The island of Bali is considered as one of the best diving destination of Indonesia whith some of the best dive sites in Asia . Experienced divers will find their happiness on drifting dive sites as Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan and more generally in the south of Bali while novice divers prefer the weak currents sites like Amed, Padang Bai or Pulau Menjangan on the coast Northwest of Bali.
Like many islands in the Indian Ocean, Bali is experiencing a dry season followed by the rainy season. The wet season takes place from November to March. During the dry season, visibility is generally better than during the wet season because the rain water tends to bring more sediments in the water, which slightly blurs. The best time to dive in Bali is during the dry season from April to October. The best diving period to see the Mola Mola in Bali is from August to October. The best time to observe the Manta Rays in Bali is from April to October.
The visibility is generally good in Bali (33 to 98 feet). To get the clearest waters, go to the north of the island.
Currents are known to be quite strong or very strong in the strait between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan and around Gili Selang.
Diver level: Start diving in Bali is a extraordinary oportunity. The north of the island offers the most favorable conditions for beginners although the wreck of the USAT Liberty in Tulamben remains the most popular place to start training.
The water temperature in Bali is high: 28°C (82°F) most of the year. However, there are certain exceptions like Nusa Penida or Gilimanuk where the temperature can drop to 22°C (72°F).
Bali is known for having an amazing fauna and flora. Coral reefs have a wide variety of hard and soft corals, sponges and sea fans. Corals in Bali are very colorful and well preserved. Indeed, the island has no known campaign of destructive fishing with dynamite and that part of the Indian Ocean is not strike by coral bleaching. Many divers go to Bali to observe pelagics which are very common in the area.
Mola Mola is the heaviest bony fish in the world (it can weigh over 2 300 kg and measure over 10 feet long) It can be spotted a few months in the year in Bali, most of the time at "Crystal Bay". Manta rays are present in large numbers around the island of Nusa Penida. These pelagic fish stop in some « cleaning stations » to be freed of parasites clinging to their bodies. Napoleon fish is the largest fish of the family of wrasses and can measure more than 6 feet long. Its massive appearance and prominent hump make an attraction for divers. Reef sharks such as black tip or white tips can be seen in Bali all year long. Turtles are very common in Bali. It is not unusual to see several of them during a dive.
Pygmy seahorse is a star for underwater macro photography. It is only found on a particular type of gorgonian between 52 and 131 feet deep. It can be observed on the wreck of the USAT Liberty.Ghost Pipefish is also an extraordinary creature. Floating head down, it is particularly difficult to observe. Mimic octopus, Leaf scorpionfish, Frog fish are also very popular for macro photographers. To observe them, take your time, patiently or find an experienced divemaster ...