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In this page you will find practical information to plan a scuba diving trip to Bali:

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Bali has been described by many as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Some call it the Island of Gods and you will soon discover why! This jewel with its roaring volcanoes, pristine lakes, superbly green rice terraces, ancient temples and palaces is something you need to experience with your own eyes. You will be mesmerised by the traditional and colourful Hindu culture and the extreme friendliness of Balinese people.

Bali Ricefield

© Amre Ghiba

This incredible island is also a world famous scuba diving destination with several world class dive sites such as the Liberty ship wreck and Manta Point.

Bali is ideally located right in the centre of Indonesia between the two islands of Java and Lombok making it a must do and a good spot to base yourself to discover other parts of the Indonesian Archipelago.

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.

Activities and excursions in Bali

Bali is a fantastic diving destination but it is also an incredibly beautiful island worth exploring above the water. There are so many things to discover! To name just a few, you could:

  • Go trekking or biking on the sacred Mount Agung
  • Visit the Temples around Ubud, the centre of Balinese Culture
  • See the sights, such as breathtaking panoramas, waterfalls, rice terraces
  • Enjoy Balinese dance, artwork and architecture
  • Raft down wild rivers and surf big waves
  • Go on a cruise, ride an elephant, enjoy a Balinese massage and so much more!

There are numerous travel agencies all around the Island and they will provide you with many options for daytrips and adventurous excursions. So enjoy!

Note: In some areas of Bali, there are unfortunately people who litter not only on land but out on the water so please dispose of your rubbish and help keep Bali a clean, green country for generations to enjoy in the future!

Best time to visit Bali

  • Dry season from April to October, average temperature of 28°C.
  • Rainy season from November to March, average temperature of 31°C.
  • High Season is July, August and December, January.

The best time to visit Bali is between April and November.

bali temple

Credit Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferphoon/2573064842/

Health and 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.

Where is Bali located in the world?

Bali is a bustling hub of South East Asia which is very well connected by many airline companies with many direct flights coming from all over the world and other parts of Indonesia on a daily basis.

Tip!: look for Denpasar (the capital) and not Bali while looking for your flight! You can also reach Bali by ferry from Java and by speed boat from Lombok Island.

See the map below.

Bali Map

bali map

 

How to get to Bali?

Getting Around

Bali is a relatively small island and it only takes about 3 hours to drive from the South to the North. You can explore Bali in many ways (depending on the amount of time you have to explore and how much you want to see):

Icon CarBy Private Car & Driver: The benefit of this is that your driver can take you anywhere you want. He can also help you with translation and guide you to his favourite spots (and maybe get the chance to hang out with locals or learn about the culture). There are many agencies around Bali providing this service for a fair price (around 30 US$/Day).

Icon ScooterBy Scooter/Motorcycle: An exciting way to discover Bali outback for the most adventurous and offering you freedom to stop when you want for how long you want. You need to have an international driving licence and always wear you safety helmet! Very Cheap (3US$/Day)! Don’t forget a good map of bali (information centres often sell these) as road signs are hard to find, if near impossible!

Taxi IconBy Taxi: Very useful in the cities but not such a good idea for longer trips as it can end up quite expensive!

Icon BusBy Bemo/Bus: Public transport is quite good in Bali but the journeys can be long and be prepared to spend hours in crowded buses.

Icon BicycleWalking/Bicycle: The best way to discover the real Bali if you have the time to take it slowly. Get lost on the small paths and discover unexpected ancient temples and superb rice paddy fields!

Author: Julien, creator of blog plongée sous marine

Scuba diving

You will find all information about sea life, best time to visit, top dive spots, etc. in our review: Bali Diving

Diving Reviews for this region

Tulamben

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

Candidasa

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

Bali

Diving in Bali is incredible for BIG Fishes, Macro Diving, Drift Diving and Excellent Visibility!

Bali Diving Review

Amed

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 … Continue reading

MV Samambaia Liveaboard Review

MS Ombak Putih

The 42 meters Ombak Putih sails the wate … Continue reading

MS Ombak Putih Liveaboard Review

MV Blue Manta

MV Blue Manta is the largest, most sumpt … Continue reading

MV Blue Manta Liveaboard Review

MV Indo Aggressor

MV Indo Aggressor – formely known as the … Continue reading

MV Indo Aggressor Liveaboard Review

KM Bidadari

The 37 meters Bidadari is a liveaboard c … Continue reading

KM Bidadari Liveaboard Review

Cruise ship Reviews in Bali

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2 dive logs in “Bali

  1. As I felt in Bali, there is a humid climate in all seasons and remains between 25-30 degree Celsius. In a nutshell Bali’s temperature is pleasant in all days. I will always say yes to go to Bali in May to August.

  2. Great article and photos. I loved Bali and all it had to offer. Diving is also fantastic in Bali. So many different dive sites in Bali. I went with Manta Diving for 4 days of diving when I was there & had a great time. Also looked around loads of temples and did some trekking up a volcano too. Highly recommended location for diving and so much more.

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