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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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Scooters on Nusa Lembongan

There aren't really taxi's on Nusa Lembongan, but renting a scooter is about $6 USD per day. You can easily explore the entire island scooting around in a day. Check out Dream Beach and Mushroom Beach.

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Nusa Lembongan (Bali) Diving

Bali21 Sep 2015 - 26 Sep 2015 with Lembongan Dive Center

My boyfriend and I were suggested to visit Nusa Lembongan for diving. We made the trip in mid-September for a week. If you are staying in Sanur and go diving, you most likely will be taking a trip to Nusa Lembongan, but really all of the dive sites are off of Nusa Penida. We dove for 3 days with Lembongan Dive Center (which we would recommend). Our first day of diving we got to visit Manta Point and Crystal Bay. We did in fact get to see 4 mantas at Manta Point. Crystal Bay is known as the best site to spot mola-mola, so EVERYONE and their brother goes there. Since everyone thinks this is where mola-mola are spotted, all the dive centers go there and the dive site was horribly crowded, the point that you could easily lose your group, the visibility suffered, not to mention the water is 18 degrees! So we were a little bummed after this day, it is not what we thought diving in Bali would be like. It was suggested to us that we try visiting the north side of Nusa Penida, so we requested that we be on a boat visiting those sites the next two days... and it was AMAZING! Water temperature was 25-27 degrees, and the coral was outstanding. We dove Buryuk, SD, and Toyapakeh. All three were amazing sites. The current can differ each day, so that and tide conditions will dictate which dive sites you get to visit each day. But all three sites had beautiful coral, lots of eels, turtles, nudibranch, sea snakes, etc. There was so much fish life compared to the other dive sites. Also, there is a chance of seeing mola-mola at these sites as well, they just aren't known for it like Crystal Bay. But we would highly suggest going to the north side of the island for better coral and fish life, however on a good day, Crystal Bay is supposed to have the best visibility. But you run the risk of having 20 other dive boats there as well. Overall we enjoyed our diving in Bali.

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Brian Espin

Yes! I found the same problem at Crystal Bay - dive centers should try and sort a bit of a rota so places do not crowd out.

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Debra Johnson

I am going to dive Bali in Nov/Dec.. thank you for sharing these tips!

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Norma Thompson

Good advice!

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