Bali Dive Packages
Indonesia’s diving is among the best in the world.
Diving in Bali is an easy and inexpensive way to see the best of Indonesia. Often overlooked by divers headed elsewhere in Indonesia, Bali SCUBA diving is special in its own right. Either as an add-on to an Indonesia diving trip or as a complete and inexpensive dive vacation with the added benefits of Bali’s unique culture and shopping for the creations of Bali’s many artists.
Dive Tulamben Bay for the 120m USAT Liberty Wreck Dive and superb macro underwater photography. Visit Secret Bay for weird muck diving critters. Plan to dive Nusa Penida for Mola Mola (in season), sharks and Manta rays. Or combine all these into a customised Bali Diving Safari (Bali Dive Package with accommodation).
AquaMarine Diving – Bali operates One-Day and Multi-Day Diving Safaris (Dive Packages) throughout our island. Custom dive trips are our speciality.
Why Choose to Dive with AquaMarine?
Attention to detail is a hallmark of the AquaMarine experience. From your initial planning together with our Bali office Dive Travel Professionals to your fun diving day with our PADI Certified Divemasters and Instructors, you receive professional, friendly, expert service.
The level to which Aqua Marin Diving Bali (AMD-B) customises trips is absolutely unique in Bali. The focus at AquaMarine is to provide both high quality service and the best possible diving for guests, offering programmes to suit each diver’s interests, experience and preferences. You will find suggested itineraries on our website to be used as a starting point for your holiday plans.
Our divemasters are professionals, all Indonesian, who chose diving as a career. Over 70% are PADI instructors. Many have worked for us for over 10 years and often train dive guides for other companies. Expect your dive package holiday, or day of diving, to be well-organised and safe, and well as beautiful and fun!
Beautiful Bali Dive Package Itinerary
These packages can easily be extended or added-to as desired, and can also be done in reverse order of sites and accommodation if required.
Pick up south Bali hotel; transfer to Menjangan, north west Bali (3.5hrs)
Board local boat for transfer to Menjangan Island (30mins)
2 Day Dives at Menjangan Island
Transfer to Tulamben, north east Bali (2.5hrs)
Overnight in Tulamben
Early Morning Dive in 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck
2 Day Dives in Tulamben Bay (Coral Garden & Drop Off)
1 Night Dive in Tulamben Bay inc 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck
Overnight in Tulamben
Hotel check out
Early Morning Dive in 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck
Transfer to Amed (30mins)
2 Day Dives at Amed
Transfer to south Bali (2.5hrs)
Dive Package Includes
Land transport/boat transport/accommodation/diving – as above
Rental dive gear (exc dive computer)
Lunch & mineral water on diving days
PADI Divemaster or above (max ratio 1:4)
Diver Medical Insurance
Local taxes, fees and porterage
Amed Dive Sites: A Little Known Treasure
The Amed dive sites actually stretch along the coast from Amed village (muck site) to Jemeluk and Bunutan, and beyond to Lipah Bay (“Japanese Wreck” site).
Amed, the village, is located on the north east coast of Bali.
The Amed area is quiet and the scenery lovely. The area makes a great location for 1 Day Bali Dive Trips.
Popular Sites in Amed
The more popular sites in the area include:
the Japanese Wreck
1) Bunutan Point
Bunutan Point is 10 minutes by jukung boat from Jemeluk Bay. It starts with a gentle sandy slope which often has many different nudibranchs and other macro critters. Visibility is usually good (18-25m) although sometimes there are thermoclines.
Marine Life at Bunutan Point
Starting from the sand slope, you will see an impressively large school of Garden eels at around 12m. After the Garden eels, we would expect to do a gentle drift dive which enables us to effortlessly see amazing Barrel sponges, Blue-spotted rays, beautiful sea fans, schooling Chevron barracudas, Giant trevally, a wide variety of reef fish, and some resident White-tip reef sharks.
During the dry season (July-September), to avoid stronger currents, we need to dive this site around high tide.
2) The Japanese Wreck
Approximately 7km further along the coast from Jemeluk, this small Japanese steel freighter wreck lies in very shallow water (6-12m) in a quiet little black sand bay called Banyuning.
What you can see at the Japanese Wreck Dive Site
This Japanese Wreck is encrusted with black corals, soft corals, sponges, and Gorgonian sea fans (sometimes with Pygmy seahorses). The inhabitants include anthias, parrotfish and angelfish. Visibility can be greatly reduced if there is a current or any wave-action, however the bay is well-protected on both sides.
The shallowest section of reef contains Table and Staghorn corals and is home to clouds of damsels and anthias as well as schools of many kinds of fish; while the 15-20m section of the sloping reef is great, with soft corals, more Gorgonians and sponges, and dotted with nudibranchs. The reef continues in patches to 40m+; look out for ghostpipefish, Demon stingers, unusual dragonets and similar.
