This little tropical gem in Indonesia is called the Island of God for a reason. Not only for abundant natural wonder and rich cultural heritage in the surface, but also marvelous marine life under its blue water. Bali is the “all-you-can-eat” of diving. There are so many dive sites in Bali enough to fill 10 days adventure of scuba diving. And you will be indulged by the variety of dive sites! From a simple site with reefs and fishes to cave dive filled with sleeping sharks, shore dives or drift dive, muck dive or pelagic ‘hunt’, you name it. Best of all? Bali sits in a tropical country which makes diving available for almost all year round! Before you book your next plane ticket to Bali, here’s what to know about diving in this tropical island.
Head to the Northeast Coast of Bali to Start the Adventure Scuba Diving Bali
With so many sites to choose, it’s just logical if you get confused with where to start. We suggest you to hear to the northeast. This region is arguably the most popular diving location, with dozens of incredible dive sites lining up the coast. There are lots of dives to enjoy from Padang Bai to Tulamben, and Candidasa is smack in the center. Because of the calm seas surrounding Padang Bai and Amed, this is one of the greatest places of Bali for anyone seeking to get certified or improve their abilities. Drift dives in Candidasa and the nearby islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, which are both within easy reach of Candidasa and Padang Bai, will appeal to more experienced divers.
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Find Bali Dive School or Operator for Your Adventure
Visitors visiting Bali, like most things, have a plethora of options when it comes to selecting a diving school or operator. You can always choose the ultimate freedom and dive without guide at all. However, we don’t really recommend it if this is your first time going to Bali and are not familiar with the local underwater situation.
Looking for the right dive operator is not hard. To locate one that matches your criteria, you’ll need to search about and read internet reviews. Around Bali, there are around 130 licensed dive operators who follow industry standards for personnel training, safety procedures (including decompression), and up-to-date equipment. Our favourite to have scuba diving adventure in Bali is Dune Atlantis, which was one of the oldest and well-known dive operator in this island.
Look for Weather Forecast
Practically, you can dive in Bali almost all year long—even in wet season. Just avoid months with heaviest rainfall, which usually fall around January to March. April to December is safe for dive, while September to November usually give the best condition. This make Bali perfect for winter escape if you come from northern hemisphere!
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Avoid the Peak Season for Best Scuba Diving Adventure Experience in Bali
With the growth of tourism, Bali’s diving spots have grown increasingly popular in recent years. Especially in Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida where divers ‘hunt’ the elusive Mola Mola and Manta Ray.
Just in five years ago, the most crowded day in Manta Point, Nusa Penida, consisted of 3-5 other dive operators. However, the Manta Point these days attracts almost 35 boats carrying divers and snorkelers, especially during high season! Think about seeing manta rays through the bubbles of 70-100 divers all diving at the same time. This can disrupt the wildlife and spoilt your scuba diving adventure experience in Bali. Some locations are busier than others, although Manta Point and Crystal Bay are virtually always crowded.