Our number 10 pick of the top ten tourism experiences or things to do in Karangsem is Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. There are a number of locations in Karangasem that provide beginner to experienced snorkelers and scuba divers with great underwater experiences.
You can snorkel amongst coral gardens and around bommies. You can dive on sloping coral, and along and down drop-offs, into caves and canyons. You can drift dive and muck dive. You can dive on a wreck. You will see soft and hard corals, a wide variety of coral reef and pelagic fish, and you may encounter some charismatic megafauna, large, well-known creatures, such as, manta rays and dolphins.
You can access snorkeling sites from beaches and/or via jukungs (traditionally built boats).
You can access dive sites via jukungs, motorised dive boats or motorised sailing vessels.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Karagasem, East Bali
On the south-eastern side of Karangasem Regency are the coastal towns of Padang Bai and Candidasa. Both Padang Bai and Candidasa operators offer snorkeling and diving experiences. From Padang Bai and Candidasa, a range of dive sites is accessible. Between these two towns is the village of Labuan Amuk. Labuan Amuk Bay has great snorkeling and nearby is the famous Blue Lagoon snorkeling and diving site. Another major diving and snorkeling area is on the north-eastern coastline between the villages of Aas and Amed. Further to the north of Amed is the village of Tulamben, known for its wreck dive.
In Padang Bai, there are a number of operators who provide diving tours: Paradise Diving, Bali Moon Dive Center, Blue Lagoon Divers, Equator Dive Center, Absolute Dive Center, Water Worxx Dive Centre, Gekko Dive Center, and the OK Dive Center.
Dive locations adjacent to Padang Bai include Blue Lagoon, Temple, Jepun and Bias Tugul.
Snorkeling opportunities can be had at Jepun and Bais Tugul.
Snorkeling providers are Ketut’s Hideaway and several locals, who you can contact at the beach. A number of Padang Bai and Candidasa operators bring their clients to Labuan Amuk, especially for snorkeling.
A new scuba diving operation is located along Jalan Pantai, Labuan Amuk.
In Candidasa, scuba diving operators include Bali Bubbles, Sub Ocean Bali, Divelite, Benthos Diving, Bali Club Dive School and AquaMarine Diving. A number of dive operators are located within Resort precincts, such as, Shangrila Scuba Divers; or are associated with accommodation venues, such as, Gangga Divers at Lotus Bungalows and Orca Dive Club in front of Puri Bagus Hotel.
From Candidasa, dive operators access the following nearby sites: Biaha, Tekekong and Mimpang. A number of operators will take you to dive sites accessed from Padang Bai as well as Amed.
For those interested in snorkeling, some of the jukung operators will take people snorkeling across the bay to Labuan Amuk sites and Blue Lagoon.
Aas to Amed
Further afield in the north eastern corner of Karangasem Regency is the area between Aas and Amed. The Amed area starts with the village of Aas in the south and continues through the villages of Selang, Lehan, Lipah, Bunutan, and Jemeluk to Amed in the north.
Dive operators include Baliku, Euro Dive, Puri Wirata Resort, Bagus Dive, Amed Scuba Diving, Eco Dive, Jukung Dive, Amed Dive Center, and Scuba Seraya Resort.
Dive sites are located off Selang, Lipah and Jemeluk – lots of fish, soft and hard corals as well as opportunities for exploring coral slopes and drop-offs. Lipah has a Japanese wreck in its bay.
Snorkeling is good at Jemeluk, Lipah, and Selang.
Tulamben is well known for its wreck dive on the Liberty, a US vessel that was torpedoed in 1942. In addition to the Liberty, the bay at Tulamen has drop-offs and coral gardens to explore.
The Liberty is accessible from the shore or from boats. Depending on the conditions and visibility, snorkelers can get to the Liberty by entering the water from the black stone beach.
Dive operators in Tulamben include Tulamben Wreck Divers, at Tulamben Wreck Divers Resort and Matahari Tulamben Resort, Dive and Spa.
Choosing a snorkeling provider or dive operator
When choosing a snorkeling operator and/or guide, check the seaworthiness of the jukung (boat) and motor, the quality of the snorkeling equipment, provision of life jackets, number of guides to snorkelers and check the sea conditions and weather on the day.
Let the guide know your swimming ability. Currents in Bali waters can change from time to time and you need to be realistic in your abilities. Guides should tailor experiences to ability levels.
When choosing a dive operator, check their professional accreditation, standing, reputation, staff experience, their equipment, boat(s) and safety equipment.
Snorkeling and Diving in Karangasem
There are many websites that provide information on snorkeling and diving. Here are a few to get you started:
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