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Information About Scuba Diving in Bali

Bali is an Indonesian island lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts. In the recent years, it has become the famous spot of scuba divers. Bali has been voted as one among the top ten dive locations in the world by a Scuba diving magazine. Scuba diving in Bali is a real treat with the warm, tropical waters and the myriad of rainbow colored fish that swim through it at all hours of the day.

There is something for all levels of experience, as the waters of Bali can accommodate everyone from those who are just beginning their diving careers to those who have quite few dives under their belt. Some diving spots are open only for the professional divers. Some spots like Tulamben, Padang Bai, Puri Jati, and Amed are open even for beginner divers.

More experienced divers can have a fun day of speedboat diving in the most exciting diving area, Nusa Penida, in Bali. Seraya, with all its tiny macro creatures and easy shore diving is a favourite spot for underwater photographers. The dives here are very spectacular because of the long coastal reef, reef slopes and wall diving. Amed and Jemeluk beach is reputed to be the home of the best hard coral community in Bali.

Sansur and Nusa Dua are located just 5 minutes away from the shore and therefore are very accessible. Beginners and novice divers will enjoy diving here because of the gentle current. Although hard corals are scarce, there are amny colorful fishes made up for the shortfall. Short corals and sponges can also be found thriving on the reefs.

For those who enjoy shipwreck diving, Tulamben shipwreck is the dive site that must not be missed. Night dive on this wreck is described by many divers as spectacular. The wreck was the US Liberty, sunk in World War2 by Japanese submarine in 1942.

Diving in Bali offers a wonderful chance to see a great variety of marine life, and this makes the dive so much exciting. Underwater life that can be seen on a dive here include anemone fish, tuna, clownfish, moray eels, sweet lips fish, sea whips, turtles, snappers, mola mola and many others.

Unlike any other top dive destinations in the world, Bali has many hidden secrets below the waves. This brings more tourists to this magical paradise and we should not miss it at any cost.

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.