bunaken l gili islands l lombok l komodo l lembeh l raja ampat l maluku l wakatobiBEYOND BALI
amed l tulamben l menjangan island l padangbai l candidasa l nusa penida l nusa lembongan l muck & macro
AquaMarine Diving - Balis British ownership together with the expertise of our local dive staff make an unbeatable combination. We are dedicated to ensuring you experience the best quality diving possible - whether its a single Day Trip or a fully-inclusive intensive underwater macro-photography Safari. In terms of safety and personalised service, we are unrivalled.
Balis world-class diving combined with the fantastic selection of topside activities and places to visit make the perfect holiday destination for both divers and non-divers.
AquaMar ine only offers Balis better dives:
Nusa Penida - drifts; Padangbai - sharks and pelagics; Tulamben - Liberty wreck and reefs; Menjangan Island - walls; Puri Jati and Secret Bay - muck-diving.
Please visit our website, or e-mail us, to find out more about our personal service, PADI courses, and custom-made diving packages (to include accommodation, tours and land activities).
AquaMarine is also an agent for other reputable dive resorts and liveaboards throughout Indonesia.
PO Box 2098, Kuta Bali 80361 - IndonesiaTel +62 361 738020 Fax +62 361 738021
Photos Krauss, Postlethwaite & Ferrari
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DISCOVER THE SECRET 2011/2012
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Introduction to Bali
.... so why not come and
Bali is world-renowned for its complex Hindu culture, colourful ceremonies, magnificent volcanic and coastal scenery as well as the artistic and welcoming nature of the Balinese themselves. Surely there cannot be a more fascinating island on the planet!
With so much to do topside, divers may be sceptical when told that the diving here is spectacular however Bali repeatedly draws internationally-recognised underwater photographers and journalists from around the globe.
Bali is situated in the heart of the Indo-Pacific, the worlds richest marine biogeographic zone. The island therefore receives very plankton-rich waters and so contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem as well as many totally different physical environments.
Balis dive sites offer great diversity: vertical walls and sand slopes; steel and wooden shipwrecks; limestone shorelines and black, volcanic outcrops; peaceful bays and ripping currents; deep, coral-covered ridges, shallow seagrass beds and big bommies, as well as both shore- and boat-diving.
The pelagics seen include Manta rays, Whalesharks and, from July to mid-November, Mola-Molas (the weird-but-wonderful Ocean sunfish).
There are more than 2,000 species of reef fish in Balis waters, and then there are the eels, crabs, lobsters, turtles, starfish, shrimp, and nudibranchs in addition to Mimic octopus and Wonderpus, Ambon scorpionfish, Rhinopias, Mandarinfish, Pyjama and Banggai cardinalfish, ghostpipefish, Pegasus seamoths and Flamboyant cuttlefish to name just a few.
The reefs contain profuse hard and soft corals, Gorgonian and other seafans, coral bushes, and sponges including some massive barrel sponges...
PUBLISHERAquaMarine Diving - Bali
WRITER & EDITORAnnabel Thomas
Cover photos clockwise from top left:
Bali reef FerrariClownfish Tierney Manta ray Bogard
Pygmy seahorse Tierney
Right: Ricefield at Jatiluwih Village Ferrari
3OFFSHORE ISLAND ON BALIS NORTHWEST POINT
DIVING: Boat-diving. Wall- and Drift-divingVISIBILITY: 15-30mCURRENTS: MildDEPTHS: 5-40mMIN LEVEL: Open WaterHIGHLIGHTS: Coral walls and grottoes. Pygmy seahorses, Big-eyed trevallys, turtles, batfishes. Garden Eel Point, Anker Wreck (small C19th wooden boat)CONDITIONS: 30mins boat ride from mainland Bali. Beautiful vertical walls, warm water, white sand. Back-roll entry. Menjangan, being wall-diving, has Balis highest rate of DCS so: be a SAFE (Slowly Ascend From Every dive) Diver and do your safety stops.Surface intervals can be taken on the uninhabited island
Famous for wall-diving with easy conditions, Menjangan Island is 30 minutes by boat from mainland Bali and offers warm waters with stunning visibility that can reach 50m+. The islands white sand beaches provide good and well-protected snorkelling opportunities.
In 1997/98 Menjangan Islands reef flats suffered from a population explosion of the coral-eating Crown of Thorns starfish and from coral-bleaching after El Nino; the walls however were unaffected.
The walls go from 10 to 26-60m+ and are full of nooks and crannies, overhangs and
crevasses with soft corals, sponges and Balis highest concentration of Gorgonian seafans (some with pygmy seahorses). The fishlife is prolific and turtles are regular visitors.
