Diving in Bali – Everything you have to know

22.07.2019 by Editor Team

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Bali is an island in the south of Indonesia. It belongs to the Small Sunda Islands in the Indian Ocean. It lies between the island Java in the west and the island Lombok in the east. It is about 145 kilometres long and 80 kilometres wide. Bali has about twice the area of the Saarland. The most important cities in the north are the port city Singaraja and on the south coast the capital Denpasar (2,778,000 inhabitants). Mountain ranges run from east to west across the island. The highest elevation in Bali is Mount Agung with 3,142 metres. It is still an active volcano, which last erupted in May of this year.

Bali is considered by the locals to be the “island of the gods”. But also as “Mallorca for Australians”. And rightly so. Just like the Balearic Islands, Bali offers secluded corners of quiet nature and dive sites full of secrets. Especially in the north.

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Diving in the Secret Bay in Bali  

The “Secret Bay” initially keeps its secrets to itself. Sand bottom, tiny coral blocks, miserable visibility and 24 degrees “cold” water. Anything but inviting. Don’t let up. Finally the place was recommended to us. Finally! In ten meters depth a strange frogfish with long skin shreds. Not far away an octopus looks out of the sand. It imitates other animals for camouflage and adopts the most bizarre shapes and colours. The “Secret Bay” is also something special for our guide. He enjoys finding a seahorse or a ghost pipefish for his guests. In the bay there is a constant coming and going. Hardly any dive runs like the other. The bay has long since ceased to be secret among underwater photographers and macro lovers. But rather as a duty point of a Bali journey.

Diving in Bali Barat National Park

Top dive site Balis is the island of Menjangan. Although the name means “deer island”, they are there long ago extinct. The island and the surrounding water area belong to the national park “Bali Barat”. The coral world with its beautiful reef and many fish starts directly under the water surface.

Beside numerous small animals there are also larger species. Like bumphead parrot fish, trigger fish and napoleon fish. Groupers and turtles. Sometimes you can also see reef sharks, eagle rays or even whale sharks. There are also numerous variations of soft and hard corals and sponges.

Diving in the “eel garden” and on wrecks in Bali 

One of the highlights is the “Aalgarten”. A sandbank with a forest of sand eels and corals. The are overgrown with large gorgonians. Above which there is usually a swarm of mackerels. The “Anchor” wreck at a depth of 40 meters and the wreck of the “Liberty” in Tulamben complete the range of dive sites.

Shore leave 

Day trips by car and driver to the highlands of Bali take you into an exotic world. Farmers farm rice fields with their water buffalo. Further uphill, decorated women balance offerings on their heads. The ladies visit one of Bali’s 20,000 Hindu temples.

In the highlands a cool wind often drives gloomy clouds through the rainforest. When the light of the sun makes its way through the clouds, a mystical atmosphere is created. Eucalyptus trees exude ethereal scents. From the Höhenstraße the view falls on the glittering blue of Lake Bratan. Pura Ulun Danu is the name of the small temple that rises out of its water. The lakes Tambligan and Buyan are on the way. They present a wonderful panorama with a majestic mountain ridge in the background. And this in the midst of a peace that seems almost unnatural. Because the lively south of the island is far away. Up here Bali is only the “Island of the Gods”.

Diving in Bali at a glance

Diving: The main dive site in northern Bali is Menjangan Island. It belongs to the national park “Bali Barat”. The number of visitors is limited to protect the reef. The coral world with many colorful fish begins directly under the water surface. An enormous biodiversity and wonderful landscapes arouse enthusiasm. Diving in the current is the highlight. Besides numerous small animals you can also find reef sharks as well as stingrays and eagle rays. The reef is suitable for divers and snorkelers. 

Arrival: A passport valid for at least six months is required. A visa is required for a stay of more than three months.

Climate: Bali has an evenly warm, tropical climate. The average daily temperature is 29 degrees Celsius. The water temperature is around 28 degrees. A pleasant wind almost always blows directly at the sea. The dry season lasts from April to October. The rainy season from November to March. Showers are usually violent, but short. Light clothing is advisable during the day. Warmer clothes for trips to higher regions.

Language: Official language is Bahasa Indonesia. Many of the younger population speak English. Dutch is common among the older Balinese.

Cuisine: The local restaurants and mobile “Warung” kitchens are good and inexpensive.

Electricity: 220 Volt/24 hours. Euro plugs fit almost everywhere. 

Traffic: There is left-hand traffic. Minibuses or pickups called “Bemos” are the cheapest means of transport. Due to the traffic conditions only a rented car with driver is recommendable.

Currency: The local currency is the Rupiah (Rp). US dollars in cash are recommended. Hotels often accept credit cards.

Other activities: Excursions to the picturesque highlands of Bali with its three lakes. Visiting a temple or the rice terraces. A visit to the artist village Ubud is also recommended.

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