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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Dive Prices in Bali

Please find below a summary of the dive prices around Bali:

Price Discover Scuba:  60 to 70 US Dollars / 55 to 60 Euros

One Dive cost: 25 to 35 US Dollars / 20 to 25 Euros

Price Padi Open Water Course:  275 to 290 US Dollars / 250 to 260 Euros

Price Padi Open Water Advanced Course: 265 to 275 US Dollars / 240 to 250 Euros

Price Recue Diver Course: 290 to 310 US Dollars / 270 to 280 Euros

Divemaster Course price: starts from 800 US Dollars / 700 Euros

I advise you not to always go to the cheapest dive center but to visit a few and ask questions before chosing. It is always better to pay a bit more and to feel comfortable with your Divemaster!

In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Bali.

How to dive Bali?

There are 3 scuba diving zones around Bali:

The best dive sites in Bali are:

From Bali, you can also start a Liveaboard trip to explore the best spots around North Lombok and the famous Komodo Islands. Trips range from a few days  up to 2 weeks.

I usually use this website to book in advance my Liveaboards in Indonesia as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because they have an easy booking system.

Where to stay?

I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Bali as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.

Best time to dive in Bali

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!

It is recommended to wear 3mm shorty or a full length suit depending on where you plan to dive. 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 however:

  • The best diving season is from May to November (May, June, July, September, October, November).
  • The best time to see Manta Rays is April and May
  • The best time or season to see the famous Mola Mola, Oceanic sunfish is from August to October.
  • The worst season to dive is during the monsoon from December to February (December, January, February and sometimes March) when heavy rain makes the visibility not so good on the East and North coasts Bali dive sites. During this period, consider going diving in Komodo National Park as this is the Manta Ray season!

Top liveaboards in Bali according to divers reviews

Fishes and Coral

The waters around Bali are very rich and colourful with an amazing diversity of fish and coral species. The marine life is teeming and the coral reefs are very healthy. The hard and soft coral is magnificent and mostly untouched with numerous sea fans and sponges.

The big stars in Bali are the world famous Mola Mola and the Manta Ray.

  • The Mola Mola also called oceanic sunfish can be found all year round but the best moment to spot it is from August to October around the Island of Nusa Penida and particularly at the dive site Crystal Bay.
  • Manta Rays are present all year round around Bali but THE place to admire these gentle giants is the dive site Manta Point located at Nusa Penida.

You will also have the chance to spot plenty of pelagic fishes such as Barracuda, Giant trevally, Whitetip Reef Shark and Blacktip Reef Shark. Turtles are also very common around the island.

It is also very rich in the small and strange creatures such as Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Mimic Octopus, Leaf fish, Frogfish, pygmy seahorse, Flamboyant cuttlefish, rare nudibranchs and so much more!

The best diving locations around Bali for macro and muck diving are Secret Bay in Gilimanuk, Menjangan Island and Seraya Secret close to Tulamben.

Diving Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Bali, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

Author: Julien, creator of blog plongée sous marine

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Travel Guide

Now that you know all about the underwater world, you might want to start planning your scuba holiday! Check out our Bali Travel Review for information about how to get there, activities and excursions, where to stay, and more.

Diving Reviews for this region


One of the best Wreck Dives in the World!!! And the most easy for sure, 30m from the Shore and starts at 4m deep! Fantastic Marine life and great Coral!

Tulamben Diving Review

Pemutaran, Lovina

No current, Good visibility, unusual Marine Life and one of the BEST Diving sites around Bali for Muck Diving: Puri Jati (P.J.).

Pemutaran, Lovina Diving Review

Padang Bai

Night Diving, Underwater Macro Photography, Resident Whitetip Reef Sharks, Huge green Turtles, and crystal clear water! Also a great Snorkelling spot!

Padang Bai Diving Review

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan

One of the best spots in the world to see the rare Mola Mola and the graceful Manta Rays! Big fishes and action with lots of sharks. Very good Visibility and stunning Coral.

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan Diving Review

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island is famous worldwide for Wall diving with small caverns to explore. The reef and Coral are also great. A very nice wooden wreck from the 19th century: Anker Wreck.

Menjangan Island Diving Review


It is all about action! Big pelagic fishes, hunting action in the current, and many Sharks! Regular seeing of Hammerhead Sharks and Mola Mola!

Candidasa Diving Review


Magnificent coral, no current, relaxed and easy diving, possibilities for night diving, good place for underwater macro photography, and a great snorkelling spot.

Amed Diving Review

Liveaboard Reviews in Bali

MV Samambaia

MV Samambaia is a beautiful looking vess

MV Samambaia Liveaboard Review

MS Ombak Putih

The 42 meters Ombak Putih sails the wate

MS Ombak Putih Liveaboard Review


The Seaisee is a liveaboard boat offerin

Seaisee Liveaboard Review

MV Blue Manta

MV Blue Manta is the largest, most sumpt

MV Blue Manta Liveaboard Review

MV Indo Aggressor

MV Indo Aggressor – formely known as the

MV Indo Aggressor Liveaboard Review

KLM Sea Safari VII

The luxurious Sea Safari VII liveaboard

KLM Sea Safari VII Liveaboard Review

KM Bidadari

The 37 meters Bidadari is a liveaboard c

KM Bidadari Liveaboard Review

225 dive logs in “Bali

  1. Bali is a great place to dive. I would recommed to learn scuba diving in Tulamben on the Liberty Ship Wreck. Good visibiliy and no current. Menjangan in the North is really great too for the coral.

    • I agree! I just dived the Liberty Ship Wreck and it was an incredible experience! The visibility was great and you can dive throughout the wreck, which was thrilling. I went with Bali Fab Dive and had a great time. My dive instructor was very meticulous and helpful to make sure I had an amazing dive experience. You can check out their YouTube channel to see some action videos!

  2. Menjangan has it’s execellent wall dives but you must beware of the rainy season whereby the trash that floats from the island of Jawa towards Bali is so bad especially when you’re doing your safety stops.The muck diving in that area is really crazy with layers of trash but critters are everywhere and it really take some getting used to.One area near Menjangan that everyone must try is Secret Bay.Doing the night dive here is awesome but the water is a bit cold so I’ll recommend the 5 mm.The other parts of Bali especially the eastern side is a bit more pleasant because of the current that move most of the trash towards other part of Indonesia like Tulamben,Seraya,Amed ,Padang Bay,Tepekong,Blue Lagoon,Shark’s point and Crystal bay and many more sites.

  3. I live in Bali and my favourite dive spots are Crystal Bay (sometimes the current can get a little strong) and Manta Point. Manta rays are such graceful creatures, I could spend hours watching them swim above and around me…

  4. hi! we’re planning a trip to bali this last week of september and we would like to go scuba diving for about 2 days. can you help me with the following info pls?

    1) can you recommend a (safe, established) diving company?
    2) what area should we stay at? (kuta? nusa dua?)
    3) what are your best 7 dive spots in bali? we have advanced diving certification. we are interested to see big fishes more than corals.
    4) how much is the average cost per dive? what is included? we will just bring our mask, snorkel, fins and wet suits.

    thank you!!

    • Hi Lisette!

      1) It really depends where you want to stay and where you want to dive. If you want to stay in the South of Bali around Kuta, you can go diving with Blue Season Bali Dive Center, they are very professionals, with new diving gears and a very nice boat.

      2) If you are in Bali mostly for Scuba Diving and you want to see big fishes, I would advise Sanur. It is a bit upmarket and more expensive than other places but if you want to dive Nusa Penida it is the best place to stay. If you look for a more peaceful place you can go to Padang Bai on the East coast. You can also stay on Nusa Lembongan Island with a chill out atmosphere.

      3) For big fishes the best place is Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan. You can see Manta Rays, Reef Sharks, Sometimes Hammerhead Sharks and Mola Mola. try to dive Blue Corner, Crystal Bay as well as Manta Point. If you have time don’t miss also the Liberty Ship Wreck in Tulamben.

      4) It depends of the dive center. The average price is 20 USD for a shore dive with diving gears up to 50 USD for dive boat all inclusive (Lunch, equipment rental,…).

      I hope it will help. Please give your feedbacks once you are back! have a safe trip.


      • My girlfriend and I are coming to Bali in September, package through Expedia and think that we will be staying in Kuta. I read your reply to another request. We are flying 38 hours just to see Manta Rays, crazy but true.

        Please advise to which dive center to book with that will do pickup and drop off at our hotel in Kuta?

        Will they do a trip out to see Manta’s and Moli’s?

        Plan to do three days of diving but also up for one more day if need too. Please assist with advise, we live on an island so we dive every weekend and have done it it all. But yes want to do a wreck dive, manta and Moli dive and let’s us know what other dive site is good to request.

        Thank you, Juan Keyter

        • Hi Juan – I see you live in Aruba, wonderful!

          I don’t know if I am allowed to ‘recommend’ my own dive company:
          AquaMarine Diving – Bali

          I hope so!

          I understand that you and your girlfriend (regular divers) will be in Bali in September and would like to do 3-4days of diving.

          AquaMarine would, of course!, be delighted to take you to Nusa Penida for Manta rays and Mola-Molas plus some great drift-diving; to Tulamben Bay (NE Bali) to the 120m USAT Liberty shipwreck, and to the dive sites outside Padangbai/Candidasa (my personal favourites!). There are many other dive locations around Bali, but I’d suggest you limit yourselves to the above three – even if you do four days of diving.

          Travelling Kuta-Tulamben in September (still busy with tourists) will be approx 3hrs each way.

          We will pick you up each day from your Kuta accom (and drop you back afterwards too!).

          Please e-mail so that we can send you full information, thank you.


          AquaMarine Diving – Bali, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort 6344
          Indonesia’s first Project AWARE Go ECO Operator
          2012 PADI Green Star Award

          Office: Jl Petitenget 2A, Kuta, Bali 80361
          Postal: PO Box 2098, Kuta, Bali 80361
          Phone: +62 361 4738 020 Fax: +62 361 4738 021

  5. I am planning a trip to Bali in October 2nd-25th. Is this considered a good time for dive conditions?

    Where would I have the best chance to see a Mola Mola?

    Are there any dive areas I should avoid at this time of the year?


    • Hello Alan! Your best best chances to see a Mola Mola is to dive around Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. October is still the Mola Mola season. Enjoy!

    • October is great for mola-molas. As Julien said they can be seen around Nusa Penida and Lembongan. My Favorites sites to spot them there are Toyapakeh, PED, SD, Buyug, Blue Corner and Manta Point. Avoid Crystal Bay if you want to escape encounters with dozen of divers harassing one mola-mola…
      Yesterday in Manta, our divers had 2 mola, 5 mantas, 1 nurse shark… and 1 guitarshark in one dive only!
      Lastly, Gili Tepekong, Mimpang and Biaha are some of the best places for sunfish if you like one on one experiences. You can dive there best from Padang Bai or Candidasa.
      Hope you have a great time.

  6. Be arriving in Balk this Friday and have one dive trip scheduled for Nusa Penida (Mola-Mola) inc. Manta Point on Monday. Also plan on traveling to Tulamben for the liberty wreck dive. Then off to Gili islands do a day of diving…
    I want to know while staying in Bali , legain area… How do we get to someplace to take us to Komodo islands… Is it worth it from there and this tme of year? Aside from he dIvIng there can you visit a park there or something for the Komodo dragons?

  7. Hi, I am currently planning a dive trip to Lembongan Island in October this year. It has been a life long dream to dive with the Manta rays and I know it says here that the best time would be April/ May but what is the likelihood of seeing mantas around late october?

    Also, would lembongan be the likely place to see Mantas or would you recommend another place?

    Very interested in your feedback! Please let me know

    Mei Ni

    • Mantas can normally be seen all year round. Although you never get a 100% guarantee like in a zoo, the Alfredi rays can be seen on virtually every trip, all year long!
      They can be seen on the West coast of Nusa Penida. Operators normally call those different sites Manta Point. The best places to dive Manta Point from are Padang Bai, Nusa Lembongan and Sanur.

      Diving in Bali is great all year long. Dry season is between May and November. Rain season is from November til May. However, it rarely rains all day long, normally just a few hours in the night or morning, then it gets sunny. The months of August and September are the most busy. During these months, I personally avoid some dive sites, such as Tulamben’s Shipwreck or Nusa Penida’s Crystal Bay.

      The mola-mola, AKA oceanic sunfish, is the number one attraction in Bali. Best time to see it is between August and beginning of November. It can be seen at other times, especially close to full moon or new moon. The best dive sites for sightings are Gili Mimpang/Tepekong, Nusa Penida PED, Sental, Toyapakeh or Blue Corner. Crystal Bay is also good, but can be dangerous and crowded during mola-mola season…

      There are many more things to see in Bali. Mantas can be seen all year round at Nusa Penida’s Manta Point. This site is best dived from Lembongan, Sanur or Padang Bai. Encounters take place on virtually every trip.

      Sharks can be seen frequently in Padang Bai, Mimpang/Tepekong and Tulamben. Reef sharks like whitetips or blacktips are most common. Wobbegong sharks can be seen in Padang Bai and Tepekong during the dry season. Thresher, hammerheads and whale sharks are less common, but there are a few sightings every year.

      Macro is unbelievably great in Bali. With a bit of luck and a lot of diving you may see most of the critters that people dream of. Frogfish, pipefish, scorpionfish, nudibranches and crustaceans are common. If lucky, you may even encounter Mimic Octopus (Pemuteran, Gilimanuk, Padang Bai), Harlequin Shrimps (Tulamben, Seraya), Pygmy Seahorses (Tulamben, Amed, Padang Bai), etc… The best dive sites for macro are Gilimanuk Secret Bay, Tulamben and Padang Bai.

      Diving in Bali can be done in many different ways. There are both shore dives and boat dives. Large dive centers with up to 100 divers a day can be found on the island. Smaller, more intimate ones also exist. In some places, like Tulamben or Padang Bai, you can even request your own private dive guide and dive with him for the duration of your stay. Some dive centers have house reefs and dive sites a few hundred meters from the base. Others commute for several hours a day. There is really something for every diver in Bali!

      By Cedric Saveuse

  8. I confirm that Bali is one place that people who love diver must go. And I recommend Koh-Tao in Thailand, it’s another good place for diving.

  9. West coast of Bali is very dirty this week, over New Year, 2012-2013, due to storms. Masses of debris on the beaches, even palm trees, and the water is like a soup with lots of green seaweed and other rubbish. Better to go to the east or north-east coast, which does not seem to get as much of the Java/Sumatra rubbish coming past. Expect plenty more rain January.

    • Yes, unfortunately there has been a lot of junk all around Bali in the last few weeks.
      It looks like the clean-up efforts of dive centers are not enough to get rid of the trash when the first rains arrive and push junk from the riverbeds into the sea!
      I strongly recommend anyone, who witnessed this being a problem, to write an email to the governor of Bali and express their desire for a change. If enough people join forces, we should be able to better the situation.

  10. Diving in Bali is great all year long. Dry season is between May and November. Rain season is from November til May. However, it rarely rains all day long, normally just a few hours in the night or morning, then it gets sunny. The months of August and September are the most busy. During these months, I personally avoid some dive sites, such as Tulamben’s Shipwreck or Nusa Penida’s Crystal Bay.

