Whether you are a big fan of Finding Nemo or simply having lots of love towards the ocean and the marine life inside, you can’t deny the attraction of ecploring the underwater. And that’s probably been in your mind when you planned a trip to Bali. This Island of God is not only rich with vibrant culture, rice paddies, and temples on the land—but also mesmerizing tales from under the sea. Historical shipwreck, mysterious Japanese shipwreck, rare and bizzare Mola Mola sunfish, fascinating wall dive, and lots of other amazing thing make up Bali’s sea bed. Diving in Bali will always left you almost at lost of words. Scuba diving is undeniably popular in this tropical island and here’s some important things you need to think of before taking the plunge.
Do you need to take beginner diving course in bali?
Have you dive before? Is diving an impromptu plan you make while you heard about Bali’s underwater beauty? If you have never dive before, you’ll need to take a beginner course. This course—commonly called as Open Water Diver course—is very popular in Bali. It only take four days up to a week from the first session to finish. Lots of travelers take this course on the first days of their arrival and start venturing the underwater in no time! Luckily, Bali has some of the best diving sites for beginners. Tulamben, Amed, and Menjangan Island are only few of easy dive sites with low to almost non-existent currents and bustling seabed!
Do you need an agency to arrange your dive trip?
If you are an experienced divers, you can basically arrange your own dive trip. You can tailor your own dives as much as you want. Stay for a week in Amed for Amed and Tulamben exploration? Off you go. A weekend in Nusa Penida for swimming with Manta Ray? Sounds amazing. An impulsive dive trip to Gili Island? No one is stopping you. But if you haven’t got enough dives under your belt and not really confident on arranging Bali diving trip on your own, you can always hire an agency. Not only it’s hassle free, it’s also very convenient. A dive agency could also arrange a dive trip with speedboat or even a diving liveaboard to reach remote sites. Water transportation is definitely easier. It’s also specifically design for divers so you can store your dive gears at ease.
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Three main spots for Bali diving
Activities and trips for Bali diving are mainly concentrated in three areas. The Northeast coast where Tulamben and Amed lies; the Northwest coast where Pemuteran and Menjangan are, and the Southern Islands—the Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Tulamben and Amed, as previously mentioned, are generally easy in currents and offer interesting dives. These are the sites where you can also find three wrecks (Liberty, Japanese, and Kubu) lie in shallow depth. The water is warm and generally suitable for any divers. Pemuteran and Menjangan are also quite easy, especially the latter. Nusa Penida and Lembongan, however, might be best reserved for the experienced. The currents are quite strong and the water is generally colder. Dives could be more challenging and should be conducted with cautions.