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The attractive island Bali is a improbable location for scuba diving. Lined in rice paddies, volcanic mountains, spectacular seashores and surrounded by superb coral reefs that is the most well-liked island in Indonesia for good reason. The distinctive island nation, Indonesia, can undoubtedly stake a declare for one of the best scuba diving on this planet being house to many well-known dive spots like Raja Ampat, Komodo and Lembeh Strait. Bali has quite a lot of world class dive websites whether or not you like photographing superb little critters doing muck diving, swimming with large pelagic creatures comparable to manta rays or if you wish to discover well-known wrecks, you’ll love diving round Bali. See our Information to all of the Finest Diving in Indonesia.

Indonesia is a large island nation situated in Southeast Asia and Oceania, it’s the fourth most populous nation on this planet. This spectacular island archipelago is made up of greater than 17 000 islands of which Bali is one. The most important and most essential islands forming a part of Indonesia are Sumatra, Java, Borneo (Kalimantan), Sulawesi, and New Guinea (Papua). 

Dive Bali Map
Bali Dive Map

Bali – the Land of the Gods

If you point out Indonesia, Bali is the primary place that involves thoughts for most individuals. Bali is also referred to as the Land of the Gods, Hinduism and spirituality is ever current right here. The volcanic island is wealthy in tradition and spirituality, blessed with spectacular pure magnificence together with rice paddies, seashores, volcanic mountains and superb coral reefs. These lovely, rugged landscapes create the proper playground for journey fanatics. Bali presents world class browsing, diving and mountain climbing, additionally it is a terrific island to benefit from the sandy seashores, go snorkeling, do a yoga class or go to the attractive temples. Bali is situated between Java and Lombok, there are a number of small islands such because the Nusa and Gili islands closeby with good diving they’re simply reached by boat from Bali. 

Bali scenery
Stunning surroundings exploring Bali by scooter.

The island is a magical vacation spot with an incredible number of actions and conventional Balinese experiences, the South of the island round Kuta has nevertheless degraded right into a typical western seaside vacation space flooded with vacationers, blended with a whole lot of native touters and motorcycle taxis. 

If you need peace and quiet I’d suggest leaving this space asap and watch out of scammers when procuring right here.

Bali has worldwide airport and is a well-liked backpacker and vacation location, with good services, eating places and lodging. It’s a snug and straightforward location to go to, we’ve got been to Bali a number of occasions and located it a terrific place to begin exploring Indonesia.

Diving from Bali

The diving round Bali is extremely various providing muc diving with distinctive critters, fascinating wrecks, lovely coral reefs, huge pelagic creatures like manta rays and reef sharks, colleges of fish and fascinating distinctive animals such because the mola mola (oceanic sunfish) that may be seen right here. 

colorful reef with plenty of fish

Bali Diving Highlights

  • Mola Mola – This is among the greatest locations on this planet to dive with the elusive mola mola (oceanic sunfish) round Nusa Penida. 
  • Manta Rays – Bali is  a terrific place to dive or snorkel with manta rays at manta level, Nusa Penida. 
  • Muck Diving – The island presents nice muck diving with frogfish, ghostpipe fish, sea horses, fascinating nudibranches and lots of extra unreal macro critters to be found on the coral reefs and black volcanic sand of round Amed and Tulamben within the east and round Gilimanuk within the north west nook of Bali.
  • Wreck Diving – There are some good wrecks round Bali, the well-known USAT Liberty is unquestionably the spotlight. A shore dive with superior marine life dropping from 4m to about 30m this superb wreck is a dive to not miss!
  • Fish Life – Reefs lined in lovely exhausting and smooth coral draw reef fish and pelagic species. Reef sharks, barracudas, jacks, some huge bumphead parrot fish, Napoleon wrasse and lots of extra. 
  • Shore Dives – Diving throughout Indonesia, many of the dive websites are an extended drive from the island. Bali presents improbable shore diving, round Tulamben and Amed have to be a number of the greatest shore dives on this planet. Put in your gear and discover an incredible wreck or see some unreal macro critters diving from the seaside!
manta ray

Dive Circumstances in Bali

Water temperature round Bali often ranges between 27 and 29C, a 3mm wetsuit is advisable. Diving across the Nusa islands with thermocline temperature might be as little as 21C. The visibility typically varies between 10 and 20 meters. Most diving is finished at depths between 5 – 40m.

