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.
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.
Dive Inn Bali
Dive Inn Bali is a dive centre, resort and travel services located only 2 hours by transport service from the airport. It is close to the famous Liberty Wreck and other dive locations around Tulamben such as Kubu Wreck, Drop off, Coral Garden, Palung Palung, Batu Kelebit, Emerald, and Alam Anda. Partnered with Bali Tulamben Sea Front Resort & Hostel, it features diving packages with accommodation and shuttle service. Divers can have their meals at the Seafood Restaurant, dive training at 4×6 and 3.3 meter deep diving pool, a dip at the swimming pool, relax at the SPA, and choose from their rooms: Bed Aircon Hostel, Deluxe Room, and Super Lux Bungalows. Dive Inn Bali offers Leisure Diving, Dive Safari, Scuba Diving Courses, and Technical Diving courses.
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.
Marine Life Highlights in Bali
Mola Mola / Sunfish
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.
Menjangan Island is part of Bali Barat National Park, located northwest of Bali. Known for its spectacular wall dives and drop offs, Menjangan is Bali’s first internationally recognized diving location. The island, with its white sand beaches and its waters with visibility of 15 up to 50 metres, can be reached by a 30-minute boat ride from mainland Bali. Walls covered by sponges, soft corals, and loads of Gorgonian fans go from 10 metres and plunge to the depths at 60 metres full of nooks and crannies, overhangs, crevasses and underwater caves. Popular dive sites in Menjangan are Anker Wreck (an unidentified boat and deeper than other sites at 40 metres), Garden Eel Point (known for sightings of White and Black tips, Dogtooth Tuna, Turtles, Napoleons and Garden Eels) and Pos II (for a gentle drift dive).
Lying on the north eastern tip of Bali is Amed, a long coastal strip of fishing villages that is the most recent area for tourist development. From the village of Culik, the strip goes through seven villages and can be accessed from the airport in Bali by a three-hour drive or by Amed Sea Express from Lombok, and the Gili Islands. Its coastline has volcanic ridges especially shores near Mt. Agung, and deep coral walls greet divers dropping off to depths of 40 metres at Jemeluk Bay. Visibility ranges from 15 to 35 metres with sometimes strong currents resulting to healthy corals and abundant marine life. Common sightings are schools of Jack and Bluefin Trevally, Nudibranchs, Shrimps, Black and Humpback Snappers, and White tip Reef Sharks.
A small town that serves as ferry port to Lembar, Gili Islands, and other Lesser Sunda Islands, Padang Bai is a charming beach town located east coast of Bali. It has four beaches: Main Beach, Blue Lagoon Beach, Bias Tugal Beach and Mimba Beach with Blue Lagoon being the center of attraction having crystal clear waters and coral reef up to the shore, perfect for snorkeling and diving. Currents can be strong with a visibility of 15 to 30 metres and depths ranging from 10 to 40 metres. Filled with soft coral bommies, swim throughs, and fields of soft & hard corals, Padang Bai is home to reef fishes, Sharks, and juvenile fishes. White tip and Black tip Reef Sharks are residents of these waters along with Cuttlefish, Frogfish, Turtles, Bannerfish, and in a good season, even a Mola Mola, Whale Shark and Eagle Rays.
Nusa Lembongan is a protected marine park together with Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan that is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands situated southeast of Bali. Blessed with 74 percent coral coverage at 10 metres deep extending to the north coast of Nusa Penida, the island has colorful hard and soft corals sheltering small critters like Nudibranchs, Crabs, and Shrimps while providing a healthy environment for reef fishes. White sand beaches with low limestone cliffs surround the island, and is reachable by a 30-minute boat ride from Bali.
Aside from its coral formations, the main attractions of Nusa Lembongan are encounters with Manta Rays all year round and Mola Mola between the months of July to October. Most of the dive sites are drift dives with visibility of 20 metres and depths of up to 40 metres.
Resting on the edge of a freshwater lagoon is a seaside town in eastern Bali known as Candidasa. It has three surrounding islands that is perfect for Experienced divers: Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang and Gili Biaha with the latter at the north east side. Gili Tepekong or Goat Island features black stone walls covered with hard and soft corals with sightings of schooling Sweetlips, Bumphead Parrotfish, Batfish and Unicorn fish at a spot called Tepekong Canyon, while its sister island, Gili Mimpang or Shark Point, is a slope and a wall with hard and soft corals and some Gorgonians along with encounters with White tip Reef Sharks, large schools of Butterfly fish and Bannerfish.
Gili Biaha on the other hand, is a crescent shaped rocky outcrop where a cave can be found inside the crescent and White Tip Reef Sharks can be spotted resting while the outer parts boasts of Leaf Scorpionfish, Cuttlefish and Anglerfish. Currents in these islands are strong with a visibility of 30 metres and maximum depth of 32 metres.
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|