Bali Best Dive Sites

Where to Go Scuba Diving in Bali

Bali's best dive sites offer a different side of the island’s beauty: underwater. Each spot 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. Here you'll find the world’s largest artificial reef and conservation project. You can dive among corals right in from the shore.

Bali's one of the world’s premier diving destinations. The island 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 divers’ skill level in Bali. Read on to decide where to go scuba diving in Bali on your next trip.

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  • Tulamben Diving

    Go under the waves of this quaint East Bali village coast and discover one of the island’s most popular diving havens, Read More»

  • Amed Beach

    Amed Beach

    If you’re a keen diver, you’d almost certainly have this destination among your Bali holiday plans. The island’s eastern Read More»

  • Pemuteran Bay

    Stop off at this quiet bay in Bali’s northwest, where you can enjoy laidback coastal views, and the enchanting Read More»

DIVE SITES IN EAST BALI

Amed

This favourite dive site in East Bali welcomes divers of all skill levels, and is only a two-hour transfer from Kuta and south Bali via the main eastern Bali route, making it a convenient day trip destination. Stayovers are advisable and quite effortless, as Amed Beach, including Jemeluk Bay, now has a great collection of resorts Read More...

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Blue Lagoon and Jepun

This small bay is around a 5-minute boat ride northeast of Padangbai in East Bali. Its waters feature slight currents but it offers great diversity of tropical marine life worth discovering. Among the sightings around Blue Lagoon are large Napoleon wrasse, several kinds of reef shark, stonefish, moray and blue-ribbon eels, nudibranchs, rays, octopuses, frogfish and Read More...

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Boga Shipwreck

Besides Tulamben’s famous Liberty shipwreck from World War II, this other large cargo vessel was deliberately sunk in 2011, called the Boga shipwreck. The wreck is around five minutes away from the Liberty wreck, and has gradually attracted algae and coral growth, as well as divers. At an impressive 85-metre-long and just 25 metres underwater, it is an excellent choice for those new to wreck diving. The ship’s intact steering wheel is a favourite photo-op among free-divers, while a range of statues and a classic Volkswagen 181 are among the other weird items also sunk here, adding to the visual variety of this fun and optional dive site.

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Gili Tepekong

Gili Tepekong is a small rocky island that is around a 90-minute boat ride from Bali’s south-eastern shoreline, or 20 minutes from the coast of Padangbai in East Bali. The open ocean dive site is strictly for experienced divers, with the best spots at depths of around 18 metres and above. The waters can get unusually cold, and the currents can get unpredictable and change often during a dive. You can discover a large variety of colourful fish, silent reef sharks and an assortment of rays and schools of barracuda here, as well as an excellent coverage of hard and soft corals.

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Jemeluk Bay Underwater Gallery

Under the waters off Amed Beach, you’ll find calm waters and amazing biodiversity that thrives along its coral walls. The dive site has a new highlight of manmade underwater galleries, comprising of sculptures from The Marine Foundation, a UK-based ‘eco art’ group, as well as several other environmental NGOs. Among the sculptures are the works of Indonesian artists Wayan Winten and Eddi Prabandono, ranging from a giant baby head, beautiful Apsara Hindu water nymphs, mermaids, treasure chests, a Balinese barong and many others in its unique series of ‘living sea sculptures’. A longstanding underwater feature here is a working mailbox. You can purchase waterproof postcards from local shops, then dive and find this box to post it in.

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Lipah Bay

This popular dive site in Amed features a 20-meter-long wreck of a Japanese freighter that lies in very shallow water. The accessibility of the wreck from the shore makes it a relatively easy dive – and you can also snorkel to it right from the beach. The calm waters of the bay and the shallow position Read More...

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Padangbai

While Padangbai (or Padang Bai) is better known for its main seaport in east Bali, this coastal village offers great diving and snorkelling from its small but great collection of white sand beaches. Furthermore, Padangbai is suitably 13km closer before the main hub of Candidasa, if you’re coming from the main southern Bali resort areas such Read More...

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Seraya Secrets

If you’re into muck diving and close-up underwater macro shooting, Seraya Secrets close to Tulamben might be a good spot for you to discover the rich marine life of Bali. It’s a great year-round dive with calm currents, and many favour the spot for night dives, when critters are most active. At around 10 meters deep, usual sightings include the elusive Indonesian mimic octopus, the well-disguised frogfish, varieties of cuttlefish, sand perches, nudibranchs, eels, and the famous pygmy seahorse.

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Suci Place Underwater Statues

There’s a great diving reef right off the shores of the Matahari Tulamben Resort Dive & Spa and, in 2013, the resort created a new diving highlight consisting of curious artefacts, including Hindu gods and Buddha statues, at the depth of around 9 to 17 metres. Various other structures, such as temples, Buddhist stupas and a complete range of Hindu gods and goddesses have gradually been submerged at the site ever since, adding to the variety of the objects you can discover and ultimately pose with. They have served as a new home for plenty of tropical fish, and even mola-mola and eagle rays have also been sighted in the waters here.

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Tulamben Diving in East Bali

Tulamben in East Bali has drawn avid divers from the world over to this spectacular underwater site, with the USAT Liberty 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 Read More...

