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Diving in Bali is an adventure which will capture your imagination. The sea is full of types, color and sizes of fish which are too numerous to count. The fish, corals and plant life will amaze you. This is the last frontier on Earth to explore.

The challenge of diving in Bali and discovering the world of color and diversity under the sea is a fun and healthy sport. In Bali Dive Site you can feel the exhilaration as you slip beneath the surface and all of the magic wonders are there to amaze you. Your beautiful aquatic surroundings can be so very interesting that at times your will not want to come back to land.

We organize introduction lesson, PADI training facilities and day trips to all of Bali's famous dive destination, Bali Diving packages, Bali beyond diving packages and also others marine adventures, water sports and project aware.

Dive Sites in Bali
1. Menjangan Island
LOCATION A small island North West of Bali, approximately 3 hours drive from Kuta, and then 30 minutes boat ride from Labuan Lalang
TYPE OF DIVES Boat diving ,Wreck diving, Wall-diving
VISIBILITY 15 - 30 meters (but up to 50 meters)
DEPTHS 5 – 40 meters
CURRENT Zero to mild currents
SUITABILITY Preferably divers with some experience
CONDITION Excellent in every way
HIGHLIGHTS Anker Wreck. Garden eel. Warm water and white sand.
Beautiful Reef Walls. Good underwater visibility.
Fascinating variety of corals, sponges and tropical reef fish
Located on the northwest of Bali, famous for its deer (Menjangan is a Javanese word means ‘deer’). When west Bali was declared in 1982, Menjangan Island was included as well and the park service controls entry and diving around the island. Since 1978 Mejangan Island became Bali’s first recognized diving location with its beautiful flat reef. Consequently in 1997 the extensive flat reef around the island suffered damaged from crown of thorn starfish and also in 1998 coral bleaching as a result of El Nino. However the walls for which Menjangan is famous for are still in excellent condition. The best diving time is during the monsoon (April to November). You can dive here anytime of the year, on the north or south of the island depending on the wind direction. The visibility at Menjangan island is probably the best in Bali especially in October and November with horizontal visibility about 50 meters +. Current around this island is rare, even 1 knot current is usual. The most recommended dive sites on the island are the Angker, Garden Eel and Pos II.
2. Secret Bay
LOCATION North west tip of Bali approximately 3 hours drive from Kuta
TYPE OF DIVES Shore diving, macro photography
VISIBILITY 5-10 meters
DEPTHS 2 - 10 meters
SUITABILITY Mainly for macro photographer
CONDITION Shallow dive site, no rich coral growths, limited weed and coral beds. Water can be cold and visibility can be very low, dark mud/sand bottom but fat and healthy fish.
HIGHLIGHTS Rare marine species, this dive site especially for macro photographers.
Located about 3.5 hours drive from Kuta in a small bay called Teluk Gilimanuk, adjacent to where the ferries from Java dock. The bay is about 2 km across, very shallow and most of it is less than 5 meters deep and it’s also contain two small islands. Gilimanuk bay is the bay off the narrow Bali strait, where current can reach 7 knot, which mean that the Gilimanuk bay acts as a catch tank for many larva fish and other plankton sweeping between Java and Bali. This is the reason why this bay offers a number of rare jewels for macro-photographer, including odd gobies, dragonets, nudibranches, seahorses, juvenile Batavia batfishes and many other organisms. The best time to dive is on the incoming high tide, it doesn’t matter if it’s early or late of the day, as the bay will filled with clear water, plankton and etc…Night diving at the secret bay is possible and it’s a truly magnificent experience. You will see plenty unique creatures wandering for dinner, something you won’t see on the day dive.
3. Tulamben
LOCATION North-eastern Bali, a quiet fishing village, approximately 2 hours from Kuta/Legian or 20 minutes from Tulamben
TYPE OF DIVES Shore diving and Boat diving
VISIBILITY 15-25 meters
DEPTHS 3 - 40 meters (aver. 18 meters)
CURRENT Zero to mild currents
SUITABILITY Suitable for all divers, from novice to experienced
CONDITION Small local jukungs hold 2-3 divers and a boatman; be aware of small boat procedures (i.e., donning and removing equipment in deep water), black sand beach sloping into the water, coral reefs and a wall.
HIGHLIGHTS Excellent snorkeling. Density and variety of fish. Fantastic coral formations. Coral Reefs and Wall.