The perfect dive websites round Bali 

In a nutshell, the dive websites to not miss  round Bali

  • Crystal Bay from Nusa Penida to see Mola Mola (in season).
  • Manta Level from Nusa Penida to swim with the majestic Manta Rays.
  • USAT Liberty Shipwreck unreal wreck and marine life, Tulamben on the East Coast.
  • Secret Bay in Gilimanuk with black volcanic sand, nice muck diving, a nursery for quite a lot of bizarre underwater creatures.

Extra particular creatures to not miss in diving in Bali

  • The Bobbit Worms at Secret Bay
  • Marble Rays at Blue Nook Nusa Penida
  • Bumphead Parrot Fish on the USAT Liberty Tulamben
  • Frog Fish, Ghost Pipe Fish, Mantis Shrimps, Pigmy Seahorses all around the East Coast

Bali Diving Areas

There are three predominant areas to probe for diving round Bali; the South, the East and the North West Coast. A few of the dive websites are situated near the mainland whereas others are round small islands, however nonetheless inside reaching distance to dive from the mainland.

South Bali, diving across the Nusa Islands

A lot of the diving within the South of Bali is finished near the islands Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, dive websites round these two little islands are world famend for diving with Mola Mola (the oceanic sunfish) and Manta Rays. Sanur on the mainland additionally has some good diving and is called location for dive coaching. It’s doable to dive round Nusa Penida on day journeys from Padang Bai on Bali or to remain on Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan and dive with one of many dive facilities on the island. There may be a lot to see on the Nusa islands and diving from the island is cheaper than diving from Bali for the reason that drive is way shorter. Staying on Nusa Penida we went snorkeling with the manta rays a few occasions. 

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Swimming with Manta Rays round Nusa Penida.

Attending to Dive Spots within the South of Bali

You will get to Sanur or Padangbai by taxi or public bus from Denpasar, Nusa Penida might be reached from Padangbai by public ferry or from Sanur by pace boat.

Lodging in Nusa Penida

  • Penida Dive Resort – We beloved diving with these guys and it’s nice to remain at your dive heart, good place, Superior workers, nice pancake breakfast!
  • Dragonfly – Nice funds keep, AC, dormitory beds and rooms
  • Ampel Hill Homestay – very nicely rated house stick with wonderful views, good rooms, funds value
  • Pandawa Seaside Resort and Spa Luxurious – Luxurious suites with good sea view, 5 star luxurious for a terrific value.

Ebook Diving Nusa Penida

  • Dive 2 websites round Nusa Penida, greater than 100 bookings, Try Dive Nusa Penida Lodge decide up and drop off at Sanur, South of Denpasar, Seminyak, Kuta, North of Nusa Dua, and the North of Jimbaran. Embody lunch and kit.
  • Nusa Penida, Manta Level full day snorkeling journey contains shuttlebus pickup in South of Bali, lunch, boat journey, tools

Dive Websites within the South of Bali (Nusa Penida)

Manta Level

Unbelievable website to see manta rays, it’s a shallow dive with the manta cleansing station round 10m. Manta Level is at a few bays surrounded by the improbable cliffs of Nusa Penida. Standing on the cliffs you may see many mantas swimming beneath. There are two spots known as Manta Level, some dive outlets name them Manta Level or Manta Level 1 and Manta 66 or Manta Level 2. I most popular snorkeling right here, swimming with loads of mantas everytime. Mantas might be seen right here all yr round, however one of the best season is March to June. They are saying you might have greater than a 90% of swimming with the mantas right here.

Crystal Bay

Named after the crystal clear water usually discovered within the bay, that is one of the best place to see the well-known Mola Mola of Bali. The unusual wanting fish with a physique that’s flattened laterally could be very massive, weighing as much as a ton and diving with them is a improbable experience. Crystal Bay is situated within the channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan.The perfect season for diving with mola mola is from August to October. We additionally noticed reef sharks, tunas, turtles, backyard eels and quite a lot of good nudibranches diving right here. It’s a deep dive with more often than not spent ready between 25m and 30m ready for the sunfish. 

Blue Nook

Blue Nook is a deep drift dive very near Nusa Lembongan and is understood for diving with massive marine animals. Mola mola, dolphins, reef sharks, tunas, colleges of eagle rays and massive marble rays are sometimes seen right here.  That is a complicated dive and currents might be robust. The dive begins shallow at about 5m with a downwards slope with some terraces all the way down to about 40m. At 38m we noticed a few massive marble rays. 

marble rays blue corner Nusa Penida Balie
Diving with massive marble rays at Blue Nook, Nusa Penida.


