If you’re an enthusiastic diver and the underwater world excites you, here's a list of Bali's Top Diving & Snorkeling Destinations:
World famous for the 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck, Wall/ Drop-off and Coral Garden, and offering incredible shore-diving with very easy conditions, Tulamben Bay is Bali’s most popular dive location. Amazing selection of resident marine life. Suitable for all levels including Try-Diving and snorkelling. 2.5hrs by minibus from South Bali.
Only a short distance south of Tulamben Bay (by jukung, local outrigger fishing boat) are other wonderful sites such as Emerald, Alamanda, Batu Kelebit and Seraya Slopes. 10 mins by road, north of Tulamben Bay, Kubu is the location of Bali’s newest shipwreck. Suitable for all levels.
The diving outside this sleepy fishing village combines reef and wall diving that can be accessed from shore or by jukung. Pretty corals, good variety of fish, warm water. Suitable for all levels including Try-Diving and snorkelling. 2.5hrs by minibus from South Bali.
Bloo Lagoon in Padang Bae
The closest area to South Bali with good diving. There are companies offering diving around Sanur/Nusa Dua but it is only for people who want to Get Wet. Blue Lagoon has a white sand bottom and is a treasure-trove of marine life. A good choice for Try-Diving and snorkelling. 1.5hrs by minibus from South Bali.
These two sites offer breathtaking diving, however are for experienced divers due to the steep walls, cold water and (often strong) currents. Expect schooling fish, Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish) in season, White-tip reef sharks and maybe turtles. 1.5hrs by minibus from south Bali then 10 minutes by boat.
Pemuteran (North West Bali)
Pemuteran is a quaint little beach village situated in the northwest coast of the island of Bali in Indonesia. The tourism focus here is definitely on scuba diving, with it’s enchanting underwater world in the Bali Sea. There is so much to see beneath the water’s surface. From underwater temples, to spectacular reefs, private beaches, islands and wall dives – all with calm water, almost no currents and crystal clear water, Pemuteran is a diver or snorkeler’s dream.
Nusa Penida is the largest of the three offshore islands. The water here is fairly cold (due to the ocean currents) but often startlingly clear, with gorgeous corals and prolific fish, occasional turtles, reef sharks and in August to September Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish). Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur. Nusa Penida is popular for its spectacular diving spots including; Toya Pakeh, SdD, Ped, Sental, Crystal Bay and Manta Point.
Nusa Penida’s most popular dive site, has good visibility and rich, impressive coral formations with big bommies. The profusion of colourful soft corals provides hiding places for many kinds of marine life. Some dive experience required.
SD, Ped, Sental
Three lovely dive sites on one long reef with many soft corals and fish such as sweetlips, lionfish, moray eels, scorpionfish and reef sharks, in addition to turtles, nudibranchs and crabs. Some dive experience required.
With dramatic limestone cliffs descending straight into the ocean, the surge can be strong; no currents. The Mantas are 2-4m wide and seen quite shallow. Mola-Molas, Bamboo sharks, Shark rays, tunas, Tigermackerels and dolphins may also be seen. Some dive experience required.
Best known for Mola- Mola in July-November’s cold waters! The bay itself is quite beautiful with good numbers ariety of fish; gorgeous corals. You may see Eagle rays and the Bali Wobbegong shark – yes, it’s only found in Bali. Experienced divers only.