Great for both novice and experienced divers, the Blue Lagoon is a protected bay with something to offer for everyone. The dive begins on a plateau of sand at around 5-metres depth, from here you have the option to stay shallow and explore coral bommies or to venture down a sandy slope to a depth of 20-metres. The option to stay shallow makes the Blue Lagoon a great option for dive courses. Where the bay ends a fantastic wall begins, coloured with feather stars and a large array of crustaceans. During a night dive at the Blue Lagoon, you are likely to see crabs and shrimps as Spanish Dancers sway in the ocean.
At Tanjung Jepun, descend down onto an intact speed boat wreck. Searching the artificial reef in this dive site you may come upon frogfish, leaf scorpionfish and an array of vibrant nudibranch. Another Padang Bai dive site home to unusual macro creatures is The Jetty. Very much a muck dive, look past the rubbish that covers the sandy bottom to uncover scorpionfish, weedy rhinopias, giant frogfish, warty frogfish, flying gurnards, dragonets, stonefish, bent stick pipefish, and many others - the list really is endless! Explore the gorgonian-covered concrete pillars of the abandoned pier, which now acts as a refuge to these wonderful creatures, as trevallies hunt schools of batfish and bannerfish in the area.
Bias Tugal, is a shallow dive at only 10-metres, creating the perfect space for novice divers to complete dive courses. The calm shallows are full of hard corals and large coral bommies which are great for searching for cuttlefish, octopus, pygmy seahorse and crocodile fish. It is possible for more experienced divers to dive to around 30 to 40-metres but currents can be tricky here. Look around the coral bommies while keeping an eye out to the blue for a passing eagle ray or a turtle cruising by.
For adrenaline seekers, head to The Channel dive site situated just in front of Padang Bai beach. Only two minutes from the beach by boat, descend onto an interesting coral plateau at about 18-metres deep. Dependant on the force of the current, there are numerous small caves you can search where you’ll discover white-tip reef sharks resting during the day. Reef sharks can also be found gliding in the current and if you are very lucky, you may find yourself in the presence of a mola mola basking in the force of the ocean and the nutrient-rich waters it brings.