Amed has remained a small village in the northeast coastal region of Bali, with dry volcanic rock ridges along its coastline. It is about 10 km south of Tulamben Bay, at Culik regency; there is Cemeluk Bay with black volcanic sandy beach offers two diving sites, Uyah Reef and Cemeluk Reef. Beyond this bay further east some more diving points Bunutan Reef and Lipah Reef, Bali’s eastern most point.
It takes 15 minutes on a small local outrigger fishing boat, with maximum capacity of 5 persons on board to reach these reefs. The reef in the shallows is not worth to dive, rubble outcrop was seriously damaged by the El-Nino in 1988, but at the steep slope and the deep jagged wall is still in excellent condition, from 15 meters to over 50 meters is charming colourful reef wall. A variety of reef fish from small to large pelagic, White Tip Reef Sharks, graceful Banner Fish, Black Snappers, Humpback Snappers and a lot more are commonly seen. Some divers have reported schools of Bumphead Parrotfish swimming across the shallow reef flats. The current is average to mild running toward the bay and water temperature is always warm.
The small outrigger fishing boat powered by outboard engine will take 6 minutes to this reef. Before the El-Nino 1988 bleached the reef in bay, it was the glory time, colourful soft corals, bushy Gorgonians and Staghorn Acropora are spreading all over the reef, and was as the best place for snorkelers. Out from the reef in the bay is a stretch of gorgeous jagged reef wall where schools of Blue Fin Trevally, Black and Humpback Snappers, large pelagic also visits this reef, Shark, Napoleon Wrasse and swarm others reef fish. The edge of reef wall begins at 15 meters, sheer reef wall over 45 meters deep and some bommies spur into bay are interesting with macro critters, Scorpion fish, Nudibranch and a like. The current flows mainly mild with good water clarity and water temperature is always warm 28° to 29° C.
From Cemeluk Bay it takes 30 minutes on outrigger local fishing boat to the jetty cliff at Bunutan village, off shore is a huge flat white sand bottom at the depth of 10 meters, gradually descending to 18 meters. Large numbers of graceful Garden Eels jutting out from the sand, with good clarity and sunlight they look absolutely breathtaking. The extending reef ridges are the outmost tips of Bali; spreading out from Garden Eels on the steep slope to the maximum depth of 35 meters is gorgeous and healthy reef with variety of macro sea life and large pelagic fish. Huge barrel sponges and Gorgonians dominated this reef; in a single sponge you can find sheltering a number of Lionfish, Shrimps, Worms, Nudibranch and other varieties of macro sea life. Due to the reef depths a close eye needs to be kept on your dive computer. The current from the Lombok strait can sometimes affect planned dives here. Water temperature is normally around 28 degrees C but the up currents can drop the water temperature.
A Minimum of two divers are required to run this dive trip. For single diver, please contact us.
Price includes :
- All Land and Sea transportation on diving day
- Lunch and Bottled Water between dives
- Weights and Belt
- 1 Tank per dive
- PADI Dive Guide
- A complete set of dive equipment is available for rent for US $20.00.
- Extra dive at some dive location cost US $30.00 (day dive)