Bali is all about sun, beaches, and everything tropical. And that’s also include diving! The crystal clear waters reveal charming underwater landscape. Colourful corals, sponges, darting fishes, and sometimes fascinating manmade statues posing as artificial coral reefs adorn the ocean floor. Scuba diving in Bali is one of the must in majority of travelers’ list. Swimming with turtles or manta rays is a very popular activity among divers and casual snorkelers alike. So if you want to enjoy a glimpse of the world under the waves, these tips might help you.
If You Want to Have a Leisure Scuba Diving Bali
There are a lot of spots in Bali where you can just enjoy some leisure yet satisfying scuba diving. The good news is, most diving spot in Bali are characterised with low currents and very clear water. A lot of new divers loves the simplicity of diving in Amed, Tulamben, and Padang Bai. Tulamben is notorious for being a go-to place for beginners as well as having a vibrant underwater life. Amed, the neighbouring site, is just as awesome—and as accessible. The Padang Bai is probably a bit more remote, but the underwater is just amazing. it’s sheltered, it’s brimming with colourful coral bommies, critters, reef sharks, and everything. The site has almost no currents—you almost need no special diving skills to dive at this site!
If You Want to See the Manta Ray
Diving with Manta Ray is HUGE in Bali. Seeing this gentle giant gliding gracefully past you in the blueness of the water is a highlight for many divers! Manta Ray loves to gather in Nusa Penida where the planktons are plenty and the cleaning stations are just right. May to November is the best time to see Manta Ray. Also, go early in the morning when they are the most active.
If You Want to See the Turtles!
Turtles are very popular in Bali—especially around Gili Trawangan. They gather around the island and that site is famous as “Turtle City”! You can see turtles swimming freely just 15 meters off the shores. The water in Gili Trawangan is quite calm, but the ocean floor got deep quickly. There’s a sudden drop off points where you can no longer touch the ocean floor, and turtles usually gathers around this points. Due to the depth, you need to be a confident diver or swimmers (if you snorkel) to swim with the turtles.
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If You Want to Have Scuba Diving with Mola Mola in Bali
This weird-looking sunfish is another giant (quite literally) star of the ocean. It’s one of the big thing you definitely need to do if you are scuba diving in Bali. Mola Mola, that’s how it’s locally called, don’t just appear at any given time of the day. The love the deep water and usually swim around the twilight zone so you won’t meet them at the majority of the time. However, they swim to the surface at certain time of the year while the water get colder. July to August is the time when they hang around the sunlight zone and available for the divers. They are mostly seen at their favourite cleaning stations—to get the reef fishes plucking parasites off their skin.
So, which scuba diving site in Bali you want to visit for the next vacation?