Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities Bali has to offer, and it is no surprise that divers from around the world enjoy exploring the many scuba dive sites that Bali has to offer.

Humphead Parrotfish as soon at Talumben in Bali. Photo Credit: PacificKlaus

Bali is an island that is located at the western end of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia, and it really is one of the most beautiful places on the planet both on land and under water. Below are just 5 of the best dive sites throughout Bali. These are considered some of the best ones the island has to offer, so definitely check them out if you are planning a trip there.

1) USAT Liberty

The USAT Liberty wreck dive is one of the most popular scuba dive sites in all of Bali. This cargo steamship was armed and torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942.

Nature took over as the years went by and the site is an extravagant coral reef today. The wreck provides a home and plenty of shelter for a variety of marine species, including parrotfish, batfish, emperors, sweetlips, big-eyed jacks, and a host of corals, such as sponges, sea fans, soft coral trees, and more.

The shallower end of the site ranges from 5-10 meters deep, while the middle of the site usually averages around 16-20 meters. At high tide, the lower edge is about 20-28 meters deep.
Night dives are also available here, and because it is an easy dive, it is appropriate for all levels of divers. Access it directly from the beach off Tulamben.

2)Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon is a great site for divers who are still beginning to gain experience breathing under water, thanks to the shallow reefs there. In fact, reefs start at just 3 meters and the protected area has a calm current. Once submerged, you can find soft leather corals, massive coral bommies, and anemones, as well as lacey scorpionfish.

Night divers will get a thrill at this site as well, and those who enjoy taking underwater photographs will have a blast capturing the unique marine species that swim throughout the area, including Napoleon wrasses, blue-spotted rays, lionfish, and moray eels. You can access this site easily via boat.

3) Tulamben Drop-Off

This popular wall dive is one of the most stunning in Bali and can be reached from shore. You will get to encounter a variety of corals and marine species, including flounders, shrimp, nudibranchs, ghostpipefish, Napoleon wrasse, white-tip reef sharks, moray eels, and much more.

The drop off drops down to a depth of aproximatly 85 meters or 300ft. Advanced divers dive down to about 100ft making it a great first dive of the day.

4) Napoleon Reef

Napoleon Reef is a great dive site for every level of diver because there are shallow ends and deeper ends that range from 10 to 115 meters.
It can easily be accessed by boat. The site is great for underwater photography, as it provides access to a stunning reef and wall that can be explored during the day or night.

A variety of marine species call this site home, including many corals and sponges and schools of gorgeous tropical fish, including rays and cuttlefish.

5) Crystal Bay

This site is very popular for its crystal clear water, but it is best for experienced divers only. The most dangerous spot lies around the rock at the centre of the site, where currents can be quite strong. Approach the drop-off to encounter Eagle rays, Mola Mola’s, Bumphead wrasses, Sharks, Dogtooth tuna, and more.

Find the elusive Mola Mola in Bali. Photo Credit: Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten

Access Crystal Bay by boat, as it lies about 30 minutes from Nusa Penida. Crystal Bay has two entrances, and depths reach about 30 meters. Just be sure to bring your thermal vest because this dive site can be cold.

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This article is published by The Scuba Page, the online magazine for Scuba Dive lovers around the world. The Scuba Page is part of RUSHKULT: the online booking platform for adventure sports. Visit the RUSHKULT platform to book your next Scuba Dive training, guided trip and accommodation.


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