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Fishing

Local fishermen will take you out fishing. Expect to pay between Rp100,000 and Rp200,000 for half a day. Fishermen only fish late at night till first thing in the morning or late afternoon until sunset. Bloo Lagoon can arrange trips with their own fishing boat and are happy to cook up any catch.

Scuba Diving

Amuk Bay -- with Padangbai to the south and Candidasa to the north -- has some of Bali's best diving. This is also Bali's premier location for sharks -- but fear not, as they are mainly reef sharks with some tiger sharks and there have been no attacks reported in recent memory.

The Bloo Lagoon, just north of Padangbai, is the only site best suited for beginners, with its gentle white sand slope. Plus, it's a treasure-trove of marine life that includes reef sharks, rhinopias, cuttlefish, leaf scorpion fish, frogfish, lionfish, nudis, and a huge area of stag horn coral. Excellent night diving will expose you to cat sharks, Spanish dancers, crustaceans, basket stars, and hunting cephalopods.

Mimpang is an area with three rock pinnacles that break the surface and which, at the southern, deeper end (known as Shark Point), offers a spectacular wall with profuse corals, fish, and the opportunity to see pelagics.

The breathtaking Tepekong, a 300m-long (984-ft.) rock, is for experienced divers only due to the steep walls, cold water, and strong currents. In Tepekong's famous canyon, with its swirling waters and dramatic, craggy walls, are huge schools of sweetlips, maybe Mola-Mola (ocean sunfish), white-tip reef sharks, and turtles.

Gili Biaha, a little to the north, offers some of Bali's most stunning diving. A vast number and a great diversity of fish, sharks, and frequent pelagic visitors live against a backdrop of chiseled black walls with beautiful, healthy corals and often superb visibility. Diving here is best at slack, high tide.

The currents at Mimpang, Tepekong, and Biaha require care and respect: Not only can a gentle current become a torrential river within a matter of minutes, but both up and down currents are quite common at these sites.

Having recently been awarded the GoEco operator status, Geko Dive, Jl. Silayukti (tel. 0363/41516; www.gekodive.com), is now one of only eight dive operators in Bali to merit this award. Established in 1997, and catering to both beginners and professionals, they offer a full range of PADI certification courses, dive assistance, and dive-and-accommodation packages. Expect to pay between US$60 and US$100 for two dives with lunch, dive computer, and local transfers.

Waterworx, Jl. Silayukti (tel. 0363/41220 office, 08/11375889 mobile; www.waterworxbali.com) offers diving and snorkeling in the area and around Nusa Penida. The SSI registered dive school has a great team that offers courses in English, French, and German. They offer courses for both PADI and SSI and offer free local pickup. Two dives, including equipment and drinks, cost between US$60 and US$105.

If you're in Seminyak and you want to dive in Padangbai, contact AquaMarine Diving, Jl. Raya Petitenget 2A (tel. 0361/738020; fax 0361/738021; www.aquamarinediving.com; US$75-US$105).

Snorkeling

Padangbai has some of the best snorkeling in the east including some great places for kids to enjoy themselves without the strong currents that besiege most of Bali. Local warungs along the beaches hire out snorkel gear. One of the safest spots to snorkel is in front of the main beach. However, this beach can get quite crowded so you may wish to head for Pantai Kecil, otherwise known as Bias Tugal, to the west of the village. There are a few warungs here where you can have a simple meal and get a traditional massage. At least one new development is currently under construction up on the hill but don't let it put you off. Bloo Lagoon is also another, near-perfect small bay with some great snorkeling.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.