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Pemuteran Bay 2018-04-06T11:37:19+00:00

Pemuteran Bay

Most of our dive sites are either a 5-10 minute boat ride from our beach or shore dives, so you can get plenty of dives and still have time to enjoy other activities and/or just relax on the beach after diving. Being the first dive shop in Pemuteran, we scouted out most of the established local dive sites. We even have a few favourites that are still secret – sorry, can’t say more about those on the web, but maybe we’ll take you there!

Coral Reefs
Pemuteran Bay: About 1km from shore are a chain of reefs – underwater islands left over from a long extinct volcano. In the same stretch of water as Menjangan Island, they offer a wider variety of topography and are home to a vast array of underwater life.

From 35m deep walls to shallow plateaux of coral gardens as far as the eye can see, across over 25 different reef sites – we can keep you amused for many days…

Bio-Wreck

  • Depth; 5 to 30 metres
  • Visibility: 8 to 30 metres
  • Travel time from shore: 5 to 10 mins

This site was affected years ago by cyanide fishing and Crown of Thorn starfish. It is in recovery now due to AusAid funding which allowed the Reef Gardeners of Pemuteran to maintain and protect the site. In 2005, they sank 2 Bio-Wreck structures, one of wood and one of steel, connected to low voltage solar panels.

Next to the Bio-wreck is the largest single species of coral (povaris sp.) in Bali, believed to be over 1000 years old. On the other side, is our newest Bio-rock structure, the Bio-turtle, sunk in April 2009.

This site’s great for snorkelling too.

Close Encounters

  • Bestdepths: 5 to 28 metres.
  • Visibility: 10 to 40 metres, average 20 metres.
  • Traveltime: 5 to 10 minutes.

The English name of this dive site comes from our experiences with the fish life here. Something always turns up to make this dive memorable, be it an eagle raywhale shark, reef shark, a school of tuna, jacks, fusiliers, snappers, or other reef fish, or handful of small cleaner shrimp giving you a free underwater manicure.

On the eastern side of this reef is a steep slope and drop-off: not only is the coral excellent here, it is also where the fish like to congregate, especially if there is a bit of current. To finish off your dive there are also splendid coral gardens at 3-5 metres, where it is easy and pleasant to do a long safety stop.

Also great for snorkelling.

Deep Reef

  • Best Depths: 12 to 38 metres.
  • Visibility: 10 to 20 metres, average 15 metres.
  • Travel Time From Shore: 5 to 10 minutes.

Only discovered in early 1996, the steep sides of this reef rise up from the sea floor at around 38 metres to a plateau-like reef top at 12 metres. Normally dived as a multi-level or computer dive for the more experienced, this reef has an amazing assortment of corals and invertebrates, including table corals, giant leather corals, sponges, and nudibranchs, to name just a few.

Also to be found on its western side is a large number of red “flaming scallops” whose “silver lining” flashes continuously. Eagle rays have often been sighted around this reef as well as schools of fusiliers, jacks, and silversides.

Fisherman Basket

While most of the shallows in Pemuteran Bay have spawned pretty coral gardens, at the East end this has not been the case. But this doesn’t mean there is nothing to see. Stretching from beyond the jetty back through the fishing village hoards of treasures can be found. From Banggai Cardinal fish to sea-horses, knobbly sea stars to flag-waving dragonettes, flying gurnard, burrowing eels, nudibranchs and a host of shrimps and crabs. We take you there in one of our boats and you’ll end up just a short stroll back from the centre.

Garden of Chris

  • Best Depths: 2 to 15 metres.
  • Visibility: 5 to 15 metres, average 10 metres.
  • Distance From Shore: 20 metres

Previously an area for collecting aquarium fish (using destructive fishing methods), Chris’ Garden really demonstrates the results of protection, hard work, and care by divers in an effort to restore this to one of the best shore dives around. Just 20 metres from the Dive Centre, this reef is a favorite for macro photographers, with its wide selection of unusual subjects including (and of course not limited to) lionfish, pipefish, glass shrimp, juvenile fish, and young colourful corals.