    The mola-mola, AKA oceanic sunfish, is the number one attraction in Bali. Best time to see it is between August and beginning of November. It can be seen at other times, especially close to full moon or new moon. The best dive sites for sightings are Gili Mimpang/Tepekong, Nusa Penida PED, Sental, Toyapakeh or Blue Corner. Crystal Bay is also good, but can be dangerous and crowded during mola-mola season…

    There are many more things to see in Bali. Mantas can be seen all year round at Nusa Penida’s Manta Point. This site is best dived from Lembongan, Sanur or Padang Bai. Encounters take place on virtually every trip.

    Sharks can be seen frequently in Padang Bai, Mimpang/Tepekong and Tulamben. Reef sharks like whitetips or blacktips are most common. Wobbegong sharks can be seen in Padang Bai and Tepekong during the dry season. Thresher, hammerheads and whale sharks are less common, but there are a few sightings every year.

    Macro is unbelievably great in Bali. With a bit of luck and a lot of diving you may see most of the critters that people dream of. Frogfish, pipefish, scorpionfish, nudibranches and crustaceans are common. If lucky, you may even encounter Mimic Octopus (Pemuteran, Gilimanuk, Padang Bai), Harlequin Shrimps (Tulamben, Seraya), Pygmy Seahorses (Tulamben, Amed, Padang Bai), etc… The best dive sites for macro are Gilimanuk Secret Bay, Tulamben and Padang Bai.

    Diving in Bali can be done in many different ways. There are both shore dives and boat dives. Large dive centers with up to 100 divers a day can be found on the island. Smaller, more intimate ones also exist. In some places, like Tulamben or Padang Bai, you can even request your own private dive guide and dive with him for the duration of your stay. Some dive centers have house reefs and dive sites a few hundred meters from the base. Others commute for several hours a day. There is really something for every diver in Bali!

    By Cedric Saveuse

  11. Dear all, i have yust booked a trip to Bali ( Sanur ) in begin August and would like to have as mutch info as possible for divingplaces.
    Thanks in advance. Wim ( Netherlands )

    • Hi Wim
      I have just stayed in 3 different “homestays” in Sanur in December. You basically get a room with or w/o airconditioning, substituted by a fan. You have a private bathroom in most, sometimes with hot water.
      I recommend you try Keke at Jalan Danau Tambingan 96. They are building 8 new rooms and reforming the originals. Her niece has just completed new rooms in the same lane: Kirana Homestay. I stayed at the Aussie place Flashbacks connected to The Porch Restaurant and got 20 mosquito bites on each leg. You could also try Yulia 1 and Yulia 2 (Billy’s Cafe) and also Little Pond. I saw those last 3 and they looked good.
      Here is a larger list
      Of course,if you want 5* there are the the Hyatt and Sanur Beach Hotels, where you pay USD100’s per night i.s.o. IDR125,000 – 200,000 – €10 – 15.
      Take your pick.

  12. Hi Wim,
    Great to hear that you’ll be diving in Bali soon. The visibility really depends on which dive site you will be diving. Bear in mind that Bali is a large island and that it takes more than 5 hours to go from one hand of the island to the other.
    The best visibility can be found around Nusa Penida in dive sites such a Crystal Bay (hence the name) or Toyapakeh. 30m+ can be expected there. Tulamben has good visibility with 25m + most of the tim. The Padang Bai area has an average viz of 20-25m. The worst viz can be found in Gilimanuk (>10m) and Manta Point (10m average).
    Hope this helps!

  13. Yes, Ive dived in Bali but NEVER again. The local DiveMaster proceeded to scratch his initials into a giant coral. This is the only dive I have ever been on where myself and two other divers simultaneously about turned and headed in the opposite direction to force the DM to break off the what he was doing. His werent the only initials or environmental underwater graffiti either. I felt terrible having gone on the dive and been partially responsible for the destruction. I will never recommend or return to Bali again. There are plenty of fantastic dive destinations worldwide to visit, my top picks being the Sinai and cenote dives around Tulum.

  14. Julien, I would like to have the name of this champion of diving graffiti, too, so I can be sure he/she never appears on our website. However, I think it is childish to condemn a whole island, and thus a whole people, for the bad behaviour of 1 lout. The waters of Bali and adjoining islands are teaming with the most beautiful fish and coral, as you well know, and I hope other divers will not be put of by this NEVER person, Sabrina.

  15. My first snorkeling experience was in Bali earlier this year. I went with Blue Season Bali, they are actually a dive center, but also run snorkeling trips around Bali. Nusa Penida was the snorkeling site that I went to. I was the only person who was snorkeling at that time, the others were guests, and I think there were also a group of people who were having some scuba internship course. My guide, Putu, was also one of the boat crew, he was really kind, patient and helpful, knowing the fact that it was my first ever snorkeling experience in my life *shame on me*. My first spot was Crystal Bay. Since the site is actually a bit more for the pro divers, Putu advised me to and to snorkel not too far from the boat and stay on the rather shallow spots, since I was snorkeling I also thought that it was the best. The visibility here was not so good, and I saw quite some debris that kind of spoiled the whole scenery. Mola mola, the rare oceanic sunfish, usually show up here on certain times of the year, but none was spotted when I was snorkeling there. My second spot was SD, which stands for ‘Sekolah Dasar’, Indonesian word for Primary School. I guess it named that way because there is a school building located near the beach of the spot. The visibility here is better, I saw Nemo, and lots of other beautuful small fishes and corals.
    I should’ve taken a friend to join me, because they’re having a free snorkel set promo if I bring a friend along.
    Overall my first snorkeling experience was awesome, I couldn’t believe why I didn’t jump into the ocean years ago, I am looking forward to learning to dive now in hope to be able to enjoy more of the underwater world.

  16. Hi,
    I have been diving in Bali twice – the first time was my first ever dive and I was hooked straight away. I got my dive ticket as soon as I got back to Australia. On my next trip to Bali, my mates and I went diving around Menjengang (spelling??) and it was beautiful. We saw so much – the turtles were my favourite!
    I have just booked an another trip to Bali in October. This will be a family trip and none of my family members dive. I was hoping to go diving again while I’m there but I won’t have a dive buddy. Can you suggest any places that might be able to pair me up with another diver? We will be staying in South Kuta and I was hoping to dive somewhere not too far from there. Thanks!

    • Hi Luke,

      You can try contacting dive operators around the Menjangan National Park. You will probably find that is the easiest way to get paired you with a buddy, dive operations in south bali don’t frequently run trips to Menjangan area.

    • October is a great month to be diving Bali!

      Plus most dive companies are still busy so there should be no problem with you being a single diver, they can join you up with a pre-existing trip :-)

      If you’d like to e-mail me, it’s – no sales pitch, just some questions and answers/advice.


  17. The closest place for nice diving to Kuta is Padang Bai… not exactly next door, but Kuta is one of the worst places to stay in Bali for diving holidays.
    During local dives in Padang Bai you can see turtles, sharks and great corals. The problem is that traveling to Padang Bai everyday is going to cost you a lot of money.
    Other option is to dive with one of the dive operators based in Sanur. They have boats in Sanur going to Nusa Penida including Manta Point. They also go to Tulamben but plan on staying in a car for 5hrs +… not the nicest way to spend a holiday!

  18. Hi everyone !

    i’m gonna be in Indonesia from 16th february untill 1 april and I want to dive ;)

    All of the diving sites looks amazing, but i need to choose, but wich one ?
    Nusa Penida and Tulamben, for Bali ?

    I just bought a new camera and a caising for diving, can wait to try it!

    And for Lombok, any suggestions ?

    And around 18th march i’m thingking to go to Flores – komodo, any suggestions?

    thank you so much :)

    have a nice day

  19. Hi Elise,
    Could you tell us what’s your diving experience? I’m asking that to point out that diving in Nusa Penida might take at least an Advanced Open Water diver. I am not sure for Tulamben.
    Those area are absolutely great for diving, I say go dive ’em all :D
    In case you need a great dive center. Try contacting Blue Season Bali, as they also do dive trips to Lombok and Komodo. And.. you can also take your Advanced OW level if you haven’t done so. Just send an email to
    Julien has dived with Blue Season too if I’m not mistaken.
    I hope you have a great time diving in Indonesia :)

    • Hi Yoas,
      I have my Advance since march 2011.
      I dive in Québec, Belize, Honduras, Ecuador and Cambodia. I have around 22 dives.

      In komodo, the current is really strong that it can be dangerous ?

      If i want to go to Nusa Penida, wich city i should stay to get there ? Its possible to stay a overnight ?

      Thanks for the diving center, i’m gonna have a look ;)
      If you have any other tips or recommandations, you can write me. Its my first time in Indonesia, can wait to go ;)

      thanks again!

      • Hi Elise,
        The current in Komodo, like in many parts of Indonesia like Nusa Penida, can be very strong. This is due to the Indonesian throughflow, a movement of water between the Indian Ocean in the South and the Pacific Ocean in the North.
        That being said, diving in Nusa Penida or Komodo is not necessarily dangerous. You just need to choose the operator carefully and dive with Divemasters who possess extensive experience on local dive sites.
        To dive Nusa Penida, you can either stay in Sanur, Padang Bai or Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is closest but it can be tricky to get there, depending on where you are in Bali. It’s only a 15/20 minute boat ride from Padang Bai and Sanur depending on which dive sites you choose to dive.
        Although Nusa Penida is a great place to dive, there are many other great spots around Bali ;-)

  20. Yes, if you’re going to be in Bali for a 1 1/2 month, you should definitely dive both Penida AND Tulambem. As Yoas said this is only true provided that you are already AOW.
    If you are not yet certified, steer away from Nusa Penida. Some unscrupulous dive centres offer introduction dives in Manta Point – Nusa Penida. This is not safe under any circumstances since conditions there with strong swells do not allow for safe Discover Scuba Diving programs.

  21. Elise,

    Yoas and Gecko dive are right, best thing you can do is head to Tulamben & Padang Bai for dives. If you’d like to head to Nusa Penida you can of course as technically you are qualified with your AOW licence, but experience wise its best to head there after a few days of diving here in Bali so your divemaster gets to know you a bit better before bringing you to dive sites with strong current such as Penida. The current can vary from nothing to 4 knots, really depends on the conditions each day, but reputable dive centers will have guides with tens of thousands of dives and have all the experience to keep you safe.

    Komodo is another story, current can be strong at certain dive sites, but there are also some muck diving sites around. If you are diving a few days in Bali that would be the best preparation for your Komodo trip – My only suggestion is be careful which dive center you go with in Komodo, Many I have approached are over ambitious and take on far too many divers each day.

  22. Hi all,
    I’m planning to spend 4 full days in bali (end of June 2013 ) my main plan is to spend my time diving! need some help on where to stay and where to dive.


    • As the main focus of your four days is to dive: Padangbai (or Candidasa a little further up the coast if you want more to see/do in the evenings or when off-gassing) is the best place to base yourself as you’ve got all the Padangbai/Candidasa sites (my personal favourites) on the doorstep and you just get on the boat to go over to Nusa Penida/Lembongan.

      Taking the boat from Snore the journey is longer and considerably more bumpy.

      However, the Pbai/Cdasa and NP/L sites are generally the more challenging – which you might not want to do.

      If you’d rather than easier diving, or you’re into photography, then I’d suggest you base yourself in Tulamben – there are sites within the bay such as the USAT Liberty shipwreck, as well as those just outside the bay (eg: Palung-Palung). You are just a short drive from Kubu, Amed, etc.

      Plenty to do in four days :-)

      Actually – one more idea/suggestion: Diving around the north west of Bali including Menjangan Island, staying in Pemuteran.

      Please let me know if you’d like more details. The above is v short :-)


  23. Diving from Padang bai means you can easily access most of the best dive sites in Bali within less than one hour. It’s also a great place to discover real Balinese life rather than touristic resorts… Please let us know what your experience is and what you would like to see under water?
    Enjoy your planning!

    • I agree with this comment – as the main focus of your four days is to dive: Padangbai (or Candidasa a little further up the coast if you want more to see/do in the evenings or when off-gassing) is the best place to base yourself as you’ve got all the Padangbai/Candidasa sites (my personal favourites) on the doorstep and you just get on the boat to go over to Nusa Penida/Lembongan.

      Taking the boat from Snore the journey is longer and considerably more bumpy.

      However, the Pbai/Cdasa and NP/L sites are generally the more challenging – which you might not want to do.

      If you’d rather than easier diving, or you’re into photography, then I’d suggest you base yourself in Tulamben – there are sites within the bay such as the USAT Liberty shipwreck, as well as those just outside the bay (eg: Palung-Palung). You are just a short drive from Kubu, Amed, etc.

      Plenty to do in four days :-)

      Actually – one more idea/suggestion: Diving around the north west of Bali including Menjangan Island, staying in Pemuteran.

      Please don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like more details – the above is v brief!


  24. Thanks for good information on this log!

    I am staying in Bali, Seminyak right now and am looking into diving one of the following days. I know west coast is the best place to base from, for the best dives but I will just have to get to Sanur or Padang bai real early one morning :)

    I am hearing different things from different places regarding the currents at Manta point and also where is biggest chance of seeing mantas and/or sharks.

    Are the currents very strong at this time of the year at manta point and is Open water certificate ok? How deep do you have to go to spot them? And are sharks common there too? Or am I better to go somewhere else for sharks?

    Thank you in advance for any tips,

    • Hi Malin

      I am sorry for my delayed reply :-)

      We (AquaMarine Diving – Bali) are actually based in Seminyak and would be very happy to pick you up from your accommodation to take you diving – that way you don’t have to get yourself to Sanur/Padangbai.

      If you have not yet organised your diving, please contact us: We have loads of different sites available this weekend and into next week.

      They include:

      – Tulamben Bay (with the 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck – possibly the world’s easiest wreck dive) and Amed, both on the NE coast.

      – the less-challenging sites outside Padangbai/Candidasa on Bali’s east coast

      – Over at Nusa Penida, including Manta Point.

      You said you are OW-certified but didn’t mention how many dives you have logged, nor when you last went diving.

      Once we have that info, we can recommend sites for you. And I promise that we will not take you anywhere that you are not ready to dive :-)


  25. Dear Malin,
    You’re right: the West Coast is not the best for diving in Bali. The East is where the action takes place.
    You can go to Manta Point with an Open Water certificate. You do need a couple of dives under your belt and it’s better if you dived recently. At Geko Dive, we ask that people dive with us once before going to Manta Point, when they are OW and have only a few dives. That way we can evaluate their diving proficiency.
    The tricky thing with Manta Point is not the current. The swell (read big waves) is the problem, especially a week after the full moon. It is rarely un-divable as the big swell can actually be a lot of fun for people who are comfortable on a rocking boat. The great thing is that Mantas are spotted on almost every trip, all year long!
    Manta Point is not the best dive site in Bali to spot sharks. Sightings of nurse sharks are not uncommon, but, if you want sharks with slightly bigger teeth, then you’re better off to head to Padang Bai or Gili Mmpang/Tepekong. The Whitetip reef shark populations there are still healthy, with both juveniles and adults spotted frequently (especially when diving with local dive centres that know the sites best).
    Please email me or have a look at my website if you want more info.
    Cedric/Geko Dive Bali

    • Hi to All!
      We are planning to go to Bali on 7th of February 2014.
      Is the dive conditions are really so bad as everyone describing?
      Please share your opinion?

