Leisure & Tourism

Bali’s Special Underwater World

The feeling of breathing underwater and being totally weightless is an exhilarating sensation. Scuba Diving is an activity enjoyed by thousands of people around the world, but why is Bali so special? Bali boasts beautiful coral, clear waters and multitudes of fish, but there are few gems that make diving extraordinary. The island of Nusa Penida lies just 30 minutes by speedboat to the east of Sanur, and it is a home to some of the richest dive sites in Bali. At Manta Point, you can see the majestic manta rays coming in to get cleaned by the cleaner wrasse and bannerfish. These beautiful creatures come all year round and are a magical sight to see. During the period from August to October you can see the weirdest fish in the sea, the mola-mola, the biggest bony fish around.

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With cleaning stations at Nusa Penida, Gili Mimpang, and Gili Tepekong, there are ample chances to see these gigantic fish being cleaned by the bannerfish. Further up the coast at Tulamben lies one of the world most famous shipwrecks, the USS Liberty.

With a fantastic history and over 50 years of coral growth, this 120-meter long wreck can be enjoyed at any diving level, as it lies just a few meters off the shore.

Covered in coral, it is estimated that over 300 species of fish can be found there. Bali has many other dive sites to enjoy, Menjangan island is part of the West Bali National Park, a pristine nature reserve, offering the unique opportunity to dive at a vertical rock wall teeming with huge gorgonians and black corals. The Blue Lagoon at Padang Bai is the best place to see sea turtles in Bali, and if you like tiny creatures, there are resident pygmy seahorses at Amed. And to all of these locations you can start from Sanur, where “Diving Indo—Zero Gravity Diving” school will take you wherever you wish to go.

Whether you are a complete beginner, learning to dive or an experienced diver, Bali’s underwater world has it all!

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