Scuba addict? Here’s why you will love diving in Bali
There are very few diving regions on the planet that can boasts “having it all”, but Bali truly can.
From wrecks to coral reefs; macro critters to big fish; diving in Bali really does have it all – and a little bit more. Mantas, sharks, mola, mimic octopus and even pygmy seahorses can all be found at Bali’s world-class dive sites. Bali Island’s unique combination of phenomenal diving and it’s chilled out vibe, friendly locals, stunning sunsets and a good dose of traditional Balinese charm are hard to beat.
Here are out top 6 reasons why you’ll love diving in Bali…
Bali is home to the famous WWII USAT Liberty shipwreck which lies just off the shore in Tulamben on Bali’s east coast. This incredible wreck is one of only a few in the world from this era that can be dived from the shore and by all levels of diver. Starting from just over 5 meters deep and bottoming out at just shy of 30 meters, the US Liberty has become a vibrant living reef which attracts marine life like metal to a magnet. Night dives here are among the best in Bali as a host of nocturnal critters come out to entertain divers after the sun has set. The wreck’s super structure is a where you’ll also be treated to sightings of the huge, resident bumphead parrotfish which sleep here.
If you love diving wrecks then Bali also offers a deeper wreck for advanced divers at nearby Kubu as well as wrecks in Padang Bai, Amed and Pemuteran.
Imagine flying effortlessly over vibrant coral reefs as you, quite literally, go with the flow! If you love diving drifts, our best drift dives are located around Nusa Penida where the adage, “more current, more fish” is proven time and time again. The rich waters around the three islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan attract schools of snappers, mackerel, jacks and trevally. Look out to the blue for predatory sharks, tuna and barracuda.
Diving around Gili Tepekong is a must for those who are hoping to encounter sharks around Bali. White tip reef sharks are a common sighting here as well as seasonal mola. Nusa Penida offers two manta ray dive sites which offer year-round sightings of these magnificent, resident rays. The mysterious island of Nusa Penida is also where you can spot the mighty mola from late July through to November – so if you are hoping to see this incredible fish the time is NOW! Other BIG fish that frequent Bali’s dive sites include dog-tooth tuna, marble sting rays, black tip reef sharks, bamboo sharks, occasional wobbegongs, great barracuda, giant trevally, sea snakes, huge giant moray eels and we’ve even had sightings of dugongs and passing whale sharks!
Muck and critters
If big fish aren’t your thing, don’t worry – Bali is a macro mecca with all manner of rare and unusual bottom dwellers and critters. Some of our favourites include rhinopias, a plethora of different nudibranch species, bobtail squid, cuttlefish, octopus, ghost pipefish, shrimp gobies, frogfishes and even tiny pygmy seahorses! Muck divers will have a blast on the sandy sites of Tulamben, Amed, Padang Bai and around North Bali. Have your underwater cameras and macro lenses at the ready!
Boat and shore
Do you have a preference for boat or shore diving? Diving in Bali means that both options are possible! Enjoy making easy shore entries from the beaches in Tulamben, Amed and Pemuteran or experience the thrill of back rolling from our boats at Nusa Penida and other world famous Bali dive sites.
Don’t forget the Island!
Bali isn’t just all about diving (although we think this is the best activity available), there are a huge range of other activities to try when you are visiting our incredible island – which also makes Bali a great destination for those divers who love diving but are traveling with non-diving friends or family! While you are blowing bubbles underwater why not encourage your friends to join you with a PADI Discovery Dive experience? If they are not keen on the idea of scuba, they could also join your dive trip as a snorkeler!
For those who like to stay dry, or to mix up diving with land adventures, Bali offers everything from thrill seeking activities to spiritual experiences. Those who like action will love the thrills and spills of white water rafting and if you don’t mind an early start then try trekking Batur volcano for sunrise at the summit or try your hand at downhill cycling through rice fields and local villages – it’s all possible! If you’d prefer to experience Bali’s spiritual culture, there are no shortage of temples and ceremonies to visit in Uluwatu, East Bali and Tanah Lot. Mindfulness, yoga, indulgent spa treatments, relaxing massages, beach walks and rice field vistas are all highlights of Bali which can be enjoyed by all.