Bali Bloo Lagoon Beach is on the east side of Bali and it took us about 1.5 hours from Kuta just to drive there. But the beach was worth it – it was like a hidden paradise. Bloo Lagoon Beach is clean and water is quite sheer so it’s easy to see what’s underneath. Another good thing, there are not many people there.
Bloo Lagoon Beach located approximately one hour and a half from Denpasar International Airport, Padangbai is a busy port where most people take the ferry to/from Lombok and onwards to the Gilis, Komodo Islands and Flores. With its beautiful setting, small, unspoiled village feel, it must qualify as one of the most attractive port towns in the world. At the northern end of the town sits the eleventh century Pura Silayukti Temple and just beyond it lies the Blue Lagoon, a small white sand beach great for snorkeling, diving and relaxing in the local warungs.
Blue Lagoon Beach is close to Padangbai harbour. Known as an underwater paradise, the water is warm and the marine life is abundant. You may well see clouds of ultraviolet fish daubed with splashes of luminous orange, followed by shoals of black fish with tails shaped like the head of a spanner, you might even see a fish in a leopard-print coat, and if you look carefully, you will notice cleverly camouflaged creatures hiding in the reef crevices. The coastline borders a coral garden where you can snorkel among psychedelic fish. Padangbai is a major harbour for ferries to Lombok as well as for smaller boats to Nusa Penida. It is a very picturesque village, with semi-circular hills surrounding a sparkling blue bay. It is also home to a famous temple, Pura Silayukti, where the Buddhist sage Mpu Kuturan is said to have lived in the 11th century.
Bloo Lagoon Beach is a great beach for snorkeling. The coral reef is right up to the shore and is very pretty. Best way is to enter on the far left side, where there is a coral-less canal that leads to the snorkling site. There are two restaurants with reasonable food, showers, chairs and snorkeling gear. The beach is easily accessible. To reach Blue Lagoon Beach, head east on foot over the prominent headland at the eastern end of the main bay. Follow the signs that say Blue Lagoon. Note that wading through the water can be both frustrating and dangerous due to an abundance of coral and submerged rocks.
There is good snorkeling in the bay, though the snorkeling at the Bloo Lagoon or White Sand Beach is much better. Beware of the current and remember basic safety rules, such as never to snorkel alone and not to swim to far off in a place that you do not know.
Several small shops in the main street of Padang Bai rent snorkeling equipment. They can also organise traditional jukung boats to bring you to the best spots and greatly increase your safety. On a calm day expect lots of fish and great visibility.
Just a few minutes from Padang Bai’s harbor by traditional boats or speedboats. This means Geko Divers come back to shore to enjoy a relaxed surface interval between dives. Great for socialising with your buddies or newly-met friends!
Coral Reef State:
Good variety of hard and soft corals, various types of gorgonians, healthy staghorn corals, huge coral boomies and table corals at White Sand Beach, Tanjung Sari and Blue Lagoon dive sites. Other sites like Secret Jetty or Secret Jepun are muck dive sites and have very little coral cover, but tons of critters. Great for macro lovers and photographers!
Hundreds of species, both large and small, can be observed in a given dive site.
Oriental sweet lips, moray eels, many species of clownfish and anemone fish, napoleon wrasses, trevalies, jackfish, dogtoothe tunas, king mackerels, crocodilefish, lionfish, octopus, pharoah cuttlefish and green turtles.
High chance of seeing sharks (whitetip, blacktip reef, nurse and wobbegong) on some of the dive sites (Tanjung Sari/Shark Point, Ferry Channel).
Macro critters: frogfish, ornate, robust and ghost pipefish, leaf scorpionfish, pygmy seahorses, nudibranches and flabelinas, siagiani squat lobsters, orang-utang crabs, zebra crabs and other rare crustaceans.
Night dives in Blue Lagoon or Tanjung Jepun also feature the appearance of many rare species of fish and crustaceans that hide during the day. Spanish dancers and juvenile leopard sharks are not uncommon.
Mild to moderate (strong when new moon). Usually good conditions for beginners.
Dive conditions are best early in the morning in Padang Bay. Sea can get rough in the afternoon. We recommend divers to come before 8:30AM, if they haven’t booked and want to dive on the day. Of course, it’s always best to book ahead of time!
Whitetip reef sharks, green turtle, rich macro life and great coral reefs!
Night dives, lots of strange crabs, shrimps and lobsters and almost every night in the Blue Lagoon, we have the Spanish dancer.