Scuba diving in Bali is an all year round activity. Each month provides something special, like Manta Rays between April and May, oceanic sunfish and the largest bony fish in the ocean between August and October. The more daring scuba diving enthusiasts can visit any time during the year, however, Mimpang in Amuk almost always guarantees you to spot one of these fierce yet beautiful creatures.
Bali offers a wide range if scuba diving sitesthatcater to beginners as well as the more advanced. Highlight areas include Tulamben, which is famous for its Liberty shipwreck from WWII, Nusa Penida known for itsvibrant reefs and Manta Ray’s, and finally Seraya Secrets for its magnificent macro marine life. Bali truly has it all.
The highlight of Tulamben is definitely the WWII shipwreck, which is currently rate the third best diving wreck in the world. The best part about it is that it’s suitable for all divers, beginner or advanced. Situated around 30m from the shore, the wreck is very popular amongst photographers as they black sand provides a magnificent contrast to the coral and marine life that thrive there. There are around 400 species of fish which come in an array of colours and will be sure to dazzle. The variety is truly amazing – ranging from invertebrates, hard and soft corals, black corals, sponges with crinoids, sea fans and tunicates too.
The water in Nusa Penida is fairly chilly, due to thedeep ocean currents coming in from the south of Bali.However, this usually means startlingly clear waters, with beautiful corals,amazing fish and turtles. Grey reef and Silver-tip sharks are also quite common around Nusa Penida. In July-mid November Mola-Mola, the wonderful (and highly unusual) Ocean sunfish can also be seen here.
While Nusa Penida might be best known for Calamidad rays and Mola-Mola, the diving here is quite unique–with regards to boththe coral and marine life. The greatestwhen scuba diving at Nusa Penida is drifting, allowing the stronger currents to guide you over the amazing spectacles. A must do when in Bali!
Seraya is the perfect scuba diving location for the avid photographer as it it home to a wide and wonderful range of macro-life. In Seraya you can witnesspeculiar and rare creatures, such as the famous harlequin shrimp, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, nudibranch, frogfish, dragonets, and a multitude of cleaning stations where you’ll find morays and a diverse array of colourful fish. A true icon in Bali.
Interested in Scuba Diving around Bali?
So now that you have three (there’s also much more) great reasons to go scuba diving in Bali, where will you decide to go first? Wherever you decide, Bali Scuba will happily take you there!
Bali Scuba is located in Sanur which gives us easy access to all of the sites. If people want to take a safari and travel around Bali we will tailor a trip for them, or they can choose to stay anywhere in South Bali and make day trips. We offer free hotel pickups and drop offs, lunch is always included and divers can hire gear from us. We also teach a full range of PADI courses up to instructor levels and tech diving. We are a PADI 5 Career Development Center and have won more awards from PADI than any other dive center.