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Known as the island of the Gods, Bali’s diverse reefs, rich culture and stunning scenery will leave you spellbound. For manta rays, seasonal Mola and drift dives head over to Nusa Penida. Tulamben will satisfy your exquisite critter and wreck needs as will the North coast of Bali for wall and reef dives. So much to explore!

Diving in Bali

Quick facts

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is famous for its beautiful beaches, legendary surf breaks, rich culture and world-class dive sites. Manta rays, Mola Mola (sunfish), schooling fish, an incredible wreck and colourful reefs will leave even the most seasoned of divers spell bound. Accommodation caters for everyone from backpackers to billionaires and when you’re not diving you can enjoy superb dining, take in stunning sunsets, party until the sun goes down or zen out with yoga pros amid rice paddies to get in touch with your spiritual side. You’ll find Balis dive spots located around the island. Many visitors split their time over a number of destinations for a variety of experience. The northwest of the island is home to Secret Bay, Menjangan Island and Pemuteran. Secret Bay is a macro muck diving critter hunt. Menjangan Island, on the whole, offers calm diving mostly on walls. It’s possible to see sharks and manta rays here. Pemuteran is good for beginners. You can dive Menjangan from Pemuteran too. On the eastern coast, you’ll find Tulamben, Amed, Candidasa and Padang Bai. Tulamben is home to the spectacular Liberty Wreck. There’s some top muck diving here and at nearby Seraya, too. Diving is from the shore, and you’ll enter over smooth fist to football sized volcanic rock that can be a bit tricky. Porters carry your gear balanced on their heads to assist your entry. Amed is also shore entry, shallow and calm and suitable for beginners and avid muck and macro divers.

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Where to dive

  • Nusa Lembongan

    This small island sits 16 kilometres / 10 miles off the coast of Bali and is famous for it’s chilled out atmosphere, stunning scenery and legendary surf breaks. Dive sites are predominantly located...

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USAT Liberty – Bali’s most famous dive site and a chance to see a resident school of bumphead parrotfish, black sand muck diving combined with a coral encrusted wreck. The USAT (United States Army Transport) Liberty was awaiting repairs on the shore when lava flow from an erupting Mount Agung pushed her back into the water where she now lays on her side. Starting at just over 5 meters and extending down to 30 meters this wreck is a marine life hotspot. Look out for barracuda, turtles, pygmy seahorses on fans, numerous species of nudibranch, sting rays and a wealth of critters. Gili Tepekong – These magnificent rock pinnacles are encrusted with a vibrant mix of hard and soft corals and offer stunning underwater topographies ranging from walls and slopes to canyons and swim throughs. Biomass here is exceptional with hoards of fish occupying the reef. It is a great site for spotting reef sharks, seasonal Mola Mola and when looking out to the blue - anything is possible! Due to mild-strong currents, Gili Tepekong is an advanced dive site and is recommended for experienced divers. Gili Selang – Starting out on the black sand slope you’ll be impressed by the variety of nudibranch and other macro critters as you head down to the top of the reef. The reef and wall offer gorgonian fans, rope sponges, branching corals, occasional bommies, colourful soft corals and barrel sponges in the deeper areas. Look out for moray eels, trevally, cuttlefish and pygmy seahorses camouflaged in the fans with schooling fusiliers and passing pelagics in the blue. Due to mild-strong currents, Gili Selang is an advanced dive site and is recommended for experienced divers. Eel Garden – This is a beautiful dive site which takes its name from a sandy ridge, populated by literally hundreds of garden eels which sway to and fro in the plankton rich currents. That’s not all though, this is a diverse dive site where you can spot passing pelagics and a wealth of critters on the reefs and sandy slopes. Underwater Temple – Also known as “Temple garden” or “Taman Pura” this site is an artificial reef designed to look like a traditional Balinese temple. There are sunken stone statues of Buddha and Ganesha behind ornate Balinese gateways. If there was ever a site that reflected Balinese spiritualism underwater, this is it! Bali is home to innumerable dive sites which offer diverse topographies and marine life. Other notable sites in Bali include: Coral Gardens, Napoleon Reef, Secret Bay, Jemeluk Bay and Blue Lagoon.

What to see

Bali is one of the most diverse underwater environments the ocean has to offer. Famous for sightings of mola molas, manta rays and sharks it would be easy to overlook the other riches available. Tuna and barracuda stalk the reef. Vibrancy comes from in the from the 2500 varieties of reef fish that make Balis reefs their home. Octopus, cuttlefish and scorpion fish hide in plain sight. Divers will often encounter turtles here. Play close attention for the macro and muck diving delights. Discover pygmy seahorses, mimic octopus, frogfish and an array of nudibranch. No matter how long you have been diving, unless you have been to Bali before, you are virtually guaranteed to see so many fish and critters that you have never seen before.


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Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination and is situated in the Coral Triangle just south of the equator. Typically the smaller nearby islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are grouped as part of the whole where Bali is concerned.

Bali is a volcanic island with the largest peak and active volcano, Mount Agung, reaching a little under 1000ft (3000m) in height. These conditions provide a rich tropical environment perfect for coffee and terraced rice plantations. The island is 2,232 mi² (5,780 km²).

The region not only offers a huge range of underwater vistas but plenty to do and see top side making it a perfect destination for divers that travel with landlubbers and families.

Other attractions

Bali is famous for its tradition, culture and local handicrafts and arts. It’s long been a haven for yoga, health and spiritual experiences. The recent popularity of the book and film Eat, Pray, Love has cemented its position for spiritual journeys and awakenings too. Bali is also desirable surfing destination.

Getting there

Bali’s airport is known as “Ngurah Rai” or Denpasar International Airport which is in Denpasar (DPS) and accepts international flights from all over the world. Taxis are easily available from the airport and many operators offer pick up and drop off services either included or for a small surcharge. You will be flooded for taxi offers at the airport exit and if someone offers to carry your bags for you, they will expect a tip.


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