Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is famous for its beautiful beaches, legendary surf breaks, rich culture and world-class dive sites. Accommodation caters for everyone from backpackers to billionaires. Manta rays, Mola (sunfish), schooling fish, an incredible wreck and colorful reefs will leave even the most seasoned of divers spell bound.
Day 1: Tour starts in Denpassar (Bali)
Arrival in Bali and approximately 1 hour to clear Immigration
Optional: VIP Meet & Greet Service (see ‘Arrival and Departure’ below)
Transfer by AquaMarine to Legian (south west Bali, 20mins)
Overnight Alam KulKul Boutique Resort (Alam room)
Day 2: Legian Beach (B,L)
Rest & Relaxation (Optional Land Tours and Activities’)
Overnight at Alam KulKul Boutique Resort
Day 3: (B,L,D)
06:00 Check out for transfer to Labuan Lalang (north west Bali, 3hrs 30mins)
Transfer by local boat to Menjangan Island (30mins)
2 Day Dives at Menjangan Island (wall diving), lunch on board
Traditional Indonesian Rijstafle Dinner
Overnight Mimpi Resort Menjangan (Patio room)
Day 4: Diving around Menjagan Island (B,L)
09:30 Meet at Mimpi Menjangan restaurant for direct boat transfer to Menjangan Island
3 Day Dives at Menjangan Island, lunch on board
Overnight at Mimpi Resort Menjangan
Diving on day 3 & 4Day 5: Puri Jati (B,L)
Menjangan Island - Starting your AquaMarine Diving - Bali Dive Safari at Menjangan Island (part of West Bali National Park), located just off Bali’s north west point, enables you to experience the island’s first internationally known dive location. Looking back to the mainland during the half-hour local wooden outrigger boat journey, you can see exactly how mountainous Bali actually is – something not visible from south Bali’s more densely populated areas.
Menjangan Island is famous for its coral walls with easy conditions, warm waters and great visibility that can reach 50m+. Due to the white sand and good visibility, there is usually a lot of sunlight to bring out the bright colours of the schooling fishes surrounding you. The walls are covered with a multitude of gorgonian fans, soft corals and sponges. We frequently see batfishes and Big-eyed trevallys, as well as turtles and barracudas. There are only occasional sightings of large pelagic fishes as the island is protected from the cold currents coming in from the open sea.
Diving on day 5Day 6: Tulamben Bay (B,L)
Puri Jati - For those who’ve wondered but have yet to try it, and those who adore it – today you will dive Bali’s current muck-diving hotspot! Visibility is 5-25m, and the water warm. A wide, gentle brown sand slope with patches of sea grass and tufts of lavender soft corals hiding many juvenile batfishes and lion fishes, rare fishes, crustaceans, cephalopods (including Wonderpus, Blue-ring and Mimic octopus), and fascinating sand dwellers including unusual Mantis shrimps, Fingered dragonets, various ghost pipefishes, seahorses, sea moths, demon stingers, Cockatoo flounders, Veiled melibe nudibranchs, soft coral cowries, stargazers, the list goes on…
If conditions are unfavorable for Puri Jati, you will dive at Secret Bay, Bali’s first and so best-known muck location. 2km wide, 3-12m deep; the only bay off the narrow Bali Strait (where currents can reach 7 knots), it acts as a large catch-tank for many larval and juvenile fish, and rare marine species. The water is cold; the fish fat and healthy! Unusual nudibranchs, Banggai cardinal fish, gobies, Ambon scorpion fish, file fish, puffers, dragonets, pipe fish, juvenile Batavia batfish, Mimic octopus, Hippocampus kuda and many other organisms. Elsewhere juveniles hide to avoid predators, but here in Gilimanuk there are very few large fish, so juveniles have no need to hide. The bottom is fine sand with patches of algae and sea grass, some branches, coconuts (housing for octopodes!), cans, etc.
Diving on day 6 & 7Day 8: (B) Departure from Bali (Denpassar)
Tulamben Bay - The small village of Tulamben (Bali’s most famous diving area) is where you are most likely to meet internationally recognized underwater photographers. Being on Bali’s northeast 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 Tulamben contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem. World-famous for the 120m USAT Liberty shipwreck (possibly the world’s easiest wreck dive); The Drop-off/Wall, an old lava flow from Mount Agung, at the opposite end of the bay from the Wreck (about a 10 minute walk between the two sites), and the Coral Garden which is a shallow reef running along the middle section of Tulamben beach. Tulamben Bay offers incredible shore-diving with very easy conditions - perfect for divers of all levels.
You will see just about everything in any Indo-Pacific Reef Guide book when you dive in Tulamben Bay. The resident marine life includes a huge school of Big-eyed trevallys, Leaf scorpion fishes, Bumphead parrotfishes, Pygmy seahorses, minute angler fishes, neon nudibranches, ghost pipefishes, shrimp/goby sets, through to garden eels and multi-colored clouds of anthias and damsels and schools of sweetlips, batfishes, fusiliers and butterfly fishes. The variety is amazing. Then there are the invertebrates, the hard and soft corals, black corals, sponges with crinoids, sea fans and tunicates.
The beach is fist-sized black volcanic rocks that become sand in the shallows which, along with the plankton in the water, accounts for the relatively low visibility (12-25m). The black sand brings out the colors of the corals, gorgonians, fishes and other marine life – great for uw photography. As Tulamben Bay provides shore-diving and rarely has currents, we are able to offer more dives per day than at other sites on this safari – in addition to which, you will get to experience for yourself Tulamben’s magical night-diving.
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