Although Whalesharks may be sighted, pelagics are fairly rare here as the island is protected from the cold ocean currents felt at some other Bali dive sites.
There are various dive sites around the island. The main three are Garden Eel Point, Pos Two and the small wooden Anker Wreck (35-50m) where the calm conditions and good visibility can make it easy to forget that this is a deep dive.
Part of West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island was Balis first internationally-known diving location.
Far right: Lionfish KraussRight: Reef & anthias Postlethwaite
4Left: 120m USAT Liberty wreckFerrariRight clockwise from top left: Chromodoris KrausAnemonefish FatherreePygmy seahorse & yellow frogfishPostlethwaite
Tulamben BayDIVING: Shore-diving. Wreck-, Wall-, Night- and Deep-diving; photography. Palung-Palung, Batu Kelebit and Emerald Point are a 5mins outrigger journey from Tulamben BayVISIBILITY: 15-30mCURRENTS: Zero to mildDEPTHS: 3-40m (av depth 18m)MIN LEVEL: Introductory: suitable for every level and interest.HIGHLIGHTS: 120m shipwreck (I thoroughly recommend Early Morning and Full Moon Night Dives); extraordinary diversity of marinelife; huge school of Big-eyed trevally; beautifully coloured wall. Fantastic photographic opportunities and colour contrast with the black sand. AquaMarines first choice for our special 1 Day Introductory Adventure Diving Programme. Great snorkelling.CONDITIONS: Black sand slope. The black stones can make entry and exit tricky when there are waves present.
Tulamben is also the place in Bali where you are most likely to see internationally-recognised underwater photographers and journalists.
Tulamben Bay, like the rest of Bali, is situated in the worlds richest marine biogeographic zone: the Indo-Pacific. Due to Tulambens location on Balis northeast coast, the Indonesian Throughflow (the major ocean current that moves from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean)supplies the bay with very plankton-rich waters.
This, together with the different physical environments within the bay, gives Tulamben a remarkably diverse underwater ecosystem.
The 120m USAT Liberty shipwreck lies 20m offshore and offers extraordinary density of marinelife, which includes Clown frogfish (juvenile and adult), Bumphead parrotfish, a huge school of Big-eyed trevally, Leaf scorpionfish, and Hippocampus bargibanti (pygmy seahorses). Wonderpus may be seen during early morning dives. The wreck offers magical night diving with flashlightfish, Spanish dancers and cephalopods.
The Coral Garden, which runs eastwards from the Liberty shipwreck, provides wonderful shallow dives where youre limited by air supply rather than bottom time. You can expect to see a wide selection of marinelife from Thecacera nudibranchs, Harlequin shrimps and Boxer crabs, to frogfish and Ribbon eels in all stages of development.
During last years rainy season, the reef flats of The Wall/Drop-off (at the eastern end of the bay) suffered from some run-off, however
The small village of Tulamben, famous both for its black volcanic sand and the 120m USAT Liberty shipwreck, is quite rightly Balis most popular diving location.
5deeper on The Wall/Drop-off are sponges and Gorgonian seafans (one of 3m) - and you may see reef sharks.
Due to the beach entry, Tulamben is also great for snorkelling and for the 1 Day Introductory Adventure Diving Programme. Please note Tulamben has a stony, rather than sandy, beach.
Slightly north of Tulamben is Kubu with plentiful Gorgonian seafans, bommies with beautiful soft corals, scores of nudibranchs, and where conditions always seem to be calm!
Five minutes east (by local outrigger) are the sites of Palung-Palung/Alamanda, Batu Kelebit and Emerald Point. Within the Tulamben area, these are the sites where you are most likely to see pelagics including, on rare occasions, dolphins.(Please also see Muck Diving page 13 for information on Seraya Slope, 5 minutes drive south from Tulamben Bay)
The journey to Tulamben takes you through beautiful Balinese countryside, past rice terraces, along the coast, via rural villages, with great views of Mount Agung: Balis most revered volcano.
7Left: Napoleon wrasse Postlethwaite Above: Blue ribbon eel Silcock
DIVING: Shore- and Boat-diving (outriggers fit 2-3 divers). Reef- and Wall-divingVISIBILITY: 15-25mCURRENTS: Zero to mildDEPTHS: 10-35mMIN LEVEL: IntroductoryHIGHLIGHTS: Pretty coral formations including an artificial reef; density and variety of fish; great snorkelling site; occasional reef sharksCONDITIONS: Black sand beach sloping into the water, coral reefs and a wall.