The Indonesian island of Bali is among the top upcoming holiday destinations in the world. With its exotic ambience, pristine beaches, lush greenery, rich culture and welcoming people, Bali promises an enthralling holiday experience. The island of Bali is best known for its iconic tourist spots like the rice paddy terraces in Ubud, the beach towns like Kuta and the scenic temple in Uluwatu.
But most importantly, Bali has plenty in store for the thrill seekers. Among the many adventure activities you can take up in Bali, the most popular thing to do is Scuba Diving. Before you plan your adrenaline-pumping holiday in Bali, make sure you read this guide on Scuba Diving in Bali.
A glimpse of diving in Bali
Teeming with colourful corals and mindboggling diversity of marine life, diving in the warm tropical waters of Bali opens up a whole new world. With magnificent shipwreck sites, shallow water corals, and sites for spotting rare marine species, you are bound to have a magical diving experience in Bali. Paradise awaits you in underwaters
List of top diving sites in Bali
- Gili Selang
- Nusa Penida
- Menjangan – Deer Island
- Secret Bay
Diving season in Bali
While anytime is a great time to go scuba diving in Bali, there are a few months that are considered to be the best. September to November is considered to be the best time to go diving in Bali. The water temperatures range from 25 to 18 degrees and offer 30 to 40m visibility. Alternatively, April to June is also considered to be a good time to visit the underwater world of Bali.
The monsoons season in Bali comes between December and February when the sees get a little choppy.
Scuba diving in Bali cost in INR
If you are still stuck wondering how big a hole this adventure will leave on your pockets, then this section is for you. Here’s a breakdown of how much Scuba Diving in Bali will cost you.
The cost of Scuba Diving in Bali depends on the site and course you choose. In some sites, you can experience the Discover Scuba course in INR 5000 while in some it costs up to INR 7500.
The average costs of the courses are as mentioned below:
- One Dive: INR 2500-3500
- Discover Scuba: INR 4200 – 4900 (5 TO 8 HOURS)
- PADI Open Water Course: INR 20,000 – 30,000 (3 DAYS)
- Divemaster Course: INR 55,000
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Top Scuba Diving sites in Bali
Whether you are planning your first dive or looking for a new diving scene, this tiny Indonesian Island is a perfect spot for you.
Tulamben is a tiny fishing village situated in East Bali. Over the past few decades, it has become one of the most popular dive sites in Bali. The US cargo – USAT Liberty shipwreck site in Tulamben is famous among divers around the world. Tourists in Bali who want to explore beyond the regular sightseeing in Bali often take up diving here.
The USAT Liberty Shipwreck site is located about 25 Km from the beach. With the highest point of the site is just 5 m beneath the surface and the deepest part of the site is 30 m under the surface; this makes Tulamben an ideal diving site for every level of scuba diver.
Read the chilling story of Tulamben here.
Amed is a 14 Km long stretch of beach in the village of Culik in East Bali. One of the offbeat beach destinations in Bali, Amed offers black volcanic sands and awe-inspiring views. Amed’s beauty goes beyond its surface – dive into the waters and experience the magical underwater world. The beautiful diving experience in Amed beings with a 10 mins traditional boat ride from the beach. Once you dive into the waters of this beach, you are greeted with a thrilling diversity of marine life; staghorn corals, orange lined tigerfish, sailfin tangs and cardinal fish.
Apart from the dazzling underwater experience, what makes Amed a popular scuba diving site in Bali is the relaxed atmosphere by the beach. The beach is lined with quaint cafes and restaurants that sever traditional Balinese cuisine.
3. Gili Selang
Gili Selang is yet another dive site located in north-east Bali. This dive site marks the easternmost side of Bali and falls under the protected area of the Island. This area is blessed with some stunning marine life which includes Brain corals, Leather corals and Sharks. But this beauty isn’t easily accessible. Gili Selang is known to have treacherous down currents that make it not so friendly to the divers.
