Bali Fun Diving
Here’s a snapshot of some of our favourites.
Tulamben – USAT Liberty Wreck, Macro Paradise
Bali’s most iconic dive site is the USAT Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben in northeast Bali. We do shore dives around this World War Two shipwreck, a super dive site for beginner and more experienced divers alike. We usually enjoy excellent visibility, kind currents and warm water.
However Tulabmen offers far more than just the wreck, enjoy a stunning wall dive at the Drop Off, or abundant sea life at Coral Garden. There’s also a huge variety of muck diving sites for photographers and critter enthusiasts.
Consider an overnight trip for an epic night dive and to enjoy a quieter dive on the wreck.
Read more detail about Tulamben dive sites and the USAT Liberty Wreck here.
Nusa Penida – Manta Rays and Mola Mola
Take the speed boat from Sanur to these beautiful islands off the mainland of Bali, and enjoy dives with manta rays and some of the most beautiful and healthy reefs in Bali. The waters of this marine park are also the best place to see the famous mola mola or sunfish (June to October).
Deep channels around these islands mean the area is rich in nutrients and teeming with life. We dive with mantas and mola mola, healthy shark and turtle populations, and schooling pelagics such as jacks and giant trevally. There’s also an abundance of colourful reef fish.
The islands have a huge variety of dive sites to offer, with predictable, but sometimes strong tidal currents. Refresher training is recommended if it’s been a while since your last dives.
Padang Bai – Beautiful Corals, Turtles, Frog Fish
Padang Bai offers fantastic diving for both new and experienced divers, with diverse topography and fascinating biodiversity. We do two dives here using traditional jukung, outrigger boats. During the dives, you’ll have time to relax on the boat between dives and enjoy the sun, scenery and surface interval.
Visibility is usually excellent, and there are so many fascinating creatures to meet here, from big pelagics to the tiniest of shrimp.
The topography here is diverse with wall, coral reef, and sandy bay; there’s even a small shipwreck.
Currents are generally mild to moderate and relatively predictable with tides.
Candidasa – Sharks, Mola Mola, Turtles
The topography here is rocky, with dramatic walls, swim-throughs and caverns. There are four dive sites here: Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang, Gili Biaha and Taket.
Surface conditions can sometimes be choppy, and these small islands can be very tidal and affected by surge, swell and strong currents.
Dives at Candidasa are deep dives, down to 30m, to explore the swim-throughs and walls. Reasonable air consumption rates are essential to make the most of your dives.
Depending on tides and swell, not all dive sites described here may be diveable during your visit.
Amed – Macro Paradise, Pygmy Seahorses, Turtles
Amed diving is a chill dive day with friendly currents and beautiful coral.
Jemeluk Bay is home to an extraordinary and abundant reef. We do boat dives using traditional jukungs. We return to the restaurant between dives to relax, have a delicious snack and enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Agung.
Currents are pretty tidal and can be intense, so timing is essential. Amed is a great place to learn to dive or try diving in the right conditions.
Kubu – Boga Wreck, Stunning Corals
A short drive from Tulamben, Kubu is one of Bali diving’s better-kept secrets. The wreck is the star attraction, a 38-metre decommissioned Indonesian government patrol boat which was deliberately scuttled here close to the shore in 2011. We often see white-tip reef sharks, barracuda, cuttlefish, leaf scorpionfish and a host of small critters for the macro lovers. Ask us about a wreck diving adventure where we explore both the Kubu and the USAT Liberty wreck on the same day!
Seraya/Sidem – Macro Lovers Must See
This is a style of diving focused on looking for tiny critters in the sand, typically done as shore diving. Typically, we do long, shallow dives over sandy bottom or rocks with some sporadic coral. It’s great to combine with an overnight safari so you can relax in the afternoon or enjoy a night dive.
You’ll see an incredible variety of nudibranchs, tiger shrimp, rhinopias, harlequin shrimp, boxer crabs, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, frogfish and hairy frogfish, seahorses, pygmy seahorses, hairy shrimps….. The list is endless! Let us know what you’d like to see, as many critters are pretty territorial.