Scuba Diving in Bali

A Guide for 1st Time Divers in Bali

Bali Scuba Diving – submerge yourself in a thriving and vibrant underwater world, and explore excellent dive sites and a collection of underwater gardens. For many years Bali has been extremely popular with diver thanks to the warm waters around the island that are abundant with extensive coral reefs and magnificent marine life. It's common to see sharks, turtles, manta rays and a kaleidoscopic range of tropical fish. Spectacular dives include drop-off walls, shipwreck diving and drift diving.

Dive centres in Bali operate from all the main resort areas, offering both fun dives and PADI-certified Open Water diving courses and adventures. During the rainy season, diving may not be at its best as storms reduce visibility, but there are certain dive spots, such as around Menjangan Island and Pemuteran on the North Bali coast, where you can expect calm waters and clear visibility at almost any time of year.

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Great Dive Sites in Bali

Bali’s waters are dotted with great dive spots where you can explore colourful reefs teeming with tropical marine biodiversity. There’s a facet of the island’s underwater beauty waiting to be discovered by divers of every skill level, and most dive sites in Bali offer year-round visibility that ranges from fair to excellent. However, the best time to go diving is usually around the dry season months from April to November.

Amed and Tulamben on Bali’s eastern coast have some of Bali's most popular dive sites beneath their calm waves, including fascinating shipwrecks, such as the USS Liberty cargo ship that sunk in WWII, and the more recent Boga shipwreck alongside a classic VW, all which are gradually becoming new homes to baby reefs and tropical fish. The north coast has much to offer, from the rich reef scenes of Menjangan Island, to the expansive artificial ‘biorock’ reef gardens of Pemuteran with its magnificent sunken sculptures and temples overgrown with gorgonias and home to schools of fish.

The best dive sites in Bali also let you to come up close with some of the world’s rarest species, ranging from reef sharks, sea turtles, tiny pygmy seahorses, large manta rays and the elusive oceanic sunfish or ‘mola-mola’. The most common dive spots where these pelagic animals migrate include the waters around Nusa Lembongan Island, Gili Tepekong, and different dive spots around Nusa Penida. Additionally, non-divers who prefer not to get wet, can try a submarine safari from around Candidasa or Nusa Lembongan, or go on ‘sea walks’ wearing specially made helmets.

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Learn to Dive in Bali

Bali is one of the best places to learn and get your dive certification. With an internationally recognised certification you’ll learn the basics of scuba diving and enjoy Bali’s beautiful tropical underwater scenes. There are over a hundred recreational diving certification organisations listed worldwide, however the most popular and widely available certification among dive shops in Bali are PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and SSI (Scuba Schools International). Both schools adhere to strict guidelines set by the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), meaning you can dive pretty much anywhere in the world once you’re certified.

Diving courses range from the beginner's Open Water course, and you can add to your skills with any of the higher-level courses: Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and Diver Stress & Rescue. With a Divemaster (PADI) or Dive Guide (SSI) certification, you’ll be able to lead dive groups and plan diving tours on your own. As a Dive Instructor, you’ll be able to instruct courses and eventually issue certifications to other budding divers.

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Liveaboard Diving Spots in Bali

Most of Bali’s dive spots are around its immediate waters. However, Bali is a great starting point for adventurous divers looking to explore the wonderful outlying dive spots in eastern Indonesia, which shares the ocean currents with the so-called ‘World Coral Triangle’ – recognized as the global centre of marine biodiversity or ‘Amazon of the seas’ due to its significance in marine diversity and conservation.

Best way to explore these far-off diving destinations is by liveaboard trips on board the most popular vessels: modernized Phinisi schooners and yachts. These liveaboard diving trips often take up to 5 nights or more, with favourite spots that include Lombok, Komodo, Flores, Alor, Ambon, Halmahera, the Banda Sea, and Raja Ampat which is often considered the ‘Mecca of diving’ in Indonesia thanks to its central position in the coral triangle.

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