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Scuba diving in Bali

Get your gear on and swim with the seahorses and sunfish in Bali's underwater world.

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Scuba divers of all levels can find something to get excited about when diving in Bali. First-timers can get their feet wet diving amongst manta rays off Nusa Penida and advanced divers can test their skills out with tricky drift dives while spotting the curious looking mola mola.

Find out when to visit, where to dive and who to dive with to tick the next must-see off your diving bucket list.

Prices mentioned below were retrieved on 1 March 2019.


Our top picks of scuba diving experiences in Bali:

Best for value: USS Liberty Shipwreck Scuba Diving in Tulamben Bali, Tulamben

Best for value: USS Liberty Shipwreck Scuba Diving in Tulamben Bali, Tulamben from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $92.35
  • Duration: 5-10 hours
  • Pick-up location: Hotel pick-up available.
  • Diving location: Tulamben
  • Suitable for: Teenagers 15+ years, no experience necessary.
  • More details: Includes 2 dives, transfers, a Balinese lunch and equipment.

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Best for kids: Bali Introductory Scuba Dive at Blue Lagoon Padang Bai, Sanur

Best for kids: Bali Introductory Scuba Dive at Blue Lagoon Padang Bai, Sanur from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $213.12
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Pick-up location: Hotel pick-up available.
  • Diving location: Padang Bai
  • Suitable for: Kids aged 10+, no experience necessary.
  • More details: Includes snacks, refreshment and all scuba diving equipment. Enjoy a ride on a local junking boat to reach the dive sites.

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Best for experienced divers: Scuba Diving in Gili Mimpang and Tepekong, Sanur

Best for experienced divers: Scuba Diving in Gili Mimpang and Tepekong, Sanur from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $200.33
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Pick-up location: Hotel pick up available.
  • Diving location: Gili Mimpang and Tepekong
  • Suitable for: Advanced open water divers, aged 10+ years.
  • More details: Includes 2 advanced dives where you can see mola mola, reef sharks, turtles and octopuses.

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Best for experience duration: PADI Open Water Course, South Bali

Best for experience duration: PADI Open Water Course, South Bali from Get Your Guide

Highlights:

  • Cost: $575.72
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Pick-up location: Hotel pick-up available.
  • Diving location: Padang Bai and Tulamben
  • Suitable for: No experience necessary.
  • More details: Includes all equipment, lunch and refreshments and marine park entry fees.

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Best for price: Beginner Scuba Diving Experience, Bali

Best for price: Beginner Scuba Diving Experience, Bali from Klook

Highlights:

  • Cost: $34.20
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Pick-up location: Hotel pick-up available.
  • Diving location: Tanjung Benoa Beach Reef
  • Suitable for: No experience necessary, minimum 14+ years.
  • More details: All dive equipment included.

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When is the best time to dive in Bali?

The best time for diving is usually in the shoulder months of April or October, between the wet and dry seasons. If you're keen to spot mola mola then time your visit between July and November.


Where is the best place to dive in Bali?

  • Nusa Penida: This is one of the most popular places for divers to enter the underwater world and is ideal for those requiring a scuba diving course in Bali.
  • Tulamben and Amed (North East): These sleepy villages give you a sense of a genuine, local dive.
  • Menjangan Island (North West): Great for adventure scuba diving, as this is a less touristic area there's a lot less disruption and more space for you to explore. It's famous for its wall and for visibility of up to 50 metres.
  • Padang Bai (East Bali): One of the more convenient diving sites, Padang Bai is a popular spot for catching marine life such as reef sharks and pygmy seahorses.
  • Nusa Lembongan: Popular with freedivers, Nusa Lembongan is also a fabulous place to get your yoga on.

What are the best Bali scuba diving resorts?

Near Nusa Penida: Penida Dive Resort
Near Nusa Penida: Penida Dive Resort

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Near Tulamben and Amed: Baliku Dive Resort
Near Tulamben and Amed: Baliku Dive Resort

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Near Menjangan Island: NusaBay Menjangan by WHM
Near Menjangan Island: NusaBay Menjangan by WHM

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Near Padang Bai: OK Divers Resort & Spa
Near Padang Bai: OK Divers Resort & Spa

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Near Nusa Lembongan: Blue Corner Dive
Near Nusa Lembongan: Blue Corner Dive

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Compare scuba diving experiences in and around Bali

We compare the above-mentioned options by location, price, duration and extras to give a better idea of what you're setting yourself up for.

Diving companyLocationExperienceDurationIncludesSuitable forPrice (from)Book
Bali Fun DivingKutaBali Fun Scuba Dive for beginners2-4 hours1 dive, all necessary dive equipment, insurance coverage, hotel pick-up and drop-offBeginners 14 years old and over$68Viator
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Beginner Scuba Diving Experience in Bali

3 hoursDive up to 9 minutes within a 30-minute session, all scuba dive equipment, hotel pick-up and drop-off, mineral waterBeginners 12 years old and over$34.20Klook
Tulamben Wreck DiversTulambenUSS Liberty Shipwreck Scuba Diving in Tulamben Bali5-10 hours2 dives, Balinese lunch, all scuba dive equipment, hotel pick-up and drop-off, mineral water, coffee or teaBeginners 15 years old and over$92.35Viator
Nusa Dua DiveTanjung BenoaPrivate Adventure2 hours2 dives, private transport, travel insurance, bottled water, diving equipment, Balinese lunch, all entry feesBeginners 15 years old and over$92.35Viator
Wayan DiverTulambenTulamben Diving USS Liberty Shipwreck All-inclusive4 hours2 dives, Indonesian lunch, private transportation, dive equipment, all entry feesBeginners 15 years old and over$102.30Viator
Bali Breizh DiversSanurScuba diving in Amed, Bali8 hours2 dives, lunch, use of dive equipment, bottled water, all fees and taxesCertified divers$169.79Viator
Neptune Scuba DivingSanurScuba Diving in Gili Mimpang and Tepekong6-7 hours2 dives, lunch, all dive equipment, hotel pick-up and drop-off, snacks, bottled water, coffee and teaAdvanced Open Water divers$200.33Viator
Diving IndoSanurScuba Dive with Manta Rays7 hours2 dives, tanks and weights, lunch, hotel transfers, snacks, bottled water, coffee and fruitCertified divers$213.12Viator
Neptune Scuba DivingSanurScuba Diving in Gili Biaha6-7 hours2 dives, lunch, dive equipment, hotel pick-up and drop-off, snacks, bottled water, coffee and teaAdvanced Open Water divers$213.12Viator
Diving IndoSanurBali Introductory Scuba Dive at Blue Lagoon, Padang, Bai8 hours2 dives, hotel transfers, lunch, water, snacks, equipment, towel, insurance, fees and taxesBeginners 10 years and over$213.12Viator
Bali Hai Diving AdventuresLembonganPADI Advanced Water Course in Lembongan2 days5 dives, full equipment rental, boat transfers. free t-shirt, lunch, drinking water, coffee and tea, insuranceCertified divers$484.89Viator
Bali DivingSouth DenpasarPADI Open Water Course3 days4 dives, hotel transfers, lunch, bottled water, all equipment rentalBeginners$566.90Get Your Guide

Scuba diving Bali price

Compared to scuba diving around Australia, Bali prices are more affordable. For example, a 3-hour beginners dive can start from as little as $35 in Bali while in 3-hour beginners dive in Sydney can start from $169 per person.

More advanced, multi-day tours are more similar in price. For example, a 2-day advanced course costing around $495 per person in Lembongan while a 2-day course advanced course in Portsea is $595 per person.


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