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Bali, Indonesia

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Country: Indonesia  Area: Indonesia

Water Temp: 18 - 30°C (64 - 86°F)

Visibility: 10 - 50m (33 - 164 ft)

Depth Range: 5 - 35m (16 - 115 ft)

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A high chance of Sharks and Mola Mola’s, shallow coral reefs and steep wall dives, Bali has some spectacular dive sites which cater for everyone. Bali, which is Indonesia’s top tourist destination, is an excellent base to explore all the ocean has to offer, above and below the surface.

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It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation, many restaurants, hundreds of bars and has a reputation for world famous surfer sightings.

As it close to Indian Ocean, diving can be a little bit tricky as you will be expecting sudden unpredictable current which sometimes can be very strong.

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Marine Conservation

Conservation efforts are varied around Bali and it’s grouped islands;
In Tulamben local villages converged to designate Tulamben bay as a Marine Protected Area, thus banning all fishing in the bay. Local and regional non-profits continue to work in the area to encourage marine conservation.

Tulamben underwater, Credit

The Marine Conservation of South East Asia has had considerable successes with initiating a garbage and recycling program with the assistance of local school children. This initiative has aided greatly in cleaning the beach and establishing proper waste management.

Nusa Penida islands itself is a conservation area where the marine life inside is protected against commercial fishing.

WWF held their coral conservation around the area.

Padang Bai has fairly limited ongoing marine conservation at the moment. Most initiatives are led by local businesses and have yet to be formally coordinated. 

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Climate

Climate is mostly same as most South-East Asia. There are only 2 season, summer and rainy season. Summer started from April to October and Rainy season start from November to March.

Bali is a year round diving destination with warm temperatures. During the colder months, the water is around 29°C, so you don’t have to worry too much about getting chilly!

The coldest water is around Nusa Penida and Secret Bay with temperatures as low as 24°C! The dry season in Bali runs from April to October.

December to March wind speed is high, so you will be expecting big wave when travelling out to the islands. It will affect the visibility and tempretures at the same time. W

Further from the coast the water temperature can be between 18 to 26°C and the air temperature from 31 to 38°C.

 
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The Diving

Every scuba diver of all levels can enjoy the magnificent diving in Bali. The best dive sites for beginners are around Amed, Padang Bay, and Pulau Menjangan which have very light or often no current at all.

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Bali offers even more opportunities to those advanced divers, with many drift dives such as around Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Candidasa.

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Macro Lovers and critter hunters will be delighted to dive in Secret Bay and Seraya Secret. Amed has also many fantastic spots for Muck Diving. These diving spots are like heaven for underwater macro photography!

Many Places around Bali are also VERY good for snorkelling especially on the East Coast from Padang Bay to Amed.

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The visibility is usually very good and ranges from 10 to 50 meters. Best visibility is usually found around Nusa Penida and Pulau Menjangan.

The current can sometimes be very strong and several dive sites around Bali should be treated with care and respect.

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How to Get there

Any international flight can take you to Bali’s international Airport, Denpasaar (DPS).

Tourist shuttle tickets can be booked from any travel agents office but when arriving at the airport you have little choice but a Taxi.

The taxi’s from the airport will be expensive, and even more if you do not haggle.

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Our advice is to leave the airport and walk a few hundred meters down the road where you can find metered ‘Bluebird’ Taxi’s waiting, these taxis of course have a fair price and are much more reliable.

Be aware of the bus agency, Pesona Bintang Tour and Travel, they may seem cheap but they are a scam and have been known to assure travellers that they will safely reach their destination, then leave them on the side of the road in a completely different location. 

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Where to Eat & Drink

Bali is a magical country with spectacular varied landscapes, including a fiery volcano, lush tropical forests and brilliant blue waters.

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Whether you dive on a liveaboard or land based, it is worth taking the time to explore what else Bali has to offer besides excellent diving, and to learn about the country and local people.

The main ‘party place’ can be found in Kuta or Semnyak, sporting a popular clubbing scene and a young and vibrant crowd.

Whilst Kuta is very mainstream and Western, the islands such as Padang Bai generally caters to a backpacker crowd, and has a decent variety of decently priced seafood meals and a few international options, but little nighlife.

 

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Other Activities

In Bali, tourism revolves largely around the resorts. Resorts offer numerous activities, including spa packages and a variety of day tours that highlight cultural and nature-based attractions.

Surfing in Kuta, Bali, Credit

Popular destinations for day tours include: Besakih and Ponjok Batu Temples, Kintamani Waterfall, the King’s Palace in Amlapura and a climbing tour up Mount Agung. For those seeking adventure, it is also possible to join a full-day white water rafting tour down the Telaga Waja River.

