Great dive sites in Bali
There’s a facet of the island’s underwater beauty waiting to be discovered by divers of every skill level, and most dive sites in Bali offer year-round visibility that ranges from fair to excellent. The best time to go diving, though, is usually around the dry-season months, between April and November.
Amed and Tulamben on Bali’s east coast have some of Bali's most popular dive sites, including fascinating shipwrecks such as the USS Liberty cargo ship that sunk in WWII, and the more recent Boga shipwreck alongside a classic VW car, all which are gradually becoming new homes to baby reefs and tropical fish.
The north coast has much to offer, too. There are the rich reef scenes of Menjangan Island to the expansive artificial ‘bio rock’ reef gardens of Pemuteran with its magnificent sunken sculptures and temples overgrown with gorgonians that all serve as homes to colourful schools of fish.
The best dive sites in Bali also let you come up close with some of the world’s rarest species. These range from reef sharks, sea turtles, tiny pygmy seahorses and large manta rays to the elusive oceanic sunfish or ‘mola-mola’.
The most common dive spots where these pelagic animals migrate include the waters around Nusa Lembongan Island, Gili Tepekong, and different dive spots around Nusa Penida. Additionally, non-divers who prefer not to get wet, can try a submarine safari from around Candidasa or Nusa Lembongan, or go on ‘sea walks’ wearing specially made helmets.