Diving In Bali
Diving in Bali is well-recognized as one of the world’s top dive destinations,
with its coastal waters having a wealth of superb
dive sites hidden within.
Marine Life Highlights in Bali
Mola Mola / Sunfish
Diving In Bali
Bali is located in the Lesser Sundas, midway along Indonesia’s southernmost chain of island between Java and Lombok. The island’s south coast just touches the easternmost edge of the Indian Ocean., while the north coast looks onto the Java Sea. To the southeast lie the islands of Nusa Penida and Ceningan, and at Bali’s far northwestern tip lies Pulau Menjangan, part of Bali Barat National Park, which is a protected Nature Reserve.
Bali’s climate is warm and pleasant year-round, with an average temperature of 27 Degree Celsius. There is little variation between seasons, although there is a rainy season between November and July. The steady winds throughout the year takes the edge off the tropical heat. The largest city is Denpasar, which is like a miniature Jakarta, the prime diving areas are located on the east and north coasts. Ubud, to the north of the Denpasar in Bali’s green, hilly interior, is a centre for the arts and a popular area for locals and foreigners alike.
Diving in Bali has been well-recognized as one of the world’s top dive destinations, with its coastal waters having a wealth of superb dive sites hidden within. Diving in Bali is spectacular, with many of the dives only metres from the beach and all enhanced by the pleasures of diving in a tropical climate. There is a dazzling variety of both hard and soft corals. In fact, the number of different types of corals that are concentrated in Bali’s dive sites rivals the full range that a diver could find in other Asian countries.
Amidst these corals live a wide variety of pelagics – tuna, mackerel, jacks, barracuda and several species of sharks and the most-beloved Manta Rays and Mola Mola. Manta Rays are a common sighting around Nusa Penida, whose environs are particularly rich in deep-water fish. Mola Molas appear during a specific season, usually between August to September, when the cold upwellings drop the temperatures by several degrees, with lows inshore of about 21 Degree Celsius. Most dive centres have thick wetsuits of 5mm or 7mm for rent.
|Best Diving Season:||April to November|
|Weather:||Rainy Season is from December to March|
|Water Temperature:||19 – 26°C|
|Marine Animal Highlights:||Mola Mola, Manta Rays|
|Recommended Thermal Protection:||5 – 7mm|
Dive Sites In Bali
The wreck, of a World War II Liberty ship, is one of the most popular dive sites in Bali. She is approximately 100 meters long, and is situated near to the shore, making the dive site accessible from the shore. The hull is pretty beaten, with the stern towards the beach and the bow pointing towards the depths; the wreck is not intact enough to speak of penetrating it, but parts of the hold are whole, and there are numerous overhanging sections and swim-throughs. The metal hull is completely encrusted by corals, making the fish population here really worth the while.
Other than reef fishes such as groupers, parrotfish, several types of triggerfish, Moorish Idols, Angelfish, many Blue-spotted Stingrays and uncountable surgeonfish and unicornfish, critters such as shrimps, nudibranchs, and the likes are aplenty, making underwater photography opportunities abound, especially macro-photography.
If you are diving in Bali, you cannot miss Bali’s most popular dive site. The visibility here is usually great and often very cold. This site, however, is one of the toughest one to dive at amongst the sites in Bali. Crystal Bay is located on the south-west of Nusa Penida, with a rocky island situated in the middle. Inside the bay is sheltered from the currents, with a colourful reef sloping down to the white sandy bottom and wonderful array of soft corals in the shallow waters. Outside the bay the currents bring plankton rich waters, making it a favorite site for Mola Mola and other pelagics to visit. It is best to stick with the dive guides and stay close to the reef. Though the currents here bring with them good chances of encounters of Mola Mola in the season.
Dive Resorts in Bali
Sindhu Mertha Guest House
Sindhu Mertha Guest House is an accommodation that is truly worth what you pay for. Do not let the word fool you. It is a simple accommodation infused with a Balinese architectural nuances in a modern western setting. The rooms are considerably spacious, and overlook the pool and petite garden. Situated in Sanur town, you can plan an evening out after the dives to fill your stomach or get a sensual Balinese massage after a good day of diving.
Sindhu Mertha Suite
Sindhu Mertha Suite is situated comfortably in the heart of Sanur Town. At a price that everyone could afford, with a modest top-up from the sister accommodation – Sindhu Mertha Guest House, the suite rooms are minimalistic and modern whilst playing up the luxurious factors. With her distinct Balinese-style architecture, Sindhu Mertha Suite will be a perfect place for you to unwind and relax in, while keeping your wallet intact.