3) Gili Selang
The small island of Gili Selang lies on Bali’s eastern tip. Seen on a map, it looks inviting however the more exposed areas can have up, down and swirling currents. AquaMarine is very careful when choosing where to dive, using local knowledge, experience, tide charts and common sense. You need to listen carefully to the dive briefing and stay close to your guide underwater in case conditions change unexpectedly.
Your dive generally starts on the black sand slope which is dotted with nudibranchs and an abundance of other macro critters including gobies. The slope becomes a healthy, sheltered reef at a mere 4m and is a rich mixture of many, multi-coloured soft and hard corals.
What you will see at Gili Selang
Here we expect visibility of 20-25m, although there can be thermoclines meaning water temp can be between 20-30°C. here you will see Yellow margin morays, schooling Big-eyed trevally, cuttlefish, and pygmy seahorses on the Gorgonian sea fans. The interesting and rich sand slope to the north of the island has some stands of hard branching corals and occasional bommies, the deeper areas of the slope are more protected and therefore home to sea fans, soft corals, barrel sponges and coral bushes.
As you follow the reef downwards, the sand slope on your left becomes a wall which is known for occasional ‘spinning’ currents (a strong down current combined with a horizontal current from the other side of the channel).
Here, and at the other less protected areas of Gili Selang, you may well see Black-tip and White-tip reef sharks, Eagle rays, turtles, Bluefin trevally, barracudas, Napoleon wrasse, Bumphead parrotfish and schooling batfish.
On very rare occasions, we have seen dolphins and Hammerhead sharks, although the former are more frequently heard than seen. Please remember that the conditions often prevent us approaching this area.
On the south side of the island the reef become steeper and has many big coral heads with overhangs where we often find sleeping sharks and big rays. Dotted around are leather corals and bommies with schooling fish such as trevally and often a high number of Blue-spotted rays.
Although Gili Selang can be dived by jukung from Amed, AquaMarine generally uses one of our own custom-made speedboats from Padangbai, about a 40 minute trip, to ensure a higher level of safety and comfort.
Dive Guide, Skipper, Boat transport
Menjangan – Famous for Wall Diving
Part of West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island was Bali’s first internationally-known diving location.
Famous for wall-diving with easy conditions, Menjangan Island is 30 minutes by local boat from mainland Bali and offers warm waters with stunning visibility that can reach 50m+. The island’s white sand beaches provide good, and well-protected, snorkelling opportunities.
On the Menjangan dive sites, walls go from 10 to 26-60m+ and are full of nooks and crannies, overhangs and crevasses with soft corals, sponges, and Bali’s highest concentration of Gorgonian seafans (some with pygmy seahorses). The fish life 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.
Dives sites at Menjangan are:
Garden Eel Point
1) Anker Wreck
No-one actually knows the origin of this small wooden boat, nor its true name … “Anker” comes from the anchor that still lies about 6-8m from the surface.
The rest lies strewn over an area of about 60m; going down to 50m.
This is the deepest dive site offered by AquaMarine Diving – Bali. We believe that the good visibility and calm conditions mean this deep dive will present no problems to experienced divers.
Starting the dive with the deepest point, we follow the anchor chain down to where the steep, coral-clad slope becomes sandy (approx 30m). Here there is a second anchor and you begin to see the flattened remains of the wreck, dark against the white sand.
What You Will See on the Anker Wreck Dive
Across the site you will find copper sheeting and bottles, the boat’s cargo (artefacts, not for souvenirs). There are still some parts of the boat which remain out of the sand, and which are covered in gorgonians, a sure sign of little or no currents at the site.
On the sand we see many varieties of nudibranchs, sometimes frogfish and odd sand-dwellers. Schooling around the pieces of wreck are bannerfish, fusiliers and batfish.
This is the deepest dive site offered by AquaMarine Diving – Bali: We believe that the good visibility and calm conditions mean that this deep dive will present no problems to experienced divers.
The wall to the west, at 5-10m, is rich with many overhangs, cracks and caves. A good place for an extended safety stop after this dive.
2) Garden Eel Point
Starting this dive from the most north west tip of Menjangan Island, following the wall southwards towards the Bali/Menjangan channel, you will see some of the most healthy and diverse corals on Menjangan. The cracks and breaks in the wall are filled with a great diversity of reef fish.
Gradually following the wall down from the top (5-8m) to 25m (max depth 35m), where it becomes a white sand slope, you find a big gorgonian fan with Longnose hawkfish.
What you will see at Garden Eel Point
This area is also known for sightings of White-tip and Black-tip reef sharks, Dogtooth tuna, small schools of barracudas, turtles, and of course Napoleon wrasse. From 25m we slowly ascend up the slope, over many soft corals, until reaching a huge colony of Garden eels that covers the slope from 20m to beyond where it flattens out at 14m.
