colorful marine life.
The shallow area is flat with sandy bottom and lots of coral patches. The sloping reef starts around 10 meters and goes down to 30 meters.
It is not rare to spot white-tip reef sharks, turtles, pygmy seahorse in gorgonian coals, orangutan crab, eagle rays, and even, in the season from August until October, the mola-mola sunfish.