Mention diving in Bali and people will mostly think about the widely popular USAT Liberty wreck in Tulamben, underwater statues in Gili, or swimming with the majestic manta rays and the rare mola mola sunfish in Nusa Penida. These sites are incredibly popular, but it’s just scraping from what Bali truly have to offer. Just like what it is above, Bali’s underwater is fabulously rich with marine beauties; coral reefs, tropical fishes, pelagic, micro life, underwater temples, and many things else. If you have dived in Bali’s major diving sites, it’s time to see past the famous and look for hidden, less ventured Bali diving spot which will readily blow your mind.
The Northwest Tip Bali Diving Spot: Menjangan Island
Part of the West Bali National Park, the Menjangan Island nestled far in the most northwest tip of the island. As tourists are mostly concentrated in the south part of Bali, Menjangan is mostly untouched. And that’ my friend, what makes it so pure and pristine. As part of conservational area, Menjangan’s underwater blooms with life. Its ecosystem is thriving and in such shallow water, Menjangan offers the terrific diving experience. This site has the best of both worlds; rewarding shallow waters for beginners and impressive wall diving for demanding divers. Menjangan is not exactly a hidden Bali diving spot — but it’s quite far from Denpasar and require extra efforts to reach the site.
The Off-Beaten-Path Pemuteran
Still in the northern coast of Bali, Pemuteran is another Bali’s best kept secret. Despite having all the best for divers from beginners to underwater photographer geeks, Pemuteran remains on under the radar—even for divers. It’s time to give Pemuteran the attention they deserve, because this amazing Bali diving site is rich in life. This site is proud of its underwater temples; 4 meters Balinese gateway and statues of Budda, Ganesha, and other gods. It also has amazing biorock structures to promote coral growth, wreck cemeteries, coral gardens, and coral reefs.
Literally A Secret Bali Diving Spot: Seraya Secret
Just like any other Bali diving spot in this list, not many divers has ever heard of Seraya Secrets. It’s located on Amed, one of Bali’s major dive sites—but only few would have time to discover Seraya. Lovers of corals and colourful fishes might not dig the Seraya Secret, but it’s actually heaven for muck enthusiasts. On the black volcanic sands, Seraya is alive with pipefish, nudibranchs, and seahorses.
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The Less Known Puri Jati Bali
Even the self-proclaimed pro divers might haven’t dive in this site yet. Just 30 minutes from Pemuteran, Puri Jati offers one of the cleanest and shallowest dive sites in Bali. It’s shallowness allows divers to have longer dives than usual. They said it’s usually the hunger or the urge to do bathroom business that force divers to resurface and head back to the land. Puri Jati is home for all kinds of octopuses (even the mimic and blue-ring octopus!), small cup corals, and very lively critters. One can spot a rare nudibranch if they have keen eyes and the patience!