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  • 10 Best Dive Shops in Bali

    Where to Learn Scuba Diving in Bali

    This list of the best dive shops in Bali will help point you in the right direction for getting into the great diving scene Bali has to offer. Staffed by professional dive instructors, guides and divemasters, these specialised centres can help plan and arrange for your trips to the island’s popular dive sites, or serve as go-to places for beginners to pick up the fundamental basics needed in learning to dive in open water, and obtain required certifications from the world’s renowned diving associations.

    Once you’ve obtained your PADI, BSAC, SSI or RAID certifications, you can discover the truly hidden side of Bali teeming with colourful tropical marine biodiversity. These best dive shops in Bali are also where you can pick up all your essential scuba gear, from wetsuits in all sizes, BCDs, weight belts and other essentials – not to mention oxygen tanks. Some operate dive resorts right on the shores of popular dive sites, while others arrange exciting dive trips regularly.

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    BIDP Bali Sanur
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    The Bali International Diving Professionals based in Sanur is the go-to dive centre in Bali where you can join a course and obtain your SSI (Scuba Schools International) certification. It is also a professional instructor training centre, with over 25 years of experience guiding divers from the world over through Bali's rich tropical waters. They can arrange for dive trips to the premier diving spot of Menjangan Island, to the advanced diving waters around the island of Nusa Penida (packaged at three dives for a minimum party of four at USD 155 per person). The guys behind BIDP are also underwater video and photographic specialists; pioneers in underwater photography on the island who can also arrange for underwater pre-wedding shoots!

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    Tauch Terminal Resort Tulamben Tulamben, East Bali
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    This pioneer dive resort in Bali’s popular dive site of Tulamben in East Bali has served and guided visiting divers from around the world to Bali’s underwater wonders for over two decades. The ‘SSI Diamond Instructor Resort’ offers diving courses catering to beginners from the age of 10 years to professional and advanced rescue training. Besides onsite diving at its home in Tulamben, with the USAT Liberty shipwreck just 750m out to sea, they can also arrange for tours to other popular Bali dive sites such as neighbouring Amed, Menjangan Island in the north and Nusa Penida off shore. The full-fledged dive resort itself welcomes you to clean rooms, diver’s hangouts, spa and international restaurant. Two-night dive and stay packages at Tulamben start from around USD 470.

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    Atlantis International Bali Sanur
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    Atlantis arrived on the Bali diving scene in 1996, as a PADI Certified five star Instructor Development Centre or IDC. French-owned, it is also among the only dive clubs registered under FFESSM (French Federation of Underwater Studies and Sports). Beginners can opt for first-time courses, while advanced divers can go up to PADI’s Open Water Scuba Instructor courses. ‘Introduction dives’ (USD 130 per person) comprise one session in a training pool and two ocean dives, which is an excellent way to try out diving in a real world site, in this case, the shipwreck off Tulamben.

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    Bali Scuba Sanur
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    This five-star PADI dive centre and BSAC resort offers a fun environment to get into diving, with its headquarters featuring an onsite learning pool in Sanur. With your courses completed and certification achieved, you can arrange with them for exciting trips that can be customised to suit your skill level. Trips include popular sites of Tulamben, Padang Bai and Nusa Penida aboard their fun and bright orange dive boats. Their underwater photography team also welcomes advanced divers who wish to capture Bali’s underwater beauty on their trips, taking care of their transfers, accommodation and gear. Shipwreck dive packages at Tulamben start from USD 119; dive gear rentals from USD 35.

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    Bali Diving Sanur
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    If you’re looking to do your PADI divemaster internship in Bali, Bali Diving based in Sanur is a good choice. You can combine your diving adventure in Bali with some extra qualifications added on, such as wreck diving; underwater navigation, rescue diving and others. Total beginners can go for the ‘discover scuba’ or a resort course, supervised by a qualified instructor. Bali Diving offers both PADI and SSI certifications. Bali Diving has fun dive trips scheduled every day, and covers most of the popular dive sites in Bali, from Tulamben and Menjangan Island, to the closer Sanur reef and advanced diving sites around Nusa Penida Island. Sanur boat dive trips start from USD 115.

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    Ena Dive Center Sanur
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    This five-star gold palm PADI resort based in Sanur has a professional team of dive instructors who provide tours and courses in English, Japanese and Indonesian. Ena Dive Center has been around for over 30 years now, making them one of the veterans in the diving scene in Bali. They are able to organize introductory dive lessons, as well as day trips to all of Bali's famous dive spots. Among their ‘adventure dive’ packages for two persons include a five-night stay and exploration of Nusa Penida and Tulamben, combined with overland tours to Besakih Temple and jungle trekking (USD 534 per person). Open water introductory lessons in Sanur start at USD 90 per person, with lunch included.

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    D Scuba Club Sanur
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    D Scuba is a scuba dive centre located in Sanur, which offers a full range of SSI certified diving courses, as well as diving tours and live-aboard trips throughout Bali and other famous dive sites in Indonesia, including Komodo Islands. It is one of a few dive centres that goes by the way of a dive club, in which they promise balanced recommendations and friendly services with value-added ‘dive more, serve more’ trip discounts and other club membership benefits. Among their available trips is a Menjangan Island package with four dives for a minimum of two divers at USD 150 per person and includes a night’s accommodation, complete diving equipment and insurance.

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    AquaMarine Diving Seminyak
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    AquaMarine offers quality experiences including safaris that combine exciting days out to Bali’s most popular diving spots together with accommodation, as well as dive trips and PADI certified courses. They have a unique one-day ‘introductory adventure diving programme’ for those who have limited time available but wish to experience scuba diving or give diving a try while on their holiday before even committing to diver training. This enables you to discover what scuba diving is all about with two dives at USD 135. Certified divers can opt from their range of special packages, including a two-night experience with seven dives, which includes Menjangan Island, Tulamben and Amed.

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    Bali Bubbles Dive Center Candidasa, East Bali
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    This dive shop located on the laidback coast of Candidasa in East Bali offers SSI instructor training, as well as a full range of diving courses from both SSI and PADI. Certified divers can go for their available guided dives in small groups to Bali’s popular dive sites, and choose from an array of dive packages and dive sites based on your certification and experience level. Daily dive trip packages start from USD 85 per person, and includes a dive leader guiding a maximum of four divers per trip, lunch, hotel transfers and diving equipment. Newbies can opt for the ‘try scuba’ programme from SSI, at USD 105 per person.

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    Nemo Divers Bali Pemuteran, North Bali
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    For dives in the popular sites of North Bali, the likes of Pemuteran and Menjangan Island, head to Nemo Divers who have over 25 years of experience in the diving business on Bali’s northern coast. The dive centre tailors daily dive trips and packages as well as PADI dive courses for those who are just beginning to enter the world of underwater discovery. Their multilingual team comprises rescue divers and emergency first responders, who guide repeat guests from the US, Australia, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. Regular trip packages offered come with diving gear, handbooks, dive logs, meals and snacks, PADI insurance, land and sea transport, site entry fees, accommodation and dive certificates. Dive trip packages to neighbouring Menjangan Island start from an approximate USD 35 per person.

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