      • Hi Dzianis,

        February is still a good time to dive, however you may not see as much as you would in other months (anywhere between April and Dec is the best time to dive in Bali). Unfortunately wet season usually means less visibility. February is heading towards the end of the wet season, although during wet season the current unfortunately brings rubbish to the top of the island from Java. I would suggest diving on the North East coast of Bali, Tulamben (this is where the USAT Lberty Shipwreck is located). We are hoping that because we had an early start to the wet season this year it will finish up early too. I hope this information is useful and we look forward to seeing you in Bali.
        Best wishes

      • Actually, diving right now (Feb 6th) is great. Visibility was amazing today in Padang Bai with 30m. Sharks, turtles, schools of fish and great macro were all spotted by our Divemasters a couple of hours ago.
        It is a living environment and you may have a lot of changes from one week to another, even more so from one year to the next. I suggest getting in touch with local dive centers who dive here frequently, know the best dive sites and the right times to dive those sites.
        People who tell you there is always currents and bad vis with strong waves on dive sites where you can see sharks this season obviously have not done much diving here…

  26. Hi Malin,

    Although Cedric is offering you decent advice, I think he did not pick up on the fact that you are concerned about the strong currents. You definitely do not want to be diving around Gili Mimpang or Tepekong as the currents can be outrageous. Sharks and bigger pelagics love current. If you want to see sharks then your best bet is to dive more until you are comfortable enough to brave the currents (Generally 50-100 dives experience for Gili Tepekong/Mimpang). You would have a nicer time at Tulamben or Menjangan island. Hope this helps! P/S: Go for your Advance Open Water :)

    • Dear neoprene_lover,
      I beg to differ but sharks can be seen in Padang Bai by beginner divers. It is not rare that our introductory divers or open water students see them during their very first dives. Most sharks can be spotted extremely shallow and the Advanced ticket is not necessarily needed.
      I do agree with you that doing the Advanced has value but indicating that it is a necessity borders on bad advertising practices…

  27. This is a question rather than a post dive comment – I just want to pick some brains! I’m going on a family holiday to Kuta in July. I’d like to take my nephews + niece snorkelling (aged 11-18ys) – can you recommend a good company to take us on a day trip? I was thinking maybe to Padangbai or Tulamben. They all swim, but haven’t snorkelled much. And I’d like to dive Manta Point – can you recommend someone to take me there on a day trip (am Open Water diver)?

    • Hi Jenny – first: I hope you all have a great holiday here in Bali in July :-)

      Snorkelling: Yes, either Blue Lagoon or Tulamben Bay would be fine.

      If you have your own transport, you could simply drive to Padangbai and choose an operator when you get there – probably cheaper.

      Obviously you could do the same in Tulamben but it’s a long drive.

      Alternatively you can go with a south Bali operator who will pick you all up, supply snorkelling gear (although you could dive at either location while your niece/nephews snorkel), lunch, all logistics really.

      If you need one, either a local operator or one from south Bali, can supply a snorkelling guide.

      AquaMarine Diving – Bali offers snorkelling tours to both locations every day however at Blue Lagoon on Tue and Fridays we also include a Free Barbeque Lunch.

      For snorkelling, because Tulamben is ‘from the shore’, they could come and go as they please. Obviously you can also do that with a boat (Blue Lagoon) too :-)

      Blue Lagoon can have a current, but has white-ish sand so is brighter.

      Tulamben’s beach is round rocks, and has black sand – volcanic from Mt Agung. It is pretty cool to see the shipwreck under you!

      Diving at Manta Point: No current but it can be surgy – however it is unlikely to be surgy in July!

      What I would point out to you: There is a season for Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish) in Bali – it’s July-November – and we generally see them around Nusa Penida. It makes sense to offer 2 Big Fish (Mantas and Molas) on one trip. However MM are generally found deep (30m ish) and around the current-y areas. So, if you are not experienced, or you’re a bit rusty, please(!) make sure that whichever operator you choose does not simply ‘put you on a boat to Nusa Penida’. More divers in MM season, so boats tend to ‘get filled up’. I wouldn’t want you to have a miserable time – MM also like cold water! – too deep, swirly currents.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions – happy to answer them :-)


  28. Hi Jenny!
    Snorkelling at Padangbai and Tulamben are both great options for your nephews and niece! Blue Lagoon Beach (Padang bai) is a great beach for snorkeling. The coral reef is right up to the shore and is very pretty. On a calm day expect lots of fish and great visibility! The USAT Liberty Shipwreck at Tulamben is a well known dive site in Bali, but the beauty of this hystorical WWII ship is that it lies from 3 meters, meaning it can be snorkeled from the surface; lots of marine life and it also enjoys favourable conditions making it perfect for snorkelling. If you would like to go diving yourself at Manta point keep in mind that most dive operators will only take you there after completing at least 50+ dives. The currents here during the summer months can be very strong and therefore experience is a must. If your looking for a good dive operator to take you both on your snorkelling and dive trips, then i would recommend Blue Season Bali. I hope this comment was helpful and if you like to find out more about Blue Season then you can check out there website;
    Regards, Tommy!

  29. Hi everyone,
    my family is staying in Seminyak over Christmas for one week. I’ve read that the rainy season in December can make waters a bit murky for diving. I’m wondering whether anyone can recommend a dive site that may still have good visibility, and be accessible from Seminyak as a day trip. I haven’t scuba dived in about 15 years, and my partner never has, although we have snorkelled on many trips.
    Many thanks in advance,

    • Hi, during rainy season we sometimes find that visibility is reduced where dive sites are near rivers as additional silt finds it way to the ocean

      At Nusa Penida we have many sites that are unaffected by rainfall and visibility remains good

  30. Hello,
    I just booked my Indonesian trip in Dec. 1st week, staying near Candidisa (Nov 30-Dec 6)
    2nd week, staying near Anyer, Jakarta
    3rd week, staying in Sanur
    I’m a beginner diver, 10 dives and will be diving without my buddy.
    I was hoping to dives 2 days each per week. I contacted Blue Fin and they were going to take me to Tulamben/Padang Bay( you recommended those 2 sites for beginners)
    The other site was Nusa Penida( is that safe for beginner? Your sites said its for advanced divers)
    Would u recommend me dives company in Bali and Jakarta with dives sites for beginner?

    • Dear Evy,
      Congrats on booking your dive holiday in Bali. You’re going to love the diving here.
      Padang Bai and Tulamben are indeed great for beginners. Nusa Penida can be a little more challenging, but is manageable for people who already have a few dives under their belt and possess good diving skills.
      I would personally recommend that you complete your Advanced Open Water course so that you can enjoy all these dive sites more fully. The price difference between fun dives and completing the Advanced is not huge. The Advanced is a practical course with limited theory and no exam and is a lot of fun. You can find a dive operator who will be happy to bring you to Tulamben and Padang Bai to complete the dives for the course and could dive the same dive sites.
      Lastly, I am not sure why you would chose to dive with an operator from Sanur when staying in Candidasa… It would make more sense to me to dive with a local operator rather than with one located far away. Just my 2 cents!
      Can’t help with diving around Jakarta since I haven’t dived there yet. From what I’ve heard there isn’t so much and most people from Jakarta come to Bali to do their dives…
      You’re welcomed to email me if you want more info

    • Hi Evy, excellent news that you are coming to Bali and would like to do some diving while you are here – it is beautiful!

      As an Open Water (OW) diver, I would recommend diving at Tulamben Bay/USAT Liberty Wreck, Amed or Blue Lagoon (off Padangbai).

      Tulamben Bay with the world famous USAT Liberty Shipwreck is fantastic dive site with diverse marine life, you can’t come to Bali without diving here!

      Blue Lagoon is an easy dive site with a gentle white sand slope, it is very beautiful and a favourite for underwater photographers

      Amed is also a sand beach with easy conditions. The reefs just offshore from the quiet fishing village of Amed, it has many unexpected treasures and has a 20m coral-encrusted wreck of a steel freighter!

      If you would like full details please drop a line to and the dive travel consultants would be more than happy to organise for you – see you in Bali soon!

  31. Hey there I am planning to visit Bali during Mid-October, I am a PADI OW diver and am traveling alone. Is there a way to register with any of the Dive offices for a couple of dives? I came to know that dive packages require a min of 2 people to book , however as I said I’m traveling alone.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • Hello Nabil – Great to hear you are planning to come to Bali mid-Oct and would like to do some diving while you are here :-)

      Yes, dive companies (such as AquaMarine Diving – Bali, my company) do publish prices ‘based on 2 divers’ however, as long as we have other divers on that day, you can simply join us – what I mean is, you can join an existing trip.

      You said you are a PADI OW diver – how many dives have you logged, and when was your last dive? I ask because that info will influence the dive locations that I suggest to you.

      In fact the best thing to do would be to e-mail Natalie and Carol on Tell them as much info as you can (arrival and departure dates, where you’re staying, what you’d like to do, what you’ve already got booked (and planned), how many days of diving you’d like to do, any PADI courses you’re interested in (Advanced is 2days, most Specialties are 1day), and so on – the more info, the better/sooner they’ll be able to put together something suitable for you).

      You said “a couple of dives” so maybe you only have time for one Day Trip: I’d suggest Tulamben Bay on Bali’s north east coast, site of the 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck. It’s a shore dive, suitable for all levels, a wonderful site – if you have an uw camera, you should take it (or rent one!)!

      Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions for me, otherwise please e-mail Natalie and Carol asap :-)


  32. My husband and I are travelling to Bali in late Oct/early November. We love to snorkel and scuba dive. We are trying to decide if Seminyak or Nusa Dua is a better place to stay? We have Starwood points to use, so it’s one of the two locations. Does either place have beaches you can snorkel from? Is it easier to scuba dive from a shop near Nusa Dua or Seminyak? Any help is much appreciated!

    • Hi Erin

      Great to hear that you and your husband would like to do some snorkelling and scuba-diving while you are here in Bali in late Oct/early Nov :-)

      Seminyak and Nusa Dua are very different places:

      Seminyak, where our office is located, is full of villas, resorts, shops (jewellery, clothes, homewares, etc, etc, etc!) as well as a wide range of cafes and restaurants. Although Bali doesn’t particularly lend itself to pedestrians, it’s an easy place to walk around.

      Nusa Dua (which means ‘island two’) used to be a separate island, the area between Nusa Dua and Bali was reclaimed for the airport. Nusa Dua is full of huge, self-contained resorts with everything on-site. To go anywhere else you would either be going to another nearby self-contained resort, or taking a taxi for 20-30mins to visit Seminyak (or Sanur for example).

      So it depends ‘how’ you like to spend your days?

      The beach in Seminyak is an extension of Kuta beach and is therefore for surfers, not snorkellers.

      Nusa Dua has v pretty (and calm) beaches but very little to see underwater.

      I am unaware of any dive companies in Nusa Dua – plenty of agents who can organise it for you (as can any hotel/resort) but you probably wouldn’t know which dive company you’d be booked with.

      AquaMarine Diving – Bali is pretty much the only dive company on this side of the island, certainly we are the largest.

      However – any dive company located in south Bali will pick you up from either Seminyak or Nusa Dua to take you diving (or snorkelling) so that shouldn’t be your limiting/deciding factor :-)

      I’d suggest you get online and check out websites, contact the dive companies that appeal to you, and go from there.

      AMD-B offers daily snorkelling trips to Blue Lagoon outside Padangbai on Bali’s east coast, however the ones on Tue and Fridays include a FREE Barbeque Lunch!


  33. Hi,
    In bali at the moment, staying in canggu. I have rescue diver and a few specialties with 63 dives. Looking at doin another specialty or two depending on price. My wife only snorkles, any day trips that could accomodate this? Any dive companies pick up from canggu?

    • Dan – we (AquaMarine Diving – Bali, located in Seminyak/Kerobokan) do pick-ups in Canggu all the time because we’re on your side of the island :-)

      We would be delighted to take you and your (snorkelling) wife on a Day Trip or two so you can see some of Bali’s fabulous diving, and perhaps do some further Specialty training.

      Could you please e-mail us on, letting us know where in Canggu you’re staying (so we can give you the correct pick up time info) and any dates that you can or cannot do.

      Also which Specialties you are interested in? Wreck and Deep are 4dives, so 2days. Night is 3dives, but you’ll be doing Day Trips so that doesn’t fit :-)

      The rest are 2dives so easy to do on Day Trips.


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    • Hi Yukie :-)

      Pretty much all of the dive locations on Bali’s north east coast (Tulamben and Amed areas) and east coast (Padangbai/Candidasa and over at the offshore islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan) are still fine in November.

      I’d suggest you avoid the north west of Bali (around the island of Menjangan) because there’ll probably be a lot of rubbish coming over from Java – the currents change around that time of year.

      This link takes you to some descriptions of the above dive locations:

      If you only have one day to dive in Bali, regardless of your level of certification, I’d suggest you go to Tulamben Bay on the NW coast, to dive at the USAT Liberty Shipwreck – even if wreck-diving isn’t appealing to you, it’s a fabulous site!

      Please e-mail Info at for further info/advice, and to make an enquiry/booking.


  34. Hi, please can you advise is Menjangan island area really to be avoided for diving in late December, because of bad visibility or trashes floating with rainy season currents?
    We will be staying in Lovina, and were hoping to visit Menjangan for diving and/or snorkeling.. Tulamben I have already seen (>check<) :)
    Thanks in advance!

    • To be honest, with ‘global climate change’ happening, it’s difficult to predict from year to year.

      I’m personally going up to NW Bali for a couple of days diving on the Biorock Project at Pemuteran on 08/09 December – next weekend.

      (Pemuteran is the nearest village to the port for boats to Menjangan Island).

      I know that’s 2-3wks before you’re planning to go yourself, but I’m telling you so you have an indication of what I (owner of Bali dive company!) am doing/thinking :-)


        • Nemo – I need to apologise: I didn’t get up to NW Bali last week, sorry. I should have notified you :-(
          My trip is actually on hold until mid/late January because I unexpectedly need to go back to the UK this week.
          I suggest you e-mail several of the hotels and dive companies in Pemuteran and ask them what it’s like, see what replies you get back.
          Again, I am sorry to have let you down.

  35. Hi, I will be arriving in Bali on a cruise ship at Benoa.. I will be there from noon on 14 Feb through 6 pm on 15 Feb. Can you recommend sites and a dive company that can support this short visit. Thanks in advance!


    • Hi Dave,
      This is a very short time to dive indeed. The only place where you could hope to squeeze in a dive is in Sanur. Not the best dive site, but some ok macro. This can only be done if the conditions are right: you dive in a pass and current can be strong and visibility poor.
      The best way to go about it is for you to contact any of the big dive centres in Sanur. If they have availability, they might be able to help you…
      Enjoy your cruise and your (very short) stopover in Bali,

  36. hi everyone

    I am planning to visit bail next month for 7 days. Exactly Kuta Beach. I will divide my plan such as one day scuba diving & other day land trip until I return my home country. I have advance license. If any recommend for destination or spot. please inform me

    • Hi Mohammed.

      It is good news that you will be visiting Bali soon.
      My name is Manon and I am a Dive Travel Consultant at AquaMarine Diving – Bali, we are located very close to Kuta. On a daily basis I arrange customized itineraries. So I am used to make nice programmes that combine both fantastic diving and interesting land tours and other land based activities. You mentioned that you are planning a 7 days holiday, I would suggest to visit the Mountains first, before you start diving, to avoid DCS. And move on to visiting Ubud town and maybe Tanahlot Temple or Uluwatu after your diving days. Since you will be staying a week only, I would recommend diving at the Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben Bay and since you are advanced certified; Nusa Penida Manta Point. That guarantees the best dive sites in Bali, maybe adding an extra diving day trip at Padangbai would be a good idea. Should you need any help drafting an itinerary, you are welcome to email me at I would be delighted to help. Thanks! Manon

  37. Hi guys,

    I’m planning to take my open water license in Bali on 4-12 May. I only have average swimming skill. I also still haven’t decided either to take SSI or PADI. But I will figure it out later. I want to ask you guys, which diving center is recommended in Bali? I’m open for any suggestions. Thank you..


