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Best Diving Spot in Bali

Bali is a great place not just for holiday but also for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can dive in the vicinity of Sanur and in Nusa Dua, but the most exiting scuba-diving locations are in more remote places. Pulau Menjangan in the west is a favorite, as are Candidasa, Padangbai, Tulamben, and Amed in the east. Other spots are Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.

Menjangan Island

The most beautiful unspoiled coral reefs in Bali are off the coast of Pulau Menjangan (“Deer island”). Comprising hundreds of species of coral, these reefs extend 100 to 150m from the shore then drop 40 to 60 m down to ocean floor. Menjangan Island and the nearby mainland are excellent places for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Candidasa

Candi Dasa is a new but rapidly growing beach resort located on the black sand coast of Karangasem Regency. It is the perfect base for explorations of the area, as well as a quieter alternative to the southern tourist centers.

Padang Bai

Padang Bai is a major harbor for ships to Lombok and points east, as well as for smaller boats to Nusa Penida. Padangbai hides great coves and dive spots behind its hills. Just north of Padangbai is the Blue Lagoon, a treasure-trove of marine life. 2 islands (Tepekong and Mimpang) outside the bay, and Biaha a little to the north, offer some of the most breath-taking diving in Bali. However, due to conditions, these 3 sites need to be treated with care and respect. The currents coming from the Lombok Strait create unpredictable water movements that can result in a washing machine effect.

Tulamben

Tulamben is a quiet village on the northeast coast of Bali, facing the Lombok Strait. Divers occasionally meet mola-mola sunfish, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks in the waters off Tulamben. Its biodiversity and location make Tulamben one of the best dive sites in the world. Complete with its own wreck, the USS Liberty, which sank in 1963 when Gunung Agung erupted, the easy access to this wreck adds to the village’s charm.

Amed

Amed reef, this small coral reef lies in depths ranging from 12-22M. In this area you will find many different kinds of sponges and gorgonians and the marinelife includes everything from gobies and shrimp as well as anemones with attendant clownfish to schools of barracuda and Blue Spotted Ray. Many different kinds of parrotfish, angelfish, surgeonfish and moray eel.

Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan, a small island between Bali and Nusa Penida in the Badung Strait, is the perfect location for a dive trip like no other. With seasonal migrations of the Mola Mola and all year round sightings of Manta rays, this is an exceptional location to see prolific marine life.

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.

How to Develop Your Diving Skills

With any skilled pastime, it is important to keep your technique sharp. Many divers only dive once a year (or even less frequently), and it is easy to forget even basic skills during your time off from diving. Honing your skills in sheltered water is a good way to stay proficient.

Varying the Routine

Skills exercises don’t have to be simple drills. Introducing an element of fun or setting an objective can motivate you to train for longer. Games for the pool or sheltered water include “hide the mask,” which forces you to navigate and search without your mask; or you can practice breath control by performing simple exercises without breathing apparatus, such as retrieving objects from the bottom, or swimming through a series of hoops, extending the course as your stamina improves.

1. “Hide the mask” begins with an “OK” signal from the seeker, once the diver who is going to hide the mask has removed it.

2. The seeker closes his eyes while the hider finds a corner of the pool to put the mask in, and returns to signal the seeker to start searching.

3. The seeker opens his eyes and starts to methodically search the pool bottom until the mask is found and replaced.

Removing and Replacing Gear

Familiarity with your basic gear is a vital skill. One exercise that helps to foster confidence in this area is to remove your scuba unit- that is, your BC and breathing apparatus, all fully connected and put it back on underwater, keeping your regulator in your mouth throughout. This exercise should be carried out at the bottom of a pool or in sheltered water, and if you are a beginner or haven’t tried this before, it may be useful to have an instructor present who can guide you through the process. Start by undoing all fastening clips on the front of your BC: and pull your left arm out of it first (even if you are left-handed), using your right arm to pull it around to your right. The BC jacket should now be in front of you, between you and if; tank. Keep the hose for your regulator second stage between your arms (otherwise it may get caught under you shoulder strap when you put the unit back on). Then put the scuba unit back on by reversing the operation.

For an extra challenge, once you have removed your BC, try removing your regulator from your mouth and swimming away to a distance of about 30 ft (10 m), before returning and putting your gear back on again.

Alternatively, try entering the water without your gear, then putting it on while treading water, keeping your head above the surface. This is a much more difficult exercise, and should only be carried out under the guidance of an instructor.