Scuba diving in Amed is very easy and a relaxing experience. Amed is also the common name for the 14 km long stretch of fishing villages on the center of Bali’s east coast. Most of the dive sites we approach directly from the shore or via a very short boat trip in typical Balinese boat called Jukung. The sea doesn’t have as big waves as on the West coast. There is limited current present, and the good visibility ranges from 15 to +25 meters with water temperatures of about 26°C to 30°C.
So, it is an excellent place for scuba courses and introductions to diving such as the Discovery Scuba Dive or the Open Water Course. As you’ll find colourful marine life and the coral reef very close to the shore, it makes Snorkeling a good alternative to scuba diving. Of the many beaches in the beautiful bays around Amed, the reefs are often very shallow. Sometimes they are right below the water surface and often 1 to 4 meters deep.
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This relaxing region is located about 80KM from Denpasar city, which makes it for an approximately 2 hours long drive from Sanur. The Drive is scenic and ends at the beach with a magnificent view of Mount Agung, Bali’s largest volcano.
Amed is a perfect place for Underwater Macro Photography and Muck Diving. Due to its proximity to the Mount Agung volcano, the sand is black and this makes a really great and unusual contrast with the colourful corals and critters. You have great chance to spot the rare Ghost Pipefish, Pygmy Seahorse, and the (very rare) and fascinating Mimic Octopus. Some of the best dive sites for underwater photography are Jemeluk and the Japanese Wreck.
The Pyramids of Amed (or Ghost Bay) are an artificial reef at 20m depth. The local community built this reef twenty years ago after the passage of a strong El Nino. Life is abundant at this reef and there is a good chance of spotting ghost pipefish, mimic octopuses, pygmy seahorses, stone fish and razor fish. Usually we encounter a mild current here, which sometimes can turn into and amazing thrill when it gets a little stronger. “Jumping” from one pyramid to another becomes second nature while hiding from the stronger current behind them. This is the time you get really close to the life around the pyramids. Wow!
Many of these structures have become cleaning stations for passing fish such as snappers, sweetlips and surgeons. A natural Coral reef neighbours from 5m to 18m depth next to the. It is a great place for the different kind of Underwater Photography. The visibility is usually not as fantastic as at the Coral Reef in the Bay but it’s still amazing to enjoy the weird little creatures living there. We typically do our second dive at the bay reef in Jemeluk.
The bay offers protection from waves and currents and hence makes for easy snorkeling. It is easy to access the coral reef dive site directly from shore or via small boat. Located at the left side of the bay, Amed Reef will take approximately 10 minutes to reach by local fisherman boat or Jukung.
This magnificent coral reef lies at about 12-22m depth. You will find many different kinds of sponges, gorgonians, and marine life here, including everything from gobies and shrimp. Further we can spot schools of barracudas and blue spotted rays. If you go little bit deeper to about 30m you will see some sleeping white tip sharks on the sandy bottom.
Should there be any current, which is usually very rare and flows to the South, this should make for a relaxing drift dive.
The Jemeluk Wall dive site is located on the right of the bay. It takes about a 5 minute by boat ride (Jukung) to get there from Amed beach. This wall is very beautiful with rich and colourful coral and beautiful gorgonians.
It’s a dive in clear & warm water along a steep drop off (80m). Here you will be astonished by the abundance of marine life from macro to large size. Once you pass the wall you will find a deep slope which is abundant in corals. If you turn right towards sandy shallower water, you will see huge gorgonian fans and deep red barrel sponges as well as scorpion fish, nudibranchs and other macro critters. Great buoyancy and drift diving skills are needed to ensure that the current does not carry you in to the fans, particularly when taking photographs. It’s truly a beautiful spot to watch the hundreds of colourful anthias surging.
Bunutan is located a 10 minutes boat ride from the main beach on Amed/ Jemeluk. It’s a beautiful dive site with a gorgeous and healthy reef. The dive starts at a gentle sandy slope that drops you down at 12m to an impressively large numbers of graceful Garden Eels. With good clarity and sunlight they look absolutely breathtaking.
Continuing the steeper slope, and probably drifting by now, you will find huge sponges, blue spotted stingrays, beautiful pink gorgonians, morays, giant barracudas, pygmy seahorses, unbelievable quantities of reef fish and, frequently, black tip reef shark. The macro sea life is so abundant: Nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses and other macro critters can be spotted.
Water temperatures are normally around 28°C but the up currents the temperature can drop quickly for a limited time. The visibility is usually good (18-25m) although sometimes the thermoclines makes the water a little blurry.
At around 7 km further along the coast from Jemeluk, this small Japanese steel freighter wreck lies in very shallow water (6-12m) in a quiet little black sand bay called Banyuning. This is also a wonderful snorkeling site.
The wreck is encrusted with gorgonians, sponges and black coral bushes that attract a variety of reef fish to its shelter. Bommies at 10m on the reef slopes are covered with gorgeous bushy gorgonians and soft corals and a good number of reef fish. In the bay, this sloped sandy bottom is a good place to see unusual animals, like Shrimps, Ghost pipefish, Dragonet fish, Demon Stingers, Sand Diver fish, Gobies, and Devil Scorpion. The Japanese wreck offers a great location for photographers.
Gili Selang is the most easterly point of Bali and sits on the very edge of the Lombok Strait. That’s why the dive site has been named rather appropriately “The Express”. The more exposed areas can have up, down and swirling currents. We recommend being certified in drift diving for this dive site with loads of experience in varying currents. Considerable care needs to be exercised in the area. That’s why this site should be restricted to only very experienced divers. Please stay close to your dive master who understands the environment and currents best.
The site itself is a fairly steep slope that is covered with small rounded volcanic rocks and boulders. You’ll find some of Bali’s healthiest coral, turtles, bump head parrotfish, giant trevally, whitetip reefs sharks here. And, if you are lucky you will encounter hammerhead sharks.
On the North of the island, an interesting and rich sand slope has some stands of hard branching corals and occasional bommies. The deeper areas of the slope are more protected and therefore home to sea fans, soft corals, barrel sponges and coral bushes. As you follow the reef downwards, the sand slope becomes a wall and there starts the tricky current. Be careful here as it may carry you out of the bay.
On the South of the Island, the reef (Waterloo) becomes steeper but is far calmer, provided you do not sweep towards east. The coral growth in this area is very rich in both hard and soft coral with big Boomies and some huge Acropora table coral. This is a good place for macro photography.