5 Best Dive Sites in Bali

Where to Go Scuba Diving in Bali

Mark these best dive sites in Bali on top of your diving plans. These top diving spots in Bali are where you can explore the island's underwater beauty. Bali itself has grown into a premier diving destination. These great spots each have something special to offer. There’s one for every skill level, and most have year-round visibility that is fair to excellent. Usually, best time to go diving in Bali is around the drier months. This is roughly between April and November. 

Distinctive highlights include shipwrecks with a bit of history to tell. Expansive artificial ‘biorock’ reefs offer a one-of-a-kind underwater photo op. They feature sunken gardens, statues and temples overgrown with sea fans and teeming with tropical fish. The best dive sites in Bali also let you witness rare species. Large manta rays, elusive oceanic sunfish or ‘mola-mola’, reef sharks, sea turtles and tiny pygmy seahorses are among them.

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    East Bali

    This remote coastal village in East Bali lacks in its bleak overland terrain. But it makes up for with its splendid underwater beauty. The USAT Liberty shipwreck is its main attraction. Explore the wreck that's home to colourful corals and variety of tropical fish. The waters around Tulamben feature a combination of muddy volcanic sea beds and natural reef walls. Occasional sightings you'll see include migrating mantas, sunfish, sea turtles and dolphins. Visibility is fairly clear year round. It's great for intermediate to advanced levels, as well as casual snorkelling. Read More...

    • Location: Tulamben, Kubu, Karangasem, East Bali
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    East Bali

    This favourite dive site in East Bali welcomes divers of all skill levels. It's a two-hour transfer from Kuta via the main eastern Bali route. This makes it a convenient day trip destination. Stay-overs are advisable and quite effortless, as Amed Beach, including Jemeluk Bay, has a great collection of resorts and cheap guesthouses dotting its coastline. You can expect great visibility year round. Dense gorgonian gardens and coral reef walls are at depths of up to eight metres. There are 35m drop-offs, all reachable on short rides out on traditional wooden jukung outriggers. Sea turtles, barracuda, stingrays and parrotfish are among the common sightings. Read More...

    • Location: Jemeluk, Karangasem, East Bali
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    North Bali

    This calm and scenic bay on Bali’s north-western coast draws attention of the world’s diving community. It's the largest ‘biorock’ reef site on the planet. This is thanks to a passionate project shared by local communities and businesses, overseen by the Karang Lestari Foundation. You can dive under the calm waves of Pemuteran with good visibility here throughout the year. Vivid coral reef nurseries have grown over magnificent purposefully sunken structures. Expansive underwater gardens serve as the bay’s centrepiece. Corals continue to thrive on existing structures. The whole site continues to expand as structures are added over time. Read More...

    • Location: Dusun Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Buleleng, North Bali
    • Tel: +62 (0)362 932 64
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    The calm and pristine waters around Menjangan Island offer spectacular underwater beauty. Snorkelers and divers will instantly love its shallow reefs. You can access this protected nature reserve island by boat, and go under the crystal-clear surface. Deeper areas comprise several specific dive sites. Such is the ‘temple wall’ with its colourful reef teeming with tropical cardinalfish. The ‘anchor wreck’ has barracudas and shy reef sharks around a wooden wreck. The ‘eel garden’ with its sandy bed is home to colonies of garden eels dancing to the steady currents. Read More...

    • Location: Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Buleleng, North Bali
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    Nusa Penida

    South Bali

    This is the largest in the trio of islands that lie southeast of the Bali mainland. Nusa Penida has waters that meet the open Indian Ocean. These happen to be the midyear (August to October) migrating route of pelagic species. Penida is dotted with many dive sites. Crystal Bay is one. Experienced divers navigate strong currents here in search of the famous oceanic sunfish or ‘mola-mola’. Another is Manta Point, where you can spot graceful manta rays. There aren’t many dive resorts on Penida itself. However, there are many on Lembongan Island nearby. You can arrange for dive trips with operators departing from the coasts of Sanur and Padang Bai at the mainland. Read More...

    • Location: Nusa Penida Island, Klungkung
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