Diving in Bali
One of the most beautiful islands in the world and Indonesia’s most popular diving holiday destination, the island of Bali, never fails to attract the visit from many tourists all around the globe. Finding the attraction of good shore-based diving set against a stunning back drop of huge, magnificent volcanoes and picturesque rice paddy terraces while diving in Bali is simply irresistible. There are quite a lot of diving sites in Bali. Below are some of the dive sites available there.
Take a boat and travel about 10 minutes from Tanjung Benoa or Nusa Dua, and you will be rewarded by colorful coral fish, gigantic table coral and soft corals growing on the mile long barrier reef. Nusa Dua is a diving site that is ideal for both beginner and experienced divers.
Tanjung Benoa is a very popular water games area for tourists. This area is still in the tourist area of Nusa Dua. From the direction of Kuta, it can be reached by only 20-30 minutes driving. While can only submerge until the maximum depth of 6 meters, divers can see the beautiful coral reefs while feeding the fish under the sea.
Take a dive onto the incredible US Liberty Wreck and witness the fantastic array of corals and marine life that have made the 120 m structure their home in the water of Tulamben. With numerous Boat Dives, Shore Dives, and an array of macro life that is very hard to compare to anywhere in the region along with fantastic night dives, Tulamben has something for divers of all levels and interests.
The dive site of Sanur lies approximately 300 m off shore from the famous Sanur beach that you could visit by taking a short ride with jukung or small boat. Three named dive sites that exist at the reef in front of Sanur, which are “Channel Point”, “Penjor Reef” and “Jeladi Wilis” offer a bit different bottom composition. Although there is a lot of marine life to see, sometimes the underwater visibility can be a challenge and the current depends on the tides. This site is ideal for beginner and experienced divers who seek adventure not too far from civilization.
Amed is a small village in the northeast coastal region of Bali, with dry volcanic rock ridges along its coastline. It is about 10 km south of Tulamben Bay, at Culik regency. This place offers four different diving sites, which are Uyah Reef and Cemeluk Reef in Cemeluk Bay, Bunutan Reef and Lipah Reef in the farther east.
This area is popular for the Manta Point, the Mola-mola interaction, and the live boat drift dive experiences, for which the region is now world renowned. There are a total of 15 dive sites here that offer a terrific variety of diving for all levels of participants, and some sites that are suitable only for experienced divers. Early morning departures to Manta Point and carefully timed drops on the Mola-mola cleaning stations are seasonal highlights.
There are other recommended dive sites in Bali as well such as Candidasa, Kuta, Nusa Penida, Menjangan, Amuk Bay, Gili Selang, Padang Bay, Secret Bay, Puri Jati, Kubu, and Gili Tepekong.