    • Hello Villya

      It is great news that you are considering becoming a certified diver. You will see, this will open new opportunities and new holiday destinations that you wouldn’t maybe consider being a non-diver.
      You mentioned that you are not a very good swimmer, well is no problem, as long as you can swim okay and mostly you are comfortable in the water.
      I have to thank Dan, for recommending AquaMarine.
      We can organize your Open Water Diver Course between your preferred dates (4-12 May). You could choose to do the theory before hand either by PADI e-learning and completing also the exam online. Or maybe choosing e-book, which would allow you to study the manual online before you arrive in Bali. Of course there is another way which we arrange usually, we can deliver the Manual to your Hotel and you could take a couple of days to learn the theory. After that the Course can start; we would pick you up at your hotel so you can begin your class at our office, followed by your confined water training (in the pool, next day you will start your first 2 Open water dives in Tulamben Liberty Shipwreck or maybe Blue Lagoon, and the last day finish your last 2 Open water dives for the completion of your course. We have very good pricing for our Courses and our Instructors are very professional and patient. The equipment we use is always best quality and to top it all our lunches are delicious.
      Villya, I hope to hear from you at so I can continue letting you know what makes AquaMarine Diving – Bali so special. :-)
      Thank you. Manon

  38. Hi Guys,

    I hope everything is good. Let me tell you about my last dive I did on Bali. First of all, I did my dive on April 18,19,20 & 21 ,2014 with Aqua Marine Diving Center. The spot I like most is SD and also, Manta point. I sew a huge manta there but the current was strong with big wave. The crews are friendly and helpful. In addition, the is flexible with the payment which I paid my invoice last day I dived. Finally, I strongly recommend with that diving center.

    • Hello Mohammed!Thank you so much for taking the time to compliment our company and services! It is great to hear that you enjoyed your four diving day trips with AquaMarine Diving – Bali. Well, you did choose the best dive sites in Bali; Tulamben Bay Liberty shipwreck, Amed, Padangbai and Nusa Penida Manta Point. I hope that this trips have left you hungry for more and that you will join us again for some more fantastic diving, maybe for a new adventure, there are other wonderful dive sites in Bali that you haven’t discovered yet, such as Menjangan Island, interesting muck sites and much more… See you soon I hope! Manon

  39. I am a non diving Aussie with a Japanese wife. We are going from Australia in July,August and my mum and sister in law are coming over from japan. They want to dive while I surf. The Japanese travel agents are still recommending drift diving in Sanur to my in laws and don’t seem to know about the recent tragedy.

    Any thoughts or recommendations for safe authorised companies that won’t lose my wife and her family?

    • Hi Mark,

      My name is Ira, I work in AquaMarine Diving – Bali.

      I have noted that your wife and your sister in law are interested to dive on Bali in July or August.
      I understood that you are concern about their safety.

      Mark, could you please advice me later about their level certification?

      I would like to recommend them to dive on Blue Lagoon/ Jepun. These dive sites are located on Padangbai area. These sites are easy dive sites, well-recommended for all level certification even for non-certified diver.
      The currents are zero to mild so it will be safe enough for beginner.

      Please find below the dive site’s description for your easy reference.

      Blue Lagoon
      Blue Lagoon is a small bay with a steep white sand beach, located just northeast of Padangbai. The steepness of the beach means there are waves; therefore we take a 5 minute boat ride from Padangbai. The topography is not spectacular: white sand bottom, which slopes gradually to 22m, has scattered rocks, soft corals and a huge area of staghorn coral. The fish life however is amazing! A large napoleon wrasse is occasionally sighted, and the area is home to several kinds of reef shark, stonefish, moray and blue ribbon eels, nudibranches, rays, squid and octopus, leaf scorpion fish in every hue and stargazers, giant frogfish and cuttlefish.

      While the diving at Blue Lagoon is easy (sometimes used for Open Water courses and popular with snorkellers), experienced divers and photographers also thoroughly enjoy the site. Visibility is 15-20m, there is sometimes a little surge and a mild current but the bay is fairly protected. The site has a good variety of sweetlips, angelfish and surgeonfish.

      AquaMarine’s favourite treasure-trove. It is an extension of Blue Lagoon and has a white sand bottom. An area of artificial reef has been created – we regularly sight frog fish here.
      Jepun yields Leaf scorpionfish, Solarpowered nudibranch, Rhinopias (eschmeyeri and frondosa), ghostpipefish, seamoths, Flamboyant cuttlefish, Cockatoo waspfish, shrimps, crabs, Thorny seahorse and more.
      Highlights: Nudibranchs, Rhinopias (rare), giant frog fish, Coleman shrimp

      Mark, I would like to suggest your wife and your sister in law to dive with AquaMarine Diving – Bali.
      Reasons to choose AquaMarine Diving – Bali: (In case you still doubt that we are the “Best”).

      – AquaMarine only offers diving at Bali’s better dive sites thereby providing the quality of diving your clients are seeking.

      – Emphasis on safety and enjoyment

      – Our dive staff are employed full-time and minimum PADI Divemaster certification (more than 50% are PADI Instructors)

      – Maximum ratio of 1 dive guide for 4 divers

      – We have the three best custom-built dive boats in Bali

      – Minibuses customised for maximum space and leg room

      if you have any enquiry, please send to

      I hope the information above will be helpful and please feel free to contact me if you have any further question. I would be delighted to assist you with your queries.

      Thank you and have a pleasant Sunday.


      Ira Utami

  40. Hi, Thank you for creating such an awesome website! I am planning a trip to Bali in November, and would like to dive with as much wild animals as possible, rays in particular!

    I have dived in quite a few places around the world, and hence would prefer the slightly more hidden and less crowded sites. Because of that, I am debating between Bali and Komodo Island.

    I have a very tight timeline, and would like to spend as little time as possible in transfer (without sacrificing too much of the diving quality). In this case, would you recommend me diving in Bali or Komodo Island, which will require a lot more travel time?

    I am always told that Bali is crowded and busy and less well preserved than other areas on Indonesia, do you agree?

    Thanks a lot for your suggestion! I really appreciate it!

    • Hi Helen,

      My name is Ira, I work in Bali and beyond section of AquaMarine Diving – Bali.
      I have noted that you are interested to dive on Bali and Komodo on November 2014. Excellent!

      I understood that you have a very tight timeline.
      Therefore, I would like to recommend you to stay in the hotel/resort that is located nearby to the dive site in order to avoid long time on transfers.

      Helen, could you please advice me later about your email address or please send me an email to and I will be more than happy to provide you possible itineraries for Bali Diving and Komodo Diving for you to consider?

      Please feel free to contact me if you have any further question and I would be delighted to assist you with your queries.
      Thank you and looking forward to hear from you.

      Have a nice weekend. :)

      Ira Utami

  41. On the subject of diving in Bali … Candidasa, a relatively sleepy tourist town right on the coast on the eastern tip of the island is without doubt the best place to stay as a jumping off point to all of the best of Bali dive sites.
    Blue Lagoon, Jepun and the islands of Tepekong and Mimpang are right on the front door; manta point and Crystal Bay (mola mola “central:) are just 20 minutes by fast boat and the huge shipwreck of the USAT Liberty is only one hour north.
    Candidasa is well serviced by top restaurants and many dive centres, however we have always used Shangrila Scuba Divers, based at Bali Palms resort, on the southern entrance to the town of Candidasa.

    • Candidasa is indeed a good place to base yourself if you want to dive the sites around Bali’s east coast (including Tulamben and Amed in the NE). My personal favourite accom there is :-)

      Please note Candidasa is about halfway up Bali’s east coast, not on the eastern tip.

      Padangbai, which is smaller and quieter, about 15mins south on the southern side of Amuk Bay, is also an ideal place for divers to stay as you can walk off the beach and onto the boats. Padangbai is popular with backpackers. I recommend the food at Topi Inn, the last place you reach as you walk along the (short-ish) beach.

      Please note that in addition to the Blue Lagoon area, and Mimpang/Tepekong mentioned by Ian Monaghan above, a fast boat can also take you to the little crescent-shaped island of Gili Biaha – my absolutely favourite dive site in all of Bali!

      And even further northwards is Gili Selang, another little island, which is on Bali’s very eastern tip: Yes, can be dived as a drift-dive but there are also sheltered areas :-)

      I hope the above is helpful.

      PS: Ian said Candidasa is “without doubt the best place to stay as a jumping off point to all of the best of Bali dive sites” – there are also good dive sites in Bali’s north west eg: Menjangan Island.

    • Candidasa is indeed a great place to locate yourself for diving Bali’s east coast and up to Tulamben Bay (USAT Liberty shipwreck) and Amed – on the north west.

      For accom in Candidasa, I like

      (Candidasa is about halfway up Bali’s east coast rather than on the east tip of Bali).

      Padangbai, a little to the south of Candidasa, on the bottom side of Amuk Bay, is also a good base for divers: Smaller than Candidasa, quieter, popular with backpackers (I recommend the food at Topi Inn, the last place you come to when you walk along Padangbai’s short beach).

      If your chosen dive co has a fast boat, you can also reach my personal favourite dive site in Bali, the little crescent-shaped island of Gili Biaha further up the east coast, and (on the very eastern tip of Bali), Gili Selang.

      Gili Biaha is known for its surge and I’ve seen a really wide variety of marinelife there from Blue-ring octopus to Mola-Mola. It’s also home to two of the world’s coolest fish: Bearded soapfish :-)

      Parts of Gili Selang are very exposed to the currents which can mean very short, very fast, drift dives! But there are also very sheltered areas.

      Ian calls Candidasa “the best place to stay as a jumping off point to all of the best of Bali dive sites” however there are also some lovely sites in NW Bali as well, including Menjangan Island: The first internationally recognised dive location in Bali.

      I hope the above is useful.

  42. Dive guides around Candidasa in eastern Bali have recently added a new site to the list of dive locations.
    Called Tanah Ampo, it is a huge (100 metres-plus) jetty which was built in an ill-advised move to try and lure cruise ship tourism to this quiet part of Bali. The jetty is now about three years old and is attracting the smaller critters, nudibranchs, scorpion and lion fish, frogfish, who are finding plenty of flotsam and jetsam habitat. It is a smooth, whitish sand bottom and no deeper than 15 metres, so it is now well and truly on the agenda for those divers who like underwater photography of the macro variety. For more information on this new site contact

    • “divers who like underwater photography of the macro variety” – very well put Ian!

      We have been diving the jetty for a while now, but only with uw photographers looking for muck-diving and/or macro critters.

      Unfortunately in recent months we’ve noticed that anyone and everyone is going there, even for Open Water training – so much kicking of fragile coral growth on the jetty pillars, and also … kicking up of sand … and kicking of the marinelife :-(

      We used to see loads of frogfish, pipefish, seahorses, similar – even Flamboyant cuttlefish – but now, due to over-crowding and inexperienced divers (not their fault), the numbers are reduced.

  43. Hi , I love Snorkeling wherever I traveling around the world. I don’t dive but I love snorkeling so much. I did amazing snorkeling with manta rays at small island southern east of Bali mainland. I didn’t use any dive operator, but my friend introduced me with a local snorkeling guide. This guy organizing snorkeling trips to all dive sites in Bali. Best snorkeling experiences in my life ever. We did 2x snorkel , fisrt at Manta point. play with dancing manta rays on the surface. second place was also beautiful, colorful fishes and the corals are incredible, crystal clear water. This guy sent me a link;
    Hope you can feel what I had done at this trip.
    Good Luck!!

  44. Hi, I am staying in Kuta for the next 9 days with some friends all of whom don’t have their diving license. I have my open water and was hoping to do some dives around Bali, ideally 2-4, hopefully including a wreak dive. I was wondering whether someone could help me organise this?
    As well as potentially organising an easy assisted dive for some of my friends? Preferably at a nice place to snorkel so those that don’t want to dive can still have fun..

    • Hello Jayden, it is fantastic news that you are already in Bali and planning some diving day trips. There are great dive sites in Bali which are perfect for certified divers and non-divers alike. In my opinion Tulamben Liberty Shipwreck is a must-see dive site, and it will simply be magical for your friends to do their first underwater breath surrounded by the wreck’s beautiful underwater scenery. Another option is Blue Lagoon being a treasure trove of marinelife, and where we can arrange for your party a Balinese barbeque lunch. Looking at these 2 great dive sites you would be able to experience both shore-entry and boat-entry dives. Jayden, should you need any help to put something together, please feel free to contact me at I can propose you some options and I will make sure to let you know our offers for group bookings! Hoping to hear from you soon, enjoy Bali.

  45. Hey,

    I will be in Bali from the first week in August. I have never dived before so looking to do a half day padi with a dive also but im unsure what company to go with. Id like to make sure it is a reputable company as i have heard some parts of Bali can be quite dangerous for novis Divers. Staying in Seminyak but dont mind travelling for it.

    Any help would be great, thanks.


    • Hi Colin,
      Its good news that you are planning to do your first underwater breath in August. You will see, it is like a door that opens to a different world. And there’s no better place to fall in love with diving than Bali!
      At AquaMarine Diving – Bali we have created a unique package for non-divers who would like to get their feet wet but aren’t sure they want to go the lengths of getting certified. We conduct this on the world famous USAT Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben Bay or at Blue Lagoon, near Padangbai (a favourite location with underwater photographers). Your Instructor would provide an on-shore briefing and practical skills demonstration before you enter the water and you would dive to a maximum of 12 metres, side by side with your Dive Guide. We can most definitely pick you up in Seminyak and drop you off again after the diving trip. I hope you will feel free to contact me at if your plans materialize, I would be very happy to provide more information and secure this for you.

  46. Question: I have a limited time to visit Bali (7 days total) and want to spend a couple of days diving and the rest of the time visiting the country. I had thought about going to the Gillis, but it seems time consuming, transportation wise, to get there and back. Would you compare Menjangan to the Gillis for me? We are a family of divers with some experience, but we don’t dive often enough to be considered experts. Thank you!

    • Hello Sandy. Thank you for sharing your holiday plans on DiveZone. Both Gili Islands in Lombok and Menjangan Island in Bali are great ideas to spend a week diving & sightseeing with family. In my opinion Gili Islands is a bit small for sightseeing and you would have to head to Lombok mainland to do some on-land excursions. Also considering which period you are planning to travel, high season can be very crowded in Gili Islands (especially Gili Trawangan). The diving is considered a perfect place for beginners because of the easy conditions and relaxed diving, the highlights are reef sharks and turtles. Otherwise, Menjangan Island being in Bali provides a larger range of sightseeing options and top-side activities to choose from. As well the diving in Menjangan Island is fantastic being Bali’s first internationally-known diving location. The highlights are coral walls and grottoes combined with great visibility. Sandy, both options are worth some thought and consideration. Should you wish to have more detail information about both locations, please don’t hesitate in contacting me at I would be delighted to offer you more information (how to get there, what to expect…) and also some diving + accommodation packages for your easy reference. Looking forward to assisting you build your next perfect diving holiday!

