of Sanur and Tanjung Benoa, but the premier beginner
diving and snorkelling locale is the splendidly isolated
coastline around Amed in the northeast. Spectacular
Menjangan reef in the northwest, with its gorgonian-covered
walls, is one of the great dive locales of Southeast
Big fish scuba enthusiasts dive the island of Nusa Penida
off Bali’s southeast coast or explore the eerie
sunken World War II American Liberty ship at Tulamben.
The wreck, which stretches vertically for over 100 metres,
is inhabited by an astounding four hundred species of
On Bali’s east coast, the bay and surrounding
waters of Padangbai are excellent and reliable snorkelling
and dive-spots, particularly for species you won’t
see elsewhere on the island. Needless to say, Bali is
internationally known among scuba divers and snorkelers
for its diverse marine life, superb visibility and sensational
Many of Bali’s hotels also offer watersports centres
with experienced instructors and first-class equipment.
Reputable dive operators provide gear, tanks, wetsuits,
lunch, transport, experienced diving instructors, as
well as porters to and from the beach.
Bali is the ideal place to earn your PADI diving certification
that takes two days, and can be taught in English, German,
Spanish, French or Japanese!