From Garden Eel Point we head south to a coral garden (5-12m) with Big-eyed trevally, Titan triggerfish, many clownfish in their anemones and often a surprising number of scorpionfish. Make sure you check the numerous sea fans for any of the variety of Pygmy seahorses we see here.
3) Pos II
Located on Menjangan’s most south easterly point, Pos II can be beach-entry or boat-entry, and is usually a gentle drift dive: whether beach or boat, the dives start at 12m where the white sand slope meets the top of the wall.
What you will see at Pos II
If there is a current, it is generally south easterly. Slowly descending along the wall, drifting with the current to approximately 25m, we see a profusion of soft corals, sponges, small gorgonians, moray eels and lionfish. As we level out, the current takes us along the wall to the east point of the island, a dramatic area covered in large gorgonians.
Here, where we meet the waters travelling down the north east of Menjangan, there is an upwelling of cold waters (ie: thermoclines) from the deep ocean. This sometimes brings with it turtles, Manta rays, sharks, an occasional Mola-Mola and other pelagics.
Our safety stop is done above the reef flats and, as there are some Titan triggerfish in the area, we need to choose our spot carefully.
Very occasionally we find the current is actually heading west. This takes us almost immediately to an area where, if the conditions are right, you can see pelagics. Descending slowly along the wall, you will see angelfish, anthias, chromis, gobies, scorpionfish. The surface of the wall is full of crevasses, cracks and overhangs which hide many treasures. There is the occasional cave too.
Dive Guide, Skipper, Boat transport
Tulamben Bay: A Dive Site for Everyone
Tulamben has become Bali’s most famous diving area and therefore where you are most likely to meet internationally recognised underwater photographers and writers.
Tulamben Bay, like the rest of Bali, is situated in the world’s richest marine biogeographic zone: The Indo-Pacific. Being on the north east coast, the bay receives very plankton-rich waters from the major ocean current that moves from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. This, coupled with the fact that the three main dive sites provide totally different physical environments, means that Tulamben contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem.
Popular Tulamben Bay Dive Sites
The USAT Liberty Wreck
The Coral Garden or house reef
The Drop-Off/Wall dive
1) USAT Liberty Shipwreck
Possibly the world’s easiest wreck dive and definitely Bali’s most popular dive site.
History of the USAT Liberty
Built circa WWI, this 120m cargo ship was equipped with guns for WWII. The Liberty was torpedoed by the Japanese off the coast of Lombok. Although attempts were made to tow the ship to north Bali, it was taking on too much water and therefore was semi-beached at Tulamben.
During the last eruption of Mt Agung, Bali’s highest and most sacred mountain, the earth tremours roched the boat down the beach and into the sea.
Location and Direction of the Liberty Wreck
The USAT Liberty Shipwreck lies a mere 30m offshore, and almost parallel to the beach, making it suitable for all levels of certification and experience. The shallowest part of the wreck where it touches the sand slope is at 5-10m while average depth along the middle is 16-20m.
The lower edge of the wreck, the furthest down the slope, is 20-28m at high tide. The wreck is pretty broken up, no penetration possible. But you can still see the guns, toilets, boilers, anchor chain, etc. A truly lovely dive site!
You can also snorkel on the wreck as the highest point of the stern is only 3m below the surface.
What you will see diving the Liberty Wreck Dive
Big Eyed Trevally, Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali. These trevally (jacks) are resident on the wreck.
Popular with Underwater Photographers
The USAT Liberty Shipwreck is very popular with underwater photographers/videographers as it is totally encrusted in anemones, gorgonian fans, hard and soft corals.
In addition the black sand provides an excellent colour contrast for the incredible variety of marinelife, which includes a school of 100s of Big-eyed trevallys (length 30cm/12in) and over 400 other species of fish.
As most of the fish are resident, they are quite used to scuba divers – from the goatfish and wrasse that nibble around your feet and fins during entry/exit, to the unicornfish and surgeonfish that accompany you down the slope towards the Wreck.
Each area of the Liberty Shipwreck offers something different to see.
Diving on, in and around the Liberty Shipwreck, you are quite likely to see a high percentage of the marinelife shown in any Indo-Pacific Reef Guide book. That is what keeps divers coming back time and time again.
The possibilities for underwater macro-photography on Tulamben Bay’s USAT Liberty Shipwreck are endless – please try to schedule several days (and nights) here as there is a lot to shoot and a huge area to cover.
Amazing Variety of Fish Life
You may see minute anglerfish, neon nudibranchs, various ghostpipefish, and shrimp/goby sets sd you swim past areas of Garden eels and multi-coloured clouds of anthias and damsels. Encounter the resident Great barracuda, Giant groupers, batfish, and schools of sweetlips, batfish, fusiliers, butterflyfish.
