Locations & Dive Sites
BALIKU DIVE RESORT, BALIKU RESTAURANT AND BALIKU DIVE CENTER ARE APPROX 50KM ROAD TRIP FROM MT AGUNG.
WELL OUTSIDE THE EXCLUSION ZONE AND ACCESSED VIA THE SERAYA COASTAL ROAD OR THE RICE FIELD VIEW DRIVE PASSING BY BERINA AND OTHER SCENIC SPOTS.
Bali lies in the south of the so called “Coral Triangle” which houses a vast amount and abundance of marine life/biodiversity. The coral triangle consists of the richest concentration of iridescent corals, fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants in the whole world. The triangle hosts more than 600 species of reef building corals, which encompasses 75% of all species known in the world. 3000 species of fish have their home in the triangle and there are still many species to be found.
Amed on the East Coast of Bali is one of the premier dive locations of the world. From the smallest Macro opportunities to large pelagics and sharks, coral adorned wrecks and walls, Amed has it all. Baliku Dive Resort is also just 20 minutes from the famous wreck, the USAT Liberty in Tulamben.
Scientists and recreational divers continue to discover new species here, some of which are believed to be endemic. The rich bio-diversity is one of our many blessings. This small area may well represent the most biologically diverse undersea environment on earth.
Amed is an absolute mecca for serious underwater photographers and minute sea-creature lovers, who will find macro subjects such as shrimps, seahorse, rare nudibranches and mandarin fish. On the large end of the scale are migrating whales, dolphins, the occasional whale shark, Manta Ray, Hammerhead, Tiger and Leopard Sharks, which cruise Bali’s sea. A trip across the Lombok strait from Amed to Bali’s sister Islands, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan to sight the Mola Mola and schools of Manta Ray is an incredibly satisfying dive trip
DIVE SITES IN EAST BALI
The dive sites of Bali's north-east coast around Amed and Tulamben are mainly situated on a nutrient rich bottom composition of volcanic black sand and rocks. Undoubtedly one of the best and easiest wreck dives in the world can be found here at the remains of the USAT Liberty, a 120m victim of the Second World War. Beside this famous wreck there are some beautiful locations with abundance of marine life which are loved by underwater photographers who return time and time again. Large bumphead parrot fish, sweetlips, garden eels, batfish and a 'house' barracuda, Large schools of big eyed trevally and different types of Pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus denise and bargibanti) and an incredible diversity of rare nudibranches are among the inhabitants of the area. Beside some dive sites accessible from shore, many diving locations here are visited by local (Jukung) boat.
The Amed area constitutes a 9km stretch of bays and fishing villages. From a landscape point of view Amed is much prettier than Tulamben. Sandy beaches as opposed to Tulamben’s stony beach a definite advantage.
|TYPE OF DIVES||Wreck diving, wall diving, drift diving, night diving, shore diving, photography.|
|VISIBILITY||15 – 35 metres|
|DEPTHS||3 – 40 metres (average = 18 metres)|
|CURRENTS||Zero to Mild|
|SUITABILITY||Suitable for all divers, novice to experienced.|
|CONDITIONS||Small local jukung hold 2-3 divers and a boat man. Be aware of small boat procedures (i.e. donning and removing equipment in deep water), black sand, white sand beaches sloping into the water, coral reefs and walls, and wreck.|
|HIGHLIGHTS||Incredible diversity of nudibranch. Density and variety of fish. Fantastic coral formations. THE most beautiful night dive at Baliku home reef. Photographers heaven.|
Tulamben is now one of the most famous diving areas in Bali and attracts divers from all over the world. Here is where you can hear the news about conditions in the different parts of the island or exceptional events, like the sighting of a whale shark or mola mola and here is where you are likely to meet internationally recognized underwater photographers and writers.
|TYPE OF DIVES||Wreck diving, Wall diving, Drift diving, Night diving, Deep diving, shore diving, muck diving, photography.|
|VISIBILITY||12 – 50 metres|
|DEPTHS||5 – 40+ metres (average = 18 metres)|
|CURRENTS||Zero to Mild|
|SUITABILITY||Suitable for every level and interest.|
|CONDITIONS||Black sandy slope with 120m shipwreck, coral garden and wall. Uneven footing on the fist sized black stones of the beach can make entry tricky, especially when there are waves present. It is definitely well worth the effort though.|
|HIGHLIGHTS||Fabulous photographic opportunities. Fantastic full moon night dives. Color contrast with black sand, fantastic diversity of marine life.|