Positioned between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida, a plateau at round 10m with massive boulders and exquisite coral formations, drop off to about 30m. Good drift dive with turtles and quite a lot of reef fish and pelagic species. In season Mola Mola is usually seen right here.


Drift dive over sloping reef lined in lovely coral. Tons of triggerfish, turtles, reef sharks huge colleges of bat fish. We dived right here greater than as soon as and I requested Alya to marry me on a dive at PED. Nice dive website, numerous life and colour and with a thermocline mola mola are typically seen right here. 

East Coast of Bali

The East Coast of Bali is exclusive in that it presents a number of the greatest shore diving on this planet, unreal muck diving on the black volcanic sand, superior wall dives dropping from the floor to the deep and off beam the attractive wreck of the USAT Liberty. There may be improbable diving near the shores of the small fishermen’s villages of Amed and Tulamben, stroll in from the shore or take a brief trip to the dive website in a jukung, a standard picket sailboat. The four small Gili islands on the east coast of Bali; Gili Tepekong, Gili Biaha, Gili Mimpang and Gili Selang, is a brief boat drive from Candidas or Padangbai. The dive spots round these islands have lovely coral reefs and reef sharks, barracuda, stingrays, and Mola Mola (Sunfish) in season with some luck.

nudibranch on black volcanic sand
Recognizing colourful nudibranches on the black volcanic sand.

Transport to Dive Spots within the East of Bali

Tulamben might be reached by renting a automotive, public bus or by taking a non-public shuttle from Kuta, Denpasar or many different areas in Bali.

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Public Bus – Buses depart from Amlapura and Singaraja round each 30 minutes till 14:00

Shuttle Bus – Perama shuttle bus drops off in central Tulamben, picks up at Candi Dasa, Kuta, Padang Bai, Sanur and Ubud. Ebook Shuttle Bus

Lodging Tulamben

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Ebook Diving East of Bali

  • Full Day Tulamben Dive Journey – Dive three of one of the best dive website within the east of Bali, the Liberty Wreck, Coral Gardens, and Tulamben Drop Off
  • Full Day Snorkeling Tulamben, Padang Bai, Amed or Nusa Penida  Select snorkeling at one in all Bali’s well-known websites, snorkel on the wreck of the Liberty or with the mantas of Nusa Penida! Contains Snorkel tools rental, Lodge decide up or drop off (Central Kuta, Seminyak, Legian and Sanur), Lunch, Drinks, Marine Park entry charges

Dive Websites on the East Coast of Bali

The USAT Liberty, Tulamben

This large wreck have to be probably the most well-known wreck dive in Indonesia. A shore dive from Tulamben, the USAT  (United States Military Transport) Liberty is situated solely about 30m from the seaside. The dive begins at 4m deep dropping all the way down to over 30m at its deepest finish. This  United States navy cargo shipwreck has an fascinating historical past, it was torpedoed by the Japanese and towed in direction of Bali, the broken ship was beached onto the shore of Tulamben. In 1963, Mount Agung erupted and lava movement pushed her again into the water the place she now lays on her aspect. The superb wreck is 120m lengthy, encrusted by coral and surrounded by loads of marine life. You usually see colleges of huge bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, turtles, stingrays and look fastidiously on the black sand surrounding the wreck for some distinctive little critters like pygmy seahorses on followers, quite a lot of nudibranches and different improbable little animals. The wreck is nice for snorkeling and makes for a spectacular evening dive.

Diving on USAT Liberty
Diving on the wreck of the USAT Liberty, Tulamben Bali.

The Drop off, Tulamben

The Drop Off, additionally referred to as The Tulamben Wall is among the hottest dive websites in Bali. The reef drops from three metres all the way down to about 70 metres deep. The sheer wall was created by the identical lava movement that pushed Liberty again into the water throughout  the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. The spectacular wall is roofed by corals, gorgonians, and sponges and makes for some nice muck diving with pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, frog fish, mantas shrimp and quite a lot of fascinating nudibranches on the reef.  Hold an eye fixed out for reef sharks, huge bumphead parrotfish, triggerfish, moray eels, stonefish and massive groupers.