The beach in Tulamben differs from the stereotypical Bali imagery. There, the shoreline is generally full of volcanic rocks that can be difficult to laze on. Better beaches are found east in Amed or west in Lovina.

There is also a nice local market each morning in Tulamben village, about 1.5km from the dive site.

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Tips

Taxis in Bali can be a scam, be sure to take the light blue ‘Bluebird’ brand taxis as they have a meter and are known for their honesty and knowledge of the area.

Safety wise, most of the complaints stem from aggressive porters on the ferry docks and from unsafe ferries and speedboats. Men in the outlying regions tend to be more aggressive towards women, and snide remarks seem to be the norm. Do not let anybody touch your luggage without having agreed on a price beforehand. Even better is to always keep your own luggage with you.

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The towns are fairly safe, with only the standard safety precautions necessary. There are several clinics in most populated areas and an international medical clinic in Denpasar for more severe cases.

Sanglah Bali Hospital in Denpasar is fully equipped with a hyperbaric medical department for divers that meet international standards.

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Rating 6/10

Diving Lemongan near Bali with Two fish

Bali15 Sep 2017 - 25 Nov 2017

The trip was arranged to go in search of the Mola Mola (Sunfish). We were not disappointed!

The water temperature was between 17 and 22 degrees and a 5mm full length wet suit is a must! Most of the dives sites are within a 30 minutes bot ride, with Crystal Bay and Manta Point being almost an hour.

Two Fish are a small and well run centre in Lembongan. They provide cheap kit hire, good food, accommodation and excellent dive guides.

Currents are sometimes unpredictable pushing you up and down and side to side. Sometimes they are there, the next they are gone. The guides are very knowledgeable and you are made to feel very safe in their capable hands.

So, you need to pay attention to them.

The 2 busiest locations are Crystal Bay and Manta Point. This is due to the 80% chance of seeing Mola and Manta Rays.

Avoiding other groups can be a challenge therefore. At Crystal Bay, expect maybe 20 boats at any given time. At Manta about 10.

The experience is worth it when you do see the sights.

That said, we were fortunate to see a Mola at 12 metres (instead of the usual 22m) at dive site SD as we mad our ascent.

Lots of macro stuff to see too. Nudis, leaf fish and baby spanish dancers.

There are some unusual scorpion fish - albino! Lots of large shoals of trevally , baracuda and bamboo sharks can also be seen.

Very enjoyable overall, despite the cold. The currents are challenging and fun in the drifts.

The local area is relaxed and the accompanying islands are worth a visit for the views and beaches. Rent a car/ hire a driver if you go to Penida as very uneven and scooter travel can be treacherous.

Diving Destinations

Hi,

Does any one have a good destination for diving in November in warm waters?

South east asia maybe?

Michelle May Martin

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In Philippines, there are lots of Dive Site

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Nick T. Morrison

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Yeah, second that!

Muck diving Bali

Hello!

Any recommendations for muck diving in Bali?

Areas, dive sites and also dive centres :)

Thanks!!

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Constantin Constantinescu

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Crystal bay you can finde the mola mola or in Gilis islands turtles

Rating 10/10

Wonderful Bali

Bali20 Feb 2016 - 26 Feb 2016

I dived 10 times in Bali when was there in february.

We went to local dive sites from Candidasa (near to Padang bay)

The first dive was terrible and frightening - for me - because I was overweighted (before used 10kg in Egyp) A strong current took away me but guide was professional and saved me.

The second dive at tepekong wes fantastic. I saw my first white-tip shark there. (Actually you always can see shark/s there because there is a cave where they live)

After we went the other famous spots, as Blue Lagoon, Padang bay harbour, Tulamben (USS Liberty).

What can you see there? Beautiful macro themes with lots of nudibranches, mantis shrimp, batfish, turtles, frog fish, stone fishes, puffer fish, lionfish and so on.

The last two dives were the best:

We went to Bahia and Tepekong. There was strong currents so you have to be advanced diver if go there. At Bahia we saw a big white-tip shark in the cave, after dive along the wall. At Tepekong we saw 3-4 small white-tip sharks, nudibranches, and a lot small species, big lobsters but the greatest thing was a big, nice turtle at the bottom.

Here is a video about the last dive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUcf84ri05I

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Edward Callahan

Watched the youtube video - looks great :)

Gano Hughes

Nice report!

Diving at Lombok

Hey Guys,

I will be at Lombok between 9-20 december.

Can anybody join to me?

Another question is:

What can I expect there in december?

I would like dive at Lombok, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembogan, etc.

Thanks,

Ferenc

Rating 8/10

Gili

Bali26 Mar 2016 - 10 Apr 2016

All the Gilis islands are yust fantastic!

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