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Just one and a half hours journey by road lies the region of Candidasa, a short trip by local boat will take you to the tiny islands listed below. Click on a site for more details.

A word of Caution - These sites must only be attempted with a guide/instructor very familiar with the sites as currents can be treacherous and change within seconds. Of course your Global Aquatic Instructor is a seasoned and very experienced guide of these sites.

 

The highlights of Candidasa area are:

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Gili Mimpang

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Gili Tepekong

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Gili Biaha

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Gili Selang

 

 

Gili Mimpang - Shark point

 

Shark Point, a few hundred meters south west of Gili Tepekong, is also know as Gili Mimpang. This site consists of four small rocks peeking out from the ocean and easily visible from Candidasa.

Dives start by dropping in off the boat close to the central rock and descending down to 26 meters, here you have the opportunity to view a family of white tip reef sharks resting after a period of activity feeding in the currents. Should you not see them on the sand then a glance towards the rock might find them swimming overhead.
 

Cleaning station: Moving away from the sharks we come to a massive coral head with an abundance of sweetlips, napoleon wrasse and morays. This coral head is sometimes used by manta rays as a cleaning station, watch out for them!

Continuing on from here currents permitting we can cross the small channel to the next set of rocks where cuttlefish mingle with more patrolling sharks. Should a suitable current allow, divers can then hitch a ride to the other side of the rocks where tiny baby white tips frolic around the table corals.

 

Gili Mimpang - Facts & Figures

 

Reeftype: Sandy with interesting rock formations
Visibility: Good to excellent, 15 to 35 metres
Current: Can be tricky, a good guide is essential
Coral: Good assortment, both hard and soft
Fish: Good shark numbers and the opportunity to see mantas
Highlights: Sharks of course
 

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Gili Tepekong

 

Another of the islands in Amuk Bay is Gili Tepekong, clearly visible from the resort of Candidasa. Probably the most well known dive in this area, Tepekong screams excitement. This islands gets stronger currents and colder water than other areas. Coral cover is minimal due to the currents but the upside of this is Tepekong's attraction of schools of Sweetlips, Groupers, Sharks and assorted pelagics.
 

The Canyon: One part of Tepekong is the famous "Canyon". This dramatic undersea gorge situated off a corner of the island offers a swirling ride through it's rocky seascapes. It can be a bit tricky though, our staff will give expert advice on tides and currents etc.

The rocky cobbled walls of Tepekong, similar to all of these eastern offshore islands offer the diver a chance to view a huge number of the larger species, including Bumphead Parrotfish, Napoleon Wrasses and a good supply of sharks.

 

Gili Tepekong - Facts & Figures

 

Reeftype: Rocks and boulders dropping down around the perimeter
Access: This site is the same as Gili Biaha, a boat is taken from either Candidasa or the very pretty Prasi Beach
Visibility: Generally excellent, 35 metres +
Current: Can be tricky, especially around the Canyon
Coral: Good flat hard coral growth
Fish: Excellent, especially larger varieties
Highlights: The Canyon

 

 

 

 

Gili Biaha

 

Gilli Biaha is situated at the northern end of what is called "Amuk Bay" on Bali's eastern coast. This island is just a large grass covered rock a few hundred meters from the mainland.

Biaha is another of those wild sites, not dived a great deal, but well worth the effort.

Legend has it that the rock was trying to escape from the island but was brought back by an alert duck herder. The Balinese like to call the island "Likuan". Likuan means "tail of the duck".


Ringing most of the island is a steep but terracing drop-off with cobbled walls and slopes in parts. Marine life here, and also at Selang and Tepekong, is a little different from other sites on the island. Some fish that are rare in other places seem to be quite common here. Sharks put in quite a few appearances too.

Access to Biaha is by boat either from Candidasa, the main town on the east coast, or from the beaches at Prasi which are closer. There are two of these, both are very pretty and are nearly always deserted. Currents and swell can be tricky here.

 

Gili Biaha - Facts & Figures

 

Reef type: Walls, cobbles slopes
Visibility: Generally very good
Current: Can be very tricky, not for the inexperienced
Coral: Good numbers of hard and soft
Fish: Some species found here and nowhere else on Bali
Highlights: Spectacular reef and remote location
Other: The beaches of Prasi

 

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Gili Selang

 

On Bali's extreme north eastern tip, where currents from the Badung Straight meet the waters of the Java Sea, sits a small, almost circular island, Gili Selang. While not strictly speaking a proper island (it is possible to cross to it along a submerged rocky causeway at any state of the tide), at first glance from the hills above the bay it looks like a great dive site.

 

Currents rushing around the seaward side of the island make this a thrilling drift no matter what their direction. On either side of Selang there are stunning coral gardens teeming with marine life. The water here is very slightly colder than on other dives in this area, therefore the warming effect that has damaged many corals worldwide has not happened here.

Dropping into these coral gardens divers make their way into deeper water to take an current assisted ride around the rocky wall.
 

Watch out, you can spot almost anything here from Hammerheads to Mantas to Leopard Sharks. There is a good concentration of White Tip Sharks and we have heard stories of many other sightings not normal in Bali.

 

Gili Selang - Facts & Figures

 

Reef type: Soft and hard coral gardens (some of the best on Bali) gradually sloping seaward to a rocky wall with abundant hard corals
Visibility: Normally excellent (15 meters to 35 meters)
Current: Can be tricky for inexperienced divers, staff will advise
Coral: Excellent - hard and soft
Fish: Excellent, big and small
Highlights: Swirling drift dives and coral quality in shallow water
Other: Access can be difficult but there is a chance of spotting the shipwreck. Many unexplored areas. This is definitely for the more adventurous diver.

 

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