Diving in Bali
Immerse your body and vision into the beauty of deep ultimate diving through beautiful sea living beyond Bali island
Welcome to the mesmerizing underwater world of Bali, a paradise for diving enthusiasts! Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you dive into the crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life and colorful coral reefs. Bali's diving scene offers a kaleidoscope of experiences, from exhilarating drift dives to serene encounters with majestic sea creatures. Join us as we delve into the depths of Nusa Penida, explore the shipwrecks of Tulamben, and marvel at the incredible biodiversity in Menjangan Island. Get ready to plunge into an aquatic wonderland and discover the magic that awaits in Bali's enchanting diving spots. Let's dive in!
The majority of visitors stay in the triangle formed by Kuta, Denpasar, and Uluwatu on Bali's south coast.
Because of its distant location, the protected island of Menjangan, at the very west end of the island, on the path to the ferry to Java,
has remained almost unspoiled. To enter the park, a fee of IDR 40,000 is required. Coral and its ecology survive because to conservation efforts in the area since the establishment of the West Bali National Park in 1917,
offering magnificent colors underwater in extremely shallow seas.
This is why it's a great place to visit if you're traveling with non-divers who can also enjoy it while snorkeling. Divers who are looking for a challenge will be glad to find that Menjangan is also known for its wall, which has visibility of up to 50 meters. To visit Menjangan Island, it is best to contact the local dive centers in the nearby village of Pemuteran.
Amed is a sleepy fishing village on Bali's east coast, with black sand beaches. It's the ideal location for scuba divers seeking a genuine Balinese experience while relaxing by the water. Whether you go wall or muck diving, the charm of diving in Amed is the traditional jukung boat ride from the beach to the dive site.
Although this traditional fishermen boat is popular in Indonesia and the Philippines, it is Balinese in origin. It's a small wooden sailboat with two outriggers and a triangular sail that looks like a canoe (which is now also equipped with a gasoline engine). A boat ride of 10 to 15 minutes is required to reach most dive locations. Starting your scuba diving day with the sensation of surfing directly on the water's surface while honoring the local fishermen's
customs is an unforgettable and unique experience.
Tulamben, a little village 30 minutes north of Amed, is worth visiting. The wreck of the USAT Liberty is one of the most well-known wreck diving sites in the world.
It is, nevertheless, also one of the most accessible. It's a shore dive because the wreck is barely 25 meters from the beach.
The wreck's highest point is barely 5 meters deep, while the deepest position is 30 meters below the surface.
As a result, it's a great dive spot for divers of all skill levels. During WWII, a Japanese submarine sunk the American ship between Bali and Lombok. The ship was then transported to Tulamben Beach for salvage efforts.
The story, however, does not end here. In 1963, the still-active volcano Agung erupted, wreaking havoc on Bali's east coast.
The wreck was pushed underwater by the lava flow near offshore.
Since then, it has become one of the most spectacular coral reefs, attracting scuba divers from all over the world. It's home to schools of bumphead parrot fish and jackfish, which may be seen spinning above the wreckage. You must be the first one in the water at daybreak at 6 a.m. to see this spectacular sight. This is why staying the night in one of Tulamben's local resorts is strongly advised.
Manta Point Nusa Penida
What scuba diver hasn't fantasized about spending time underwater with these gentle giants? Meeting a manta ray is not a frightening encounter, but rather a spectacular one, with an average length of 3m to 5m from tip to tip.
Going to a cleaning station where they come to have their skin cleaned by tiny lipp fish is the greatest way to watch them during a dive. At the south extremity of Nusa Penida, this is Manta Point. Five to six manta rays can perform a beautiful and strong ballet there.
Despite the fact that this dive is rather shallow, with an average depth of 10 to 12 meters, due to the strong currents in the vicinity,
it is only suggested for experienced current divers. If the boat captain believes the currents are too strong, he may cancel the dive.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to spend an hour with these amazing creatures, please refrain from touching them and approach them slowly and carefully. They are terrified of the bubbles produced by scuba divers, so they must relax and breathe softly.
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
For many scuba divers visiting Bali, seeing the mola-mola, an Indonesian big sunfish, is like meeting the Holy Grail.
They can grow to be over 3m tall and weigh over 1000kg!
It's simple to spot because of its round and flat body and two long vertical caudal fins. Unfortunately, even in the peak season, from July to September, you'll have to cross your fingers a lot to view it. This fish is apprehensive. The sunfish washing station at Crystal Bay, near Penida town on the northeast coast of Nusa Penida in the Ceningan Channel, is the finest place to meet one. Because the observation location is between 18m and 30m deep, this is only suggested for experienced deep divers. Remember that the water can be significantly cooler there, so a 5mm full suit is a good idea.
This is not an archaeological dive site, contrary to popular belief, but rather an environmental conservation program.
A 4m high traditional Balinese temple doorway and statues of Buddha, Krishna, and Ganesh grace this location, which was erected by local dive centers in Pemuteran. The site is currently completely covered in gorgonian, making this effort a success from an ecological standpoint. It still gives visitors the impression that they are delving inside an old edifice. The most intriguing part is at 30 meters deep, however the site has recently been expanded with a 15-meter-depth section to accommodate beginner dives.
If you're looking for a way to relax after all of these scuba diving activities but still want to spend some time underneath, why not attend one of Bali's free diving schools? It's a wonderful approach to improve your underwater skills, and it's worth noting that yoga is associated with free diving schools.
Yoga's deep relaxation and breathing exercises aid divers in developing bodily control while holding their breath underwater. The freedom of diving with gear is attracting an increasing number of fans. Nusa Lembongan is one of the greatest sites to discover these freediving schools. The peace and calm of this small paradise island make it ideal for free diving and yoga.
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