Diving Experience In Bali
Photo by Harry Kessell
Bali is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia known for its rich culture, tropical weather, stunning nature and sacred temples. It is also named as The Island of Gods, while some also proclaim it as Paradise Island. The Balinese are recognised for their warm hospitality and vibrant energy which have attracted various types of travelers onto the island.
This archipelago island is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. East of Java and west of Lombok, the province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The provincial capital, Denpasar, is the most populous city in the Lesser Sunda Islands and the second-largest, after Makassar, in Eastern Indonesia. Bali is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, with 82.5% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism. (Source: Wikipedia)
Bali is Indonesia’s major destination for travelers around the world and tourism-related business makes up 80% of its economy. The majority of the tourism happens in the Southern part of the island, such as Kuta Beach, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur, Jimbaran, etc.
The central part of the island, Ubud has also been popular with tourists seeking spiritual and wellness retreat while surrounded by green forests. In recent years, the eastern part of the island such as Candidasa, Amed has seen an increase of tourism-related activity happening.
In 2019, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world’s top 3 popular destinations in its Traveller’s Choice award. Lombok has also been awarded the world’s top 25 Trending Destinations to visit.
Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species, especially fish and turtles. In this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as all coral species found in the entire Caribbean. Bali is also the home of the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Source: Wikipedia)
With the marine biodiversity that Bali offers, it is no surprise that Bali positions itself as one of the world’s best diving destinations.
Why Dive in Bali?
If you’re looking for an affordable yet amazing experience, be it on land or underwater, look no further. Bali never fails to make every dive a discovery. The island takes pride in being the home to world-class dive sites, large marine animals as well as vibrant and colourful reefs (we’ll definitely not argue on that). Visibility is mostly great all year, but currents can get pretty strong too. So, always check with your local dive guide or dive centre on the weather and water conditions when you’re there.
Diving in Bali is also affordable and it doesn’t matter what level of experience you have. With dive sites scattered around the island, you won’t have to worry about the lack of options for your level. If you plan to travel to the island for more than 5 days or want to go on day trips, we would recommend booking for Liveaboards to maximise your time and dive multiple times a day at different dive sites.
The Weather in Bali
The island sits very closely on the equator which accounts for its tropical monsoon climate throughout the year with an average temperature around 26ºC. If you’re staying in the high-altitude regions near the volcanos, it’s usually considerably cooler as the temperature can fall significantly with higher chances of rainfall as compared to the other areas.
We recommend traveling to Bali during the mid-season, in May, June, and September as the weather is drier with better sea conditions which are great for water sports activities. You can also expect a lesser crowd in tourist attractions compared to high seasons, and lower prices for accommodations.
|Seasons||Weather and Climate|
|October to March||
25ºC – 27ºc
|April to September||
24ºC – 28ºC
With all the goodness the island has to offer, one could already smell the ocean in the air and visualize themselves diving freely with Bali’s biodiversity of marine animals. Instead of thinking about it, why not explore it? Check our selection of the Best Dive Sites in Bali for inspiration on your next dive holiday.