Did you know that Bali is bordered by not one, but two seas, resulting in unparalleled marine biodiversity? With rich marine life and crystal clear water, this is certainly a formula for an unforgettable diving experience. This is might be famed for its magnificent resorts and world-class surf locations, but few of the thousands of people who visit each year are aware of what lurks under the waves. In reality, Bali is home to some of the world’s greatest dive sites. Divers may discover anything from uncommon macro creatures to interesting pelagic species all around the island. So, what’s to see from the wonderful underwater world of Bali?
Top 7 Scuba Dive Sites in Mainland Bali
The main island of Bali is blessed by not just one or two, but dozens of dive sites along the coastline. Here we have summarised seven must-see, remarkable dive sites nobody should miss.
The Liberty Wreck Tulamben, World’s Easiest Wreck
Tulamben makes its name among one of the best dive sites in the world with its majestic sunken wreck. The USAT Liberty, previously American cargo war ship that served in 1942 during the World War II is now home to blooming hard and soft corals, bump-head parrot fish, jackfish, and many other aquatic creatures. It’s famous for being one of the most accessible wreck in the world! It’s highest point is only at 5 m deep while the deepest part lies at 30 m deep.
Menjangan, Remotest Diving Spots in Bali
Located at the tip of the west end of Bali, Menjangan is one of the best dive sites and the most pristine in the island. Thanks to the remote location, this area is barely touched except for avid divers and remains very pure. It’s shallow water hides thriving marine ecosystem, offering vivid colours and stunning aquatic life.
Pemuteran, Diving with Deities
Known for the underwater Buddha and statues of Hindu Gods and Goddess as well as temple gates, Pemuteran houses amazing artificial reefs for environmental conservation projects. The statues are covered in gorgonian and invites curious fishes that swim around the area.
Amed, Best for Beginners
The seemingly quiet fisherman village offers charming wall diving and muck diving underneath its water. Diving in Amed is easy. There is very little current and great visibility. Just offshore, you’ll discover really vivid reefs. The abundance of colorful fish will give you the impression that you are swimming in an aquarium.
Candidasa, Best Bali Dive Sites for Shark Diving
If all the previous Bali diving sites are suitable for beginners, Candidasa is reserved for the advanced. Candidasa offers challenging adventures to deep walls, shark caves, currents, and impressive coral reefs. It also the best sites in the island to see black tip and white tip reef sharks!
Padang Bai, Pristine Little Island
This small and scenic island is one of the most important fishing village in Bali. The underwater offers spectacular reef diving full of macro life and frequently features big fishes. You can see reef sharks and sometimes the unique-looking wobbegong sharks here.
Menjangan, Site with Wonderful Corals
The dive sites here are bathed with sunshine and are full of little nooks, crannies, and overhangs. The sites are primarily covered with soft corals, sponges, and offer the most diving diversity of gorgonian fans in this island. Even while Menjangan Island does not have as much marine life, big pelagics, or hard drift dives as other diving spots in Bali, it is nevertheless a dependable spot for experiencing some of the greatest soft corals, gorgonians, and reef fishes.
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Top 3 Scuba Dive Sites in Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida
The sister islands of Bali is blessed with diverse topography and marine life. They conveniently sprung in the best water of the island, resulting on some of the best places to dive near Bali.
Manta Point Nusa Penida
Inarguably the best dive site in Bali to see Manta Ray. Thanks to its location, Nusa Penida receives huge streams from two oceans overridden with rich planktons. This water is an all-you-can-eat buffet for the Manta Ray, who happily come to feast on the planktons.
Sekolah Dasar (SD)
Literally translated as an Elementary School, the SD spot offers a challenging drift dive. The currents are strong and unpredictable here, but the dive location gives the opportunity to observe huge pelagic species such as white-tip and black-tip sharks, tuna, barracuda, and giant trevally. Sometimes you can also spot the ocean sunfish, Mola-Mola during the right season here!
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In the coast of Nusa Penida water is Crystal Bay, a gorgeous little bay named after its crystal-clear waters. While the view itself is worth the trip, the underwater will make you forget life in the surface. The sandy area of the bay offers mesmerising macro life with crabs, shrimps, nudibranch, and cuttlefish. It’s fringed by stunning coral reefs and you will find the reefs drops down along the islet, brimming with clownfish, parrotfish, tuna, scorpionfish, and many more.