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Best places to dive in Bali

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Bali is an island of 5637 km2 on which there are more than two dozen dive sites that delight divers of all levels.
Diving spots in Bali are varied (wreck, reef, with or without current, etc.) and the visibility is excellent, which guarantee you a unique experience to discover species such as Manta rays, sunfishes (mola mola), barracudas, scorpion fishes, and many others.

Diving spots in Bali are divided into 3 main areas:

  • North of Bali (Padang Bai, Candidasa Tulamben, Amed)
  • South of Bali (Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan).
  • North West of Bali (The island of Menjangan, Gilimanuk and Lovina)

North of Bali:

Tulamben Bay

If you decide to dive in the Tulamben bay, you will explore the wreck of « USAT Liberty » (a ship torpedoed in 1942 by a Japanese submarine) that houses a great biodiversity. Towed from Lombok to Tulamben, the Liberty wreck is suitable for beginners and experienced divers as the wreck is between 6 and 28 meters deep and the current is very low.
You can discover Napoleons, humpback parrotfishes, moray eels, barracudas, pygmy seahorses, leaf fishes, scorpion fishes, and many more.

Coral Garden

The garden is situated right next to the wreck of the USAT Liberty. The reef is composed of various types of corals (soft and rigid) to a depth of 2 to 25 meters, with a current between nonexistent to moderate, depending on tides.
You will discover a rich and varied fauna, like the beautiful blue-yellow ribbon moray eel, angelfishes, bumphead parrotfishes, triggerfishes, reef fishes, to name a few. You may be lucky enough to also see reef sharks and octopus.

South of Bali

The dives in the south of Bali, on the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, are accessible by boat, They are rather recommended for experienced divers because the current is more strong there. The South of Bali is best known for sheltering Mola Mola (Sunfish) from July to October in Crystal Bay and Manta rays all year, in Manta Point.

North-west of Bali

Menjangan Island

The island is located in the North-west of Bali, at 2hours and a half boat ride from Amed. It is one of the most famous destinations of Bali. The coral reef is protected and therefore proposes a lush fauna and flora. The visibility is excellent all year. Moreover, the spot has vertiginous drop offs (between 30 and 60 meters) where you can meet a multitude of species like whale sharks, enormous sea fans, reef fishes, etc. On Garden Eels, you will discover an unusual concentration of eels. Experienced divers will have the opportunity to visit the wreck « Anker Wreck » (150 years old), located at 40 meters deep.

Lovina

A diving spot accessible to all, offering a visibility to 10 meters. The reef is near the beach and begins at 10 meters depth to fall to 20 meters. It is a spot that will delight underwater photography enthusiasts.
In Lovina, you can see the blue starfish, surgeon fishes, parrot fishes, lion fishes and other many species.

Gilimanuk

A very good place for macro and muck dive enthusiasts. With a depth less than 10 meters, this bay is a great place to practice muck dive as there are no coral reefs but only sand (volcanic black sand), sheltering a multitude of species.

Bali is a paradise for divers, beginners or experienced, to validate a diploma or for discovery dives. Wherever you dive, you will be amazed by the richness of the sea bed and by the diversity of species.

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10 must see temples in Bali

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Bali has more than 20,000 temples (« Pura » in Balinese), so you will cross mandy during your journey. Here is a non exhaustive list of some temples you should visit during your stay on the Island of Gods.

Pura Besakih

Besakih temple is the biggest Hindu temple (it is composed of 22 temples). It is also the most sacred temple for the Hindus of Bali. This temple is dedicated to the three Hindu divinities: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and is situated on the slopes of the Agung volcano.

Tanah Lot

The temple of Tanah Lot was built in the 16th century and is the most important édifice religious dedicated to the sea. It was constructed in homage to the gods of the see. This temple is known for being one of the most beautiful place to admire a sunset in Bali.

Gunung Kawi

This temple was built during the 10th century, close to Ubud. It is divided in two parts by the Pakrisan river and it is one of the most ancient site in Bali. After descending 230 steps, surrounded by beautiful rice fields, you will discover the temple, composed of 10 sanctuaries dug into the rock in a cliff of 7 meters high.

Tirta empul

Situated close to Tampaksiring, the temple Tirta Empul is venerated by the Balinese for the water sources, which are considered sacred and are coveted for their purification and medical virtues.

Luhur (Uluwatu)

The temple of Uluwatu was constructed around the 11th century and is located at the top of a cliff. Like the temple of Tanah Lot, the temple of Uluwatu is dedicated to the gods of the sea. You will enjoy the serenity of the temple while watching an amazing sunset. A dance show is also performed at night. Be careful of the monkeys!

Luhur Batukaru

Built around the 11th century, the temple Luhur Batukaru is located in Tabanan, on the slopes of Mount Batukaru (west of Bali). This temple is one the of the temples « kayangan jagat », designed to protect the island of Bali from evil spirits. The temple is the garden of the West region of Bali, which sanctuary is dedicated to Mahadewa, the god Batukaru who represents the west in the compass rose.

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah, « elephant cave » is one of the oldest Balinese sanctuary as it was build around the 11th century, close to the city of Ubud. Firstly Buddhist it was transformed into an Hindu sanctuary.. By entering the cave through the mouth of the monster (to ward off evil spirits) you will admire different structures of Buddhist and Hindu influence in the form of statues and basins. The name of the temple remains a mystery as there never were elephants on the island of Bali.

Ulun Danu Batur

This temple, situated in the Bratan lake, is dedicated to the goddess of the lakes and rivers Dewi Batari. It is the second biggest temple of Bali. It includes nine temples containing more than 250 sanctuaries and pavilions.

Pura Taman Ayun

This temple is one of the most majestic temples of Bali. It is the witness of the past power of the sovereign kingdom of Mengwi. It is dedicated to mountain and forest divinities. You will admire magnificent meru towers, from three to eleven stages. The highest is dedicated to Mount Agung.

Located all around the island, enjoy visiting the various temples and explore the Island of Gods. Remember to cover your legs for the visit. You can, if necessary, rent a Sarung at the entrance of temples.

Enjoy your visit!