Best Scuba Diving Sites in Pemuteran and Menjangan

"Pemuteran and Menjangan are not well-known to the mass tourist. Even newcomers to scuba diving are not very familiar with them. However, here in the north of Bali, you can find the most vibrant coral gardens. Yes, the journey from the south to the north is not close. But if you're tired of popular tourist spots and are looking for vibrant underwater colors, then Pemuteran is definitely worth a visit."
Eels Garden
On the website, you can admire pygmy seahorses on gorgonian fans at a depth of about 19 meters. Frogfish are encountered at 21 meters. The wall of this site is beautiful but also subject to currents. At the end of the wall, there is a garden of moray eels framed by gorgonians of various colors.
The entry point to the site is at a seabed depth of 20 meters. For independent dives, it's essential to know the site very well because there are no buoys. Typically, divers start by exploring the moray eel garden, then continue following the reef at a depth of about 20 meters, leading to a coral slope and a channel filled with corals. You can drift through the entire channel if the current is heading south toward Bali. However, plan for a drift dive only if you are an experienced diver.
The site is accessible by boat, with a travel time of about 20 minutes from Labuan Lalang harbor and 40 minutes from Pemuteran. The moray eel garden is located in the channel between Menjangan Island and the Bali Barat National Park peninsula.
Here, you can encounter schools of king mackerel, green turtles, dogtooth tuna, white-tip sharks, black-tip sharks, scorpion fish, cuttlefish, and lionfish.
The site features 2-meter-tall gorgonians and hard corals in various colors, including red, yellow, black, blue, beige, orange, green, and more.
The wall descends to 30 meters, with the most interesting features at around 25 meters.
The site is suitable for exploratory and drift diving. The drop-off is suitable for beginners, and the moray eel garden is for more advanced divers due to depths of 20-25 meters. The channel is for divers with experience of over 30 dives.
POS 2: Tombant
This is one of the most popular sites in Menjangan. The dive begins with a descent into a sandy corridor surrounded by underwater rocks. After that, you can move eastward towards the end of the site along the wall. The decompression stop is done in the coral garden, and this time will not be wasted!
It takes 25 minutes by boat to reach the site from the entrance to the national park.
As you move along the wall, you can encounter nudibranchs, scorpion fish, and small crabs in the corals. You won't miss the parrotfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, and clownfish. Sometimes, white-tip reef sharks are also spotted at this site.
Both hard and soft corals cover the wall. Here, you can find giant gorgonians that hide pygmy seahorses.
The top of the site is at a depth of 5 meters, and the deepest part is at 40 meters.
The site is suitable for exploratory diving. You can even finish the dive with a gentle drift when you move eastward around the island. Photographers love this site, and it's suitable for divers of all levels, from beginners to experts.
Secret Bay
About 30 meters from the entry point of the site, there is a sunken wooden boat approximately 15 meters long. Life thrives around it, and you'll find cardinal fish, shrimp, harlequin pipefish, and crocodile fish. Beyond that, there continues an artificial reef made up of old iron structures and fishing nets that have been completely colonized by corals and fish. If you're lucky, you may even spot Mandarin fish hiding in the reef, and in the algae patches, you can encounter seahorses.
Access to the site is possible from the shore near the Gili Manuk port, which is about 30 kilometers from Pemuteran. The journey to the site takes about 30 minutes.
The site is home to Mandarin fish, frogfish, seahorses ranging from 10 to 15 centimeters, leaf scorpionfish, bee fish, five species of cardinalfish, and numerous species of shrimp and nudibranchs.
Many sea urchins, shells, and sponges inhabit this area, and you'll swim through fields of algae with seahorses.
This is a shallow site, ranging from 3 to 9 meters in depth, where tides are clearly pronounced.
It can be recommended for divers of all levels and is particularly interesting for photographers and experienced divers who will appreciate the biodiversity of this place.
Puri Jati
A 200-meter-wide plateau lies at a depth of 5-7 meters, and then there is a slope down to 20 meters. It's not necessary to dive deep here, as you can encounter some of the most amazing creatures at a depth of 5 meters. This is an interesting alternative to Secret Bay for macro enthusiasts.
Here, you can find the blue-ringed octopus, devil scorpionfish, hairy frogfish, and Ambon scorpionfish.
It's located approximately 30 minutes from Pemuteran, and access to the site is from the shore. You can do 2 dives here, as the site stretches for about a kilometer to a kilometer and a half.
The marine life here includes hairy frogfish, Ambon scorpionfish, devil scorpionfish, mimic octopuses, blue-ringed octopuses, coconut octopuses, ghost fish, nudibranchs, and numerous species of shrimp.
This area consists mainly of sandy terrain with soft corals.
There's no need to dive deep here; 5 meters is the optimal depth.
It's recommended for macro diving and is among the top three macro sites in Bali. It's suitable for macro diving enthusiasts and even for divers at the beginner level.
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