Durham (New Hampshire)
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?
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!
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! :)
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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!
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
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