Bali, known as the Island of the Gods due to its many temples, is a diverse place both above and below water. Here is an introduction to four of Bali’s best dive destinations picked by Mads Rode and Stefan Russel from Vilondo. Mads and Stefan are the authors of a free e-book guide to Bali’s major dive destinations.
You can pick up your free copy here: Free diving Bali book.
Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are two islands located 1 or 2 hours by boat, depending on whether you take a slow or a speedy boat, off Bali’s south- east coast. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida’s claim to fame has been the giant sunfish that often can be spotted around the islands between July and September, but even if it wasn’t for the sunfish the two islands would still rate among Bali’s best dive sites. Apart from the Sunfish some of the highlights are the large schools of Manta rays at Manta Point, a roller coaster drift dive at Blue corner and the amazing visibility in Crystal Bay.
TulambenPeople come to Tulamben to dive the USAT Liberty wreck. The USAT Liberty, WWII US transporter, was hit by a Japanese torpedo in 1942. The captain managed to get the ship up on the beach at Tulamben, where it lay until 1963, where the tremors from an eruption of nearby volcano Mt. Agung pushed the wreck back into the sea. The wreck is now covered in coral and home to millions of species and is just waiting to be explored. Night dives around the wreck can brilliant too.
Gili Islands The Gili Islands are actually closer to Lombok – just 5 minutes – than to Bali. It will take you 1,5 hours from Bali. The 3 small islands are known as a laid back beach paradise and also offer some great diving. The diving might not be quite as spectacular as the two places mentioned above, but the Gili islands have more than 25 good dive sites choose, sea turtles seems to be everywhere and the visibility is generally good. If you are the kind of diver who likes a bit of nightlife on your holiday, the Gili islands could be a good choice, especially on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays where the partying goes on until the early hours on the largest of the islands – Gili Trawangan.
Menjangan Island The small island of Menjangan island is located on Bali’s north-western tip. On a good day visibility can reach 50 meters. Add to that, that there should be more different coral around this small island than in the entire Caribbean and an equally diverse marine life you have on of Bali’s best dive sites. You can’t stay on the island as it is a National Park, so your best option for a place to stay is nearby Pemuteran, where you also find some good dive sites.