HD Video of Scuba Diving in Bali
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Highlights of a scuba diving expedition I made to Bali in September 2007 with AquaMarine Diving. The video starts with footage of the wreck of the USAT Liberty which was torpedoed by the Japanese off Lombok and beached at Tulamben. In 1963 the last eruption of Mount Agung caused the shipwreck to slide deeper into the sea where she lies today. The famous school of bigeye trevally circle above the wreck, while a great barracuda lurks under the stern. Sweetlips and garden eels inhabit the dark volcanic sand above the wreck. Green humphead parrotfish shelter inside the wreck at night.
We then move to Crystal Bay on Nusa Penida where mola mola come to get cleaned by bannerfish.
Also at Nusa Penida we meet schooling pyramid bannerfish at Ped and a whitetip reef shark at SD.
We encounter a Goniobranchus tinctorius nudibranch at Gili Mimpang and a broadclub cuttlefish at Gili Tepekong.
For many, Tulamben offers the best diving in Bali, and Coral Garden delivers a feast of macro subjects including ornate ghost pipefish, ribbon eels, various nudibranchs, an Oates soft coral crab, crinoid squat lobster, ridged egg cowrie and clownfish.
Also at Tulamben, dive on the Drop-off typically start and end at The River which invariably offers fantastic macro subjects. Here we find short sea moths and different shrimps and nudibranchs.
Around the corner from Tulamben, Seraya Secrets is Bali diving at it's best. Various shrimps are found here, including a stunning pair of harlequin shrimp feasting on starfish in the shallows. Few dive sites in the world match the variety of nudibranchs that can be found at Seraya Secrets, and other surprises like a black painted frogfish and striped eel catfish are in residence.
Finally we move to Puri Jati, one of Bali's relatively recent discovered diving spots. On the gently-sloping sand we find numerous critters including dwarf lionfish, an orange-and-black dragonet, a long-rayed sand diver and long-rayed sand divers and a coconut octopus.
This video was shot in 1080-50i HDV with my Sony HVR-Z1P camera and is delivered here in 720p HD.
Here is a full list of species and dive sites in the video:
USAT Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, Bali
0:00 - Stern at dusk
0:04 - Bigeye trevallies, Caranx sexfasciatus, schooling over the wreck
0:16 - Humphead parrotfish, Bolbometopon muricatum, at night, defecating
0:20 - Great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda
0:29 - Bigeye trevallies, Caranx sexfasciatus
0:37 - Diagonal-banded sweetlips, Plectorhinchus lineatus
0:40 - Dusky garden eels, Heteroconger enigmaticus
Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida
0:46 - Bommie of lobed pore coral, Porites lobata
0:49 - Coral reef with mushroom leather corals, Sarcophyton trocheliophorum
0:52 - Ocean sunfish, Mola mola
"PED", Nusa Penida0:59 - Pyramid butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys polylepis
1:03 - "PED", Nusa Penida
"SD", Nusa Penida
1:07 - Whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus
1:13 - Red-netted Goniobranchus, Goniobranchus tinctorius, (sea slug / nudibranch)
1:15 - Broadclub cuttlefish, Sepia latimanus
Blue Lagoon, near Padangbai, Bali
1:18 - Leaf scorpionfish, Taenianotus triacanthus
1:21 - Chamberlain's Nembrotha, Nembrotha chamberlaini, (sea slug / nudibranch) on golden sea squirt, Polycarpa aurata
Pura Jepun, near Padangbai, Bali
1:25 - Magnificen Chromodoris, Chromodoris magnifica, (sea slug / nudibranch)
1:28 - Porcelain anemone crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus, on Haddon's carpet anemone, Stichodactyla Haddoni
"Coral Garden", Tulamben, Bali
1:33 - Humpback red snapper, Lutjanus gibbus
1:36 - Scrawled filefish, Aluterus scriptus
1:39 - Ornate ghost pipefish, Solenostomus paradoxus
1:53 - Multi-pustuled Mexichromis, Mexichromis multituberculata (sea slug)
1:56 - Redspotted sandperch, Parapercis schauinslandi, & multi-pustuled Mexichromis, Mexichromis multituberculata (sea slug)
2:00 - Bullock's Hypselodoris, Hypselodoris bullocki (sea slug / nudibranch)
2:07 - Bullock's Hypselodoris, Hypselodoris bullocki (sea slug / nudibranch)
2:13 - Anna's Chromodoris, Chromodoris annae (sea slug / nudibranch)
2:19 - Ridged egg cowry, Diminovula culmen
2:22 - Soft coral crab, Hoplophrys oatesi
2:25 - Baba's squat lobster, Allogalathea babai, in crinoid (feather star)
2:30 - Male ribbon Eel, Rhinomuraena quaesita
2:39 - Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris
2:42 - Domino damsel, Dascyllus trimaculatus, in bubble-tip anemone, Entacmaea quadricolor
2:47 - Broadclub cuttlefish, Sepia latimanus, takes egg sack
2:51 - Swallowtail cardinalfish, Rhabdamia cypselura
2:55 - Finger sponge
2:57 - Durban hinge-beak shrimp, Rhynchocinetes durbanensis
3:02 - Pacific clown anemone shrimp, Periclimenes brevicarpalis
3:06 - Funeral slug, Jorunna rubescens (sea slug / nudibranch)
3:10 - Short dragonfish, Eurypegasus draconis
Seraya Secrets, just around the corner from Tulamben in north-east Bali
3:16 - Ocellated wart slug, Phyllidia ocellata (sea slug)
3:21 - Zephyr Hypselodoris, Hypselodoris zephyra (sea slug / nudibranch)
3:30 - Painted Hypselodoris, Hypselodoris infucata (sea slugs / nudibranchs) mating
3:38 - Girdled Glossodoris, Glossodoris cincta (sea slug / nudibranch)
3:46 - Yamasu's Cuthona, Cuthona yamasui (sea slug)
3:51 - Sea whip gobies, Bryaninops sp.
3:54 - Painted frogfish, Antennarius pictus
4:03 - Juvenile monocle bream, Scolopsis sp.
4:07 - Striped eel catfish, Plotosus lineatus
4:12 - Bongo shrimp, Phyllognathia ceratophthalma
4:17 - Common mantis shrimp, Pseudosquilla ciliata
4:21 - Hydroid shrimp, Rapipontonia galene
4:24 - Harlequin shrimp, Hymenocera elegans
4:33 - Fire urchin, Asthenosoma varium
4:35 - Urchin shrimp, Allopontonia brockii
Puri Jati on the north coast of Bali
4:40 - Blue-spotted urchin, Astropyga radiata & dwarf lionfish, Dendrochirus brachypterus
4:42 - Dwarf lionfish, Dendrochirus brachypterus
4:47 - Orange-and-black dragonet, Synchiropus kuiteri
4:53 - Saddleback clownfish, Amphiprion polymnus, fighting domino damsels, Dascyllus trimaculatus
5:00 - Saddleback clownfish, Amphiprion polymnus
5:02 - Swimming crab, Carupa sp.
5:05 - Bullseye cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides nigripinnis
5:09 - Long-rayed sand diver, Trichonotus elegans
5:15 - Bluespotted cornetfish, Fistularia commersonii
5:21 - Ocellated Tozeuma shrimp, Tozeuma lanceolatum
5:27 - Veined octopus (coconut octopus), Amphioctopus marginatus
5:32 - Blunt arm sea stars, Pentaster obtusatus