Going on vacation to Bali is exciting, but it can be even more exciting if you know you’ll be able to go diving while there. That is why this little guide will come in handy when it comes time to choose your next vacation and dive destination! Here’s our best tips on determining the best Bali diving spots for your next underwater vacation in this tropical island.
Think About What You Are Interested In
Determining the best Bali diving spot for you is really about tailoring the experience to your interest. If you are wreck addict, you might want to focus in Tulamben and Amed area where you could dive the USAT Liberty wreck, Kubu Boga wreck, and the Japanese wreck. Some other divers love macro life, and they will love sites like Melasti, Batu Niti, or Seraya Secret. Wanting to see the elusive Manta Rays and Mola Mola sunfish? Bali’s sister island Nusa Penida is your answer. Looking for places to meet sharks of all type? Stay around Gili to dive in Gili Tepekong and Gili Biaha. Dive sites in Bali always have something for everyone, so make sure to do a little research before coming!
See Which Diving Spots Are Popular in Bali
Confused with so many diving spots option in Bali? Just look at where other divers go. This is very helpful especially if you are coming to Bali for the first time. In general, a site is considered good if the majority of divers who visit it rate it highly. There is no hard and fast regulation. It normally means that the site excels in more than one of the desirable characteristics, such as accessibility, visibility, accessible wildlife, nearby amenities, underwater conditions, and so on. This rating will differ depending on the diver; a diver with 1000 dives will rate a site differently than a diver fresh out of OW-class, a cavediver will rate a site differently than a tropical-holiday diver, and so on. However, in general, if the majority of divers who visit a site rate it highly, it is considered a good site.
Match Bali Diving Spot with Your Skill
If you just starting out diving recently and have less than 50 dives under your belt, it’s logical to avoid deep sites and sites with strong currents. That means you cannot dive in sites like Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Jemeluk Wall, or Bunutan as these Bali diving spots are swarming with strong currents! Not only that it’s hard to navigate for beginners, but ocean plants like kelp can get tangled in your diving gears. When choosing a dive site in Bali, always remember to choose one with level of difficulty that’s on par or lower than your diving skill level.
Think of the Colours You Want to See
We don’t mean actually think about color, but rather think about the colors you want to see on your dive. You know that if you want to practice your underwater photography on some shiny, tropical fish, you’ll have to rule out some destinations and dive sites.
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Hire an Experienced Dive Guide
Finding underwater macro subjects and photographing activity can be difficult without the assistance of a good dive guide. However, don’t depend solely on a guide; instead, do your own research on the subjects and dive sites. Combine it with your guide’s expertise, and then devise a a plan on which diving spots in Bali to visit. Make a written list of the organisms and behaviors you want to photograph, and go over it with your guide each morning. Determine the diver-to-guide ratio. Anything greater than a 3-to-1 ratio is unsuitable for underwater photographers.