Diving Bali – Guide to Bali’s best dive sites

Swim with giant sunfish in the waters around Nusa Lembongan, explore the 120-meter-long USAT Liberty wreck at Tulamben, be amazed by the diversity in corals at Menjangan Island or explore one of Bali’s other excellent dive sites. Bali has diving that will thrill any diver.Book With Cover

A lot of the content in this guide can be found in our free e-book on diving Bali, so if you want to be able to take this guide with you, you can download it here: E-book on diving Bali.

Where to dive in Bali

Most of the dive sites are located on the north coast and the east coast or on some of the islands off those two coasts. Diving in Bali is diverse, so no matter your skill level or your interest you are certain to find a dive site in Bali that suits you.

To help you to pick just the right place to dive for you, we have collected all you need to know in the table below. To read more about the individual dive destinations, click on the name of the destination in the table or use the navigation to the left.

Map of Bali’s major dive destinations

Dive Map

When to dive Bali

You can dive in Bali all year round, but some sites are better to dive at certain times of year.

If you are looking for sunfish, the dry season is the time of the year you should head to Bali, and on the north coast visibility can be a little reduced from December to March – for more details see the table below or in the descriptions of the individual destinations.

Nusa Lembongan
and Nusa Penida
In shortA playground for experienced divers.
RatingQuality 5/5
Visibility20 – 45 m
LevelBeginner – advanced
CurrentsGentle – very strong
Depth8 – 40 m
Temp. (°C)20 – 26
HighlightsSunfish,
schools of manta rays
Dive sites15+
Best time to diveAll year. Rough: Jun-Sep.
Sunfish: July- Sep.
Gili Islands
In shortTropical island diving
RatingQuality 4/5
Visibility15 – 25 m
LevelBeginner – advanced
CurrentsGentle
Depth3 – 40 m
Temp. (°C)26 – 30
HighlightsSea turles, reef sharks
Dive sites20+
Best time to diveAll year. Reduced visibility Dec- Jan
Amed to Gili Selang
In shortWrecks and stunning coral
RatingQuality 4/5
Visibility10 – 25 m
LevelBeginner – advanced
CurrentsGentle – very strong
Depth5 – 40+ m
Temp. (°C)22 – 26
HighlightsWreck, barracudas
and reef sharks.
Dive sites8
Best time to diveApril – Nov
Amuk Bay
(Padang Bai -Candi dasa)
In short
Diversity – something for every diver
RatingQuality 5/5
Visibility10 – 30 m
LevelBeginner – advanced
CurrentsModerate. Can be strong
near the islands
Depth5 – 40+ m
Temp. (°C)20 – 29
HighlightsSchools of sharks, occasional sunfish
Dive sites7
Best time to diveAll year. Rough: Jun-Sep.
Sunfish: Aug- Sep.
Menjangan Island
In shortAmazing visibility and diversity in fish and coral.
RatingQuality 5/5
Visibility20-50 m
LevelBeginner – advanced
CurrentsModerate
Depth5 – 40+ m
Temp. (°C)26 – 28
HighlightsColorful walls and 19th
century wreck.
Dive sites9
Best time to diveAll year. Aug. can be a little rough.
Tulamben
In shortBali’s best known dive site
RatingQuality 5/5
Visibility10 – 30 m
LevelBeginner – advanced
CurrentsGentle
Depth5 – 40+ m
Temp. (°C)22 – 26
HighlightsThe US Liberty wreck
Dive sites5
Best time to diveAll year. Can be difficult Dec – Mar.
Pemuteran
In shortCalm waters and recovering coral
RatingQuality 3/5
Visibility10 – 25 m
LevelBeginner – intermediate
CurrentsGentle
Depth5 – 30 m
Temp. (°C)26 – 29
HighlightsMarcel, tuna,
barracuda
Dive sites5
Best time to diveAll year. Aug. can be a rough.
Gilimanuk Bay
(Secret Bay)
In shortNot for everyone. Great for muck divers.
RatingQuality 3/5
Visibility5 – 10 m
LevelIntermediate – advanced
CurrentsVery gentle
Depth3 – 10 m
Temp. (°C)23 – 26
HighlightsFrog fish,
nudiebranches
Dive sites1
Best time to diveAll year
Nusa Dua
In shortPrimary for beginners and brush up dives
RatingQuality 2/5
Visibility5 – 15 m
LevelBeginner
CurrentsGentle
Depth2 – 16 m
Temp. (°C)26 – 28
HighlightsSea snakes, frogfish and batfish
Dive sites2
Best time to diveAll year

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