  47. Nice Post, Really adventurous diving in Indonesia, The Picture of the blogs shows more exciting to came up, I cant wait to experience this beautiful spot in Diving, Thanks for the post

  48. “Divers who like to see frogfish,pygmy seahorse, harley quinn/ underwater photography of the macro variety”
    Amed is a great place to locate yourself for diving Bali east coast up to Tulamben(US T Liberty )’Bunutan ,seray ,dive site for muck-diving.

    Or special morning dive at Tulamben US T Libertyto see many bumphead parrotfish .

    Also a good and convenient place to stay near beach in amed : Tradisi villas.

    • Hi Konong, you are absolutely right! Amed is a great location for diving. It offers an interesting variety of dives; with a black sand slope, coral reefs and also a wall. At AquaMarine Diving – Bali, we propose Amed particularly in our popular wreck diving safari (where it includes all the wrecks in Bali – such as the Tulamben Bay Liberty Shipwreck, the anker wreck in Menjangan island, the Japanese wreck in Amed and more!)and our well-known uw photographers’ dream dive safari with superb opportunities for macro photography (such as Secret Bay in the north west, Puri Jati in the North or Ghost bay in Amed among others). And as you say, staying in Amed is a good idea to experience the best dive sites in the North East coast while enjoying the black sandy beach and seafood restaurants!

  49. I just finished diving today (13-09-2014) in Bali. I used Pro Dive Bali as my diving operator. The first and third day me and my wife dived at Nusa Penida Island. The main reason for us to come to Bali at this time of the year was to spot the Mola Mola (sunfish). We dived at Manta Point where we saw 4 or 5 Mantas but the place was so crowded that it was very diffficult to actually have a good look of the animals. Most of the divers there were chasing the Mantas like crazy and I wonder if they have not realized yet mantas (or any other fish for that matter) can swim a lot quicker than anyone of us?? Bottom line was that the mantas finally swam away from the place. Second dive was at Crystal Bay. Well, the was no Mola Mola at all and my friends, if you are unlucky as we were, there is absolutely nothing to see there! The second dive day at Nusa Penida was pretty much the same! Searching for the elusive Mola Mola with no luck at all. Another wasted diving day! The dive at tulamben was the only thing worth on this trip. I am not very keen on wrecks but have to admit this was a really nice dive. The USAT Liberty offer a good oportunity to divers of all level to explore the wreck and the beautiful coral within. The only down thing about Tulambem is that it is located some 2 1/2 hours from Kuta making at long, long drive (traffic and roads in Bali don’t help at all). Other than this two dive sites, there is nothing else worth diving in Bali. It may be a good place to get your Open Water Diver certification but it is a boring and dull diving place for the experience diver. Finally, if you are coming to Bali, there are much better Diving Operators than Pro Dive. The divemasters don’t really speak any english making it very difficult to comunicate and I am sorry to say this, but they swim as fast and as deep they can in order to exhaust the customers’ air quickly so they can surface and go home early. This happened to us during the 4 days out of 5 we originally booked. We decided to cancel the last day of diving precisely because of the dreadful diving sites and the divemasters diving “tricks”. This goes for you Mr. Eltoro at Pro Dive.

  50. Hi,
    i am planning for a trip to Bali from 3-14 Nov and planning to dive from 5-8 nov. Can someone help me with tips and idea where to stay for my diving days (i don’t prefer long travel to dive site) and i plan to do 2 dives per day – need a budget and quotation for this as well. i am AOW diver with 50+ dives.

  51. Hello HMH, thank you for your post on Divezone and your email to AquaMarine Diving – Bali too. It will be a delight to reply to your email with a possible mini dive safari for you to consider. Being an Advanced diver will give you the opportunity to experience many wonderful dive sites. Expect my offer for a great diving holiday any minute now! I will make sure to propose 2 different budgets so you can choose what suits you best. Again thank you for contacting us and we look forward to having you join us for some fantastic diving.

  52. Hi,
    I’m going to be in Bali/Gili Islands from Feb 12-19 2015 and am trying to figure out the difference between the two locations for diving. We are staying in Seminyak on Bali and on Gili T. I am the only diver in our group so I may only be able to sneak away for one day of diving. Any recommendations between Bali and Gili of where I should plan my dives? I haven’t done a ton of diving in the past so would prefer to avoid anything too technical. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks!

    • Hello Lanny, it is great to hear that you are visiting Bali and Gili Islands in February, and that even though your holiday is pre-planned as a non-diving vacation, you still take a day to discover what the underwater part of the islands have to offer. Well Gili Islands are considered a relaxed diving location with beautiful sandy bottom and are known for their numerous turtles. Bali however, has too many different kind of dives to fit in one category… you can choose from wrecks, muck sites, pelagic encounters, drift dives, critters… In my opinion if you only have 1 day to dive in Bali, I would choose the 120m Liberty Shipwreck at Tulamben Bay – it is a must see dive site, the marinelife is amazing and it is an easy dive. If you are staying in Seminyak we can easily pick you up in the morning and bring you to Tulamben Bay (in the North East Coast) and after 2 or 3 fantastic dives and a delicious lunch we would bring you back to your hotel – to meet your friends and share the memories of your trip with AquaMarine Diving – Bali. Otherwise another idea that could make everybody happy is to combine a diving and snorkeling experience in Blue Lagoon (favorite dive sites for uw photographers)with our tailor-made diving boats, both you as a diver and your snorkeller friends would enjoy a water excursion for the day (sun bathing on the deck, in and out of the water as they please, coffee, tea and milo on board…)and to top it all every Tuesday and Friday we offer FREE Barbecue lunches for Snorkellers! Anyways, no matter what you choose, I am sure you will enjoy your holiday in Bali and Gili islands! Keep in touch…

  53. Happy new year! my friends and i are going to bali on October. We are not divers, we just want to snorkel. Can you help with itinerary? Which areas are best for snorkeling? Can we see mola mola and manta rays just by snorkeling? Is October a good time to snorkel? We are willing to travel far and stay in one area for a couple of days to save on travel time. Can you also recommend the best area for beach-just relaxing, swimming and island hopping? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Joan, thank you very much for your message on and your email this morning. I have just replied with a perfect trip that I think you will like. Our Snorkelling trips to Blue Lagoon with Free Barbeque lunch are a guaranteed day of fun. I have provided lots of information and photos hoping that this will whet your appetite for snorkeling with AquaMarine. Also I have added some information about Introductory Dives in Tulamben Liberty Shipwreck, who knows? Maybe you feel like try diving in Bali! Joan, as for Nusa Penida, we only recommend this site for Advanced certified divers, we do focus on safety and enjoyment. But for your information, October is indeed a good time for diving in Nusa Penida to see the Mola Mola (weird and wonderful Ocean Sunfish) and they are usually seen approx at 30metres of depth. Joan, I look forward to continue communicating by email and to secure a great experience for you and you friend. Thank you.

  54. Hia just came back home from Bali. Dived Amed and Tulamben and couple of other spots I cant recall the names now. Bali is amazing for the colours, soft corals and all macro life. Much more than I seen any other place before. i went with a fairly new dive centre Guys know what they are doing and all went good. Had a lot of fun so I definitely recommend them. Wish i had seen Mola Mola but now is not the season apparently.

  55. Hi There! Traveling to Bali June 23-29 and was hoping to find a live aboard to jump on for 5 or 6 days. A departure out of Bali would be ideal but I’d be will to fly elsewhere in the country if it was the ideal itinerary! Any suggestions of reputable outfits would be much appreciated.

    • Hi Daniel. June is perfect to visit Bali and surrounding islands, to avoid the rainy season. You mentioned that you are looking for a Liveaboard, thats great! At AquaMarine Diving – Bali we have a section that handles specially enquiries for beyond Bali. And therefore we have access to many Liveaboard availabilities. The best would be to look at Komodo National Park for your trip, because is close to Bali and can be reached by a short flight. And the diving is amazing (Highlights: Manta Rays, macro species, big pelagics…) I have searched for you available options in Komodo as close as possible to your mentioned dates. And luckily there are some fantastic choices for you to consider. Such as Komodo Dancer (23 – 30 June) USD2,700 including free domestic flights!; Damai II (14 – 21 June) USD3,850 including free domestic flight and 4 nights Hotel in Bali!; Moana (20 – 25 June) USD1,730 including free domestic flights! and even Mangguana (23 – 29 June) USD1,944 including free domestic flights! I would be delighted to help if you need more details about the above. I hope what I have provided has caught your eye and that you will not hesitate in contacting me soon, I am just an email away. Thank you

  56. Hi,
    I wouls like to get the best diving out of Bali from 27th June – 15th July 2015. Happy to travel around to different divee sites. I read all the review and is very confused with the season and curren of different sites.

    Does anyone has a good itinerary i can follow? I am an experienced diver, logged 300+ dives, but has a tiny feet and legs.

    Hope to hear from someone soon.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Dor, good to know that you will be visiting Bali in June – July this year. It will be great timing to see the Mola Mola ocean sunfish! July being the beginning of high season you will have to choose your accommodation carefully (we can help with that) but otherwise those diving months are great! June along with April, September and November are the best seasons to dive in Bali and July is still very good. I understood you will be a solo traveller and you would like to know more about dive safaris to explore different sites in the island. Well, AquaMarine Diving – Bali can most definitely offer you fantastic safaris that you can join, such as; the Bali Most Wanted, or Beautiful Bali or the very popular Diving in Paradise! Contact us at and we will happily assist you further.

  57. Hi,
    I am coming to Bali in early April, and I am an advanced open water diver. My brother is just an open water diver.
    What dive spots would you reccomend? and can you help us make the reservations. We would like to see the big stuff.

    • Hi Simoni,
      At AquaMarine Diving – Bali, we could most definitely organize your diving holiday for you.
      The fact that you are diving with a novice diver, is not a problem, as Bali offers many dive site perfect for beginners and experienced divers alike, including Tulamben Bay USAT Liberty Shipwreck, Blue Lagoon, or Menjanggan and it’s fantastic wall diving and much more. Another option, would be for your brother to do his Advanced Open Water Course with us at Nusa Penida and Manta Point. A must see! Drop us a line at and we would be happy to make this trip happen for you.

  58. HI All ,

    I am planning a day trip for scuba diving in june 1st week.
    There will be two adults . both begginers. only know swimming.

    I am planning for menjanggan or nusa lembongan.
    Please suggest .

    • Good Day! We would love to welcome you to do your first dive with us here at Aqua Marine Diving – Bali. We can offer introductory dives at Menjangan, but it would require an overnight stay in the area. Not to worry, we can also arrange accommodation at very competitive rates for you. Alternatively, we can also offer day trips for an introductory dive in Tulamben, very popular due to the 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck, or dive off a boat at Blue Lagoon. Drop us a line at and I would be very happy to make this trip happen for you.

    • Hi Amol,

      We would like to offer you a Discover Scuba Diving program which is designed for non-certified divers who wants to experience scuba diving for a 1st time in a ​life​.

      This program we usually do it at Tulamben or Padang Bai, but if you prefer Lembongan, we can also offer you trip by speedboat to Nusa Penida and Lembongan.

      You can write an email to: for more information and also you can check about Bali Aqua Diving in Trip Adviser.

      Warm Regards from Bali,

  59. Hi guy’s,
    My husband and I are divers who haven’t dived in a few years, our teenage kids 16 and 19 are just completing their open waters. We are looking to take them somewhere so that they can experience warm water with great viz for their first real dive experience. We are looking for family affordable accommodation that has a great pool and is very clean and quiet.I am reading as much as I can but a point in the right direction is what I need.We want to come around the 29th June for about 10 days. Im thinking that maybe if it affordable we myself and the two kids can do our advanced with someone. please can you give me some solid advice?

    • Hi,

      In your case, I would recommend diving in Tulamben.
      The easy access from the beach to the main 3 dives sites of the bay – the famous USAT Liberty Wreck, the Coral Garden and the Drop Off – combined with a mild or no current, make it a perfect destination for all level of divers and very convenient also for any type diving courses. The visibility is good and there is an extraordinary diversity of marine life.
      Diving the Liberty Wreck is an amazing experience! You could also do a early morning dive or a night dive on the Liberty wreck in the scoop of your Advanced Course. An Advanced Course in family is indeed a great experience that will make you become more confident divers but also strengthen the bonds of the all family.

      You can check further informations about bali dive destinations and bali dive sites on!destinations/c248p
      and contact directly to get a personnalised offer/package diving & accommodation that suits you in the area of your choice. If you book before june, you will get a great discount (just mention divezone ;)

      Wherever you choose to dive in Bali, I’m quite sure that you won’t be disapointed.

      Enjoy your diving trip on the island of Gods ;)

  60. Great instruction. I’m just an amateur diver. But I have always been interested in this activity. and I still need a lot of learning to enjoy these activities. sometimes the most difficult thing for me is to eliminate anxiety while in the water. maybe need more experience to it. I am very interested in the sites of Nusa Penida. according to most people, where it is one of the most excellent diving spots, one of which Manta Point. And I really want to dive on the site. But it seems that it is not a place you recommend for me who was new to learn diving. I will study hard and look for more experience for this activity, hingg one day I will go to Manta Point in Nusa Penida, for diving until satisfied and enjoy it.

  61. Hi Jullien,

    Really is a joy to see how passionate you are about diving and replying to each and everyone. Hope you can help me with the below query as well.

    We are a group of 7 and we are travelling from India on the 14th of June. Essentially, we get 4 days in Bali and we want to explore the oceans as much as possible. But we need to start from scratch as we have only done some snorkeling in Phuket before :P

    Hence, please suggest some diving sites thats good for beginners and also PADI certified training places. We are ideally looking for a complete package.


  62. Hello

    I’m going invacation in August to Bali. I have the Advanced Adventure PADI.
    Is possoble tell me the best places to dive im this time of the seasson (august).

    Best regards

  63. Hi Carlos, good to know that you will be visiting Bali in August. It will be great timing to see the Mola Mola ocean sunfish at Nusa Penida! Here at Aqua Marine Diving – Bali, we offer Day Trips across Bali, including Menjangan, Tulamben, Amed, Blue Lagoon and Nusa Penida. We also have fantastic dive safaris that you can join, such as our Bali Most Wanted, Beautiful Bali or the very popular Diving in Paradise! Contact us at and we will happily assist you further.

  64. Hi there,

    Great website! My partner and I are going to Bali in mid june and we are looking to take the advance ow course. I had a looked at many diving school websites and I cannot really find the prices you are comenting in here. Could you recommend a good cheap price school for a backpacker budget please?

    Many thanks,


  65. Hi, we are planning to go to Bali in September for diving. (we just got open water PADI license so are beginner divers). We would really want to see manta rays
    – can i dive at manta point and the shipwhreck if we stay in Jimbaran area?
    – are these 2 sites suitable for beginner divers?

  66. Hello. My husband and I are traveling to Bali September 14-19. We would love to dive. We are currently booked at the Sheraton in Kuta for the first half of the trip and the W in Seminyak for the latter half. Could you recommend dive sites and companies that are close to those hotels? Ideally, we would like to dive for 3 days. We are PADI certified. Thank you!


  67. Dived at Pulau Menjangan area last december. Diving was alright, but wasnt really worth the 5hours ride from denpasar. It was recommended by a snorkelling friend, and i can see why. it wasnt much when we were deep, but got more beautiful as we ascend. currents were really strong too, its the first time i actually felt scared while diving.

    will try diving at the east & south side of bali instead the next round :)

  68. Hi,
    Me and my girlfriend are coming to Bali on the 18th September. We have done the first part of the PADI course and just need to complete it when we get there.
    I am having trouble deciding where to stay. We want to do 2 days diving but also want to enjoy the rest of Bali, restaurants bars etc… Are all the good dive sites far away from the main places to stay? I.e semenyek, kuta. Can you recommend some places and approx drive time to dive?