The variety is amazing!
Then there are the invertebrates, the hard and soft corals, black corals, sponges with crinoids, sea fans, tunicates. The list goes on.
2) Coral Garden Dive Site
Running for approximately 150m along the middle section of Tulamben beach is a shallow reef. The Coral Garden depths are from 3 to 8-12m. This makes it a great site for extended Night Dives and snorkelling.
The reef mainly consists of table corals and anemones, as well as sponges and soft corals.
The fish life, as with the Drop-Off and the USAT Liberty Shipwreck, is very diverse with a surprising number of Blue ribbon eels (the juveniles of which are black), cuttlefish and octopus.
Plenty of Marine Life
There is wide variety of shrimps including Peacock mantis shrimps. You may also find frogfish, ghostpipefish, nudibranch and anemonefish.
Black-tip reef sharks patrol up and down, and you may well see Giant groupers and the school of Bumphead parrotfish too.
In fact, the Coral Garden actually extends much deeper than 12m. If you carry on down the sand slope, you’ll find barrel sponges with many surprises. You may find juvenile Emperor Angelfish, Two-spot lionfish, maybe a school of juvenile catfish; cleaning stations with shrimp and wrasse, or a shoal of razorfish swaying in their hiding place.
If you follow the slope towards the Drop-Off, you’ll come to Tulamben’s River Bed. Although not an area for divers looking for a profusion of marinelife, it is often the best place in Tulamben Bay to find unexpected specimens!
3) The Drop Off/Wall Dive Site
Tulamben Bay’s Drop-Off/Wall is an old lava flow from Mount Agung. It is at the opposite end of the bay, about a 15mins slow walk, from the USAT Liberty Shipwreck.
The dive starts on a steep sand slope with nudibranchs, flounders, and goby and shrimp sets.
At 12m are sponges with many varieties of shrimp, and there are many crinoids, often with attendant ghost pipefish.
Continuing round to the right, the slope develops into a reef with very impressive topography, becoming a vertical wall, from 15m to below 60m, which then reverts to a steep slope.
Visibility in this area is best in the morning, usually 15-20m, due to the amount of plankton in the water. Due to the location it is rare that there is a current, even a mild one.
Although there is some silt from run-off after heavy rainfall, the wall has profuse sponges, corals, black coral bushes, and gorgonian fans. One of the fans at 30m is over 2m in diameter. We often come here for the Deep Dive on the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.
What You Will See at Tulamben Bay’s Drop Off/Wall Dive Sites
Bigger Fish You May See
The fish life is similar to that found on the Wreck but, being a much larger area, is less dense. However, more often than on the USAT Liberty Shipwreck, you will see White-tip reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse, some big filefish (including Scrawled), and large moray eels.
There have been sightings of Whale sharks as shallow as 9m, with Manta rays, Mola-Mola and Dogtooth tuna as frequent visitors.
Occasionally, when the school of Big-eyed trevallys on the shipwreck becomes particularly large, you’ll find them schooling at the Wall.
Smaller Fish & Critters
Look for Longnose hawkfish on the gorgonian fans, with Sharp-nosed puffers hiding nearby.
Amongst the rocks and corals you will see octopus, Reef and Leaf scorpionfish, frogfish, Hermit and Porcelain crabs, and shrimps.
For those staying overnight, late afternoon is the best time to see the wide variety of lionfish that live here.
The Wall Dive’s ‘Aquarium Section’
The back reef at the top of the Wall, averaging 5m, contains an excellent ‘aquarium section’. There you can see cuttlefish, octopus, Boxer crabs and many other unexpected treasures. This enables you to finish your dive at around 5m for pretty much as long as you want to stay underwater. This is, of course, also very popular with snorkellers.
Dive Guide, Skipper, Boat transport
Located at the foot of Mount Agung, Mimpi Resort Tulamben offers a beachfront accommodation. This resort features an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, dive centre, spa service, and free Wi-Fi.
Cosy air-conditioned rooms and bungalows come with modern Indonesian interiors and have plenty of natural light. Each is equipped with a seating area, minibar and bathroom with a shower.
Guests can go on a snorkeling and diving trip, or simply enjoy a traditional body massage. With a 24-hour front desk, the resort provides car rental services while travel bookings can be made at the tour desk.
Tunjung Restaurant serves a variety of Western and Indonesia dishes. Room service is also available upon request.
Tulamben Mimpi Resort provides free parking, and is a 2-hour drive from Sanur Beach. Mimpi Resort Tulamben is just a step away the world famous USAT Liberty dive site. Kuta’s city area and Ngurah Rai International Airport are a 2.5-hour drive away.
Daily cleaned rooms, Garden
Free Wi-Fi, Air conditioning, Free toiletries, Hairdryer