Diving in Bali and the best sustainable hotels
The 11 best hotels for snorkelling and diving in Bali
Imagine that scuba-dive holiday you have always promised yourself. Clear turquoise waters, schools of iridescent fish, vibrant kaleidoscopic coral and undisturbed historical wrecks resting on the seabed. Imagine no more! Diving in Bali is a scuba-diver’s paradise.
Bali has everything you could want and is popular with scuba divers and snorkelers alike. Sea-lovers are seduced with warm year round temperatures. The marine conditions are perfect with good visibility, variety and vibrancy. Bali’s surrounding oceans are home to over 3000 fish, 600 species of coral and contain volcanic sea mounts and coveted shipwrecks.
And the delights never end! Out of the water Bali boasts mountain peaks, unspoilt sandy beaches, vibrant green paddy fields and lush tropical forests. It is a place of tranquillity, warm and friendly people, and often unrivalled beauty.
Scuba diving and snorkelling is suitable for all levels of experience and is offered at some of the most stunning sustainable hotels on the island.
Floating leaf is set amidst the picturesque rice fields of a Balinese village in Sukawati,. It exudes seclusion and peace. They arrange transport from the hotel to all the popular diving spots such as Tulamben, Padang Bay, Amed, Sanur, Menjangan and Nusa Penida. Floating Leaf Retreat is partnered with highly rated PADI 5-star SCUBA dive centre to supply a full range of diving courses and excursions.
Floating Leaf, Sukawati, Bali
Located on the Southern-Eastern tip of the island, near Candidasa, Alila Manggis is situated near to all the important Balinese dive sites. Zen Harmony Diving provides aspiring scuba divers with gentle and reassuring scuba diving training. The package is holistic, concentrating on breathing techniques to ensure a calm and soothing underwater experience, rejuvenating massages to release muscle tension and yoga sessions to relax mind and body. All of which prepares and restores you for some amazing under-the-surface exploring.
Alila Mangis, Manggis, Bali
Bloo Lagoon resort, in Northern Bali, overlooks the ocean with views from the small Balinese bungalows nestled within tropical gardens. The philosophy of Bloo Lagoon is to protect the marine ecosystem so future generations have the opportunity to enjoy diving as much as us. Divers are encouraged to contemplate how to protect marine life as they dive. Divers are also provided with organic lunch boxes and drinks from a refilled tank to reduce waste.
Bloo Lagoon, Padangbai, Bali
Situated on the Northern coast, Puri Dajuma is only an hour’s drive from the Menjangan National Park. Menjangan National Park is considered to be one of the richest submarine parks in the world due to its plethora of vibrant coral and fish. A tranquil playground of coral cliffs and marine life still remain undisturbed and is a must see for experienced and aspiring scuba divers.
Puri Dajuma Cottages & Spa Resort, Pekutatan, Bali
Also on the Northern coast, Sanak Retreat provides an opportunity to dive and snorkel around the stunning coral reefs of the uninhabited island of Menjangan. Around there you can see sea turtles gliding through the water and some of the most amazing coral gardens surrounded by a huge diversity of tropical fish. Sanak is a supporter of Bali Bio Rock centre in Pemuteran the ecological initiative focusing on regeneration of coral species. If you’d like to you can even sponsor a baby coral!
Sanak, Buleleng, Bali
Situated on Seminyak Beach, Anantara is picture-postcard perfect with pristine white sands and coconut palms. Staying here is a wonderful option for certified divers. Excursions are organised to prime scuba diving sites including the wreck of the USAT Liberty cargo ship, which sunk during World War II. This wreck is considered one of the world’s top 15 dive sites.
Puri Ganesha Villas
Located close to the city of Singaraja in Northern Bali, Puri Ganesha Villas are tucked away from the tourist trail and are exceptionally peaceful and unspoiled. Puri Ganesha Villas boast sea views and elegant décor. From this exclusive location, you have access to prime diving and snorkelling spots in Pemuteran Bay, or at Menjangan Island. Catering for experienced divers, Puri Ganesha Villas also offer beginners the opportunity to learn to scuba-dive or to snorkel.
The location of The Laguna speaks for itself, overlooking the ocean on one of Bali’s pristine white-sand beaches in Nusa Dua. In partnership with Waterworld, The Laguna organise scuba diving tours with a PADI teacher. In addition. when not under the water, all things aquatic are on offer. You can go fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, or sailing.
Centrally located on the East coast, this eco-retreat hosts a dive centre with a team of European and local guides. The retreat is located directly on the beach and offers a full range of dive courses (SSI, PADI) as well as the opportunity to snorkel. Candi Beach Retreat is built from local materials and has bio-coral on its private beach to aid the conservation of the islands natural coral reefs. The retreat prides itself on adhering to the Balinese concept of a balanced life.
Mimpi Dive centre in Menjangan is a certified PADI centre and covers all of Bali’s Northwest diving sites. The resort is set in a secluded bay. Mimpi’s various PADI courses and diving packages suit divers of all levels. Amongst their popular sites are Menjangan Island, Pemuteran, Puri Jati, and Secret Bay, (which is also suitable for snorkel lovers). Besides that, kayaking in a secluded bay is an ideal option for early morning or late afternoons. From the water’s surface you can view the mangroves and macaques that decorate the coast or enjoy the water birds.
Facing the Mountain Agung, located on the North East, the sister resort of Mimpi Menjangan is just a step away from the popular USAT Liberty dive site. Their dive centre is proudly affiliated with PADI. Diving courses in different languages are taught by highly experienced instructors to secure the safety and enjoyment of each dive. Staying in Mimpi Tulamben is great for visiting the famous Liberty Wreck site and also Coral Garden and Tulamben Wall. If you’re lucky, you might spot reef sharks, moray eels and even hammerheads!
Serious divers will already know that Bali offers some of the best sites for underwater viewing. For those who are still unsure, rest assured anyone can become a scuba diver. Children even as young as 8 years old are welcome.
Where better to learn than the ‘island of gods’. Whether you are under the waves or on the land, your well-being and sensory pleasure is of paramount importance.