Diving Bali: A Little Piece of Paradise Above and Below the Surface

Bali is primarily known as an exotic holiday destination with beautiful beaches, interesting culture and stunning nature. It is easy to get to and has substantially increased in popularity in the past couple of years. It is still often disregarded as a dive destination, however. As a real cool dive location needs to be remote, right.

One of the Richest Coral Reefs in the World

For years we have been to Indonesia for our diving holidays; Sulawesi, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), you name it. Indonesia’s marine life and reefs are one of the richest in the world and quite affordable once you are there. About 6 years ago we decided to take the plunge and try Bali as well. A decision we have never regretted. The combination of the diversity underwater and the interesting culture above water, make this a top destination. Now, many holidays and dives later, we even have our own dive center here.

But what makes Bali so special. Recently, I read in a Dutch book of the WWF that the coral triangle starts at Bali. “The Coral Triangle is the absolute top of all coral reefs in the world. Nowhere in the world is the diversity greater than in this relatively unknown area between Bali, the Philippines and the Solomon islands.” A statement I can only agree with as Bali has something to offer for each type of diver. For the novice diver and the more adventurous diver, the diver who likes to look at the small marine life and the diver who enjoys the big stuff.

Diving with Manta Rays: a Breathtaking Experience

One of the highlights of diving on Bali is without a doubt a dive site called Manta Point. Manta Point is located near Nusa Penida – an island just off the coast of Bali with a wealth of dive spots. During this dive you just hover in the water at about 5 meters depth. Swimming around is not necessary as all the action happens around one main rock. It will vary each time, but you can encounter groups of 8-10 manta rays here. The rock functions as a cleaning station and the manta rays circle around this area, often in beautiful formations. A breathtaking experience. At times, the manta rays come so close you could touch them.

My most impressive dive here, took place about a year ago. After having marveled at the manta rays for a significant amount of time, together with my husband and another diver, we decided it was time to call it a day. By that time, we were the only divers left. When we swam back to the boat, away from the rock, we were followed by a group of 7 manta rays. In formation, they circled around the three of us at a distance of less than a meter. It felt like some kind of goodbye. It absolutely took my breath away and for me personally, one of my best dives ever. And Manta Point is just one of the many dive sites on Bali. There are over 100 dive spots, so you will never be bored.

An Ideal Combination of Diving, Culture and Beaches

As Bali not only offers stunning marine life, but also culture, beautiful nature and beaches, it is an ideal holiday destination for anyone who wants to do more than just diving. Couples who don’t both dive can both enjoy themselves here. Or if you are looking to do just a few dives and relax on the beach, Bali is the perfect location for you. So my advice to all divers: don’t ignore Bali when planning your next dive holiday as you will miss out on one of the top dive destinations in the world.

Things to Do in Beautiful Bali

When you are planning a vacation, you want the kind that you will never forget. Some people will opt to go to mountains and jungles and the like while others will want to bask in the sun while enjoying sand that is as fine as powder. If you cannot make up your mind about which activity you would like to do, why not to take your vacation in a place that will let you do both things? You may think that such a place does not exist and if you really do think that then you have never heard about the magical island of Bali.

This wonderful little slice of paradise can be found in Indonesia and you can bet that tourists go crazy for everything that this magnificent vacation spot has to offer. There was a time that tourism sort of floundered because of a tsunami but you can rest assured that everything is well now and you can enjoy all that Bali has to offer.

When you go to this little piece of paradise, you can bet that you can spend your days doing things that you will remember for things to come. One of the things that tourists love to do when they are in Bali is to go dolphin watching; there are days that you won’t see any dolphins but most of the time, one or two of them will surface and show off some trips. You may have a budget set aside and if you are not picky you can stay at a cheap Hotel Bali has plenty of those. A cheap hotel Bali has in numbers and they are all very clean and nice if not overly fancy and the most amazing thing about them is that they are very cheap so you have more money to spend on things that you like.

Another thing that you can do while you are there is to look at the things that they have displayed inside their textile museum. You may wonder what in the world a textile museum is for and if you are in Indonesia, you may have noticed that they have the Batik style of dying their textiles. This is high art for them and one glance at this Batik and you will understand why. So remember, cheap hotel Bali is the way to go if you want to save more money for things that are way more fun.

What to Do in Bali

Bali is a small island covering an area of approximately 5000 square kilometers. This island is volcanic and there are a number of volcanic peaks especially around the center of the island. The southern part of this island is mostly flat and this region is actually where lots of tourist attractions are located. Bali is one of the top tourist destinations as it boasts of wonderful beaches, rich culture, art and scenic sites and views all over. People visit this exotic island for different reasons and as such there are numerous hotels and other establishments where they can stay and relax while engaging in numerous fun activities.

Bali is the ideal location for a vacation mainly because it offers some of the most beautiful, isolated and private accommodation facilities. There are a number of hotels and restaurants for all types of visitors. Regardless of your budget you are sure to find decent accommodation on this island. Some of the top hotels in this island include; the Laguna spa resort, the Chedi club, the spa village resort and the kupu Kupu Barong villas and Tree spa. These hotels tend to be more expensive but you are sure to have an experience worth the amount you pay.

There are numerous fun activities for all types of individuals visiting Bali. Some of the best scuba diving hot spots in this island include; Nusa Dua, Amed and Tulamben. Those who love surfing are set to enjoy the exotic surfing beaches in Bali. Golfers are not left unattended in this wonderful location as there are three world class 18-hole championship golf courses in this island. Another fun activity is Paragliding over the spectacular coastline of Bali. This small island has many biking trails that are well marked making it easier and more enjoyable for visitors of this wonderful island. Those who visit Bali with the sole purpose of relaxing and alleviating stress will not be disappointed as there are numerous spa locations that offer massage therapy.

Those who love art and historical sites will find the numerous Hindu temples all across the island fascinating. Four major tours that one will definitely enjoy include; the famous Uluwatu Half day tour where you will be able to visit the Kayangan Jagat temple; the Besakih Mother temple tour which takes the whole day allowing you to visit the Bat Holy cave and the Pura Besakih which is the largest temple in the island; the bikeBaik tours that takes you through the countryside and the rice farms; and finally the West Bali National Park tour where you enjoy activities like bird watching and trekking.

Bali boast of some of the most exotic beaches that are usually full during the summer season as this is usually the peak of tourism to this island. Very few people visit Bali during the wet/winter season. If you intend to spend less and still enjoy all the beaches of Bali the wet season would be ideal for you as the beaches are less congested and the environment is silent and cool.