Coral Backyard, Tulamben

One other good shore dive in Tulamben, location is near the Liberty wreck. Pretty simple dive with often little present and depths various from 5m to a most depth at about 25m. A lot of reef fish; damselfish, butterfly fish, surgeonfish, lionfish and lots of different species discovered over South East Asia. Massive Moray eels, nice macro life with frogfish, ghost pipe fish, mantis shrimps and extra superior critters. 

Amed Wall

The village Amed is situated about 30 minutes drive from Tulamben. The Amed Wall is just a 5 min boat trip in a standard jukung boat.  The wall of large rocks, lined in smooth and exhausting coral and large gorgonians begin at a depth of about 8m dropping all the way down to a most depth of 40m. The educated eyes of your dive grasp would possibly spot tiny pigmy seahorses, leafy scorpionfish and quite a lot of nudibranches. Turtles, moray eels and massive groupers additionally frequent this reef. 

Japanese Wreck, Amed

The Japanese Wreck is situated in Lipah, a quiet bay, near Jemeluk and is accessible by highway. It is a shore dive and this 20m lengthy wreck is situated solely about 15m from the shore. It’s a simple dive in shallow water between 2 and 12m depth on a sloping sandy backside. There may be a whole lot of life on the wreck, encrusted with coral, maintain an eye fixed out for octopus, cuttlefish, lovely nudibranches, and even pigmy seahorses. This shallow wreck is well-liked for snorkeling.

Pyramids, Amed

This synthetic reef dive website is just a few 10 min boat trip in a standard jukung boat. The person made pyramid reef buildings on the sandy backside is now lined in life. These buildings boast with quite a lot of fish together with titan triggerfish, damsel fish, trumpet fish, and blue noticed stingrays. Examine on the sand for backyard eels, and nudibranches.  Wonderful macro life discovered right here contains leafy scorpionfish, ghost pipefish, frog fish, and the pink pigmy seahorse.


Diving the North West Nook of Bali

The North West nook of Bali, protected by the West Bali Nationwide Park, hosts a number of the greatest diving and snorkeling across the island. This a part of Bali has spectacular wall dives on the sheer partitions lined with large gorgonians and different sea followers round Menjangan island, count on superb visibility diving within the heat water right here. The extraordinary  muck diving on the black volcanic sand of Gilimanuk Bay is world famend. 

Menjangan island is a small island, also referred to as deer island, due to numerous wild deer dwelling right here, it is vitally near the primary island. Menjangan Island is a few 100km drive (three and a half hours) from Kuta. Diving right here, the closest cities are Permutaran or Lovina. Diving boats depart from the Labuan Lalang harbor 20 minutes by automotive from Permutaran. Gilimanuk is a big city, however doesn’t have any dive operators I do know of, so manage diving in a daytrip from Pemutaran or Kuta.

Lodging Pemutaran

Ebook Diving Menjangan Island

Two tank dive on greatest websites of Menjangan Island. Contains Lodge decide up and drop off at Sanur, South of Denpasar, Seminyak, Kuta, North of Nusa Dua, and the North of Jimbaran, Entrance ticket to the nationwide park. Lunch and drinks

Dive Websites North West Nook of Bali

Eel Backyard (Pos1), Menjangan Island

This website will get its identify from a big colony of backyard eels and lies on the sand on the western level of Menjangan. Good wall dropping from 10m to 40m with a whole lot of lovely gorgonians and different sea followers. Loads of triggerfish, butterflyfish, batfish, moray eels, and lionfish across the reef, look fastidiously for pygmy seahorse on the gorgonians. 

Garden Eels
You want good buoyancy to take images of the backyard eels. They retract into the sand for those who get shut.

Anchor Wreck, Menjang Island

Website will get its identify from 2 anchors mendacity on the reef, an closely encrusted anchor situated at about 6m and an anchor at about 30m. These belonged to the shipwreck scattered throughout this website right here, an previous picket ship wreck sits right here on the western tip of Menjangan between 30 and 45m. 

Secret Bay, Gilimanuk Bay

Secret Bay situated in Gilimanuk Bay is well-known for spectacular muck diving. This dive website is a shallow shore dive on black volcanic sand in entrance of Gilimanuk Harbor with quite a lot of superior macro  critters, not a blue water coral dive, basic muck diving and the water is chilly. A dive information is essential right here to indicate you all of the bizarre little creatures. Properly generally known as probably the greatest locations to see bobbit worms, dragonets, many frogfish, quite a lot of nudibranchs, ghost pipefish and mimic octopus.

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