East Bali area is widely known as Bali’s dive centre. The destinations are located on the eastern coast, but still an easy day trip from Candidasa area. Scuba diving equipments are available for rent in the area and along the main street of Candidasa.
Gili Tepekong is approximately an hour and a half drive from Kuta-Legian area. The place is just 100 meters long and 50 meters wide. There are no beaches. The sides of the island plunge straight into the sea. The coral walls are steep and the canyon lined with huge boulders that appear to have fallen from the topside cliff, and bottoms out at 32 meters. Gili Tepekong is perhaps the best dive site on the East Coast. It offers the chance to see lots of fish, including some larger marine life.
The little village of Amed is located on the north east coast of Bali, about twenty minutes by road east of Tulamben. To the east of the bay there is a dive site with a variety of healthy hard corals, and huge gorgonians. The coral garden starts right off the beach, with staghorn coral and schools of chromis fish. This is also one ofBali’s best snorkelling area. Scuba divers normally hire local fishermen to take them on the short boat ride to the popular local dive sites.
To get to Amed from Denpasar use public transportation to Batubulan terminal, take a bus (medium size) to Amlapura for 2 hours. Then change to a bemo to Amed. The bemo will stop at the village, but the driver may take you to Jemeluk beach, and ask for extra money. Locals don’t pay extra for the 2 km detour. So you will need to negotiate.
With a shipwreck at one end, a dramatic drop-off reef, rich sand slopes and a bank reef in between, this bay can keep a diver happy for weeks. The shipwreck is one of Bali’s most popular dives. Part of the superstructure is even within snorkeling distance of the surface.
The shipwreck area is probably the easiest wreck diving in the world. It was Liberty, a U.S. ship that motored across Lombok Strait in War World II service in 1942. The Ship took a torpedo from a Japanese submarine and went down sitting upright. The shipwreck itself is about 120 meters length and many species of marine life live there. While you explore the wreck it is not uncommon for groups of surgeon fish to swim around with you.
The rocky knoll southeast of town plunges straight down into the sea and coral grows along its face. It has a nice overhang and drops to a sand bottom at just over 60 meters. Tulamben is easily to accessed with bus from amlapura, because the highway between Amlapura and Singaraja is passing through this small village.