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The Top 8 Dives for Beginner Scuba Divers in Bali

Bali is a well-known destination for scuba diving with rich marine life and diverse underwater landscapes. For beginner scuba divers, there are plenty of dive sites in Bali that offer safe and easy dives with stunning marine life. If you are a beginner diver thinking of fitting some diving in while you are in Bali, here are our top 8 dives for beginner scuba divers in Bali.

Tulamben Bay

Diving the USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben, Bali

This is one of the most popular dive sites in Bali and is perfect for beginner divers. It is known for its underwater shipwreck, the USS Liberty, which is now a thriving artificial reef that attracts a variety of marine life. The shipwreck is very close to the surface, making it a really easy dive with plenty to see.

Blue Lagoon, Padang Bai

Meet the Reef Sharks of Bali

Situated on the east coast of Bali close to Candidasa, Padang Bai has diverse marine life, including reef sharks, turtles, and various types of fish. The area has several dive sites with different depths suitable for beginner divers but Blue Lagoon is definitely one of the best.

Manta Point, Nusa Penida

Diving with Manta Rays in Bali

Nusa Penida is an island located off the southeast coast of Bali and offers an excellent opportunity to see manta rays up close. Currents can be strong, but in good conditions with great guides, Manta Point and Crystal Bay are safe dive sites for beginners.

Jemeluk Bay, Amed

Nudibranchs: A Macro Photographer’s Dream Subject

There are a number of dive sites around Amed, a village located on the northeast coast of the island. Jemeluk Bay is one of the most popular dives for beginners and those more experienced thanks to its diverse marine life, including schools of colorful fish, nudibranchs, and octopuses.

Eel Garden, Menjangan Island

Full-service Diving in Bali

Located off the northwest coast of Bali, Menjangan Island is famous for its crystal-clear waters, stunning coral reefs, and diverse marine life, including sea turtles and reef sharks. Eel Garden is a great dive for beginners as it’s only around 10 metres deep and features a wall decorated with giant gorgonians.

Secret Bay, Gilimanuk

Diving Bali with Gangga Divers

This dive site is located in the northwestern part of Bali where the ferries depart and arrive to and from Java. It is a shallow bay, only around 3-12 metres deep and is known for its unique macro marine life, including seahorses, frogfish, and nudibranchs.

Pemuteran Bay

Located on the northwest coast of Bali, Pemuteran Bay is known for its artificial reef project. Don’t let this put you off though, the reef has attracted a variety of marine life, including seahorses, ghost pipefish, and plenty of colorful coral.

Batu Niti

Dive Center at Lotus Bungalows Candidasa

Heading northwest around the coast from Tulamben and Seraya, Batu Niti is a less well known site. However, it offers a calm and shallow dive with diverse marine life, including lionfish, moray eels, and nudibranchs. Great for beginners and photographers, it is worth getting away from the more popular sites and checking this one out.

As you can see, Bali offers plenty of dive sites for beginner scuba divers, each with its unique marine life and underwater landscapes. Whether you are interested in shipwrecks, manta rays, or colorful coral reefs, Bali has something for everyone.

Have you been to any of these dive sites? If so, tell us which ones were your favorites in the comments box below.

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    1 Comment

  1. John Potts
    July 15, 2023

    Are these sites available for first time divers?

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