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Scuba Diving in Pemuteran

Updated: Feb 6

Northwest Bali’s Pemuteran Bay is home to a selection of fascinating dive sites suitable for divers of every experience level. Whether you are just learning to dive or have hundreds of dives under your belt, Pemuteran offers a variety of shore and boat dive sites. Pemuteran diving is a must for divers visiting Bali, with dive sites to suit every interest from macro lovers to coral reef enthusiasts.

View over a reef towards the mountains
Pemuteran Bay

At Hibiscus House, we are scuba diving enthusiasts and want our guests to experience the best of Northwest Bali diving. Make Hibiscus House your home base while diving in Pemuteran and enjoy the best of Northwest Bali diving throughout your stay. Our diving partner, Abyss Ocean World, can take care of all your diving needs, whether you want to complete any PADI courses or go fun diving or snorkeling!

When to Dive in Pemuteran

Diving in Pemuteran is great year-round, with consistently calm and warm waters. Visibility in the bay may be reduced during periods of heavy rain and/or strong winds, but this is the case everywhere in Bali. Dive sites will be less crowded in low season,

which runs from October through April. Low season is also rainy season, but Pemuteran gets considerably less rain than many areas around Bali so it is a great option for your diving holiday.

How to Dive in Pemuteran

There are dive sites in Pemuteran that can be reached by either shore or boat, and the boat diving is within a ten-minute ride. Shore dives are preferred for dive courses and night dives while boat diving is used to reach deeper and more varied dive sites. Our diving partner, Abyss[JH1] Ocean World, can help you to arrange your dive trips and dive courses in Pemuteran and other nearby diving locations such as Menjangan[JH2] Island, Secret Bay, and Puri Jati.

What to See While Diving in Pemuteran

Bali is in the Coral Triangle, home to the most marine biodiversity on the planet. Pemuteran diving always includes favorites such as clown fish, starfish, anemones, nudibranchs, and a variety of coral. Other potential sightings include ornate ghost pipefish, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths, flying gurnards, cuttlefish, octopus, electric clams, and more. For very lucky divers, guides have found blue ring octopus, harlequin shrimp, and even the occasional dugong!

Where to Dive in Pemuteran: Top 5 Dive Sites

There are plenty of dive sites in Pemuteran to choose from, all within a ten-minute boat ride. The dive sites visited will depend on your level of experience and what interests you. Top dive sites in Pemuteran include:

1. Napoleon Reef: a healthy coral reef reached by boat that will delight divers with its marine diversity and offer plenty of options for both wide-angle and macro photographers. Marine life includes hard and soft coral, sea fans, sponges, nudibranchs, scorpionfish, eels, turtles, sharks, and more.

2. Nudi Beach: a short boat ride takes you to a sloping sandy bottom perfect for muck diving to discover a huge variety of nudibranchs and other interesting critters such as Pegasus sea moths, flat worms, and ornate ghost pipefish.

3. Close Encounters: a diverse dive site reached by boat that can include sightings of cuttlefish, blue dragon nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, and turtles.

4. Jetty: a shallow shore dive with loads to discover including seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, long nose pipefish, frogfish, and a wide variety of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs.

5. House Reef: a shore dive site perfect for seeing mandarinfish performing their mating dance at dusk as well as all sorts of critters including Shaun the Sheep nudibranch and a variety of pipefish.

Who Should Dive in Pemuteran

Diving in Pemuteran is suitable for everyone from beginners to technical divers. If you haven’t tried scuba diving before, sign up for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or PADI Open Water Course with one of the experienced instructors at Abyss Ocean World. Experienced divers can book a selection of dives to suit their preferences, with options for shore, boat, reef, muck, daytime, and night dives available.

[JH1]Link to Abyss Ocean World blog [JH2]Link to Menjangan Island blog


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