With its idyllic beaches, welcoming climate and exotic cuisine, it’s no surprise that Bali is such a popular destination for holidaymakers in search of a bit of R and R. However, the island is also popular amongst backpackers thanks to the many activities on offer that can’t really be enjoyed in the British climate: surfing, for example, and diving. With such clear blue seas and such diversity of underwater life, why wouldn’t you want to explore the diving in Bali?
As surfing is also a popular pastime for people travelling to Bali, aspiring divers would be best advised to avoid touristy areas in the south that see the majority of the surfing trade happen. This means that, as well as experiencing the exoticism on offer when you go diving, you can also explore a more traditional slice of Bali life, visiting areas that remain largely uninfluenced by the tourism industry. The best diving spots can be found around the east and north of the island, or you can take a 45 minute boat ride to the east to discover other dive spots on the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.
You can be as adventurous or as cautious as you like with dive sites on the island, as different areas offer a chance to see different kinds of underwater life. For those divers with a taste for the exotic and the exciting, areas like Tepekong, Gilli Biaha, and Manta Point are frequented by sharks of varying sizes. Manta Point in particular is also home to species of turtles and manta rays, so affords divers some truly unique experiences. On the opposite end of the scale is Secret Bay, located in front of the docking area of the Gilimanuk Harbor. This is a great site for a bit of micro activity, with beautiful varieties of underwater life from Snake Eels to Cockatoo Fish, and Flounders to Sea Hares.
Bali is also home to one of the continent’s most famous diving sites: the Liberty Wreck. Located 30 metres from shore, the Liberty Wreck is the 120 metre long wreckage of a World War II cargo ship, torpedoed by a Japanese submarine out in the Lombok Strait on 11 January 1942. The wreck is home to many species of large fish, reef fish, and eels, and is a popular spot for night diving as it is so close to the shore.
If you’re going to take a diving trip to Bali, be sure to have all eventualities covered by purchasing a good travel insurance plan from a company like Direct Travel Insurance. That way you can dive and explore with peace of mind, and understand what everyone is raving about.
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