Bali dive sites offer a different side of the island’s beauty – underwater. Each site has a special set of attributes. The seas along the northern coast are calmer and home to coral gardens, particularly between Menjangan Island and the coast of Pemuteran. The latter is home to the world’s largest artificial reef and conservation project, which allows you to dive amongst corals right in from the shore.
As one of the world’s premier diving destinations, Bali attracts divers from the world over to dive sites that are known as migratory paths for certain kinds of sea creatures, such as the mysterious ‘mola-mola’ or oceanic sunfish, manta rays and several dolphin species. Whether you choose the calm seas of the north, a historical shipwreck, or the deep open seas off Nusa Penida, there’s one for every skill level in Bali. Read on to decide where to go scuba diving in Bali on your next trip.
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Gili Tepekong is approximately an hour and a half by boat from Kuta-Legian's eastern coastline. The best dive sites are at a depth of 18 metres and above, due mainly to the unusually cold temperature. As the currents can get unpredictable and change often during a dive, this site is recommended for experienced divers only. There is a large variety of fish, silent reef sharks and an assortment of rays.
Sanur & Nusa Dua
Sanur and Nusa Dua's popular beach area also has the added bonus of an extensive barrier reef that stretches all along the beachfront. Diving is easy and relaxing with a depth range of between 6-40 feet revealing an exotic garden teeming with colorful fish against a backdrop of soft and hard corals.
Scuba Diving in Amed
This site is perfect for divers of all skill levels, from the novice to the experienced. Just two hours from Kuta-Legian on the eastern coastline, north of Padang Bai, Amed is famous as one of Bali's premier dive sites. Visibility is good ranging from 15-25 metres. Expect to see gorgonian fans, colourful soft corals plus rays, sharks and other big fish!
Tulamben in East Bali has drawn avid divers from the world over to this spectacular underwater site, with the USAT Liberty cargo shipwreck as among its main attractions. The laidback and remote village of Tulamben is located in one of the farthest corners of the island, which features an arid overland terrain, much in contrast to the beautifully colourful reefs that await under the surface of the waves.
The US Army cargo ship met its fate back in the battles of 1942 when it was hit by a Japanese submarine torpedo some 19km southwest of the Lombok Strait. US and Dutch destroyers attempted to tow it to the old Singaraja seaport in North Bali, but failed. The ship then beached on the shores of Tulamben for salvaging. The volcanic eruption of Mount Agung two decades later pushed the wreck 25m out to sea, resting at a depth of 30m, and eventually becoming home to colourful coral colonies teeming with tropical fish.
- Location: Tulamben, Kubu, Karangasem, East Bali
Menjangan Island is part of the West Bali National Park. You can cross over to this small island by boat from the port of Labuhan Lalang near Pemuteran Beach in North Bali. The island spans approximately 3,800Ha, with savannahs home to the rare Javan rusa deer, locally known as ‘menjangan’ (Cervus timorensis) and which gave the island its name. Down at the coastline, calm waters and coral gardens teeming with marine life offer diving and snorkelling with excellent visibility year round.
Visiting Menjangan Island requires the accompaniment of a park guide and permit, which you can arrange with most tour operators or hotels in the Pemuteran Beach area, or obtained at the park office in Labuhan Lalang (IDR 20,000 or USD 1.50 per person; guide fees range from IDR 350,000 or USD 26). Besides pristine nature, you can also admire the island’s collection of shrines, including Segara Giri Dharma Kencana Temple with its towering seaward-facing Ganesh statue on its hilly north-eastern shore. It’s roughly a three-hour drive north from Kuta, but worth the journey for a real taste of Balinese nature.
- Location: Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Buleleng, North Bali
Dive locations around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are accessed from Sanur. The wide variety of dive sites include coral walls, drift dives in currents rating up to 4 plus knots. Notable dive sites here are Gamar Bay, Crystal Bay, Blue Corner, Toyapakeh, Cheningan Wall, Manta Point and Lembongan Bay.
Nusa Penida is the largest in the group of three islands that lie within a half-hour transfer by motorboat southeast of the Bali mainland. This popular dive site is one of the few dive spots in Bali where you can witness some of the world’s rarest pelagic species, ranging from manta rays, the mysterious oceanic sunfish (sometimes referred to as ‘mola-mola’) and occasional whale sharks as well.
There are several bays in Nusa Penida that are good for snorkelling, but most of its open waters directly face the open Indian Ocean, with strong currents making them strictly for advanced divers only. Here, you can expect a good mix of colourful reefs with frogfish, seahorses and nudibranchs, and waters further out are playgrounds for experienced divers who must navigate strong currents.
- Location: Nusa Penida Island, Klungkung
Pemuteran Bay in Bali’s northwest is a premier dive site and a coastal community home to the world’s largest artificial reef project. The bay has the largest area of shallow coral reefs in Bali due to its year-round calm waves. These once saw a decline due to cyanide fishing, but have now recovered and flourished through collaborative conservation efforts between the local communities, dive operators and resort owners through the Karang Lestari Foundation.
The two-hectare coastal site became a marine protected area when the project took off at the turn of the millennium, with its pilot coral nursery project comprising sunken metal structures fed with low electrical currents that help stimulate coral growth. Now there are over two dozen biorock nurseries installed under the waves of Pemuteran, outshining similar reef projects that have taken place in the Pacific and Caribbean.
- Location: Dusun Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Buleleng, North Bali
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