Secret Bay

Bali, Pacific
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Secret Bay

Secret Bay is about 2km wide and very shallow (3-12m). It contains two small islands and has some areas of mangrove. Secret Bay is the only bay off the narrow Bali Strait, where currents can reach 7 knots. A reef lying just outside the mouth of the bay creates a channel through which these waters flow, and this is what makes Gilimanuk an extremely interesting dive site. Strong tidal currents mean that Secret Bay's fish and invertebrates are extremely healthy, colourful and well-fed (and that the water here is colder at Bali's other dive sites, about 25 degrees). Entering the bay from the channel the bottom is fine black volcanic sand. The channel contains no coral although the sides are scattered with bommies full of angel fish, butterfly fish, schools of razor fish and tiny reef fish, including cardinal fish and multitudes of damselfish. The best time to dive is on an incoming tide or around high tide, it doesn’t matter if it is early or late in the day, as the bay will have filled with clear water from the Bali Strait. Gilimanuk Bay contains many rare macro-photography subjects, including nudibranches, gobies, crustaceans, dragonets, abundant seahorses and pipefish, juvenile Batavia batfish, large areas of long-spined sea urchins with clingfish, and many other organisms. At other sites it is difficult to see juvenile marine life as they hide to avoid predators. However as the bay is shallow and there are very few large fish juveniles in Secret Bay have very little to hide from. Night diving at Secret Bay is a unique experience! You can see cephalopods of all shapes and sizes, crustaceans wandering in search of dinner and other weird and wonderful creatures. While Bali offers great diversity of dive sites Gilimanuk Bay is unique within Bali. It is the very definition of muck-diving. No rich coral reefs, no depth to speak of, it is a site for macro-photographers, and maybe for recreational divers looking for something different from the norm. From southern Bali (Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Denpasar) drive via Tabanan to Soka. Then follow the coast road via Medewi to Negara. From Negara head to Gilimanuk, from where you can shore dive at Secret Bay. The drive takes about 3-3.5 hours.
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Bali Hai Diving Adventures Menjangan
Bali Hai Diving Adventures Menjangan
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Mimpi Resort Menjangan
Mimpi Resort Menjangan
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Abyss Ocean World
Abyss Ocean World
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Phocea Bali
Phocea Bali
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Reef Seen Divers' Resort
Reef Seen Divers' Resort
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Bali Diving Academy - Pemuteran
Bali Diving Academy - Pemuteran
Jl Singaraja-seririt, desa loka segara
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Arrows Dive
Arrows Dive
Jln Mawar, Lovina
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Intrinity Divers
Intrinity Divers
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AquaMarine Diving - Bali
AquaMarine Diving - Bali
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Adventure Scuba Diving Bali
Adventure Scuba Diving Bali
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David Yang
David Yang
Dec 13, 2005, 12:00 AM
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Secret Bay is right besides the ferry terminal in Gilimanuk. It's almost a wasteland at first glance. There is a diving facility there run by Dive & Dive, but, if you don't dive through them, things can get rough -- no water to rinse, for example. The most important thing while diving here is to make sure you go in during high tide or you're diving blind! Vis drop down to 1m at low tide. But the critter life is phenomenal. I did a 2.5 hr night dive here since it was so good. You literally sweep your light back and forth and you'd discover new or rare things every time you look. Again, dive during high tide!!!
Originally posted on shorediving.com
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