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Scuba Diving in Bali, Indonesia

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Dive Site: Secret Bay

Location: Menjangan Island, Bali, Indonesia

Description: Reef

Depth: 2 - 10 metres (6 - 30 feet)

Visibility: 5 - 10 metres (15 - 30 feet)

Rating: ***

Secret Bay is located approximately 3.5 hours drive from Kuta / Legian in a small bay called Teluk Gilimanuk where the ferries from Java dock. It is about 2 km across and very shallow with most of it less than five metres deep. It also contains two small islands. Gilimanuk Bay is the only bay off the narrow Bali Strait, where currents can reach 7 knots. This means that it acts as a catch tank for many larval fish and other plankton sweeping between Java and Bali. On offer are a number of rare jewels for the macro photographer including gobies, dragonets, nudibranchs, seahorses, juvenile Batavia batfish and many other organisms.

The best time to dive is on the incoming high tide. It doesn't matter if it's early or late in the day, as the bay will have filled with clear water, plankton and many other organisms. Night diving at Secret Bay is a truly magnificent experience! You will see some unique creatures that you won't see on the day dive. This is a shallow dive site with no rich coral growth and limited weed and coral beds. The water can be cold and visibility can be very low due to the dark mud/sand bottom.

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