Scuba Diving Bali

Scuba Diving Bali: The Complete Bali Diving Guide

Try as you may, you’ll just never find another place quite like the paradise that is Bali. Highly regarded by many as one of the world’s best travel destinations, Bali never runs out of ways to entertain.

Situated in between the Indonesian Islands of Lombok and Java you’ll find the island of Bali. Famous for its countless beaches, serious swell, and natural monuments, Bali is a destination that will please every traveler.

Bali is also famous for its diving, offering much to see and immerse yourself in with its great location in the Java Sea! Scuba diving Bali promises crystal clear water brimming with vibrant, colorful corals and a rich, diverse marine life.

Scuba Diving Bali

What’s Good About Bali Diving?

With a plethora of beaches and surrounding islands with varied topography, there’s a whole host of reasons that make visiting Bali one of the world’s top diving destinations. Here are some of our favorites.

Incredible Shipwrecks

No diving trip to Bali is complete without exploring the sunken skeleton of the USS Liberty. This site alone is great reason to add Bali to your travel list. Accessible to everyone, this wreck makes Bali the perfect location for beginner divers looking to marvel at an incredible wreck.

Great for First-Timers

With its many beaches and surrounding islands, Bali lends itself well to beginner divers. With plenty of shore-based dives to choose from, Bali gives beginners some of the best choice of sites in the world.

Bali is a great place to have your first diving experience with many of its wonderful underwater environments accessible from the shore just off the island. You’ll get it at a great entry-level price, too.


As well as its rich variety in species of tropical fish and other underwater life, the waters of Bali offer the opportunity to dive a range of exquisite sites that all offer unique and electrifying experiences.

Whether you’re keen to explore a sunken wreck, navigate long sloping walls, or just love drifting along in the currents, Bali won’t leave you hanging!

Bali Scuba Certification

Scuba Certification

There’s no requirement to be certified in order to dive in Bali. Moreover, there are many tour operators that cater to those of all levels of ability, no problem for beginner divers. Thanks to the ease of access to many sites due to their proximity to the shore and Bali’s plethora of beaches and surrounding islands, there are plenty of beginner-friendly and easily accessible dive sites to get your flippers wet for the first time.

What’s more, there are plenty of opportunities to get scuba certified while you’re in Bali! Check out our recommended Open Water diving course below for more information.

Having said that, it’s always recommended to get scuba certified to give yourself the best, most enjoyable diving experience possible. While you’ll have a great time scuba diving Bali as a first-time diver, there’s a lot you can miss out on without the extra confidence and diving experience, such as the more challenging currents and caves.

In addition, becoming scuba certified will help you feel more comfortable and confident underwater. This leads to maximum enjoyment and safety from your diving experience and something worth considering.

Bali Scuba Diving Requirements

Scuba Diving Safety

There are no specific laws or regulations for diving in Bali. That said, you should always exercise scuba diving etiquette and respect the natural environment. As always, tour operators state that you must be in good physical condition and have some swimming ability. Children must be at least 10 years old to scuba dive with a tour operator.

With that said, it’s always highly recommended to have a dive buddy when you’re out scuba diving in the waters of Bali, as it is anywhere else. This is particularly the case if you’re out diving without a tour operator or guide. In this situation, it’s also good practice to make use of diver down flags.

Best Dive Sites in Bali

Famous for its island life, Bali promises some of the best diving the world has to offer. Here are some of our favorite spots not to be missed!

Padang Bai

Bali Dive

If you want to get up close to sharks, this is the place to head! Padang Bai is a well-established diving center that’s ideal for beginners or those wishing to book a diving course. But there are plenty of more challenging spots for advanced divers, too, among the coral reefs.

The big selling point for Padang Bai is its sheer volume of underwater wildlife, from reef sharks to rays. Not to mention massive schools of fish, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, rare nudibranchs, cat sharks, the much loved Spanish dancer, giant sunfish, and clownfish.

Best of all, you can see all of this and more in relatively calm and shallow water. The main dive sites in this area are the Blue Lagoon, The Ferry Channel, and White Sand Beach. Depending on the sea conditions and your experience level, you may also be able to tackle Tanjung Sari or Tanjung Jepun.

If this sounds ideal to you, be sure to check out our recommended diving package experience below!

USAT Liberty

Liberty Shipwreck

The USS Liberty is arguably the best sunken shipwreck dive in the world. The US Navy troopship was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942 and ran aground near Tulamben. However, when Mount Agung erupted in 1963, the vessel slipped off the beach. Today it lies on a slope in water ranging in depth from four to thirty metres.

If in Bali, definitely dive here. It would be akin to missing the Eiffel Tower when visiting Paris. As you can imagine, it gets pretty busy. To avoid the crowds, the best times are early morning or late afternoon. It’s excellent for night dives too.

You can dive the 130-meter long shipwreck all year round from the beach. Look out for barracuda, garden eels, surgeonfish, groupers, jackfish, parrotfish, and blacktip sharks. If you strike lucky, you may even get a glimpse of whale sharks and mola-mola.

If you’re heading to Bali and looking to get your first taste of scuba diving, this world-class accessible wreck dive is for you! Check out our recommended diving package below

Manta Point

Bali Manta

After the USAT Liberty, Manta Point in Nusa Penida is Bali’s second most popular diving location.

As its name suggests, it is a hotspot for manta rays, peaking between March and June, though they can be spotted year-round. The site is a reef with coral and no current. It’s, therefore, an easy dive site for all experience levels.

As well as mantas, it’s also a good spot for sighting mola mola and sharks. There’s no shortage of big fish or shark action. Plus, there is excellent visibility and jaw-dropping coral to admire.

Check out our recommended experience below for more details.

Best Time to go Diving in Bali

Bali’s temperatures change little throughout the year. However, the patterns of rain and wind create to contrasting seasons.

May-September is known as the dry season. The dry air brought in from the southeast means little rainfall during the season.

November-March is known as the rainy season. Moist air means that precipitation levels are high during the season, though the temperatures hold fairly constant.

The best time to dive Bali would be the shoulder months of April or October. The sea is usually calm and winds are weak at this time of year.

How Much Does Scuba Diving Cost in Bali?

If you’re looking at booking a dive package experience through a tour company in Bali, you’ll find prices between $100-$150. The prices generally include gear rental and levys so there are no extra fees.

In addition, a PADI Open Water Certification will set you back around $350 AUD, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Scuba Diving Gear in Bali

Scuba Gear

There are plenty of dive shops located in Bali. This means gear rental is always an option.

It’s worth noting, you’re left with one less thing to think about when going with a diving package from a guided tour operator as all equipment and gear are included.

However, buying your own gear might be ideal for you if you’re a more keen and experienced diver!

Be sure to check out our buyer’s guides if you’re looking for scuba gear. There you’ll find all of our top recommendations for a range of scuba gear.

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