Amed Bali Dive Site
Amed Bali is a small and quiet Bali village that stretches for about ten kilometers on the north-east coast of Bali. Amed with his relaxed atmosphere attracts more and more tourists in search of authenticity. Amed is a home to very beautiful Bali dive sites with a lot of diving variety. Jemeluk Bay is the best known and certainly the most dived Amed location, it offers ideal conditions for beginners to experienced divers with low current and warm water. Diving in Amed is usually done by traditional boat called Jukung.
Relaxed Diving in Amed Bali
Although affected by the El Niño phenomenon at the end of the 90s, the Amed dive sites have kept their splendor below 10 meters and are slowly recovering above. The flora of Amed is the rest of diving in Bali very rich with many hard and soft corals, really nice gorgonians or sea fans, and beautiful sponges including huge barrel sponges. The fauna is as varied as are the Amed dive sites, a myriad of small reef fish but also good macro diving spots on the different substrates that Amed offers. There are also many schools of fish and pelagic. Macro lovers will appreciate Pygmy sea-horses, different kind of ghost pipefish and the large panel of Nudies. On a basic diving trip we will dive the wall of Jemeluk and Pyramids dive site.
Why to dive in Amed Bali dive site?
- Ideal conditions for beginners to experienced divers
- Mild current and warm water
- Interesting experience from diving from a traditional boat called jukung
- Black volcanic sand creates an interesting backdrop for your underwater photography
- Great for macro diving
- Possibility to spot pygmy seahorses
Interesting facts about nudibranchs:
- They are a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which are some of the most colorful creatures on earth.
- There are over 3,000 species of nudibranchs, from very shallow to depths of 2,500 meters.
- Nudies can be found in tropical and temperate seas as well as Antarctica, although they are most common in the shallow waters.
- There have been about 2,300 species of nudibranchs identified by scientists so far and most of them have extraordinary colors and striking forms.
- The word "nudibranch" comes from the Latin “nudus” (naked), and the Greek “brankhia” (gills) and it refers to the fact that they don’t have a shell.
- Nudies feed on all sorts of even smaller animals such as anemones, tunicates, hydroids, sponges, barnacles and even some other species of nudibranchs.
- Some nudibranchs are poisonous while others pretend to be poisonous by their vibrant colors.
- Those that don’t produce their own toxic chemicals used for their defense can often get them for instance from sponges that they feed on.
- Nudibranchs are hermaphrodites which means that they are simultaneously male and female.
- Some nudibranchs are solar-powered, which means that they harvest algae from plants or coral and keep it inside of their bodies while generating energy via photosynthesis.
- The largest nudibranch ever recorded was a 52 cm Spanish Dancer.
- Two ‘horns’ of a nudibranch, on top of the head, are chemical receptors that allow them to find food and mates.
Interesting facts about pygmy seahorses:
- There are two species of pygmy seahorse around Bali, the Bargibanti pygmy seahorse, and the Denise pygmy seahorse.
- These cute animals mimic the color of the sea fans on which they live, making it extremely difficult for divers to spot them.
- When pygmy seahorses are born, they are grey and float around freely. As they grow up, they choose a coral branch onto which they latch and will take its color.
- They will then live their whole life on one sea fan, and if they are removed from it, they will die.
- Pygmy seahorses typically measure less than 2cm in height, which, combined with their natural camouflage, makes them even harder to spot.
- If you wish to photograph a pygmy seahorse, keep in mind that they don’t have eyelids which makes them sensitive to light, so use only natural light.
- Pygmy seahorses usually live in clusters of up to 20 individuals on the same coral and will choose their mating partner among that cluster.
- Pygmy seahorse is an active carnivorous and feeds on parasites of sea fans.
- They belong to the pipefish family.
- These animals already are endangered species according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
For more information about price for two dives in Amed check our price list.