Tulamben is now one of the famous dive areas in Bali and attracts divers from all over the world. Here is where you can here the news about conditions is a different part of the island or exceptional events. Like the sighting of the whale shark, mola and here is where you are likely meet the international recognized underwater photographers and writers.
It is Tulamben bay which just like the rest of Bali, situated in the world’s richest marine biogeography zone with more than 2500 different species of fish and 700 corals. Situated in the northeast coast the bay receives very plankton rich water from the major ocean current that moves from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean or vice versa. The wreck, rock walls and sand slope provided a wide variety of physical habitats. All of these factors, combine together will explain why the Tulamben bay contain an incredible diversifications of the underwater ecosystem.

4. Amed
LOCATION North East Coast of Bali, approximately 2.5 hours drive from Kuta
TYPE OF DIVES Wreck diving, Wall-diving, Night-diving, Deep-diving, Shore diving, Photography
VISIBILITY 15 – 25 meters
DEPTHS 5 - 40 meters (aver. 18 meters)
CURRENT Zero to mild currents
SUITABILITY Suitable for every level and interest
CONDITION Black sandy slope with 120 meters shipwreck, coral garden and a wall. Uneven footing on the fist-sized black stones of the beach can make entry tricky, especially when there are waves present. It is definitely well worth the effort, though!
HIGHLIGHTS Great snorkeling. Fabulous photographic opportunities.
Fantastic full moon night dives. 120 meters shipwreck, huge school of big eyed trivially, and color contrast with the black sand. Fantastic diversity of marine life.

Amed is located on the northeast coast of Bali; about 2.5 hours drive from Kuta. But if you stay overnight at Tulamben, it will take approximately 20 minutes drive to the south of Tulamben. From a landscape point of view, Amed is much prettier than Tulamben. You will see many rice fields along the way, traditional salt-panning, also sandy beach as apposed to Tulamben’s stony beach. This reef was discovered as a dive site in 1984 is in a quiet bay and the reef was extremely healthy. A site with such a variety of hard corals, magnificent barrel sponges and gorgonian fans and it could serve as a kind of museum of scleractinian coral diversity. However in April-May 1998, Amed was badly affected by coral bleaching as a result of El-Nino, harder than anywhere else on the island and affected the reef within the bay down to a depth 12 meters. The reef was slowly recovered, but we cannot tell when and if it would ever return to its original splendors. The deeper section fared better. The gorgonian and coral on the outer reef below 12 meters were never affected and are still healthy and worth the dive to see.

There are two dive sites outside Jemeluk bay, Amed reef and Amed Wall, both can be done as a shore or boat dive. The boats are traditional outrigger or fishing boat called ‘Jukung’ with the maximum capacity of 3 divers. Jemeluk bay is suitable both for novice and experienced divers. The condition is easy, very rarely wave action on the surface and the visibility is usually 15 to 30 meters.

