About scuba diving in Bali
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.
The wonders of Bali Dive sites
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 warship 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 blacktip 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, blacktip 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.
Scuba diving courses in Bali
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.
Discover Scuba Dive or Try Dive in Bali
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 want 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.
PADI Scuba Diver 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.
PADI Open Water Diver Course
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.
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.
Fun Dives In Bali
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.
Scuba Diving in Bali Trip Summary
- Country: Indonesia
- Nearest city: Denpasar
- Total days: 1-3 days
- Grade: Easy to Advanced
- Max depth: 100 ft
- Season: May to November
- Avg temperature: 26 to 27 degrees Celsius