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Bali is one of the best places to scuba dive in the world. Indeed, Bali is an attraction for divers from all around the globe. There are the incredibly beautiful beaches and the rich biodiversity of the sea. In addition, this region's underwater world is quite unique.

Sunken temples and ships and coral walls that bloom with color can be encountered. Sea fans can swim near Manta rays and Mola Mola, as you marvel at the beauty of the deep sea.

This is why this article focuses on the island's best dive spots. Moreover, another favorite and exciting activity is freediving in Bali. Freediving, however, isn't unfamiliar. On the contrary, it's a little more exciting and an adventure than scuba diving.

You must visit these best scuba diving in Bali spots if you are looking for relaxing your body and soul. Let's begin with the best Indonesia beaches and best beaches in Bali!

bali best scuba diving sites

1. Menjangan Island

The famous Menjangan Island (Deer Island) is one of the true natural treasures of Bali. The island is part of Bali Barat Taman National Park in Bali's northwest area. The beautiful coral reef gardens that surround the entire island make this spot so amazing. Can you imagine the underwater sight being so impressive?

Also, for scuba divers who wants to see aquatic animals, the place has a wide range of ecobiology. This is the perfect place to explore fish and colorful coral reefs. In fact, you will notice several coral species and colorful tropical fish.

But Menjangan Island is not even the best part. There will also be a look at turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, frogfish and more. The visibility is good and therefore suitable for every diver.

2. Pemuteran

The beautiful Pemuteran is another hidden gem. It is a fisherman village on the north coast of Bali. The jungle is green, the water is blue, and what else can you ask for, for a dive under the surface!

Before you get to the destination, the Pemuteran adventure begins. Because you have to pass by the mountain road past Bedugul if you want to get there. Three great views over three different lakes will be seen along the route. As a bonus, you can admire some of the best temples in Bali.

None of the beauty over the surface, however, comes close to the beauty of the underwater sites. The Napoleon Reef, Biorock Reef, Temple Wall, and Bio Wreck are the most popular sites. In shape of shipwrecks covered in beautiful corals species along with fish floating in the vicinity of the artificial metal structures.

You could even be fortunate and see great ocean animals such as whale sharks, eagle rays, and reef sharks. Pemuteran is the paradise spot for every diver who wants to enjoy underwater beauty and is one of the best diving sites in Bali. Furthermore, here you can go for night dives!

3. Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan

In this list, Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan were to be the most popular drift diving spots in Bali. Almost all the diving sites around its area are incredibly famous. You can have the opportunity to see some truly amazing animals such as manta rays, large tuna, eagle rays or Mola Mola.

In fact, all the places you have read about are nearby. There is Crystal Bay, Manta Bay, Manta Point, Blue Corner, and Ceningan. You should visit some of these places if you would like to see a true representation of the underwater flora and fauna.

4. Tulamben

The experienced divers know that the word muck (a silty seabed generally of black volcanic sand) means to find unbelievable little treasures. A great tip before you go there is to make sure that you go with a Balinese dive guide. Spotting the Ghost pipefish, the nudibranchs or the pigmy horses require patience, knowledge and good eyes. The guides know the best places to spot them.

Liberty wreck is now one of the most popular wreck dives in Bali. USAT Liberty was a US cargo ship struck by a torpedo. You can start your dive from the black sand beach in Tulamben.

The USAT Liberty is just 25 m away. You can see the bump head parrotfish School and Jackfish float around the boat when you go diving at sunrise.

In 1963, a 70 m deep underwater wall arose from the volcanic eruption of Mount Agung. This is a good place to try your luck on white tip sharks. You can also spot whale sharks if you are extra lucky.

5. Amed

Along with its village of fisherman and its black sandy beach, this is the ideal place for relaxing and peaceful diving. The 15 minutes of sailing by traditional jukung boats is compulsory to reach the charm of diving in Amed.

A great variety of marine life can be found in Amed. Keep your eyes peeled out for the ever. You can see the pygmy or occasional blacktip reef shark. You can also spot angelfish, puffer fish, trevally and lionfish.

6. Padang Bai

Padang Bai, also known as Blue Lagoon is a beautiful site. It is perfect for beginners or those who are looking for a cruise dive because the location is protected. Visibility is excellent, and you don't have to go too far to explore some of the site's beauty.

Marine life is wondrously diverse too. You will find frogfish, morays, stonefish, nudibranchs, squid, stargazers and rays also.

7. Gili Tepekong/Mimpang

These spectacular sites await those with more experience seeking their next adventure. The great thing is that Tepekong has poor conditions. The chances are that they will be appropriate for Mimpang diving and vice versa.

There are beautiful rock formations, colorful sea life and calm corals in the underwater world. This part of Bali also offers an opportunity if you are visiting at the right time. July to September is the best time to dive in bali as you can see the incredible mola mola.

bali best scuba diving sites

8. Seraya Secrets

Seraya Secrets is one of the most exciting dives in Bali with a truly amazing life. This is an essential destination for underwater photographers. When you enter Seraya Secret, at the same moment that your mask is submerged, you realize that you have entered another world.

