Please note that due to its distance from Sanur we do not offer day trips here. For diving Pemuteran please book this amazing experience via our Scuba Diving Package tours or include it in one of our popular Scuba Diving Safaris.
Scuba Diving in Pemuteran is absolutely beautiful. The island group survived an extreme El Nino in 1998, affecting most of the coral reef above 6m depth. Today, and thanks to active conservation of the reef, it’s a divers dream. The diversity of the reef attracted an astounding number of marine life. Most diving sites in Pemuteran have clean and warm waters, limited to no current and magnificent corals. It is ideally suited for beginner and advanced divers, underwater photographers, night divers, and snorklers. Most of the dive sites are coral slopes going down to 25 m deep.
We include all necessities and more into our price. Dive locations, trip duration, and extras can be fully customised to your preferences and diving skills. Please contact us regarding diving Pemuteran and we will tailor a trip for you.
From Sanur, it will take between 3 to 4 hours to reach the Permutan. We will pick you up from your hotel and bring you there after checking into our dive shop to fit you out with all diving gear. Once arrived in Permutan, most of the best dive sites are reachable via boat ride and it take only 5-10min from the beach.
Diving Pemuteran offers a huge diversity in fish and coral combined. Most of the dives are sloping coral reef dives with a typical maximum depth of 25m. As mentioned earlier El Nino destroyed a lot of the corals closer to the surface some 20 years ago. However, soon after this happened, a recovery project was launched. The project included sinking large artificial structures with samples of coral attached to the reef. It’s amazing to see the project impact and how remarkably the coral has recovered within only two decades.
Deep middle reef is the only wall-like dive in Pemuteran. It takes 5 minutes by boat ride to reach it. Recovering from the 90’s, the reef offers now beautiful sea fans and coral tables between 15 and 40m depth. In the shallow, there are colourful coral gardens where you can find a lot of unusual and weird creatures. This is a good site for night diving.
This mysterious location consists of a small temple complex, built in the 90’s with the help of the local dive centres. Starting at 30m it works its way back to Temple Wall. You fill find various large stone statues such as a Buddha, Ganesh and an ornate 4 meter Balinese door. Also, you’ll find a cleaning station homing shrimps, schools of batfish and a lot of turtles. The garden is covered by gorgeous gorgonian fans. Diving upwards, at 15 m you will come to a reef flat with plinths and statue heads sitting in communion. The reef is full of small and weird critters, electric clamps, and the bommies host the usual marine life, sponges, crinoids …
The temple wall, also named Pura Tembok, is 10minutes away by boat ride. It is a great dive with a magnificent selection of crustaceans. Here, the steep wall is covered with large fans, sponges, and soft coral. You might even discover the rare flame scallop in the crannies and crevices. The bottom of the wall lies between 16 to 35 metres As the dive site is relatively close to the shore, the visibility may sometimes be a bit degraded. Nonetheless it is a fabulous site especially if you love exploring walls. It’s also a fabulous snorkeling location and an excellent night dive.
This site was affected years ago by cyanide fishing and the Crown of Thorn Starfish. It has been in recovery since almost 20 years now. And it’s all thanks to Australian AusAid funding. The investment allows the reef gardeners of Pemuteran to maintain and protect the site and to sink so- called bio-rock structures. Bio-Rocks are a technology developed to regenerate damaged reefs. The manmade structures are powered with low-wattage electricity to accelerated the creation of limestone formations. This, in turn, accelerates and promotes coral growth. Wow!
More than fifty-six such Bio-Rock structures have been installed since June 2000. With a total length of 300m we find these structures in an area parallel to the shore, about 50-100 meters from the coastline, in 7m-10m depth. They are fairly well lined up, hence forming a natural snorkeling and diving trail. Great snorkeling, albeit the proximity to the shore can sometimes lower the visibility. It all depends on the tides and general sea conditions here.
To get to the dive site named Close Encounter we take a 2km boat ride from the shore. Here the reef has a great mix of hard and soft corals. The fish here are typical reef fishes, including schools of snappers, large jacks, bat fish, sweet lips, emperor fish and fusiliers. Sometimes you have nice surprise visits here at Close Encounter, which is the reason for the name. We regularly sight larger species of marine life, such as the eagle ray, reef sharks, tuna, even whale sharks have been reported. To finish off our dive we visit the local coral gardens at 3-5 meters. It is in pristine condition. This is a perfect location for our safety stop. Here in particular condition for snorkeling are also very good.
After a 15minutes boat ride, you will jump into the water and descend “into the blue”. The flat top of the reef is at 13m and it’s a steep wall which reaches the bottom at 40m. Here the reef has an amazing variety of corals and invertebrates, including table corals, giant leather corals, and sponges. It hosts numerous critters of all sort and unusually colourful nudibranchs. We can find flame scallops on the west side. Also, we often sight schools of fusiliers and jacks are swimming around here.
Napoleon Reef is located about 2 kilometres offshore. The reef has a flat top which is gently sloping down with a small wall towards the South side. The slopes of the reefs are covered with an amazing variety of colourful soft coral, sea fans, giant barrels and other sponges. We regularly sight squid, cuttlefish and rays in this area. At around 20m depth you can see the remains of a sunken diving boat, which was named “Zoe”. This site is very convenient for snorkeling and night diving.