Bali is truly on of the best places in the world to dive. A huge diversity of underwater seascapes are breathtaking. Deep lushly covered walls; black sand slopes crawling with rare, bizarre and wonderful creatures; impossibly gorgeous, multi-colored coral reefs; exotic white sand beaches and coves; heart-pumping drift dives past other-worldly undersea cliffs and legendary big fish dives. Bali has everything you could need!
To the east of the island lies the Lombok Strait, the first deep water trench directly to the east of the Asian continental shelf. Through this channel flows the greatest volume of tidal water on earth. This Pacific Ocean can create some powerful currents and rollercoaster rides that characterises some of the dive sites. It also means regular visits from large and unusual pelagic fish like the incredible mola mola, or sunfish. The strong currents can also clean the water and create fantastic visibility.
Most famous Dive Sites
Amed – The east side of the north facing shallow bay of Cemeluk has dense stands of sloping staghorn corals, teeming with cardinal fish. Here you can see striped convict tangs, sail fin tangs and orange-lined trigger fish quite close to the Bali shoreline.
Biaha – You can be forgiven for questioning the wisdom of diving here as you are thrown around on the surface before descending at this site, close to Candi Dasa. A quick glance into the water below will reveal countless fish being tossed back and forth by the swell.
Candi Dasa (Amuk Bay) – 3 km southeast from Candi Dasa, Amuk Bay, lies the little rocky islet of Gili Tepekong that has some of the most spectacular diving Bali has to offer. Tepekong is just 100m wide, the coral walls are steep, the water is cold, and the current can be strong but, for an experienced diver, drifting with an up to 5 knot current through Tepekong’s canyon is an unforgettable and dramatic underwater experience.
Gili Selang – Gili Selang is a small island lying just off the eastern most point of Bali. Its relatively isolated location make it a popular choice on liveaboard cruises.
Lembongan Island – Nusa Penida – Away from the crowds of mainland Bali, just off Nusa Lembongan, lies Blue Corner where there are common sightings of one of the most incredible and odd-looking creatures of the sea – the sunfish. Spot one here and you can tick off a major diving ‘must see’. Emerge slightly shaken by the changeable currents but with a smile that won’t leave your face for the rest of the day.
Menjangan Island – 8 kilometers off the north west coast in Barat National Park lies Deer Island, or Menjangan, one of the more popular Bali diving destinations. Due to its protected location, waves are rarely a problem and the visibility is occasionally mind blowing.
Padang Bay – 50 meters off shore directly in front of the shrine after which it was named, lies Pura Jepun. The reef starts as a shallow ledge at a depth of 10 meters. Swim further to sea, and a slope will take you down to 20 meters, after which a sandy bottom levels out at 40 meters. The slope is dominated by magnificent anemones, black and yellow feather stars and sea squirts. Oriental sweetlips, boxfish and yellow trumpetfish are common on dives here.
Pemuteran – 2 kilometers to the east of Pemuteran (Permuteran) in north west Bali and a couple of kilometers offshore lies Napoleon Reef. This submerged reef rises to 5 meters from the surface and slopes down to 30 meters to the north, providing some easy paced scuba diving in north west Bali.
Secret Bay – Just to the east of the Bali-to-Java ferry terminal in the small village of Gilimanuk in northwest Bali, lie the calm waters of Secret Bay. Although not in the same league as other muck diving destinations such as Lembeh Strait, this spot has a fair collection of its own treasures waiting to be discovered; it’s definitely worth a dive or 2.
Tulamben – The USS Liberty is a wreck dive of international renown. Just off the stony shore of Tulamben lies the most beautifully colorful wreck you can imagine. Easy access, mild conditions and shallow water mean that everyone can enjoy the splendours of this wreck and interact with the myriad species that call it home.