4. Nusa Penida
One of the three Nusa islands of Bali, Nusa Penia is greatly popular among offbeat traveller and adventure enthusiasts. Situated in South Bali, both Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan host some mesmerizing dive sites. Nusa Penida is home to some of the rarest pelagic species like Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and Ocean Sunfish.
The Manta Point is a world-renowned diving site in Bali that lets you get up close with Manta Rays. Manta Pont is located in a region where these underwater giants come to get their skins cleaned by tiny lipp fish. The dive is relatively shallow with a hitting an average depth of 10 to 12 m. Yet, this dive site is recommended for advanced scuba divers as the currents here get choppy.
One of the most incredible dive sites in Nusa Penida is the Crystal Bay. This site is world famous for Mola-Mola sightings. Mola-Mola is a weird looking sunfish that is very rarely seen; which makes the dive in Nusa Penida absolutely breathtaking.
Yet another popular dive site in Bali that you should consider is the Bat Cave. This underwater cavern diving experience of the Bat Cave is one of the most thrilling things you’ll experience. This site too is recommended for the advanced divers as one has to dive 30 m to reach the entrance of the tunnel leading to the cave. As you dive deeper you’ll see the lights going dimmer until you reach the cave entrance. On your way, you might even encounter black and white tip sharks. To make the experience even more dramatic you’ll start hearing the high pitched sound as you approach the cave.
Also See: Things to do in Nusa Penida
Menjangan is a tiny island situated in the north-west Bali and falls under a protected marine park region. Home to some terrific dive sites, Menjangan is among the best dive sites in Bali. Best known for its wall diving, at this dive site you get a chance to dive from 20m to 60m. Menjangan island gets its name from the rare Javan Rusa Deer that inhabit the island.
The diving experience begins from the serene Labuhan Lalang harbour. Once you are underwater you’ll see a magical coral ecosystem teeming with a rich diversity of marine life; enormous gorgonian fans, Baraccuda, cardinal fish and so many more. This diversity is possible only because of the relentless conservation activities that have taken place since 1917.
Note: To enter the Marine Park one has to pay a fee of 40,000 Rp.
Often regarded as a premier Dive site in Bali, Pemuteran is a must visit for advanced scuba divers. ‘World’s largest artificial reef’ in Pemuteran was created by local diving communities and businesses in an effort to preserve the environment of this region. With traditional Balinese gates, statues of Buddha and other gods, this dive site gives you an incredible feeling of exploring an ancient archaeological site.
Recently the dive site has been extended to a section that’s 15m Deep, in order to welcome first-timers and beginners. For advanced Scuba divers that are seeking a thrilling dive in Bali, Pemuteran offers an enthralling 30m deep dive.
7. Secret Bay
Secret Bay is a haven for underwater photography enthusiasts. Locates in Gilimanuk by the Bali Strait, Secret Bay is among the top 10 dive sites in Bali. This Dive site is blessed with excellent visibility throughout the year and invites adventurous divers to explore it’s 60m deep sites. The tropical waters of this dive site in Bali range from 23 to 25 Degree Celcius. Home to a mind-boggling variety of marine life, a dive in Secret bay you’ll find Eels, frogfish, Ghost pipefish, rare Dragonet and Gobies.
The dive sites of Gili Biaha are treacherous and magnificent at the same time. Though not popular among tourists, scuba diving in Biaha is a breathtaking experience. This tiny island is home to reef slopes, shark cave and deep walls, promising a unique diving adventure. During your Biaha dive in Bali, you’ll come across reef sharks, Moray eels, napoleon wrasses, barracudas, turtles, octopus and cuttlefish. You’ll also see both soft and hard corals that are in an exceptionally good state.
Tips for Diving in Bali
- If you want to make sure you see the magnificent Manta Rays, plan your Bali diving trip in the months of April and May.
- To spot the rare Mola Mola fish plan your diving trip in Bali between the months of August to October.
- Note that the minimum age for scuba diving is 10 Years.