Padang Bai, a picturesque port town, is the best place in Bali to see turtles, sharks, breathtaking corals, and exotic fish galore. Shark Point and Gili Mimpang Tepekong are only for advanced divers. Open Water Divers and Advanced Divers alike can enjoy dive trips to the idyllic Blue Lagoon, Jepun, and The Jetty. All sites around Padang Bai are accessed via a traditional outrigger boat called a jukung.
Depth 5-30 meters
Diving at the Blue Lagoon is like immersing yourself inside a giant aquarium. With sloping corals on your left and a beautiful wall dive to your right, Blue Lagoon boasts a spectacular number and variety of tropical reef fish.
Depth 10-25 meters
Jepun (Balinese for frangipani flower) at Padang Bai is perfect for the macro lover – with ribbon eels and mantis shrimp scurrying around. A recently sunk fishing boat makes a great artificial wreck and temporary home to moray eels, huge groupers, and the occasional shark.
Depth 5-10 meters
The Jetty at Pandang Bai is a photographer’s dream. Teeming with weird and wonderful critters that hang around the jetty’s pylons – frogfish, pipefish, mantis shrimp, flying gurnards, and loads of nudibranch. This site can get surge so can only be dived in certain conditions.
Depth 25-30 meters
Shark Point on Gili Mimpang (an island to the East of Pandang Bai) is the best place to see shark in Bali. Featuring a series of pinnacles, this site provides some spectacular wall diving.
Depth 18-30 meters
Situated right next to Gili Mimpang to the east of Padang Bai, Gili Tepekong is a cleaning station in season (June to October) for the Mola Mola (or Oceanic Sunfish). Gili Tepekong also boasts an underwater cave that starts at 26m and goes up to 18m. Here, you will often encounter sleeping sharks as you dive!
Price for 2 dives Padang Bai US$120
Price for 2 dives Gili Tepekong/Mimpang US$130
Price for additional 3rd dive US$35
Equipment Hire per day US$15
Dive trips to Padang Bai include
- 2 Dives
- PADI Professional Guide
- All land and sea transport
- Hotel Pick up and return