After spending time with Two Fish Divers in Nusa Lembongan and Gili Air, I arrived in Amed for the last part of my PADI Divemaster Training and to complete the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty.
I was happy to explore the wrecks around Amed, including the über famous USAT Liberty (a cargo ship of the US Army torpedoed by the Japanese forces in 1942. It lies at a 5-30 meters depth right off the shore in Tulamben after it slid from the beach it was sitting on during the 1963 Mount Agung‘s eruption) but I became over excited when I learned about a much smaller and recent wreck located just in front of the dive shop!
Amed House Reef
As part of Project AWARE’s Adopt a Dive Site (whereby dive centers commit to carrying out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys, report types and quantities of marine debris found underwater from the same location), Two Fish Amed is in charge of the site located right in front of the shop (aptly named ‘Amed House Reef’).
What was already a great muck diving site populated by adorable creatures (nudibranchs, frogfish, shrimps, crabs, dragon sea moths, cuttlefish, octopus, ribbon eels, garden eels and so much more) became even more interesting when a 40-passenger fast boat sunk (while moored and empty) one night during spring 2019 right in the middle of it; and it’s only about 100 meters from the shore! The wreck is in perfect condition, firmly standing up on a flat sandy bottom at a 25 meters depth and is now filled with fish that quickly made it their new home. A couple of groupers can be found underneath the hull next to a family of clownfish in their anemone, a big moray eel settled in a luggage compartment inside the cabin, small lionfish are chilling on the top deck, while ghost pipefish are hiding close to the ropes within feather stars.
As it is, Amed House Reef is a Divemaster trainees’ dream: a 1-minutes walk from the equipment room, we can simply buddy up and go on our own to squeeze a fun dive in between workshops and pool sessions. We are able to practice our macro spotting skills or fine-tune our modified finning techniques while being greeted by a friendly remora who always seems happy to see us and sticks to our tanks the whole time!
Amed House Reef is also perfect for guests who want to enjoy a chill afternoon or night in-and-out dive (with no time lost on boat or road transportation), in a very intimate atmosphere as there are usually no other divers around or if you want to join – free of charge – the monthly afternoon dive site clean up (which I will work on organizing this coming week – more on that in my next post!)
Do you want to explore Amed House Reef? Are you interested in joining the ranks of scuba diving professionals and becoming a PADI Divemaster in Bali? Did you know that with Two Fish Divers you can choose to carry out your Divemaster training in one of our locations or combine locations to dive even more of Indonesia?
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Blog written by: Marie, Two Fish PADI Divemaster Trainee