This is a photo of

Allow the trippy community to use this photo in their answers.

Allow the trippy community to use this photo in their answers

Image Source:

Ida Sampson

Durham (New Hampshire), New Hampshire

Diving spots for beginners?

My boyfriend and I are going to Bali next summer. Neither of us are very experienced divers but it seems like a shame to go there and not at least try to dive. Can anyone recommend some good spots or schools there for beginners?

Comments (0)

Need more information? Question already been asked? Let the poster know!


Comment required

 

					
					
					
				

Answer this Question

 Video: How to write a great answer

Mentioned in this answer:

Type the @-symbol in your answer to plot places on map!

4 Answers

  • CJ Yu

    top answer by

    Hi Ida,

    If you're an aspiring diver, a CANNOT miss spot is Tulamben on the NE end of Bali. It's a "Wreck Dive" that over the decades has turned into an artificial reef, filled with schools of fish and coral.

    I've dived in the Great Barrier Reef before, and thought that the dives here were even more impressive because of the massive schools of fish that circle around you. There's no need for a boat because the site is just a few dozen meters off the shore. You wade into the water with your equipment and you'll be right there after a few minutes of kicking.

    Usually, most wreck dives are a bit controversial because there's often dead bodies etc (creepy) sometimes in the ship, but in this case, it was a US Navy ship that was already out of commission, on its way to be towed to shore to be dismantled/fixed, but due to a storm, got pulled away from the tugboat back into the ocean, which is also why it's so close to shore and intact (and no dead people!).

    There's dozens of dive schools and travel agents that can book day trips from all over the island to Tulamben. If you are not certified, they have special packages.

    I forget which dive company I went with, but there were many different options based on schedule and price. They're all roughly the same offerings (ie lunch/transpo included, etc), so you can afford to shop around once you get there and ask questions in person, vs feeling the need to book in advance.

    Hope that helps!

    CJ

    Comments (3)

    Ask for clarification, suggest corrections, or give thanks!


    Comment required

    • Ida S.

      Ida S.

      Tulamben -- got it! Wow, that's impressive that someone like yourself who seems to have dived quite a bit found it more impressive than the GBR! I'm definitely looking into it. Thank you for your help, CJ! · (1 likelikes)

    • CJ Y.

      CJ Y.

      No problem Ida, good luck! · (0 likelikes)

    • Annemarie D.

      Annemarie D.

      This sounds incredible. Saving for later. · (1 likelikes)

    Mentioned in this answer:

    1. Tulamben (neighborhood)
    2. Great Barrier Reef (region)

    Type the @-symbol in your answer to plot places on map!

    • ·
      • twitter
      • facebook
      • google
    • ·
      • Doesn't answer question
      • Mean-spirited
      • Spam
      • Inappropriate

    Send CJ a Thank You Note

    • Thank you!

    • Spot On!

    • You inspired me!

    • Amazing details

    • Saving for later

    • Great photos

    • Great restaurant recommendation

    • Leave a comment

  • Tracy Chong

    answered first by

    Hi Ida, know that you are going to Bali, I am already feeling very excited! :) You can go to Tanjung Benoa for various water sport activities including diving. Or you may also go to Pantai Serangan (Serangan Beach) (Serangan Beach) if you stay at Kuta area. You can easily find a diving school near to those area.

    If you just want to try out how's the feeling to dive, they do actually let you to dive without attending any school but with a guide guiding you. The guide will bring you around for 45-60 mins at certain spots which is only 5m depth. Oh yes, do remember not to dive on the same day you will take your flight, as they may not allow you to dive. :)

    Enjoy your trip! It is gonna be fun! :)


    Comments (4)

    Ask for clarification, suggest corrections, or give thanks!


    Comment required

    • Ida S.

      Ida S.

      Thank you for the advice and recommendations, Tracy! I didn't think about the flying + diving combination, but that makes sense. I certainly will not do that! Very excited for this trip! :) · (1 likelikes)

    • Tracy C.

      Tracy C.

      Hehe.., to clarify, what I meant was it would be better not to go for diving on the same day you will be taking flight. I.e: few hours prior departure. Because too much pressures (dive in and flight pressures) might harm to our body. Apologize for confuse sentences. :p · (1 likelikes)

    • Ida S.

      Ida S.

      No no -- I understood you fine! Sorry if *I* was confusing! I've gone hiking to high altitudes on the same day after I got off an early flight once. It was not fun! I imagine it would be worst with diving! Thanks for your help, Tracy! :) · (1 likelikes)

    • Tracy C.

      Tracy C.

      Aa..i see..i see...Enjoy! ^^ · (0 likelikes)

    Mentioned in this answer:

    1. Tanjung Benoa (attraction)
    2. Pantai Serangan (Serangan Beach) (attraction)

    Type the @-symbol in your answer to plot places on map!

    • ·
      • twitter
      • facebook
      • google
    • ·
      • Doesn't answer question
      • Mean-spirited
      • Spam
      • Inappropriate

    Send Tracy a Thank You Note

    • Thank you!

    • Spot On!

    • You inspired me!

    • Amazing details

    • Saving for later

    • Great photos

    • Great restaurant recommendation

    • Leave a comment

  • Hning Brahma

    answered by

    Menjangan Island


    The drop-offs at Menjangan Island can be a real treat bud..

    This is the site of a now abandoned guard post that has a broad channel leading to the beach. Expect to be greeted by batfish. The dive offers spectacular corals and many deep crevices and fissures, as well as small caves.


    Give a try!

    Comments (1)

    Ask for clarification, suggest corrections, or give thanks!


    Comment required

    • Ida S.

      Ida S.

      This sounds cool! Thank you Hning! · (0 likelikes)

    Mentioned in this answer:

    1. Menjangan Island (island)

    Type the @-symbol in your answer to plot places on map!

    • ·
      • twitter
      • facebook
      • google
    • ·
      • Doesn't answer question
      • Mean-spirited
      • Spam
      • Inappropriate

    Send Hning a Thank You Note

    • Thank you!

    • Spot On!

    • You inspired me!

    • Amazing details

    • Saving for later

    • Great photos

    • Great restaurant recommendation

    • Leave a comment

  • Taft Ryan

    answered by

    hi ida, its cool you wanted to dive in bali, bali have many beautiful diving spot for beginner, last summer me and my wife go to bali for our honeymoon and we go to Amed island and Nusa Penida , in nusa penida we go to several diving spot such as Manta Point Dive Site , Crystal Bay Dive Site , Lembongan Island

    enjoy your vacation in bali! hope this info helps

    Comments (1)

    Ask for clarification, suggest corrections, or give thanks!


    Comment required

    • Ida S.

      Ida S.

      Thank you, Taft! This is very helpful indeed! These sound great :) · (0 likelikes)

    Mentioned in this answer:

    1. Amed island (attraction)
    2. Nusa Penida (attraction)
    3. Manta Point Dive Site (attraction)
    4. Crystal Bay Dive Site (attraction)
    5. Lembongan Island (island)

    Type the @-symbol in your answer to plot places on map!

    • ·
      • twitter
      • facebook
      • google
    • ·
      • Doesn't answer question
      • Mean-spirited
      • Spam
      • Inappropriate

    Send Taft a Thank You Note

    • Thank you!

    • Spot On!

    • You inspired me!

    • Amazing details

    • Saving for later

    • Great photos

    • Great restaurant recommendation

    • Leave a comment