  69. Hello,

    Planning a trip to Bali and area for first time. Coming for a few weeks late Dec 2015 to mid Jan 2016. Rainy season eh?…

    Haven’t determined exactly where to stay on island yet. Looking for the true beauty of island – i hear the water can get pretty murky this time of year with trash etc. Any recommendations for this time of year? Could consider a couple spots. This first part of trip 10 days is with non diver – will snorkel and perhaps even go up into mountains.

    THEN….Jan 2nd – 10th will be solo and looking for this to be the dive portion of trip. Would a live aboard be something you would recommend? I am a PADI Rescue diver – but now only dives a few times a year. Love coral and underwater life in areas that are more exquisite and LESS accessible to the main stream travellers. Unfortunately most of my dive trips are solo but always the dive masters/shops take good care of me! Used to love the national geographic 5Star Padi shops for high caliber of gear, and areas to dive. Thinking live aboard could be an amazing way to travel multiple sites, be safe and just DIVE!!!!! Thanks all!!

    • I am also a solo diver, mostly. Is there any site in the cyberworld that we can get connected with other solo divers for dive trips?

  70. Bonjour.

    My friend and are planning a fun filled dive trip to bali. Can you give some advice as to where to stay and what to expect? We’re both very new to diving.

    thanks a bunch

  71. Hi,my husband (NAUI and PADI OSWI) and me, beginner (OW), are going to Bali from 2 to 9 January. We have 2 provisional bookings for accomodation in Pemuteran and Benoa, but we are undecided as to what the best is for diving, especially considering most blogs are discouraging about diving in January (we are planning to do 6-10 dives). We would appreciate any advice, thanks!

    • Hi Andrea,

      There can be a fair bit of rain in January in Bali, but this should not discourage from diving. Tulamben and Northern Bali in general actually have calmer waters at this time of the year than during the peak season. The fact that there are also a lot less divers around this time also makes for some great encounters with wildlife.
      Staying in Benoa means the dive sites are quite far. Pemuteran allows for some great macro dives. You may want to consider staying closer to the action in places like Padang Bai or Nusa Lembongan.
      Drop us a line via email or check for more info.

  72. I have some spare time this month & figure I can go down to Bali for diving between 17-23Dec. Wonder how is the visibility and temperature lately in the water?

  73. Hi, I am an advanced open water diver looking for some awsome dives… I will be taking a cruise and will be in Benoa Bali from 8am March 16th -6pm on the 17th. I will also be arriving in Cairns, Australia at 8am on the 20th and staying for just that day, a little late to catch an organized trip. Any advise? Thanks, Judi

  74. Hi Judy

    I am the owner-operator of AquaMarineDiving.

    You would need to find out approx what time you could actually disembark from the ship – it’ll be big and therefore not everyone can get off at 08:00 :-)

    I’d also like to point out that March is not the best month to dive Bali – it’s fine, but your chosen dive company should be giving you advice as to where will, and will not, be better to dive.

    I see that you have 2days/1night available:
    From the morning of Wed 16 March
    to 18:00 on Thu 17 March 2016.

    Assuming you do not need/want to return to the ship to overnight on Wed 16 March, I would suggest that your first day is spent in Tulamben Bay.

    As Tulamben offers shore-diving (including the 120M USAT Liberty Shipwreck, one of the world’s easiest wreck dives – actually more of an ‘artificial reef’, albeit a gloriously colourful one, than an actual ‘shipwreck’), you can easily do more than the usual 2-dives-a-day plus you could do a Night Dive – conditions permitting.

    For your second day (Thu 17 March), I’d suggest you look at diving:
    Either: Outside Padangbai/Candidasa.

    Or: Over at Nusa Penida.

    OR! You could simply stay at dive in Tulamben Bay for a second day – many divers stay there for weeks on end :-)

    Are you an uw photographer? If yes, make sure that whichever dive company you choose – you should send them your wishlist (including what you’re not interested in photographing).

    If you did both days in Tulamben Bay, you could also do an Early Morning Dive (06:00ish) on the Liberty Shipwreck on Thu 17 March – very memorable :-)

    In fact Judi, even if you do want/need to return to the ship for overnight on Wed 16 March – I’d suggest you do the above two days for your diving. You’d just have less time available so so could fit in fewer dives.

    Please note: I see you are an Adv OW Diver but you didn’t state your approx no of dives to date or approx date of last dive (I mean, how experienced and how regular a diver you are). Nusa Penida isn’t for nervous divers nor for the very inexperienced – I’m talking ‘Safety and Enjoyment’, not trying to put you off :-)

    I’m actually going to be away now until early February but you could contact my colleagues on if you would like further info/advice :-)

    I hope you have a great cruise, and fantastic diving in Bali (and Cairns – sorry I can’t advise for there) :-)


  75. Guys, is diving in Nusa Penida a good idea for a 10 year old boy who has just got certified as Open Water Diver by PADI. He wants to see big fishes….and I have read in many blogs that the current is strong there. Please advise

  76. My overall/general advice would be that a 10yo boy is too young and too inexperienced to be diving at Nusa Penida.

    Remembering that he is also limited to 12m depth.

    However, he would probably be okay at Manta Point: No particular depth issues and it’s surge-y rather than having currents.

    The rest of Nusa Penida is pretty much only drift diving.

    If you really have your heart set on diving at Nusa Penida, I would suggest that you look at spending a couple of nights on Nusa Lembongan (the neighbouring island, it has a variety of accom) and actually doing your diving through a dive company on Nusa Lembongan. Contact them in advance, explaining the situation, and they would probably be able to accommodate you.

    I’d suggest you contact either World Diving or Two Fish over there. Both are safe and reputable companies.

    Annabel (owner of a dive company on mainland Bali :-) )

  77. Hello there,

    First I’d like to thank you for such an amazing informative website.

    I am expecting a trip to Bali by the end of May, something 20ish; is it a good season for diving at this time of the year?

    And of course, the reason I posted this is that I have never done Diving before and due to the fact that I will be staying in Bali for 5-6 days, is it possible to scuba dive i.e by staying with professionals and so?

    Your suggestions and/or comments would be highly appreciated.


  78. Thank you very much Julien. This site has helped me so much on planning dive trips. Information about characteristics of regional dive sites was really crucial. Thanks again.

  79. Hello Team,

    I’m looking at 4-5Nights of diving in Bali Starting June 28th 2016 before i head over to Komodo for 5 Nights. Just noting down a few details:

    I’ve done my SSI advanced open water and have 13 Logged Dives 3 months ago.

    Things/preferences in diving:
    At least 4 dives covering the liberty ship wreck.
    Do you recommend diving in Nusa Pendia for Manta or should i save that for Komodo? I thought i should do a few dives here to better prepare me for the currents in Komdo.

    Apart from this i prefer dives with big schools of fish, turtles, sharks, etc. Not a too big fan of muck diving. Definitely want to do a drift dive and completely open to suggestions :)

    Could you please suggest a budget friendly center which can give me an all inclusive package? (Travel+Stay – Dorm/Single – + Diving + Gear)


  80. Hi :-)
    You are correct, in my opinion – 13 logged dives from 3mths ago is not sufficient experience before you head-off to dive around Komodo National Park, so I think it’s an excellent idea that you do some diving in Bali beforehand: Good plan!
    I agree with you that some (you said four) dives in Tulamben Bay, for the 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck, would be a good start: You could also stay overnight there so you could do a Night Dive. I am pretty sure you’ll be given the opportunity to Night Dive in Komodo Nat Pk so a good idea to do one here in Bali (in nice conditions, from the shore).
    And I also think it would be a great idea for you to dive at Nusa Penida. And yes, I think you should include Manta Point: Even if you see Mantas in Komodo, you can never see too many :-) PLUS Nusa Penida offers drift-diving – which is what you can expect to encounter some of the time when diving around Komodo Nat Pk.
    Your cheapest option would very probably be to contact two separate dive centres:
    – One in Tulamben Bay
    – One in Padangbai (on the east coast)
    Alternatively, we (AquaMarine Diving – Bali) would be delighted to put together the entire package for you :-)
    We are not the cheapest but we keep to a max ratio of 4 divers with one Dive Guide (PADI Divemaster or above) and believe in “Safety & Enjoyment” :-)

    Whatever you decide to do, I sincerely hope you have a great time in both Bali and Komodo!
    Annabel (founder and owner-operator of AMD-B)

  81. We are pck of 3 guys planning for a scuba dive in Bali in mid-July.
    As we are beginners kindly suggest us with an attractive price .

  82. Hi Yashus
    Great to hear you and two friends are coming to Bali in mid-July and would like to do a scuba dive.
    You said “a” scuba dive – so I guess you want to do 1 Day Trip.
    If I am correct, then I suggest you go to Tulamben Bay on Bali’s north east coast: Tulamben is where you find the 120 metre USAT Liberty Shipwreck – Bali’s most popular place to dive.

    My company, AquaMarine Diving – Bali, would be very happy to help you arrange your Day Trip to Tulamben Bay.
    Or, if you want to do some more days of diving, or take a PADI course, we can do that too!
    Annabel (owner)

  83. Hey! My friend and I are coming to Bali next week. We both have no diving certificate but have done multiple fun dives, which is what we would like to do again. We are keen on saying turtles, manta rays and/or mola mola, surprise surprise! We only have time to dive once or twice. Which one is the easiest to see? Any place where they swim together or diving sites nearby? And around what time of the day can they usually be seen? I saw places for the manta rays and mola mola mentioned on this website but not for turtles, what is he best place for that? I really hope you could give us some advises on what we could best do :) thank you!!!

  84. Hi Myrthe,
    It is awesome news you and your friend are coming over to Bali next week :)
    If you have no certificate and would like to see Turtles I would recommend, diving at Tulamben Bay, you would have the chance to dive at the wonderful USAT Liberty Shipwreck and see turtles in the morning. To see the Mantas and Mola-Mola you would have to be a certified Advanced Open Water Diver, the dive sites where you can see those require skill and experience and you won’t be able to dive there in an Intro Dive.
    Don’t loose your hopes just yet! You mentioned that you have done multiple fun dives, I reckon those might be Introductory Dives as we call it here, so you like it very much don’t you? Why not to spare a little bit of time in your holiday for a PADI Open Water Course and become a certified diver? That would open a variety of diving spots for you and your friend and if you really love it you could upgrade it to a PADI Advanced Open Water Course and that is when you could dive at Nusa Penida and Crystal Bay and see the Mantas and the Mola-Mola.

    My company, AquaMarine Diving – Bali, would be very happy to help you arrange your Introductory Dive at Tulamben Bay, or if you want to take it to the next level and take a PADI course, we would be glad to assist

    • Hey Vini- yes, I would like more information but i believe I had send an information request through your aquamarine diving website. If your not them, then please provide some information regarding diving packages including accommodations. thanks

      • Hi Ed,

        I have just checked with the team and they have already received your inquiry.

        They are working on your reply now.

        Hope to see you in Bali soon !

        Vini – AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  85. Hi,

    Thanks for putting in some great info on diving. Since this is a special trip for us, I want to make this a memorable one. We are a couple with an 8 yr old kid, wanting to experience our first dive in Bali. Pls suggest a few places for beginners. We will be staying in Kuta and we have only a day for diving :(.

    PS: my wife and kid don’t even swim!

  86. Hi,

    I’m intending to take an open water course in Bali during 30th Jan to 3rd Feb 2017.

    Any recommendations for a good dive resort? for a group of 5-7?
    Would be good if there was a package that includes course+accom+food.

    • Hi!

      Please check this page :

      You’ll find fellow divers reviews on a lot of the dive center! Hopefully it helps you pick one! Also, there’s lots of packages like you mentioned, you’ll have a lot to choose from but it goes with your personal preferences!

      Thank you! Please don’t hesitate to share your review with us after your trip and… Happy bubbles! :)

    • Hi,
      With a large group like that just make sure to have 2 instructors as this will make for a more comfortable time for all. Packages can easily be arranged. My recommendation would be to choose a place where you can stay in the same village and do all components of the course including Open Water dives without having to commute long distances… I have Amed, Tulamben or Padang Bai in mind!
      You’re welcomed to send me an email for more info

    • I gave my honest opinion that the liberty ship wreck was over rated and my comment was taken down. I understood this forum was to communicate information not a used as marketing tool for the diving industry of the areas it represents. What is up guys?????

      • Hi Lindsay,

        I moderate the comments and if one of your comment was deleted or changed it’s because it contained a link or inappropriate content. That being said, by deduction, I think that the comment you’re talking about is right at the bottom of this page… isn’t?

        This one you posted as a reply to Wayne, Me and Geko Dive Bali, but the first one you posted as a new comment so it’s right there at the bottom of the page.
        Hope all is well! :)

  87. Hi,
    We were lucky enough to book tickets to Bali in Dec 11 though out till Christmas. Within this period of time we would love to complete the open water diving course and take a chance to see the giant mantas in their habitat as well as big fish and turtles. In respect of only 3 dives been made before in the life time would appreciate your time to answer couple of questions.
    How many days should be reserved for this purpose? Is it possible to split course and do dives every 2nd day? Which school do you recommend for the beginners with high ambitions to see big fish? The best time would be the second half of vacation after we have seen the main attraction island has to present on earth :)
    Thanks a lot in advance,

    • Hi Anna,

      Reserve 3 days for the dive course and one day to go to Manta Point once certified as this cannot be included in the beginner course.
      There are plenty of dive centers on the island. Do focus on the ones that actively promote safety in diving and stay away from dodgy operators. Choosing a dive centre from Padang Bai, you will be able to dive both Padang Bai and Tulamben’s USAT Liberty shipwreck on the same course.
      Most dive schools should be Ok with splitting the course up so you can have some days doing different things. For best learning and enjoyment, I’d recommend doing 2 days in a row (theory and confined water on day 1 then 2 dives on day 2), have a day off then finish the course with the last 2 open water dives.

      You’re welcomed to send me an email if you need more info.

      Cedric from Geko Dive Bali

      • Thanks Cedric, i will try now to find your email address. Generally i like the plan very much. Just as we had a bit feeling of diving in the calm waters ( me in Egypt 2 times & Tailand 1 time, Ralph 1 time in Tailand) seating in the pool for half a day sounds not yet absolutly inspiring :)

        • Hi Anna,

          Open Water Courses are usually offered at both Blue Lagoon or Tulamben Bay dive spots.
          You can take the course over 3 days which are
          Day 1 : Class + Pool
          Day 2 : Open Water Dives 1 & 2 (Usually at Tulamben)
          Day 3 : Open Water Dives 3 & 4 (Usually at Blue Lagoon).
          We do recommend an overnight at Tulamben after the first day of diving, and checking out next day before the dives at Blue Lagoon, after course conclusion, BBQ lunch at Padangbai :).

          Just let me know should you need any more information or assistance.

          Vini from AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  88. Hello,

    I understand March isn’t the best time to dive in Bali, but that’s sadly when my holidays land.

    I’m a newly certified Open Water PADI diver (as in I only have my 4 training dives logged as of Jan. 1, but am confident, safe and skilled with swimming). What dive sites am I qualified to visit, and which ones would be best for this time of year?

