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Divers heading straight for Komodo, Lembeh Strait or Raja Ampat often overlook Bali as a dive destination, yet Bali has many diverse dive sites, and trips offering exceptional diving for all levels.

Bali has a little of everything: enjoy protected, shallow bays and reefs populated by exotic critters; exciting drift diving with pelagics; or wreck diving in Tulamben, where reef fish swarm the USS Liberty wreck, and coral growth is lush. 

For the less experienced, the Coral Reef Project and Menjangan Island are great dive spots located in the quiet northwest corner of the island. Diving on the east coast includes sites such as a Gili Tekepong and Mimpang, two steep sided islands renonwed for great corals, large schools of feeding fish and frequent sightings of white-tip reef sharks, all accessed from Padang Bai when staying in Candidasa.

Just off the east coast, Nusa Lembongan is the island to visit from Jun-Oct, when the mola mola, the heaviest fish in our oceans, rise from the depths to be cleaned. This is an incredible encounter for more experienced divers whereas divers of all abilities have access to a dive site where manta rays can be observed throughout the year, Apr-May being the optimum months for encounters with these magnificent creatures.

As well as the underwater excitement, we can also arrange topside activities including cultural, sporting or spa experiences. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: mola mola, reef manta ray, pygmy seahorse, ornate ghost pipefish, black-tip reef shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

A Visit to Bali

Experience Bali’s excellent diving and culture either as an add-on to your Indonesian liveaboard safari or as a complete and inexpensive dive holiday. The ‘Island of the Gods’ offers exceptional diving for all levels.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Bali Diving in Style

Combine two of Bali’s best diving areas - Tulamben Bay and Pemuteran - and stay at two of the island’s most sought after and stylish dive resorts, before a relaxing couple of days in Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

BIG in Bali

Suitable for divers of all abilities, this itinerary travels to the mystical island of Nusa Lembongan for a tropical escape and a unique diving experience. The mantas are mesmerising and the reefs are vibrant.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Discover Bali

Whether you are interested in diving, beachcombing, observing local culture or exploring a tropical paradise, this three-stop itinerary in Bali offers world-class dive sites, lush scenery and relaxed hospitality.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Komodo Liveaboard

One of Indonesia's most iconic and exciting diving areas, the vast Komodo National Park is best dived by liveaboard to fully appreciate the area's riches, which include critters, sharks, manta rays, napoleon wrasse and turtles.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,895 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Wakatobi Dive Resort & Pelagian Liveaboard

Wakatobi offers an opportunity to dive the world’s most pristine reefs, whilst at the same time participating in the protection of the area's tremendously rich marine heritage, from land or liveaboard.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Alam Anda Ocean Front Resort & Spa

Alam Anda is a hidden gem for those ‘in the know’, for many years achieving an almost cult status with its regular guests in northeast Bali. There is a variety of accommodation choices on offer to suit all budgets.

Batu Karang Resort & Spa

This boutique resort features traditional Balinese villas, set on the hillside overlooking the Badung Strait, with panoramic views of Bali. The excellent dive sites of Nusa Lembongan and Manta Point are nearby.

Matahari Beach Resort & Spa

Located on a fine black sandy lava beach near Pemuteran in the north west of Bali, this 5-star resort is typically Balinese in style, with spectacular views of the Java Sea. It offers a luxury retreat for divers and non-divers alike.

Naya Gawana Resort & Spa

Hidden away in the remote north west corner of Bali, this 4-star resort has been designed to reflect the local landscape and offers visitors a relaxing, back to nature experience with some great diving opportunities.

Oka Bungalo 7

Located on the hillside at the south end of the bay, this simple guesthouse on Nusa Lembongan Island offers traditional Balinese hospitality and rooms with beautiful ocean and mountain views.

Pondok Sari Hotel

Pondok Sari is a traditionally built, 4-star hotel in West Bali National Park on the uncrowded northwest coast, with access to the underwater delights of Menjangan Island, Secret Bay and the Coral Reef Project.

Scuba Seraya Resort

Located in a prime location on the north east of Bali, a short distance from the famous area of Tulamben, this resort offers exceptional value for money and world-class dive sites with plenty of macro life.

Siddhartha Ocean Front Resort & Spa

Siddhartha is a luxury boutique dive resort located on the beach in the village of Kubu in northeast Bali. It offers an informal and relaxed Balinese atmosphere in a beautiful tropical setting.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

M/V Mermaid II

A spacious 33 metre yacht, the M/V Mermaid II offers comprehensive itineraries covering Raja Ampat or Komodo, and is suitable for divers of all certification levels. Nitrox is available on board.

M/V Mermaid I

This 28 metre steel motor yacht offers comprehensive nine night itineraries to Raja Ampat and Komodo. She accommodates 15 guests in a variety of cabins, with a large dive platform, equipment rental and Nitrox.