Scuba diving in Bali is the perfect activity to explore the wondrous beauty beneath its azure blue waters. The underwater universe of Bali is abundant with vivid and exotic marine life. You can swim alongside these exquisite marine creatures and get up close and personal with them. It is also home to immense coral reefs, fantastic underwater gardens; and the promise of an exciting exploration of a USAT Liberty shipwreck makes scuba diving in Bali an unmissable trip.
This Indonesian island maybe one of the best natural wonders. The overland is brimming with lush greenery, rich history, culture and pristine beaches. You can expect to spot schools of stingrays, ghost fish, turtles, sea-horse, moray eels, lobsters, whale sharks, lionfish, clownfish, octopus, blue ribbon eels, Black-tip reef sharks, the massive manta rays and even the rare Mola Mola fish.
If you’re new to scuba diving, you should read our blog, FAQs for Scuba Beginners.
Second largest of the 3 Gili Islands, Gili Air is known for its coral reefs which is located just off-shore and is swarming with a rich marine life.
There are some famous dive spots on this island including The Turtle Island, where you'll find turtles in abundance amongst other fish species; the Gili Air Wall, a popular dive spot for all levels of divers; Manta Point and Sea-horse bay amongst many others.
Gili Trawangan is the largest of the 3 Gili Islands known for its vast coral reefs housing many beautiful and exotic marine creatures like moray eels, whale sharks, lionfish and turtles.
The popular dive spots on this island include Shark Point; Halik Reef which is known for its vast coral reefs; Deep Turbo, known for its unique topography with sea mounds, overhangs and small caves; the Jack Point known for its visiting black-and-white-tip reef sharks; Takat Malang, full of coral pinnacles and the Meno Wall, for wall divers.
The tropical waters of Tulamben is famous for having dive sites for all levels of divers, but the most fascinating site is the wreckage of the USAT Liberty ship lying at the bottom of Tulamben waters. This US war ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during World War II and it has been beached in the Bali sea for over seventy years, surrounded by black sand on a slope between 16-91 feet deep. It's one of the easiest wreck dives to do and attracts a variety of captivating marine life including spotted stingrays, octopuses, reef sharks and other sea creatures.
Another dive site in Tulamben is the gorgeous Coral Garden that houses cuttlefish, clownfish, octopus, blue ribbon eels and black tip reef sharks. This reef is covered with table corals, white, blue and green anemones and sponges.
The clear blue waters of Amed, with pleasant water temperatures and minimal ocean currents are perfect for divers to explore its rich marine life, teeming with multi-hued schools of fish and vibrant reefs of colourful corals.
The most well-known locations of these waters include the Jemeluk Bay which has shallow waters over a beautiful expanse of coral gardens; the Jemeluk Wall, a spectacular abyss in the Bali Sea, and the Deep Blue, a shallow bay dotted with coral bommies. These dive spots of Amed presents a diverse aquatic life showcasing schools of barracudas, sea turtles, moray eels, black tip reef sharks and many many more.
Nusa Lembongan has many beautiful dive sites and you'll see a myriad of coral reefs and exotic fish. The main attraction is the rare sight of the elusive Mola Mola fish and you’ll also get to swim along with the huge manta rays.
From novices to the most experienced divers, there are scuba diving courses in Bali that are designed for people from all backgrounds of swimming abilities. Some courses can be done even if you do not know how to swim; however, you must be comfortable in the water.
Have you have always been fascinated by the underwater world? Have you wanted to check off 'scuba diving in Bali' from your bucket list? Or maybe you're a beginner without any swimming skills who wants to get a taste of scuba diving. For all of the above, a Try Dive is a great option.
Conducted in a single day, a Try Dive teaches you the ropes of scuba diving within the confines of a swimming pool. You will then be taken for a 45-minute open water dive. You’ll swim alongside exotic creatures and vibrant coral reefs, and learn a few scuba skills on the way. If you’ve done the Discover Scuba Dive, you’ll get a PADI certificate at the end. This is a good option for non-swimmers and those who do not have time for a full course.
