Critter Paradise Bali0
By Danny Byland
Most people know Bali for its party tourism in the South and as hub for many exotic dive destinations in Eastern Indonesia. Very few people know that Bali has fantastic diving to offer in the North East of Bali, especially for critter lovers.
The underwater world in Bali offers a great variety of species. Located in the southwestern part of the coral triangle, the richness of the coral reefs is unique. More than 3.500 species have been discovered here.
The Indonesian current is in charge of transporting plankton to the reefs around Bali. This very important current transports the water from the Pacific Ocean, via Java and Banda Sea, to the Indian Ocean. This optimal geographic situation guarantees the great diversity of fish, coral, and critters; including nudibranchs, rhinopias, ghost pipe fish, cowries, boxer crabs, mimic octopus, wonderpus and many more.
The muck diving can absolutely be compared to the Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi, and most critters can also be found in North East Bali.
One of many rare critters which can be frequently found is the Rhinopias (a genus of scorpion fish). The holy grail for underwater photographers is being continuously spotted in different species (Rhinopias Eschmeyer & Rhinopias Frondosa) and colors.
Alam Batu Beach Bungalow Resort is a beautiful and comfortable dive resort in North East Bali and also an outstanding place for macro photographers. Our dive guides are great at spotting micro critters such as pygmy sea horses and other small species.
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