When you have been long exploring the deep, you’ll love every opportunity to discover deeper layer of the earth and find exciting marine life lies on dozens kilometres below. For advanced divers who are looking for more challenging yet rewarding diving spots in Bali, you definitely need to check these out.
Bali Diving Spots with Drifts: The Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
The Crystal Bay of Nusa Penida is famous for its elusive resident, the Mola Mola sunfish who just appear to the surface at certain times of the year. Mola-Mola goes from the twilight zone to the “surface” which is about 30 meters deep during August to September to get their body cleaned by reef fishes. The depth and strong currents of Crystal Bay that bring rich nutrients water allow this to happen. However, it’s also the very reason why diving in Crystal Bay is reserved only for the advanced and professional. Divers without adequate experience in handling raging currents should look for another Bali diving spots. The currents in Crystal Bay can be quite unpredictable and inexperienced divers might get surprised. This might result on dropping beyond the recreational limit or finding themselves failing to ascend to shallower depth.
Nevertheless, Crystal Bay gives fantastic diving experience. Its crystal clear water, which inspire its name, is quite free from debris and have brilliant visibility. The bay is packed with large bommies and soft corals, making up a stunning coral landscape. Divers could also spots reef sharks, leopard sharks, dolphins, and great macro critters aside of the famous Mola!
The Mesmerising Eel Garden, Menjangan Island
If Nusa Penida is mostly reserved for pro divers, Menjangan Island provides both ways. This little island in the north tip of Bali is great for both beginner and advanced divers. For advanced divers, the eel garden in the west side offers incredible experience. Going down, you will see deep wall drops covered with gorgonian fans and diverse corals before stopping in 25 meters below, where an open plain fields spread, inhabited by garden eels who sticks their head out of the seabed. It’s truly mesmerising to watch dozens of eels moving in harmony, trying to catch planktons in the currents.
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The Deep Wall: POS 2 Menjangan Island
Explore the deepest part of Menjangan Island in POS 2. Following a big wall that goes down to 40 meters, the POS 2 is one of the best diving spots in Bali for wall diving and seeing big pelagic fishes! The dramatic walls have some small caves which is a heaven for micro enthusiast! Among the collection of healthy hard and soft corals that adorn the wall, you can also spit interesting species such as crocodile fish and frogfish. You can also see schools of great barracuda, reef sharks, and even Manta patrolling around the wall! The site also have some currents so while you were here, definitely enjoy the ride.