A good spot to refresh your water skills after not having dived for a while, it is also an excellent third dive of the day and a good night dive.  This is an excellent area for snorkeling as well as a calm location for an introductory dive.

Garden of The Gods

Inspired by the Balinese legend of Dewata Nawa Sanga or the 9 Dewa of Bali with Shiva surrounded by the other 8 Dewa positioned at the 8 directions of the winds.

Constructed underwater about 400m off the beach in front of Reef Seen during 23-27 May 2014

Inspired by the Balinese legend of Dewata Nawa Sanga or the 9 Dewa of Bali with Shiva surrounded by the other 8 Dewa positioned at the 8 directions of the winds.

Constructed underwater about 400m off the beach in front of Reef Seen during 23-27 May 2014

A collaboration between Reef Seen, Asian Geographic Society & the Reef Gardeners of Pemuteran

Middle Reef

  • Best Depths: 16 to 30 metres.
  • Visibility: 10 to 30 metres.
  • Travel Time From Shore: 5 to 10 minutes

Tangkad Tengah (Middle Reef)

Although its location has been known for many years, it is only recently that we have noticed it’s recovery from severe damage in the early 1990’s. Now with a multitude of colourful seafans and table corals at 15 to 40 metres, there are also some nice coral gardens on top at around 5 metres. Like most reefs here, there are always lots of strange and unusual critters to be found.

Napoleon Reef

  • Bestdepths: 5 to 30 metres.
  • Visibility: 10 to 35 metres, average 20 metres.
  • Traveltime: 10 to 15 minutes.

This reef is like a model of what all man-made aquariums strive to be. Its upper area, about the size of half a football field, gently slopes down on each side, and it has three underwater peninsulas that reach out to the deep blue depths. The reef is a breeding area for many species of fish, and large cuttlefish are often spotted here laying their eggs in the coral. An amazing variety of corals can be found here, including giant table corals, gorgonian fans, colourful soft and hard corals, and giant barrel and other sponges, to name just a few, all co-existing with nudibranchs, egg cowries and other live shells, and an assortment of other invertebrates.

Note: The shallows areas of this reef suffered a great deal of coral bleaching during the warm water time of El Niño. However, the deeper areas are still intact and the shallow areas are making a remarkable comeback. Now it is a great place to witness the regeneration of the corals.

Temple Garden

  • Depth: 5 to 30 metres
  • Visibility: 5 to 20 metres
  • Travel time from shore: 5 to 10 mins

TAMAN PURA (Underwater Temple Garden)
A dream of Chris’s since the early 90’s he has finally been able to make it come true. An engineering feat, with over ten large stone statues resting on stone plinths and, a 4 metre high Balinese candi bentar gateway. It is found at a depth of 28 meters and incorporates a cleaning station with schooling baitfish.

The “garden” is covered in gorgonian fans and must be seen to be believed. A second stage of this Temple Garden has now been started on the reef flats above at a depth of around 15metres. On the last part of this dive along the reeftop, there are normally lots of weird and wonderful “critters” to be found along with a small bommie inhabited by thousands of small fish, sponges, crinoids etc, etc.

Temple Wall

  • Best Depths: 3 to 26 metres.
  • Visibility: 8 to 20 metres, average 15 metres.
  • Travel Time From Shore: 8 to 10 mins

PURA TEMBOK (Temple Wall)
This site is so named because of its location directly in front of 3 seaside temples. Surveyed as a dive site in early 1995 and since protected from the havoc of destructive fishing methods, it has recovered to become one of our favorite locations, especially for night dives. Its proximity to shore means visibility rarely gets as good as on the reefs further out, but the nutrient-rich waters flowing past bring plenty of food for its abundant marine life. Its steep wall is covered with large fans, sponges, and soft corals, while the rare “flaming scallop” inhabits its nooks and crannies.