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Dive Site: Blue Lagoon, Padang Bai, Bali

One of the most popular dive sites in Padang Bai, Blue Lagoon offers incredible fish life and macro-hunting opportunities.

Only a few minutes by boat from the harbor in Padang Bai, Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular dive sites in the area. This small, protected bay stretches out in front of a beautiful sandy beach and on a good day it offers fantastic visibility and great conditions for all divers.

Nudibranchs such as this Nembrotha Cristata are common at Blue Lagoon, Padang Bai

Diving Blue Lagoon

The shallow part of the site slopes down gently and offers plentiful sandy areas with patches of coral. The central slope in front of the bay is mainly a sandy bottom with coral heads. There are beautiful reefs on each side of the bay, with the north side leading to a gorgeous wall covered in feather stars and vibrating with fish life. The south side has a lot of branching corals and anemones.

The site is a favorite for beginners as it offers easy conditions and navigation. It’s also accessible within minutes of the harbor.

Even with these easy conditions, even the most seasoned divers will enjoy this dive for the sheer variety of fish life they can see. All the area’s common reef fish are here, such as lionfish, scorpionfish, butterflyfish and more.

By looking closer at the sandy bottom, divers will see that this is also a great macro dive site: seahorses, nudibranchs, several species of pipefish, leaf scorpion fish and more live along the sloping bottom. This is a great dive year-round that will satisfy divers of all levels.

Average water temperature: 79 to 82 F (26 to 28 C) from November to May; can drop to 68 F (20 C) from June to October

Average visibility: 33 to 82 feet (10 to 25 m)

When to go: Year-round, preferably a day with small swell

Average depth: 50 feet (15 m)

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