You can see boxing crabs, zebra crabs, harlequin prawns, devil scorpionfish, mime octopus, juvenile lionfish, Coleman prawns. Just 10 meters deep, you can enjoy one of the most exciting dives in the world, full of strange life and that can only be found in this part of the planet.

9. Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is the most artificial and desolate spa town in Bali. The road is well equipped, and the streets are delimited by very well-kept flower beds. Some are private beaches for the clients of the hotel complexes. The prices in the warungs are expensive. The coastline is full of luxury hotels with activities typical of an amusement park. It is just worth the path that leads to the rocks on the shore.

10. Best Dive Sites in Gili Islands

To be in paradise without exploring what it hides under its waters? Nah, it's not a good idea! So put on your glasses, grab a snorkel tube and plunge into the crystal clear waters of Gili. Gili Islands are a small group of islands in the northwest of the Indonesian island of Lombok. The archipelago consists of the three sister islands Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan.

Gili Islands have enjoyed great popularity for years, especially among backpackers, but for a long time small boutique hotels with high standards have found their way to the paradises of the island. From Bali it is best to reach the Gili Islands by speedboat in about 1.5 hours from the Padang Bai ferry port.

They say that in the waters of Gili you can see turtles with relative ease. You can snorkel for free directly from the beach or hire an excursion that takes you to visit the three islands.

The first stop is usually off the west coast of Gili Meno, with corals and colorful fish. The last stop is the southern part of Gili Air. Many say that in the Gili you can enjoy one of the best sunsets in the world. And boy, it's true! See the sun hide behind the volcanoes of Bali across the Java Sea.

Gili Trawangan is the largest and best-known of the three Gilis, and is also often described as a holiday island. Whether in the night market of Trawangan where you can stuff yourself with sate, nasi campur or grilled fish or in one or another restaurant with sea view dare with Indonesian cuisine, it seems delicious. In the market area during the day there are also very cheap restaurants with excellent food, a smart choice for budget travelers!

The best snorkeling areas for free in Gili Trawangan are in the northeast part. The best bars to spend the night are the Sama Sama, in which every night there are bands that play reggae music, with a super disco and chill out bars in the sunset area. Take a picture of the sea swings. One of the most famous is where near the swing (everything an instagram star) there is also a hammock.
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  1. I love the descriptions of all the best diving spots in Bali! Bali is on my bucket list of places to visit so I will keep this post in mind!

  2. Fab post i have been diving before and it was amazing i have never been to Bali would it looks lovely!

  3. Sounds like there are all kinds of wonders waiting for a visitor to Bali. The underwater life sounds amazing.

  4. We've heard that Menjangan Island is amazing! Some great places of interest here!

  5. I'm not interested in deep sea diving but it's always looked so surreal and beautiful. A sea lover would love this post!

  6. Would you believe that I haven’t tried scuba diving yet? I guess I’m just kinda scared to try it. I like to overcome that fear this year.

  7. Thank you for sharing! Im gonna send to my sister she is going to Bali this summer

  8. I have never gone diving and am not very good at swimming but it sounds like such a great adventure.

  9. This is so awesome! I've never been to Bali but we're planning a visit very soon. Thanks a lot for recos.


  10. I'm not a beach person so, diving has never been on my interest. Nevertheless finding myself in Bali. seems just wonderful even without diving. :-)

  11. I would love to take a dive at Seraya Secrets! There is so little we know about our oceans; it's so fun seeing rare or strange species! What an experience!

  12. Am always curious about deep seas and sea creatures. This is something I would like doing in my life time.

  13. I would love to go diving. I have never gone diving before but I know I would love it. Bali is ,such a beautiful place. I can just imagine how fun it would be.

  14. I would love to visit Bali unfortunately I do not know how to swim so diving is out of the question for me

  15. Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to Bali. Loving the pictures so much.

  16. I have never been there but it sounds like a nice destination getaway especially for a scua diver like me.

  17. Bali is on my bucket list! It's always been a dream to go there someday. I wish I could swim scuba diving sounds fun!

  18. Seraya Secrets sounds like something I'd like to see one day. Worth checking out. Thanks for this list.

  19. I have been to Bali few years ago but too bad I did not try diving. I hope to pick up diving one day and be able to explore these places. Bali is very near to where I live, just few hours flight. I wanted to explore the underwater world.

  20. Bali would be an incredible place to scuba dive or even snorkel. We love swimming when we travel, and these places would be such an adventure.

  21. I would love to go on some of these dives when I am in Bali. Such a magical world when you get below the surface.

  22. These look like some great diving sites. I wish I was more comfortable with diving.

  23. I'm so afraid of water but honestly just looking at these deep underwater beauties is making me wanna change my mind!

  24. Oh my goodness. Bali is definitely on my bucket list and these places just confirm why!


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