Best Diving in Bali
You really never know who you might bump into around this part of town… manta rays, turtles, even the odd reef shark. You can dive in Bali all year round but the best time to go below is from April until November where you’ll clearly see everything from fabulous coral to ship wrecks.
Get your fins and we’ll show you our top five dive spots.
The most famous dive site in Bali, the world-rated Tulamben is home to the Liberty Shipwreck, an American ship that was shot down during WW2 and has stayed below ever since. The wreck is reasonably close to shore so it can even be seen by snorkelers on a good day. You will see everything from barracuda to parrot fish.
Menjangan Island is located within the West Bali National Park. You’ll have to catch a boat over from the mainland but it’s definitely worth the effort. The water is crystal clear and there are incredible sea creatures to be seen – hello, clown fish! – and truly spectacular coral. Look out for the turtles.
Amed is a charming, relaxed fishing village on the east coast of Bali. There are a number of surrounding dive sites including Lipah, where you’ll find a small Japanese shipwreck covered in black coral; Jemeluk Bay, known for its sensational coral, and Bunutan Point which is home to a large school of garden eels.
You would almost go for the name alone! Located near Candi Dasa, this is a great spot for diving for beginners right through to advanced divers. Better yet, it’s ideal for night dives. The fish life here is incredible – you’ll see stone fish, scorpion fish, and plenty of sharks! You have been warned…
Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan
Catch a boat from Sanur across to the gorgeous islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. There’s a lot to see here – tuna, turtles, eagle rays, and manta rays, but the real prize is beholding the very interesting looking mola mola (or sunfish).