If you are planning on diving Bali then you need to where the hottest dive sites are to see some of the iconic marine life that Bali is famous for. Check out our guide to diving Bali’s best dive sites here!
Overview of diving Bali
At just under 6,000km squared Bali is only a small part of Indonesia but it has undoubtedly one of the biggest personalities. From lively, colorful dance displays to peaceful and serene meditation there is something about Bali that will inspire everyone. Bali is approximately 153km from east to west and approximately 112km from north to south but within that area it boasts a wealth of natural beauty from dramatic volcanoes to picture postcard white sand beaches.
The diving around Bali is as diverse as the island itself. Dive sites vary from warm, aquamarine tranquil bays to sites in front of rugged cliff faces with steep drop-offs and adrenaline pumping drifts. There is something for every level of diver here from the beginner to the seasoned expert. The diversity of marine life is exceptional and Bali provides one of the few opportunities for divers to see the mighty mola (oceanic sunfish – mola ramsayi) manta rays and other large pelagics – but diving in Bali is not only for ‘big fish’ enthusiasts, macro divers have a selection of treats awaiting them too – the pygmy sea horse, frogfishes, ghost pipe fish and a plethora of nudibranch species to name but a few can all be found on Bali’s fringing coral reefs.
In short, it would be a tough challenge to find a diver who would not be happy with diving in Bali!
Amed – Stunning Reefs and a Chilled out Vibe
Prefer to stay in a full service dive resort? Stay with us at Two Fish Divers Amed! Our beautiful seafront resort offers comfortable accommodation and Amed’s world-class dive sites are literally on your doorstep. Amed is a quiet fishing village that now offers a range of places to eat out or enjoy a cold beer at sunset whilst retaining it’s traditional charm. This is an ideal location if you are looking for a truly Balinese experience away from the hustle and bustle of the south.
Diving around Amed offers a range of stunning sloping reefs, coral gardens and critter packed dive sites. The USAT Liberty WWII shipwreck (one of Bali’s most famous dive sites) is just around the corner from our resort too! Turtles, schooling fish, excellent variety, occasional sharks and exquisite macrolife mean Amed has something for everyone.
Amed is the perfect place to stay when combining your trip with diving in Lombok, Gili Air or Nusa Lembongan. Easy transfer links mean more time to spend diving!
Nusa Lembongan – A Small Island with a BIG Personality
The small island of Nusa Lembongan is located 16 kilometers/30mins off the east coast of Bali and offers world-class drift diving, resident manta rays and seasonal mola. If you want to experience Bali 20 years ago then this is the island for you. Watch almost daily ceremonies, explore the islands many beauty spots and beaches, enjoy great dining for all budgets and dive some of Bali’s most vibrant and abundant reefs.
Nusa Lembongan dive sites are located around Nusa Lembongan, as well as the neighbouring islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Manta Point, Manta Bay and Crystal Bay are all within easy reach. On the north coast of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida you’ll experience some adrenaline pumping drift dives, schools of fish and vibrant reefs.
The Manta Rays along Nusa Penida’s south coast are resident to the area and sightings are good all year round. If you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the mola, the season runs from late July to Mid November with the best chance of sightings being in September and October.
After diving? Catch a spectacular sunset, chill out with new friends and get ready for another epic day underwater.
Staying in South Bali?
If you are staying in a part of South Bali like Kuta/ Seminyak or Sanur, then we can organise day-trips to dive in Amed, Nusa Lembongan or Padang Bai from our dive center in Sanur. Our team will pick you up each morning and drop you back at the end of the day. Dive Bali’s most famous dive sites including Nusa Penida for manta rays and seasonal mola, the USAT Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben and Padang Bai for stunning reefs and varied marine life. You’ll make day trips to the spots you want to visit and we’ll take care of the logistics so you don’t have to!
If you are looking to take your next level of PADI course during your stay in the South that’s also possible – we can combine your course with your diving day trips. Do you have a non-diving friend? We also offer PADI Discover Scuba Diving and the PADI Open Water Course from our Sanur centre and snorkelers are more than welcome to join our day trips too!
Why not Dive Bali AND Lombok in One Incredible Trip?
Are you reaching for your wetsuit already? We don’t blame you! Bali diving is world-class and with the island’s rich culture, friendly locals and stunning natural beauty, it really is the Island of the God’s.
Why limit yourself to just one Indonesian Island when you can dive two or more? Amed is only 45mins boat ride away to Lombok and Nusa Lembongan is about 2hours away, so they make an ideal stepping stone to the dive locations in Lombok like South Lombok or the Gili Islands so why not dive Bali & Lombok in one trip?
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See you soon in tropical Indonesia!