Located on Bali's east coast just south of Candidasa, Amuk Bay is the start point for dives at Tepekong, Gili Mimpang and Gili Biaha, some of Bali's very best diving. This is one of the best areas to see mola molas.
Tepekong is a small, just a few hundred metres wide, rocky islet that has deep water all around and is exposed to strong currents. It is therefore not a beginners dive site but for experienced divers who are happy to be swept along in a 5 knot current of cold water the rewards are crystal clear water and the chance to encounter reef sharks and schools of pelagic fish like blue fin trevally and rainbow runners.
The canyon on the south west of Tepekong is exposed to the strongest currents which can pull downwards and this is the best place to see reef sharks. The canyon starts at 25m deep and is framed by hard and soft corals.
The northeastern side offers more protection from the currents and has some impressive hard coral formations on the boulders down to 25m. Napoleon wrasse can sometimes be seen here. On the east side of the island a wall down to 40m has impressive coral, seafans, crinoids and fish life.
Gili Mimpang, also called Batu Tiga (three rocks) is located 2 kilometres south east of Amuk Bay. It is another strong current dive site that is great fun for experienced divers. Reef sharks are common around the rocks and oceanic sunfish can also be seen here. Patches of table coral are home to sweetlips and moorish idols. Barrel sponges are home to lionfish and bearded scorpionfish.
Bumphead parrotfish can be seen smashing up coral with their huge teeth and schools of friendly longfin batfish can be seen in the blue water. Pink squat lobsters and banded boxer shrimps are some of the more many macro critters on display. Maximum depth is 30m.
Gili Biaha is located north of Amuk Bay and is another dive site for experienced divers only. Currents can be extreme and surge can force divers up and down. Rough surface conditions can also be a challenge. The cave on the east side of the ilsand is home to several white tip reef sharks. Lobsters also fill the cave. Outside the cave the wall is covered in hard and soft corals, gorgonian seafans and barrel sponges. Lionfish and moray eels are prolific. Large schools of red tooth triggers are resident. Also look for smaller critters such as mantis shrimps and nudibranchs.