    I would indeed like to take the Advanced Open Water course, if it works out, but mostly I am looking to see the interesting marine life Bali has to offer and log some more dives! :)

    Thank you so much for any tips sent my way! :)

  89. Dear Vicki,

    That is great you are coming to Bali in March and would like to increase your diving experience here in Bali.

    Being an Open Water Diver enables you to dive off Menjangan Island, Tulamben Bay (USAT Liberty Shipwreck), Tulamben area, and outside Tulamben Area, Amed and Blue Lagoon.

    You can definitely take the Advanced Open Water Course even as part of a mini safari, which would take you firstly to Open Water Dive spots and then lastly to Advanced Spots, Nusa Penida for example, where you can see Manta Rays in March and in late July the Mola-Mola Fish.

    If you would like more information, you are more then welcome to send us an email.

    Vini from AquaMarine Diving – Bali

    • Dear Vini,
      I am planning a trip to Java and Bali for next summer. What spots would you recommend me if I want to take the Open Water Diver around Bali (and the islands nearby)?
      I did my discover scuba in Sardinia and did some snorkelling in Egypt.
      Thanks for your precious help,

      • I’m actually really concerned about the coral bleaching that just happened. I heard it was especially the case in Pemuteran and in Menjangan. It is that bad in Penida and Tulamben Bay as well?
        Thanks in advance!

        • Hi Christelle,

          No, in Tulamben and Nusa Penida the coral bleaching is even close to how it is up in Menjangan.

          The bleaching is minimal in Nusa Penida and Tulamben and if you are looking at shallow water corals in a couple of feet of water that do not benefit from the cold thermoclines deeper corals benefit from.

          Vini – AquaMArine Diving – Bali

      • Dear Christelle,

        I would surely recommend:

        Blue Lagoon/Jepun (5mins off Padangbai, boat dive) and Tulamben Bay, shore dives 2hr 30mins from South Bali.

        Blue Lagoon is a very easy dive site and still offers a lot to be seen in there other then areas much closer to South Bali, the white sand bottom, which slopes gradually to 22m, has scattered rocks, soft corals and a huge area of staghorn coral. The fish life is amazing!The area is home to several kinds of reef shark, rays, stonefish, moray and blue ribbon eels, cuttlefish, nudibranches, squid and octopus, leaf scorpion fish in every. The diving at Blue Lagoon is easy, but experienced divers and photographers also thoroughly enjoy the site. Visibility is 15-20m, there is sometimes a little surge and a mild current but the bay is fairly protected, making it perfect for Discovery Dives and also OW Course Dives.

        Tulamben Bay, like the rest of Bali, is situated in the richest marine biogeographic zone: the Indo-Pacific. Due to Tulamben’s location on Bali’s northeast coast, the Indonesian Throughflow supplies the bay with very plankton-rich waters. This, together with the different physical environments within the gives Tulamben a remarkably diverse underwater ecosystem.
        The 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck lies 20m oofshore and offers extraordinary density of marinelife, which includes Clown frogfish, Bumphead parrotfish, a huge school of Big-eyed trevally, Leaf Scorpionfish and pygmy seahorses.
        The Coral garden, which runs eastwards from the Shipwreck, provides wonderful shallow dives. You can expect to see a wide selection of marinelife from Thecacera nudibranchs, Harlequin shrimps and Boxer crabs, to frogfish and Ribbon eels in all stages of development.

        I would be more then happy to help you organize that if you need me too, send us an email and I can get to you all details you need.

        Vini – AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  90. I just did a dive trip with Manta Manta Diving to Tulamben. Can’t recommend them highly enough. They really know their diving and their way around these amazing dive sites. Saw bump head parrot fish, sting rays, turtles and our guide said he saw a whale shark the day after Christmas at the Drop Off dive site. Can’t wait to get back to Bali to do some more diving.

  91. hi,
    i want to dive in bali in mid october. i have had a couple of dives at the great barrier reef so have seen lots of corals. i have also done a manta ray dive at kona and another dive in monterey with kelps. i would like to see something new. the Liberty dive isn’t possible because of Mt. Agung. what dive site would you recommend so that i can have a different experience. if the corals and fishes are different, then i wouldn’t mind doing a dive there.

    • Hi Dheer Shah!

      I can’t think of anything better than what has been suggested by Vini… Indeed, seeing a Mola Mola is on all of our dive list and from what I know, only a few lucky divers can say they swam along one! I would definitely take a shot as you happen to be there in the right season!

      Thank you Vini for the great response!
      Safe bubbles!

  92. Dear Dheer Shah,

    I would definitely recommend diving at Nusa Penida/Manta Point/Mola-Mola Areas …
    It’s October now and Bali is still at Mola-Mola season. If you are looking for something different that’s exactly where you should go :), seeing a Mola-Mola is at most of us divers wish list and since you are coming here, don’t miss the oportunity.

    If you would like more information, you are more then welcome to send us an email.

    Vini from AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  93. Hi, I’m planning on going to Bali From March 27 to april 3 2018. I’m looking for diving 3 days and exploring Bali the rest. Looking for accommodations and diving packages, would like to be picked up from the airport. any suggestions.

    • Hi Ed!

      The dates you mention are during what I would call the “Shoulder season” in Bali. Can’t predict much the weather nor the diving conditions. That being said… you can get great sighting of Manta around Bali I think, but mostly in Komodo… if you’ve got the chance to go there, I would!

      Other wise, lot’s of dive centers on Bali’s east coast have amazing accommodations and offers packages with a great deal of scuba diving! Check them here : / diving-center

      Ps. Travel wise, don’t miss on Ubud… it’s simply beautiful!

      Safe bubbles!

    • Hi Ed,

      Since you are coming here for 7 days I would advise to make it the best of your time and start diving from Day 2 (March 28), I would definitely recommend diving the world famous USAT Liberty Shipwreck First, then Nusa Penida/Manta Point (so many Mantas at times, you can’t even count), and then for the last day of diving perhaps you should try Mimpang/Tekekong? March will be good timing here because you will still benefit from lower prices from hotels since we will still be on low season. For the rest of your trip you could go on land tours here and see the upside of Bali. Tanah Lot (for an incredible sunset at the temple), Uluwatu (for the Cliffs and seafood), Ubud (for the art and the monkey forest), there is so much to be seen ! If you are on to a little bit more of adrenaline, I would say White water rafting and trekking are a must !

      We would be happy to assist you with diving, accommodation and transfers and tours as well.

      Let us know if you need any more information.

      Vini – AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  94. I dove the liberty in Feb 2017. I was not impressed at all with it. I guess Cozumel has spoiled me with the vibrant colours. Sail Rock in Thailand was not very impressive unless you like to dive with 100’s of other divers. These sites all seem to be over rated.

  95. Hi, we are going to Bali 3 weeks in July 2018. We are in the mid 50´ties and have never dived before. We plan to take OW-certificate during our stay. During our stay we are going to Nusa Lembongan and Gili Islands.
    Where would you recommend us to take the OW ?
    After receiving of the OW – could you recommend us where to stay for diving and relaxing for 4-5 days ? Any suggestions

    • Hi Allan,
      I would recommend to do the course while staying on mainland Bali, where you can do the course in 3 days, with prior theory preparation. During your course you can visit some great easy dive sites as Blue Lagoon near Padangbai or the famous USAT Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben. After completing the course I would suggest treating yourself with some relaxing time in Lembongan or Gilis.
      Lembongan is not a ideal place for beginners as the currents are too strong on most of the dive sites.
      Manta point is worth a visit but I think that you for sure will enjoy it more once you are certified diver.
      If you want to go to the Gilis please chose the island (there are 3) carefully as you probably do not want to end up in a party place. :-) Diving in Gilis is also not as nice as around Bali in my opinion, but it might be worth for 1 or 2 fun dives after your course.
      If you need any further information, you are more then welcomed to send us an email.

      Adriana – AquaMarine Diving – Bali

      • Hi Adriana
        Thank you for your quick response
        Would you recommend us to cancel Gili and instead find a place in Bali to both take the OW-certificate and relaxing by the beach ? Is that possible in Padangbai / Tulamben / maybe another fantastic diving site ?
        Would you recommend Lovina, Pemuteran, Amed over Gili Islands for beginners and in a combination of relaxing by the beach and diving?
        Thank you

        • Hi Allan,

          honestly, while Bali is nicer for diving it is not a typical beach relaxing destination. The beaches in south of Bali are a bit crowded and the ones in diving areas are not typical beaches (e.g. Tulamben is big black stones beach).
          Closest to classical beach holiday would be Amed.
          I would say, stay first few days in the south (perhaps in Sanur – the least crowded place and nice to stay), do the course out of there(you can still visit the dive sites in Tulamben, Amed or Padangbai during the course – simply as day dive trips). Then go to Gili Air (definitely not Gili Trawangan) for few days for a nice relaxing beach holiday. The speedboats to Gilis start from Sanur directly as well. Maybe do 1 fun diving day to practice the new skills (there is lot of turtles around Gilis – but not much else) and enjoy doing nothing. :-)
          Depends on how much days in total you got, you could then visit Ubud for some cultural experience or Lembongan for more beach relaxing.

          Feel free to ask more. :-)
          Adriana – AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  96. Looks like I am at right place for all my questions related to my upcoming Bali trip ! Nice writeup, still reading through it..

    I am reaching Bali on 25th January 2018. I would stay in Seminyak for first 3-4 days. Where my plan is to indulge in some water sports and visit Tanah lot , Uluwatu temples.

    I want to try out diving (I have never done diving before) and need recommendation on sites/vendors. When I read above that months of December, Jan and Feb are not the best ones for diving, I am even more confused about it. I read somewhere that Tulamben is good for beginners but is closed now (and probably not recommended in this weather). And from above article i think Komodo is better choice during this time of the year? Given my accommodation in Seminyak and being a first timer what would you recommend me for Scuba diving? I read that Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan are not the best options for beginners, is that true?

    I also need some suggestions on the Day cruise to Nusa Lembongan or fast boat to Nusa Penida with my family and friends? I liked the pics of Nusa penida but I am not sure if I would get access to that private pool over there or even if this is a great time to go there or not? Or do you think Nusa Lembongan day cruise is better option? I am planning water sports separately.

    Do we have some nice Dolphin experience options in Bali? How is Dolphin Lodge bali? Is it worth it?

    For rest of my trip, I would stay in Ubud to try out some trekking and white water rafting.

    • Hello Vaibhav,

      Seminyak is a good choice to start your trip especially when you are planning to visit Tanah Lot and Uluwatu. The area is also much less crowded compared to Kuta but you can still find plenty options of hotels and restaurants.

      It is great to know that you want to try out diving. What I would reccomend for you is the Introductory Dive/Discover Scuba Dive trip. This is a 1 day dive trip for people who either do not have time for a full PADI Open Water Diver course or who would just like a taste of scuba diving.
      For beginner diver, Blue Lagoon (Padangbai) or Tulamben will be the most suitable choice. As of this stage Tulamben is closed for overnight stay but people are still diving regularly in the area as part of daytrip.

      Rainy season in Komodo will be expected until at least the beginning of April. If you are looking for great Months in Komodo, I would suggest June/July because the waters tend to be more calm by then.

      Nusa Penida/Lembongan condition can be a bit tricky and quite hard to predict therefore most reputable dive centres normally reccomend this area for Advanced Divers.

      If you are aiming for the Angel’s Billabong (the natural pool) you may contact from what I heard they can arrange daytrips or just transfers.

      For great Dolphin experience (the ones not caged) I would suggest heading to Lovina. What you need to do is overnight in the area and then catch the early morning (06.00) local outrigger from Lovina beach for dolphin sightings. Prepare enough cash for snacks and local fees.

      For trekking Mount Batur will be worth your journey. We are affiliated with a local ranger that may take you to the hotspring enroute.
      As for White Water Rafting, Ayung river is mainly for beginner. If you wish to get your adrenaline pumping, go for Telaga Waja.

      Let me know if you need further information.

      Rio – AquaMarine Diving – Bali

      • Amazing ! Thanks a ton for answering most of my questions and making it lot easier for me. So a few more for you..

        What do you think would be a better one to start diving with – Padangbai or Tulamben? Esp. for a beginner like me who would want to continue with the great experience ad even certification during my future trips.

        Sorry for not being clear about my other question – My question is — Which one out of these 2 shall I pick given that I can only choose one ! – 1. A day trip to Nusa Lembongan 2. A day trip to Nusa Penida.

        I am not sure why but I am slightly more inclined towards Nusa penida as of now, but I can still replan if the otherwise makes more sense. But then I wanted to understand if I would be able to have a sort of customized trip where I can see klingking beach viewpoint, Broken bridge, Angel’s billabong, Peguyangan waterfall etc. as I am not much interested in snorkelling, fishing or even some great lunch.

        I was checking baliseaview and one of their tours look good to me but then *a trip advisor review* raised some concerns.
        I would rethink about my Dolphin experience plan given the distance that I need to travel.

        Great to know about the trekking thing, could you please share any details of the person whom I need to contact?

        Thanks for replying to my queries with so much patience. That’s really helpful to me in planning.

        *Comment edited – we don’t accept links!*

        • Hello Vaibhav,

          Between the 2 sites, both is good in terms of being a beginner diver. If I were you, I will more likely consider the travel time and what each sites offers.
          The 120m long USAT Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben is worth your adventure but take note the travel time from Seminyak to the area is approximately 2hrs 30mins. On top of that, the dive at Tulamben are mostly shore entry.
          As for Blue Lagoon, it is located in Padangbai and only approximately 1hr 15mins from Seminyak. If you book through us, our custom built boat docked at Padangbai harbour will take you to the site (5mins boat drive) and yes, it will be a boat entry.
          From the above information, I believe you should have better insight on which would be best and suitable for you. I personally prefer Blue Lagoon since the distance is not too far and relaxing on the sun deck between the surface interval gets me a lot of vitamin sea :D

          Between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, I prefer Nusa Penida. I mean the Angel’s Billabong and Broken beach is close to each other and the vendor I told you earlier has a package called Island Tour visiting these sites.
          For a customised tour I would suggest you to contact the vendor you are planning to go with so you may be able to get an accurate information on what they offer.

          For the trekking you can contact trekking (at)

          Feel free to ask anytime. :)

          Happy New Year!

          Rio – AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  97. Hi, just wish if anyone could answer my query.

    I will be travelling to Bali between 15-25 Feb 2018, I am advanced diver with 40+ dives and looking to make some dives on eastern coast of Bali, my original plan is to stay in Tulamben, however considering the volcano alert is still active I started hesitating whether I should stay in somewhere else instead, my option is Sanur or Padang bai where I could easily get access to Tulamben or Amed or Nusa Penida as day trips.

    Could someone give suggestions?? Is Tulamben still safe to stay on Feb? what’s the best alternative? Is the visibility good on February?


    • Holla Juan,

      The volcano alert is still active for safety measures only, so that people won’t venture too close to it.
      All business have gone back to service already in Tulamben, including hotels. We are also diving there for quite some time now without any issues. The government has already allowed everyone to go back to normal activities there.

      If you are feeling uncomfortable staying by Tulamben I would recommend Candidasa, which would put you only 1hr distance from Tulamben dive sites. Sanur is great as well but you would have a 2hr transfer to Tulamben.

      We usually book our divers in Candidasa, because is central to the best dive sites. It’s 1hr to Tulamben and only 15mins to Nusa Penida/Manta Point and other dive sites departing from Padangbai.

      Visibility is good on February but sometimes it is affected by strong rains (Tulamben).
      Padangbai dive sites are less susceptible to that.

