TOP 5 most popular diving spots in Bali
Bali is a real Mecca for those who love outdoor activities, full of vivid impressions and new discoveries. It is here that tourists come from all over the world to enjoy diving, snorkeling and surfing.
You can go diving in Bali year-round. The optimal period is from April to November. There are places for professional divers and beginners on the island. The best places are considered areas in the east of the island:
You can also go diving in:
- Nusa Dua;
- and on the nearest islands – Nusa Penida, Lembongan and Gili.
In all these resort areas there are many diving centers where you can receive training and instruction on the international PADI certification system. For those who like privacy, there is the opportunity to rent a yacht or boat, where all the necessary equipment will be ready, as well as an experienced guide.
The most popular scuba diving spots in Bali
Menjangan is a small island in the northwest of Bali. It is 3-4 hours drive from the capital of Bali and is included in the nature reserve. Interesting here is the local reef, whose width reaches 200 meters and which goes to a depth of 60 meters. The reef wall looks great in sunlight even under water. Here like to swim barracudas, turtles, octopuses and many other colorful marine inhabitants. Divers having different levels of training can dive: pro and beginners. In addition, along with daytime diving, there is the opportunity to go diving at night.
Nearby is the sunken wreck, which has been chosen long ago by exotic fish.
Coral reefs (Amed). Near a small village in the northeast of Bali is a beach that is suitable for divers with different levels of training. From here, you can dive to a depth of 40 meters. On dive sites, you can meet sharks, starfish, coral reefs, surgeonfish. Particularly interesting will be the diving at the Uyah reef – the wall of corals goes there to a depth of 50 meters! Another interesting place for an underwater walk is the Cemeluk reef, to which you will need to sail by boat.
Tulamben is a favorite amongst many tourists. Not far from this diving spot is a wreck of the Second World War. The ship, of course, is overgrown with corals and serves as a haven for many inhabitants of the deep sea. Pictures of immense beauty can be seen here during the dive: a combination of volcanic sand and bright coral thickets creates an amazing world full of life and movement.
In addition to the ship, underwater sights also include:
- Drop Off – a steep rock overgrown with corals;
- Paradise Reef – a 200 meters long reef, where hundreds of species of fish and other marine species live.
In addition, by boat you can reach a couple of places where divers often dive: Batu Kelebit and Alamanda Reef.
Sanur, like other popular spots, is suitable for beginners and scuba diving professionals. Here, the current is slow and the diving depth does not exceed twenty meters.
At low tide, you can visit Jeladi Wilis, as the current will be very slow. This place is also loved for the excellent opportunity of night diving.
Well-known diving sites include a place near the Channel Point coral reef, where beginners can dive, as the reef smoothly passes into the sandy bottom. Various competitions are often held here. Another coral reef is Penjor Reef, it has gentle slope of the sea floor. Here you can see morays, sea snakes and many other sea creatures.
Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan
Of course, one cannot but mention the diving spots on the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. The depth at their shores varies from 5 to 40 meters, and the maximum visibility is 30 meters. The most famous spots are Manta Point, where you can see the giant manta rays, and Crystal Bay, the famous underwater cave.
Nusa Penida is located southeast of the Bali coast. In order to dive here, you will need a special certificate and experience. The currents can vary from medium to strong, so there is a risk of an extreme dive.
Nearby is the island of Nusa Lembongan, off the coast of which divers with different levels of training can dive. Underwater you will see hundreds of different types of fish, caves, corals and much more. Famous sites are:
- Jack Point in the northeast. Here, corals begin to grow already five meters under water. At a depth of twenty meters, you can see tuna, sea polyps and sponges.
- Blue Corner Reef – divers can see here stingrays, barracudas and mola mola fish. The reef is gentle and descends to a depth of 40 meters. The current under water is quite strong.
These are not all the interesting places to visit in Bali if you are keen on scuba diving. Somewhere you can dive with minimal experience having been instructed and trained and somewhere only professionals who did a dozen dives can dive.
But regardless of your level, the impressions that you can get here will forever remain in your memory with bright colors and a quiet splash of sea waves.