Amuk Bali diving

Bali dive sites

white tip reef sharkLocated on Bali’s east coast just south of Candidasa, Amuk Bay is your start point for dives at Tepekong, Gili Mimpang and Gili Biaha which are some of Bali’s very best dive sites.

This area also offers you the chance to see mola molas.

Tepekong is a small (just a few hundred metres wide) rocky islet that has deep water all around and is exposed to strong currents. Therefore it is not a beginners dive site. But for experienced divers who are happy to be swept along in a 5 knot current of cold water there are rewards. Such as crystal clear water, and the chance to encounter reef sharks. Plus schools of pelagic fish like blue fin trevally and rainbow runners.

The canyon on the south west of Tepekong is exposed to the strongest currents which can pull divers downwards. This is the best place to see reef sharks. The canyon starts at 25m deep and is framed by hard and soft corals.

The northeastern side offers divers more protection from the currents and it has some impressive hard coral formations on the boulders down to 25m. Napoleon wrasse can sometimes be seen here. On the east side of the island is a wall down to 40m which has impressive coral, seafans, crinoids and fish life.

Oceanic sunfish

mola molaGili Mimpang which is also called Batu Tiga (three rocks) is located 2 kilometres south east of Amuk Bay. It is another strong current dive site that is great fun if you are an experienced diver. Reef sharks are common around the rocks and you may also see oceanic sunfish (mola mola).

The patches of table coral are home to sweetlips and moorish idols. Barrel sponges are home to lionfish as well as bearded scorpionfish.

You can see Bumphead parrotfish smashing up coral with their huge teeth. Schools of friendly longfin batfish can be seen in the blue water. Pink squat lobsters and banded boxer shrimps are some of the many macro critters on display.

Located to the north of Amuk Bay is Gili Biaha which is another dive site for experienced divers only. That’s because currents can be extreme and the surge can force you up and down. Rough surface conditions can also be a challenge for divers. The cave on the east side of the island is home to several white tip reef sharks. Lobsters also fill the cave.

Outside the cave you’ll see a wall is covered in hard and soft corals, gorgonian seafans and barrel sponges. Lionfish and moray eels are prolific. Large schools of red tooth triggers are resident. You should also look for smaller critters such as mantis shrimps and nudibranchs.