From the incredible ocean sunfish of Nusa Penida to the huge sleeping groupers of the Liberty shipwreck, the warm waters, colourful coral and diverse marine life makes Bali a world-class diving destination. Check our Top 5 Diving sites to ‘Go-To’ in Bali:
USS Liberty Ship Wreck
The USS Liberty Ship Wreck is the most famous dive site in Bali. It is also might be one of the best sunken ship wrecks in the world! The liberty ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo then was beached near Tulamben, North-East Coast of Bali. In 1963, the eruption of Mount Agung caused the vessel to slip off the beach, and it now lies on a sand slope in 9 to 30 m of water. The wreck is about 130 m long with the shallowest part at about 5 m deep and the deepest on the other side of the wreck at about 30 m deep. Try to dive there early in the morning or late in the afternoon as the dive site gets very crowded. It is also an excellent place for a great night dive!
This dive site situated in Nusa Penida is great for marine life. Just a 40-minute ferry from the port at Sanur, Nusa Penida is brimming with underwater wildlife. It consists of a slope with nice coral and no current which makes it an easy dive site. The highlight of this dive site is the manta rays! The best chances to spot them are from March to June but with luck the manta rays can be seen year round.
Secret Bay Gilimanuk
Underwater photographer’s fave spot! This shallow black sand bay is home to all sorts of weird little creatures living underwater from seahorses to sea snakes and ghost pipefish! A real piece of heaven for underwater photographers indeed. It is about 3 to 5m deep, so the bottom time can be two hours and you can make 5 dives a day if you want to!
Crystal Bay is one of the best dive sites in Bali but reserved only to experienced divers as the current can be quite strong and downward. It is the place to look for the famous Mola Mola in Nusa Penida (oceanic sunfish) during the season (August to October). The coral is also very beautiful around 15 to 20 m. But to have the chance to spot the Mola Mola you will have to go down deeper around 30 m. Always be careful of the downward current.
Diving in Menjangan is very rewarding for beginners. Especially due to the fact that the current is very light and the visibility is usually very good and can even be outstanding (50m +). Moreover, you can dive easily on the reef flats around 10 meters deep. Colourful coral offer underwater macro photographers special opportunities to capture some beautiful shots.
That’s all our recommendation for the best dive sites in Bali.
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