Diving in Nusa Dua
Who in the world would not know about the most famous island of Bali? The island that is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, is a home to one of the most spectacular tourism experiences that you will ever get. Its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music made this island the largest tourist destination in its home country of Indonesia. Being a tourist haven for decades, Bali has seen a further surge in tourist numbers in recent years due to many reasons that cannot be stated enough. One thing that made many, especially foreign visitors, to come and visit Bali is because it has excessively many and varied diving sites. Supposedly, there are over than 18 regions that act as a dive site, with more than one site in some of the regions. As it might take a long time to explain all the regions, there is one region that will be introduced to all of you who are interested in diving in Bali, the Nusa Dua region.
Nusa Dua is an enclave containing a large international 5 star resort in the southeast of Bali. Located 40 kilometers from Denpasar, capital of Bali province, it is easily reachable by using general land transportation, such as car or bus. Nusa Dua is famous due to being the location of the UN Conference on Climate Change 2008 between December 3 and December 14 in the year 2007. Immediately north of Nusa Dua enclave is the peninsula of Tanjung Benoa that includes less exclusive hotels and Benoa village. A multi-denominational area, it includes a mosque, and Chinese and Hindu temples in close proximity.
Around the most superb and luxurious international 5 star resort in the world, Nusa Dua is an excellent site dive as it is surrounded by clear water and the coral reefs that surround the area. To visit the dive site, which was built as an extension of Tanjung Benoa’s reefs, you have to take a boat and travel about 10 minutes from Tanjung Benoa. Once you have diving in Nusa Dua waters, you will be greeted by colorful coral fish, gigantic table coral and soft corals grow on the mile long barrier reef. The reef is teemed with soft and hard corals, a good variety of small reef fish. The reef is stretched out from the north to south, following the beach line of Nusa Dua resorts. This barrier reef is extremely accessible to visitors due to its nearby proximity to the mainland and shallow depths. The warm, tranquil waters play host to an abundance of plant and marine life. The shallow reef is flat, with white sand and a slightly sloping bottom with scattered coral formation. Although the coral cover here is not the most fantastic, the mini-pinnacles drew plentiful fish life with a good variety of species.
Nusa Dua diving site is perfect for all divers and snorkelers with depths ranging from 2 to 16 meters and water visibility around 10 to 25 meters. While this site may not appease the experienced divers looking for stunning coral life, this site is perfect for beginners and also an ideal place for diver training.