5. Padang Bay
LOCATION North East Coast of Bali, approximately 1.5 hours drive from Kuta/Legian. Four sites accessed by boat from Padang Bai
TYPE OF DIVES Boat dives, reef diving, wall diving, and drift diving.
VISIBILITY 15 – 30 meters
DEPTHS 10 – 40 meters (18m and above recommended)
CURRENT Zero at Blue Lagoon, but unpredictable and changes often at other sites.
SUITABILITY Preferably experienced divers only
CONDITION An easy dive site, gentle white sandy slope and excellent marine life at Blue Lagoon. Mimpang, Tepekong Biaha: weather plays a strong role in determining dive condition here, swells, big waves and currents can make this a tricky dive site, and cold upwelling can bring water temperatures down to very chilly levels. But on other days it can be as calm as a mill pond.
HIGHLIGHTS Considerable amount of fish. Reef sharks and assorted Rays. Cuttlefish, leafscorpionfish, crocodilefish (Blue Lagoon); many big pelagic (Tepekong,Mimpang,Biaha)
Amuk bay is located along the south side of Bali’s eastern point; it’s about 6 km across from Padang bay harbor in the south and Candidasa in the north. Sharks are seen in almost every dive, molas are regularly spotted, the fish life is exceptionally rich, the coral is healthy and he water is crystal clear. Regardless of condition, these dive sites with the exception blue Lagoon, are among the most difficult and dangerous to dive in Bali. The swell and strong current coming from Lombok strait create unpredictable water movements, and compound the problem around them. This is the place for both patient and careful. No need to be scared of these dive sites but they should be treated with caution and respect.
6. Sanur & Nusa Dua
LOCATION Sanur and Nusa Dua Tourist Beach, approximately 20 minutes from Kuta/Legian
TYPE OF DIVES Boat diving, Reef diving
VISIBILITY 5 – 10 meters
DEPTHS 2 – 16 meters
CURRENT Zero to mild currents
SUITABILITY Suitable for all divers, from novice to experienced
CONDITION Swells and big waves can make this a tricky site and visibility can be very low.
HIGHLIGHTS Nusa Dua offers more Interesting coral formations than Sanur reef.
The south is the tourist center of Bali and many travelers spend their trip in the triangle area (Sanur-Kuta-Nusa Dua). The dive site stretched along the front of Sanur to Nusa Dua, with the depth range around 2 – 14 meters. If you don’t enjoy to driving for 4 hours to Menjangan or 3 hours to Tulamben then you can consider these dive site as an option.
The fish and coral life is not that exceptional compared to the other dives sites around Bali. But if you are busy executive or you might not have been in the water for 2 years, or you don’t want to leave your family in the hotel for whole day…why don’t you try these dive sites. After all, the diving is easy and relaxing, a bit of nitrogen in the blood, a bit time with the coral and fishes, why not…???!! It’s not Bali’s best reef, but its Bali Hai’s best reef.
7. Nusa Penida
LOCATION South East of Bali, approximately 18 Nm from Sanur and 30 minute by our "explorer II"
TYPE OF DIVES Boat diving and Drift diving
VISIBILITY 15 – 40 meters
DEPTHS 6 – 40 meters
CURRENT mild to currents up to 4+ knots
SUITABILITY Preferably divers with some experience
CONDITION Currents can at times be quite strong therefore if unsure should request a thorough dive briefing and stick close to Pro Dive Bali Dive master, good varieties of hard and soft corals, the water can get pretty cold at times.
HIGHLIGHTS Numerous dive sites. Slopes and Drop-offs. Interesting species to be found (e.g. Eagle and Manta Rays, Mola-Mola, turtle etc), many pelagic. Excellent varieties of corals
Located about 18 Nm east of Sanur, with a speed boat will takes you approximately 30 minutes to get to the island. Nusa Penida offers some of best diving to find anywhere, most of the dive site around Nusa Penida and its two small sister islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan will be adrift dive and the current can reach more than 4 knots. Upwelling from the deep water of south of Bali, keep the visibility in these areas clear, but can also form thermo clines with temperatures dropping down to 220. Pelagic are the main attractions here and you have a good chance to see jacks, mackerel, tuna, turtle and mantas. Sharks are common and mantas are frequently sighted. Perhaps the unusual pelagic visitor to Nusa Penida (August-September) is the unique mola-mola or oceanic sunfish, a mysterious large flattened fish with elongated dorsal and vertical fins and lumpy growth instead of a tail fin.
Dive Site’s Distance
Dive Site’s Distance Around Bali from Sanur
No. Diving Area By Car (Minutes) By Boat (Minutes)
1 Menjangan Island 210 40
2 Secret Bay 180 30
3 Tulamben 150 150
4 Amed 150 5/135
5 Padang Bay 90 15/60
6 Tepekong - 90
7 Nusa Penida - 30
8 Malibu Point - 65
9 Manta Point - 45
10 Turtle Point - 65
11 Batu Aba - 65
12 Nusa Dua 40 30
Price per person in US$ (Dollars)
No Dive Areas Scuba Diving (minimum 2 Person)
Regular By Boat
1 Menjangan Island 115 -
2 Secret Bay 110 -
3 Tulamben 75 180
4 Amed 80 175
5 Padang Bay 82 108
6 Tepekong - 120
7 Nusa Penida 108 -
8 Malibu Point 126 -
9 Manta Point 120 -
10 Turtle Point 126 -
11 Batu Aba 126 -
12 Nusa Dua 45 -

Tour Includes:

  • Transport sea and land
  • Diving guide
  • Diving equipment : 2 full tank and weight belt
  • Sanur and Nusa Dua only 1 full tank (1 dive)
  • Snorkeling equipment, Lunch box and Soft drinks
  • Insurance Coverage
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