      If you need any help booking hotels, dives or any other assistance, let me know, will be a pleasure to make it happen for you.

      Best Wishes

      Vini from AquaMarine Diving – Bali

      • Thank you Vini for your contribution! It’s amazing to have you around always giving up to date information to our readers! Best bubbles, always!

        • Hi Myryame,

          It is always a pleasure !

          Best Bubbles for you too :)

          Vini from AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  98. Hi I am visiting Bali from 17 to 22 May staying 19 in Ubud, 20 to 22 Nusa dua, 17 to 18 not booked yet. I want to do scuba diving, I have not done it before. Can any one please suggest me the best place to do scuba diving in Bali?

  99. Dived Bali in 2005, 2013 and in 2017. Each time the diving got worse in my opinion. Saw much less fish, less nudi’s. But much more polution in the water, especially plastics.

    Bali is getting more and more and lots more crowded each year with tourists and local people trying to make a profit out of tourist industry.

    Bali has become a place of mass tourism, similar to Koh Tao.
    Padang Bai for example has become so much more crowded in 2017 compared to only 4 years ago….

    Better place to dive and stay: take the ferry to Nusa Lembongan.

    On the positive side: had great sushi on the way back in Kuta @BlueFin restaurant.

    Unfortunately never again Bali. Dirty, crowded, mass tourist place, only good for novice divers not used to much more beautiful places.

  100. I been there 2013 in Nov/Dec and 2017 in October. When in Bali, I stay in Candidasa and dive Mingpang, Tepekong, Biaha, Tulamben, and Amed. Then I head over to Nusa Lembongan to dive that area. This year, I went to Gili Air to catch the live aboard to Komodo. The corals are amazing but I did see less!

    • Dear Tom,

      The Dive Master Course is complex and the amount of days will depend entirely on you and the time you have available.
      It could take one month or more if you don’t commit to it every day.

      If you need the complete information I will be happy to guide you through.

      Vini – from AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  101. Hi. Good evening. I’m planning a trip to Bali hopefully on this coming May 23th to 27th. There will be two souls including me for the travel.
    Can you help me with the following questions please?
    1. My friend wants to learn surfing and i want to have a fun dive in Bali. Where are the suitable places for having both of surfing and fun dive ? I hope it would be near from the Ngurah Rai International Airport.
    2. Can you suggest me any accommodations near from the suitable places for having both of surfing and fun dive?
    3. Where is the most famous diving spot in the southern part of Bali?
    4. I noticed that renting motorcycle is a good option for the transportation in Bali. Should we have to prepare the international license for renting motorcycle?
    5. Are there any suggestions for the well-known tourist spots in Bali? Can you also recommend me some of the activities that i can do at there?
    It will be really appreciated if you answer my questions. Thank you and hope to see you on May :)

    • Hi Leo,

      1. popular surf places are Canggu, Kuta in south-west and Uluwatu in south Bali. All reachable within 15-45 minutes from airport.
      Unfortunately for you, all quality dive sites are located in South-east and North-east Bali. The closest to Kuta is Blue Lagoon which takes around 1hr 15 min road travel and 5 minutes speedboat ride.
      But the good news is that most dive companies provide hotel pick up from South Bali so you do not need to worry about that. :-)
      2. accommodation depends a lot on your available budget and preferred type (villa/guesthouse…). In Bali you can find anything between USD20 and USD1000 per night. :-)
      3. some dive schools dive around Nusa Dua or Sanur because it is close and convenient, but there is not much to see.
      4. Riding motorcycle is indeed the most popular & convenient mode of transport on this lovely island. Yes, you have to carry international driving licence with you, otherwise you will get fined if you come into a police control. Also most places require it in order to rent the motorbike to you.
      5. Bali has a lot to offer from relaxing beaches to thousand of temples, waterfalls, arts (hand-made crafts from silver, wood…, dances,…), nature walks, volcano trekking, lakes, water sports and much more. So once again it depends a bit on what kind of traveler you are and on your interests.

      I hope the above was helpful. :-)

      Best wishes,

      Adriana from AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  102. Hi,

    I’m heading to Bali with two of my friends, considering to dive either 1 or 2 days. Hoping to see mola mola and mantas. We are padi certified but it has been about 2 years since we last dived, still need to be guided during the dive.

    Which are the dive sites you would recommend and how is the dive package and gear rental be like?


    • Hey Just,

      Why not do a refresher on the first day at an easy location like Tulamben or Padang Bai.

      The dive sites where you are likely to see mola molas are definitely out of bound for a first day diving, if you have not dived for 2 years. These include Gili Biaha, Gili Tepekong & Gili Mimpang along with the Nusa Penida sites. We’re talking about deep dive sites with strong current and you need to be Advanced certified to dive these. Unsafe operators may bring Open Water or uncertified divers to such sites… Avoid them!

      LINK REMOVED Geko Dive Bali can help you out with all of this.

    • Hi Just,
      we just got your email and I have already responded to it. In case you can not find it please check your spam/junk folder.

      As mentioned in my response I recommend doing 2 days so that you can go to an easier dive site first before hunting for Mantas and Mola-Mola in order to be able to fully & safely enjoy this experience.

      I am looking forward to hear from you.
      Best wishes,
      Adriana from AquaMarine Diving – Bali

  103. My husband and I dived with Sanctum Dive in August on the island of Nusa Penida (neighboring island of Bali). We are absolute beginners and for us the strong currents in the Manta Bay and Toyapakeh were too difficult. The currents have changed their direction unpredictably.

    On the second day we were in the north of Nusa Penida at Sental and PED. There it is quieter and more suitable for beginners.

    Unfortunately we did not see anything big except turtles and a moraine (no mola molas even it was mola mola season). The Manta Rays in Manta Bay we have seen only from the boat.
    The diving school Sanctum Dive is absolutely great and highly recommended.

  104. Hi Everybody,

    I will be in Nusa Dua for work the week of April 14th and am hoping to add on some diving the Friday and Saturday (April 19/20). My understanding is that the water around Nusa Dua (where the hotel is located) is quite rough and better for surfing that diving.. can you please tell me more about where you would suggest diving, how long the boat trips to dive sites are, etc.? I’m an experienced diver (Advanced open water, almost 100 dives, dove most recently in February), and would love to diver while I’m there, but not excited about rough boat trips to the dive sites.
    I’ve been told, the best thing is to take a plane to the Gili islands, but that doesn’t work with my flight back to Europe, as I’d need to fly too soon after diving to get back.
    Can you please tell me more?
    Many thanks!

    • Nusa Dua is somewhat isolated from the rest of Bali and you are correct, the diving around there is ‘poor’.

      However there are many dive companies located in south Bali, all of which will come and pick you up from your accom, take you to decent dive sites, provide lunch/water, have rental gear, all on a Day Trip.

      You can see more info on Bali’s dive sites here:

      If I were to recommend (just) one Day Trip, it would be:
      Either Tulamben: LINK REMOVED (world famous for the 120M USAT Liberty Shipwreck, which is more of an artificial reef than a ‘wreck dive’, just off the beach
      Or Nusa Penida inc Manta Point: LINK REMOVED

      Bali is very well known for its dive locations (and diversity of dive locations) and there is no need to fly anywhere else :-)


  105. Hi,
    I would like to join “Price Padi Open Water Course”, can you provide more information to us ??
    How many days for the course ?
    If our hotel at Kuta, are you provide free shuttle bus service ?

    Look forward for your reply.

    Many thanks,

    • Hi Kristy,

      Thanks for contacting us :) I would be delighted to help you arrange your diving course. If you can send an email to LINK REMOVED

      We have free transfers from Kuta to the dive sites.

      If you can send us an email with your dates and accommodation details we can put this together for you.

      AquaMarine Diving – Bali :)

    • Hi Kristy,

      Bali is a great place to do your diver training!
      You can join AquaMarine Diving – Bali and get your Open Water Diver Certification.

      We normally conduct our Open Water Diver Course in 3 days:
      1st day – Class and pool session in Seminyak
      2nd day – Open Water Dives 1 & 2 (to max 18m)
      3rd day – Open Water Dives 3 & 4 (to max 18m)

      If you book with AquaMarine Diving – Bali, yes we include the return transfer for all 3 days especially from Kuta! :)

      Please contact LINK REMOVED and provide us with your details (dates, hotel details and for how many people). Our Dive Travel Consultant will then get back to you with all the details and availability.

      Can’t wait to have you join us!

    • Hi Kristy,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      We would be happy to welcome you to our Open Water Course!

      It is a 3 days course, with prior theory studying online. On the first day you will be doing Class+Pool session, the second day the first two dives and third day the third and forth dives, sites being Blue Lagoon & Tulamben/USAT Liberty Shipwreck. The price for the course is USD495 per person (if 2 participants). We also provide free transfers from south Bali area :)

      You can email us to LINK REMOVED (AquaMarine Diving) and we would be happy to send you more information.

      We look forward to hearing from you!

      Kind regards,

  106. My friend and I are planning touring Bali and Java then a liveaboard week. We are older diving women average age 70, and usually dive Caymans. Now we’re getting more and more concerned regarding the currents. Is there a liveaboard that kind of specializes in easier dives? We hope to be there in September 2019. Thanks so much for your experience! Gail

    • Hello Gail Wall,

      If you are doing Bali and Java touring, the most cost viable and worthwhile Liveaboard trip that I would recommend is doing Bali – Komodo or the other way around.
      Now that you mention you are avoiding current, not in my experience a Liveaboard having specified one. Most of the Liveaboard trip in Indonesia are a mixture of dive sites. Particularly for Komodo, you will expect string current on sites like Castle Rock, Batu Bolong, Crystal Rocks etc.
      If you really want to avoid currents more than doing a liveaboard trip, I would recommend diving in Bali and choose the easy dive sites yourself. We run daily trips to zero-mild currents sites like Tulamben Bay, Liberty Shipwreck, Blue Lagoon and Amed.
      For more information, please contact LINK REMOVED
      Our Dive Travel Consultant will assist you and plan your trips to suit your preference.
      If you wish to go ahead with Liveaboard trips, you can contact me at LINK REMOVED
      We will be waiting for your email! :)

  107. hola a todo el mundo! :)
    first of all, congratulations Julian and team for the great work here.
    then my question. I will be in Ubud at the end of January and was planning to add some days of diving in the first days of February, but after reading the blog I have two concerns:
    1) it seems like it is the worst time of the year.
    2) diving does not seem so appealing considering I have done wreck diving in Coron and seen Mantas in Komodo.
    I would be grateful to hear opinions from experts and extremely grateful if offered alternatives. I am currently considering:
    A) Gili islands.
    B) liveaboard to Komodo.
    many thanks in advance!

    • Hi Fransisco,
      I would not prefer “worst” to be honest . January and February is rainy season when you can expect more rain. But the condition would not be always bad during these months. You can experience a very nice condition too. As for Gili islands and Komodo, here is my answer:
      A. Gili islands
      Just like Bali, the diving is for all year round. Only during January – February (rainy season in general), the condition might be not as good and visibility can be reduced.
      B. Komodo
      It is not the best season to dive in Komodo island. In rainy season, the surface can be choppy. But this is a good time to see a lot of Manta rays. Liveaboard schedules are going to be hard to find in these months as it is not the season. The best time to visit Komodo is from April – October in dry season.
      Having all that said, I would recommend to go to Raja Ampat. This is the season when planktons are blooming. Rich with nutrients, you can see parade of Manta rays for cleaning. For further information you can contact us at tours [at] aquamarinediving [dot] com
      Waiting to hear from you!

  108. Hi Fransisco,
    As you may or may not know, January & February is rainy season where relatively high rainfall is to be expected. Diving in both Gili islands and Komodo is not the best time but however still okay. Gili islands: The condition is good but visibility may reduced due to rain. This is a good time for Manta rays and Whale shark is occasionally seen passing by.
    Komodo: The best time to visit Komodo is from April – October where the condition is generally good. During these month, the surface condition can be rough. Plus it is hard to find liveaboard schedule as it is not the season.
    I would recommend to go to Raja Ampat instead. November – early March is the season for Raja Ampat. This time is when planktons are blooming makes the water rich in nutrients. This time you can see a lot of Manta for cleaning. Many liveaboards take advantage of this to explore the sea of Raja Ampat! Email us at LINK REMOVED for further information.
    Can’t wait to hear from you to discuss further about your plan!



  109. I have lived in Indonesia for 25 out of the past 34 years, and started diving Indonesia consistently in 1998 – so I have been diving Indo for 22 years. The diving has deteriorated terribly over the years. The main issues are plastic waste and decimation of the fish populations. There is also some coral bleaching each year along the Ahmed coast.

    Even in some of the most famous spots outside Bali e.g. Komodo, there are islands in the north that capture the waste when tides run high and entire beach berms are composed of plastic bottles. I swam into one small island a couple of years back thinking it was a beautiful sparkling beach with a pair of sea eagles that I had been watching, nesting in some mangroves. The beach was composed of plastic bottles.

    Manta Point – plastic everywhere. Almost all of Bali, especially around Menjangan (last time I was there was April 2019) is almost denude of reefal fish life. There are no more clouds of antheas – fish soup – above the reefs, like there were only 10 years ago.

    If you wish to see healthy larger fish populations, then you need to go remote, which can be more expensive (e.g. Raja Empat, around Maratua area NE kalimantan.) Or search out some hidden gems that are not yet overly exploited (I know a few places, but I wont tell where so that I can protect them, but one fantastic spot is close to Bali – you can find them yourself.)

    Otherwise, go to Philippines – the fact that the population is so spread out along all the multiple islands, means that apart from around the big cities, the population density isnt too great, and the fish populations are still good. Plus, they seem to be a much cleaner country than Indonesia.

    • Hi Eric! You are totally right, thanks for pointing this out! I will make sure to update the Bali page sooner than later! :) Crazy how the prices are wayyy higher now uh! Safe bubbles!

      • The price of diving in Bali depends on:
        – Where you are diving.
        – How many dives a day you do (3rd and subsequent dives are cheaper as the bigger costs to the operator have been covered).
        – From where you start.

        For example, my company is located in south Bali. Our prices include:
        Land transport
        Boat transport (where needed)
        2 dives
        PADI-certified dive guide (Divemaster or above) – max ratio 1:4
        Lunch & unlimited bottled water
        Local taxes, fees and porterage
        Beach towels
        Diver Medical Insurance

        They are full Day Trips due to the land/boat travel and that we don’t rush our guests :-)

        On the NE coast: Tulamben Bay (famous for the 120m USAT Liberty shipwreck) USD130 and Amed USD140

        Outside Padangbai/Candidasa (E coast) the prices range from USD135 to 160 (depending on the distance travelled by boat)

        Over at Nusa Penida it’s USD170, if you include Manta Point: USD180

        And up at Menjangan Island which lies off the north side of Bali’s NW tip, USD170 (we use boats licensed by the West Bali National Park).

        Obviously, if you organise your own transport to the above locations, and then you book with a local operator, the prices will be lower as they have no land transport costs. They probably wouldn’t include lunch as you’re ‘on site’, and I’d check about Diver Medical insurance.

        • You just answered your own question.

          I said “on average”, obviously when we say average we exclude the extremes and take an average of what an average trip would cost, plus minus. There is no need to go into specifics where and things like that, its just a rough guide a rough estimate.

          With that, even your exact costs for 2 dives fall within what I mentioned, an average USD80 per dive can be expected. Dont worry, you are not pricing yourself out of the market because thats what diving in Bali costs these days, Covid or not.


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