Formerly known as the Congkang Reef, the Pyramid dive site is one of the most popular dive sites of Amed, Bali. Located very close to Abyss Dive Center Bali, this site is composed of a natural coral reef enhanced by artificial pyramids made of concrete blocks, sank by Balinese diving associations in 1995. This dive site in Amed can be accessed easily from the beach, which explains why it is also a very popular snorkelling site for tourists and locals. Indeed, some of the pyramids can be seen at a depth of 4-5 meters. So if you ever want to check it out before putting on your diving gear, just rent some snorkelling equipment on the beach and give it a go!
An iconic dive site in Amed
When going diving on the Pyramids dive site of Amed, you can expect to find around 30 hollow pyramids that have been colonised by the local wildlife over the last 20 years. There are two ways to access Pyramids. You can either start from the beach and progress towards the deeper end of the site, or you can board a jukung, a traditional Balinese fishing boat and entry the site from there. If you do this dive from a boat, which is our favourite way, expect an amazing drift dive coming your way!
What will you encounter when diving on Pyramids?
Considering the pyramids have been underwater for a rather extended period of time, a wide population of feather stars and beautiful sea fans has made a home there. This peculiar structure is also a true shelter for juvenile fish, such as juvenile ribbon eels or juvenile emperor angelfish. Frogfish, ghost pipefish and nudibranchs have taken residence there as well. If you have a very good eyesight, you might be able to spot the famous pygmy seahorse clinging to its sea fan. When going further and reaching the natural reef, you might be so lucky as to spot green or hawksbill turtles or even reef sharks, black tips and white tips. Blue-spotted lagoon rays are also known to particularly enjoy staying around this site. Last but not least, a beautiful field of garden eels can be observed at the beginning of the dive.
Can I dive on the Pyramids site?
This beautiful dive site in Amed is opened to divers of all capacities. Our PADI and FFESSM certified instructors will take you and guide you in the sometimes mild currents of this site and you’ll be able to enjoy one of the best aspects of diving in Bali: drift dives. The trick when diving on Pyramids is to know that these structures cut the current and putting yourself behind them makes it possible for you to stop at any time during the dive to observe any species you might want to take a closer look at. Beginner divers can already observe lush wildlife at a minimum depth, considering the first pyramid is only at a depth of 4-5 meters. More experienced divers will be able to access the pyramids set at a depth of 25 meters. However, we don’t use this site for our Discover Scuba Dives because of the presence of currents.
Diving conditions on Pyramids
The exceptional diving conditions in Bali obviously also apply to Pyramids, the water temperature is between 27°C and 30°C all year long. These conditions will allow you to have a pleasant lukewarm dive, only wearing a 3mm shorty or a swimsuit and a shirt. Visibility on this site is almost always perfect and can go up to 40 meters.