  • Location: Tulamben, Kubu, Karangasem, East Bali
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USAT Liberty Shipwreck

The main dive attraction of Tulamben, the USAT Liberty shipwreck is the spectacular remains of a WWII-era US cargo ship. The vessel was sunk after being hit by a Japanese torpedo, 19 kilometres southwest of the Lombok Strait in a heated sea battle in 1942. US and Dutch destroyers attempted to tow it to the old Read More...

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DIVE SITES IN NORTH BALI

Menjangan Island

Part of the West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island offers great diving with its crystal-clear waters and calm currents. You can cross over to this small island by boat from the port of Labuhan Lalang near Pemuteran Beach in North Bali. Coral gardens teeming with marine life offer diving and snorkelling with excellent visibility year-round. Visiting Read More...

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Pemuteran Bay and Bio-Rock Reef Project

The Bio-Rock Reef Project of the Karang Lestari Foundation is perhaps among the world’s most successful reef restoration efforts, outshining similar projects in the Pacific and Caribbean. These artificial reefs are off the shores of Pemuteran Bay in Bali’s northwest, which is home to the largest area of shallow coral reefs (measuring 2 hectares) thanks to Read More...

  • Location: Dusun Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Buleleng, North Bali
  • Tel: +62 (0)362 932 64
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DIVE SITES IN SOUTH BALI

Badung Underwater Cultural Park

In 2012, the Nusa Dua Reef Foundation launched the Bali Underwater Cultural Park around 500 metres off the shores of Samuh Beach, just north of the Nusa Dua’s peninsula islands. Roughly in front of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, the underwater park comprises a collection of 26 Bali culture-themed artificial reef sculptures at a depth of around 11 metres, such as Kecak dancers and the dance’s central characters, Rama and Shita, from the Hindu epic Ramayana. While it’s a little deep for snorkelers, they can easily view the site from the surface on clear days.

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Ceningan Channel

Ceningan – one of the three Nusa Islands just off Bali’s coast – features a remarkable underwater site filled with a 2.4-metre-tall Buddha surrounded by smaller statues and Buddhist temple stupas akin to Borobudur. Marine sport activity operator Bali Underwater Scooter is one that regularly takes guests to discover this spot, setting off on an early morning boat transfer from the port at Serangan towards the Ceningan channel, where it is located. You can also stumble upon this site on your regular snorkelling around the channel, as the water here is shallow.

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Nusa Islands

Dive spots in the waters around the islands of Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and the larger Nusa Penida island are mostly for experienced divers. Interestingly, most are often accessed on dive tours from Sanur Beach on the Bali mainland, instead of from these islands alone. The wide variety of dive sites in these open waters include coral Read More...

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Sanur Reefs

Sanur is a popular beach area that also offers the bonus of an extensive barrier reef that stretches all along the beachfront. Snorkelling and diving here is easy and relaxing with a depth range of between 2-12 metres, revealing an exotic garden teeming with colourful tropical fish against a backdrop of soft and hard coral reefs. There are 3 reefs in Sanur, known as the Sanur Channel, Penjor Reef, and the Jeladi Willis – all good for beginner divers thanks to its generally shallow depths and variety of underwater marine life. Be sure to check the tides, though, as it frequently changes.

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DIVE SITES BEYOND BALI

Deus Bio-rock Gili Trawangan

Surfer, skater and petrol-head lifestyle brand Deus Ex Machina collaborated with The Marine Foundation to create this bio-rock feature off the coast of Gili Trawangan, one among 3 of the Gili Islands of Lombok. It comprises a motorbike, in keeping with the brand’s custom culture, and which offers divers and snorkelers a totally rad underwater holiday photo op. You can call it a bike, a sculpture or a bio reef, or what the Deus guys like to call, bio-rock ‘n’ roll. The site is some 50 metres off the shore of the Café Gili, at a depth of around 6-7 metres.

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Komodo Island Dive Sites

As one of the diving meccas of eastern Indonesia, Komodo Island offers spectacular diving with great marine biodiversity and pristine coral reefs. Among the pelagic animals here are the giant manta rays, variety of sharks, barracuda, the oceanic sunfish or ‘mola-mola’ and even migrating sperm whales and dolphins. There are many dive centres around the main Read More...

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Lombok Dive Sites

Besides the Gili Islands being its most famous for divers, the waters around the Lombok main island offers dive spots not to be missed. Fringed by the deep-blue waters of the Indian Ocean, divers come from around the globe to enjoy its diverse marine life. There are three main zones in Lombok, namely the bay of Read More...

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NEST at Bask Gili Meno

Lombok’s Gili islands are favourite extra island-hopping destinations for visitors to Bali. They’re home to numerous dive shops and dive resorts, and you’ll find plenty of dive sites to explore around its crystal-clear waters. On Gili Meno, a new underwater sculpture park is in plans, and is to open in 2019, right off Meno’s western shore. It will offer a hauntingly beautiful place to dive, with 48 life-size sculptures of human figures in various poses. The sculptures are the works of Jason deCaires Taylor, whose underwater sculptures can be found in various dive sites around the world, including the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and even in the Thames, back in his home country of Great Britain.

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