SCUBA DIVING AROUND BALI offers something for everyone, regardless of your particular interest. Here are just a few favourites. Some dive sites go by more than one name, and many dive operators also visit some “secret” dive sites. The dive sites mentioned below are in geographical order, from the South of the island to the North West Coast, and don’t indicate any preference.
All the dive sites around Bali can be visited on day trips, which is great if you don’t want to change hotels. Having said that, I would suggest to spend at least two nights each in Tulamben and Pemuteran. Tulamben because early morning and night dives here are absolutely stunning. Pemuteran and Secret Bay because it’s a fairly long drive from the south of the island, and would make for an incredibly long day, somewhat spoiling the experience.
Nusa Penida and Manta Point If you like drift diving and big fish action this is where you should dive. The Nusa Penida dive sites are also the place to see the amazing Mola-Mola from July to late October. These dive sites are not for beginners, as currents can be somewhat unpredictable.
Padang Bai dive sites nice easy diving, but even here the currents can pick up quite suddenly. I have seen turtles, white tip reef sharks, as well as leaf scorpion fish, ghost pipefish, and even pygmy sea horses here. Plus a host of nudibranchs, some I had not seen before.
Tulamben I don’t think there are any divers who have not heard of the USAT Liberty wreck. The Liberty, in my opinion, is one of the easiest and most accessible wreck dives you can ever do. The wreck is close to the beach, which is a great opportunity for snorkelers to check out a wreck as well. But there is a lot more to see here than just the wreck. The Coral Garden and The Drop Off are two dive sites which are also in Tulamben Bay and offer variety if wrecks don’t do it for you.
Pemuteran dive sites There are a couple of very good reasons why divers make the long trek to Pemuteran. The beautiful dive sites of Menjangan Island offer some gentle drift diving along walls which are encrusted with colourful soft corals. The Bio Rock reef regeneration project, Napoleon Reef and many other dive sites can be reached either from the shore, or are only a few minutes away by boat. Close to Pemuteran is Secret Bay , well known as the place for muck-diving in Bali. Dive at Puri Jatih and/or Secret Bay if you have never before tried muck-diving, or if you don’t have the time to visit Lembeh Straits.
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