This scuba diving in Bali course is perfect for aspiring divers who want to do more than just a Try Dive. Master the basics and become a certified scuba diver in just two days. You'll spend the first day familiarizing yourself with scuba diving theory and preparing for your dive in a swimming pool. The next day you will put your newly learned skills to the test and complete two dives to a thrilling depth of 40 feet.
The PADI Open Water Diver Course gives you the pride of becoming a certified scuba diver and is one of the most popular full courses of scuba diving in Bali. The three-day adventure includes learning extensive scuba diving theory, intense pool practise sessions and exhilarating four open water dives. The PADI Open Water Diver Course also makes you eligible for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.
This is the next step of scuba diving in Bali. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course are undertaken by certified scuba divers and hardcore sea lovers. Within the course of two days you'll complete a total number of five open water dives and dive as deep as 100 feet. You'll build advanced scuba diving skills and learn many nifty techniques and tricks that will help you become a great diver and earn the certification of PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.
This one-day fun dive trip is done for - you guessed it - fun. This scuba diving in Bali trip is only undertaken by divers who are certified as a PADI Scuba Diver or higher. The fun dive trip in Bali lets you go for two dives - to explore the coral crusted shipwreck of the USAT Liberty up close and to gorgeous coral gardens.
Bali enjoys a general tropical climate all year round, usually around at 26-27 degrees Celsius. The best months to go scuba diving in Bali are between the months of April and October. During this time, the waters are calm and the wind is gentle, which ensures great visibility.
During the months of November through March, Bali experiences some rain. The winds are strong, the sea level rises and the waters are choppy and affects visibility. It is not recommended for beginners but advanced divers can choose to brave these waters as some more interesting sea life appears during these months.
All major hubs in India have flights to Bali. Whichever flight you take, you will have to make at least one transfer before you reach Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport in Bali. Once there, you can make use of Bali’s local transport to reach your hotel. The tour operator usually arranges your transport from your hotel to the dive centre. If not, you can always catch a bus or taxi to reach the dive centre.
A dive suit will be provided to you by your operator for the dive. Under the suit, you’ll need to wear your own swimsuit, bikini or swimming trunks. Wear comfortable light clothes and slippers/ floaters when you’re not diving.
Your operator will provide you with all the equipment needed for the dive. You will need to carry a loose cotton shirt/dress to wear on boat between dives, sunglasses and sunscreen. You can also carry an underwater camera to capture all the beautiful sights you’ll witness.
It is important to breathe deeply during scuba diving for maximum air utilization. Yoga, meditation or doing regular breathing exercises will help you learn the art of deep breathing. Maintaining a regime of cardio exercises will help build stamina and also aid your breathing.
The tour operator will provide all the scuba diving gear, so you don't have to invest in any equipment. You'll be given oxygen tanks, diving suit, scuba diving fins, etc. Read our blog about Scuba Gear 101 which explains all the different gear you'll be using during scuba diving to keep yourself informed. When you’re not diving, you’ll need an extra pair of clothes, sandals, sunscreen and sunglasses.
You have the option of selecting from introductory day trips or proper courses, for scuba diving in Bali. If you just want to experience scuba diving and do not have the time to commit to a full-time course, then you can try the Try Dive or The Discover Scuba Dive.
If you want to get certified, then you can sign up for PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver course. Both the courses will get you a scuba diving certificate but the Open Water Diver course gives you a higher set of skills and it also lets you dive deeper. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course can only be signed up for if you complete the Open Water Diver course.
Your scuba operator will provide you with a diving suit for your dive. The diving suit is designed to protect you from sunburn, cold and abrasions from hard corals. You need to wear either a swimsuit, bikini or swimming trunks under the suit to maintain hygiene. Make sure you're comfortable in whatever you wear under the suit.
You do not need to know how to swim if you're signing up for a Try Dive or Discover Scuba Dive. However, if you’re doing a scuba diving course, you will need to pass a 200-meter swimming and 10-minute floating test to earn your certification.