Top 4 Pemuteran dive sites
Written by Nicolas Singre
The small town of Pemuteran is located in the North-West of Bali, near Java. This is where our dive center Abyss Ocean World is based and operates the most. There are many dive sites in the bay for the great pleasure of scuba divers and this list is made to give you a taste of it. Note that this list is not a rank from the best to the least interesting one. This is just a top of the four most interesting dive sites to be discovered in priority according to our experience.
1. Napoleon Reef
This underwater seamount has the best coral of the bay in term of health, density and diversity. It was named after the great number of napoleon fishes observed there, unfortunately not so many remains today. The very top is 4m deep and it goes in every direction down to 30m on a gentle slope before reaching white sand. The shallow part is mostly covered with hard coral which is slowly replaced by soft coral as you go deeper. You can find different kind of sponges sometime hosting some frogfishes, lots of gorgonian seafans, lots of different colorful nudibranch, ringed pipefishes, dozens of scorpions, moray eels and of course some napoleons. A big school of blue fin trevallies is often seen on the top part of the hill. Amateurs of aquarium ambiance and macro life… this dive site will please you!
2. Temple Wall
Have you ever dreamed of doing some archeology while scuba diving? Located at the western boundary of Pemuteran bay, there are 2 man-made sections incorporated to the reef. Start the dive following the mooring from the surface down to a sandy bottom at 30m where you will find a Balinese temple. The entry door, walls and statues was built in 2004 against a giant rock. Behind that rock is a wall that you will follow to access the second stage consisting of gods statues placed in circle on a plateau at 15m. On these constructions, you can find a lot of macro life. After the years, some parts of the temple collapsed and the marine life took over making you feel like some sort of scuba diving Indiana Jones discovering an antique lost archeological site.
3. Deep Reef
This seamount is called “deep” because of its shallowest part found at 12m. It is smaller a smaller site than Napoleon Reef and goes down deeper and on steeper slopes. This place is a paradise for macro life and some very specific species can be found there such as nudibranch “phyllodesmium” or the “halgerda batangas”. On one side of the reef, at around 20 to 25m you can find electric fire clams. Among others, you can observe many varieties of shrimps (squat, mushroom coral, boxer, saraswati… and even the magnificent mantis), cuttle fish, octopus, devil stinger and other scorpionfish.
Located on the eastern side of the Bay, the Jetty is the “muck dive” site of Pemuteran. Don’t expect to find coral in this place but only sand and debris where very particular marine species lives. If you are not familiar with this type of dive check our blog to learn more about it. Concrete blocks with mooring lines and all kind of debris (natural or not) became houses for fantastic marine species. You can be looking for: different types of pipefish, robust and ornate ghost pipefish, frogfishes (giant and painted), upside down jellyfish, common seahorse, flying gurnard and different kinds of shrimps and nudibranch (among many others…). If you have never tried muck dive before, the Jetty of Pemuteran is the best place to start.
Our professional diving team at Abyss Ocean World knows very well these sites as we dive there every day so join us if you want to discover the best of their beauty and secrets.