If you are looking for an unforgettably beautiful place where you can enjoy scuba diving, Bali is certainly the place to visit. The extraordinary, crystal blue waters that surround the island are brimming with marine life, offering excellent diving opportunities for beginner and more experienced divers alike and underwater photographers can also take unique shots in the area.
A beautiful area just a few minutes away from the main beach, Padang Bai is a superb place for beginner and advanced level divers alike. The currents are mild, the waters are clear and rich in wildlife. Reef sharks and rays love the place, just as much as pelagic fish. The area gives home to the famous Blue Lagoon where you can go night diving and swim together with pygmy seahorses, frogfish, leaf scorpion fish. If you are lucky, you can even see wobbegong sharks and cat sharks.
Nusa Penida is the largest of the 3 islands located Southeast of Bali, and the area that provides the best possibilities for scuba diving Bali offers. The island is surrounded by some of the most popular diving spots in the world such as Blue Corner, Crystal Bay or Gamat Bay, most of them shallow areas, with water not exceeding the depth of 15 m. The area is famous for the extraordinary coral reefs it gives home to, but not only: the Ocean Sunfish, also known as Mola Mola, one of the rarest marine species known today loves the area and is frequently seen there from August to October. Manta rays also use the area as a cleaning station, so they are easy to find. There is one more thing you need to know, though: the area is shallow, but the currents can become strong and unpredictable. Therefore, it is recommended rather for experienced divers.
Menjangan Island, located just 5 miles northwest of Bali is another wonderful diving destination, especially for those who prefer wall diving – the area has walls of gorgonian corals that go 20-60 m deep. Wreck divers also love the place – the 150 year old Anker wreck offers a wonderful, adventurous trip. In Menjangan, there are flat areas as well, and visibility usually exceeds 50 m, so it is a great choice for beginners and versed divers, too. The dive spots around the island are populated mostly by small and medium size reef fish. There are no really large fish, but manta rays, white tip and black tip sharks are frequent visitors.
When it comes to scuba diving, Bali is among the best places in the world, with a variety of dive sites nearby that have something for everyone.