Enjoy a scuba diving adventure! This bay is one of the busiest bays in Bali, where the public ferry crosses from Bali to Lombok white sandy beach. There are several diving points that are worth exploring such as Blue Lagoon, Padang Bay Channel, Tanjung Bungsil and Jepun.
The Blue Lagoon is a very small bay where dense sea grasses grow and boulder rocks are covered with soft corals and Hydroids. The reef extends towards Turtle’s Neck. It is a steep slope reef exposed to the channel with table-shaped coral and a variety of Crinoids major structure of the slope. At the hook of the slope stands hard Dome corals at 15 meters, with its huge floppy sponges, swarm number of cleaning shrimps, Black Frogfishes, Leaf Scorpion fishes and others unusual animals.
At Jepun, there is a small temple at the rocky cliff on the coastline, Pura Jepun. The descending reef starts up the current offshore from where the temple sits. The first 2 to 3 meters is reef then continues a wide sloping terrace, falling off significantly where giant Anemones and Crinoids of varying colour and many other reef fishes live.
We will venture to Tanjung Bungsil where the boat will anchor to get the divers prepared. Descending to the slope bottom, up to 20 meters spur into the bay, you will see soft corals and rocky boulders covering coral reef. Reef sharks often spotted.
To dive at the Padang Bai Channel, we start descending from the buoy close to the ferry dock. You will see scattered boulder rocks, bommies, colourful hard corals, soft corals, a number of Crinoids and a variety of tropical reef fishes. Turtles are frequently seen on this steeply slope reef that runs to 30 meters deep. The current is sometimes unpredictable changing its strength and direction that pushes into deep water.