Diving Centres in Bali
7 February 2017
Bali is not only an island but also a province in Indonesia which includes the southerly islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. It lies between Java and Lombok.
In many places in Bali you can dive without a guide. Talking with the people at dive shops or looking at dive guide books will give more than enough information. However, some places with strong currents are recommended only with a guide who knows the area.
March through to October is the dry season with some of the best diving in Bali. Heavy rainfall in December and January can ruin visibility.
Bali has a hyperbaric chamber at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar.
Bali's currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. You can exchange all major currencies in the south but it is not as easy to do so elsewhere in Bali. Banks and money-changers will only accept post-1997 US$ bills in pristine condition. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in south Bali and in all up-market hotels and shops. Some places take American Express. You may be charged an extra 3% when using a credit card.
The Dive Centres
AquaMarine Diving - Bali
PADI 5 Star Dive Resort 6344, Day Trips, Courses, and custom-made Safaris (accom/dive packages including accommodation, tours and land activities). British owned. Diving around Tulamben Bay, Amed, Menjangan Island, Padangbai, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Secret Bay. Indonesia's first Project AWARE Go ECO Operator.
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"I love all the staff at this company. They are so helpful and friendly when you contact them and their instructors are soo good. I have done snorkelling, then tried the introductory dives and have now done my open water certification. Can't wait to go back and do more."
Lucie Miller, September 2016
"The best operator in Bali!"
Dive The World offers dive resorts in Bali and Sulawesi – Wakatobi, Manado, Bunaken Island, Togian Islands and Gorontalo plus diving liveaboards to Komodo, Irian Jaya, Raja Ampat, Lembeh Strait, Bangka, Togeans, Alor, Banda Islands and Flores.
Manta Manta Diving is a small dive centre in Bali which specialises in high quality service at affordable prices. Dive all around Bali and will pick you up from Tuban, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Sanur.
Tel & WhatsApp – English Speaking: (+62) 0812 3787 0200
Tel – English/German Speaking: (+62) 0896 7839 6003
Skype ID: MantaMantaDiving
"Really enjoyed diving with Manta Manta Diving, Bali. Their website was clear, easy to view and had lots of detail. Their communication was quick and accurate. The pick up was on time and the diving and guiding were fantastic. Can't recommend them highly enough. Good value for money. Everything was included in the price so no hidden fees or gear rental like some of the other operators.
Jin, Australia, 7 February 2017
"Amazing diving at Nusa Penida, Bali. At least 12 manta rays for nearly 1 hour. Pick up and drop off at our hotel and nice lunch on the boat. Speed boat took about 10 divers in total.
Stuart, UK, 18 September 2016
Mimpi Resort Tulamben
Tel: +62 363 21642 or +62 361 435 171
Fax: +62 363 21939 or +62 361 435 424
"Bali: super, great place for diving with multiple excellent dive sites. Especially liked Mimpi's at Tulamben.
Tulamben Dive Center
Matahari Tulamben Resort
Run by Emiko who has been in Tulamben, for nearly twenty years and was the first dive operator there. The dive shop is attached to the Paradise Palm Beach Bungalows
Paradise Palm Beach
Tel: +62 (0)363-22918
E-mail: [email protected]
"We stayed at Paradise Palm Beach Bungalows in Tulamben and dived with the attached dive shop, Dive Paradise Tulamben. the resort is very pleasant, our bungalow was nice and clean and just a stone's throw from the beach. I remember that it looked like a piece of heaven after the long trip from Europe. The staff are nice and good humored: their restaurant is a nice place to stay between dives. Our dive guide, Gusti, was really ok. If interested in booking there, the manager Emiko can work up a package with dives and accommodation for a good rate. Rates are a good deal anyway: 28 US$ for a double room with breakfast, meals are very cheap like everywhere else in Bali. Dives rate are 40 US$ for two dives, including guide, tanks, weights and porters to the dive site. You can dive on your own too: 15 US$ for the first tank and 5 US$ each tank further. "
Daily diving trips to Tulamben Ship Wreck, Nusa Penida, Manta Point, Tepekong, Mimpang, Biaha, Blue Lagoon, Menjangan. PADI dive courses. German owned and operated.
Padang Bai 80871
Tel: +62 (0)363-41220
E-mail: [email protected]
"I had a splendid week diving with Water Worx Dive Center in Padang Bai. Excellent service and knowledge of dive sites. They are ideally located right on the beach close to Bali's best dive sites."
Tel: +62 (0)363 42088
"Great value average day 2 dives $US 60. Good quality kit. This is an excellent company with English speaking DM and instructors. Will use them again and again.
Phil Turner, UK
JL silayukti gang luhur
Tel: +62 852 370 99410
Fax: +62 363 42005
"I did my Open Water with Ikandive, a diving club in Pagandbai. They were very professional, very fun to dive with, I felt they knew the sites very well and were able to show us around the best places with the most unusual fishes. Even at our level! I would fully recommend people to try them out !!! I am definitely going back there next year to pursue my diving career! They were terrific to me during my open water and made me discover the wonders of life under water in a fun and very proffesional way! an Absolute must.
Specialised German speaking dive center (but also Swiss, French, English).
Jl. Pratama 106, Tanjung Benoa (Nusa Dua)
Jl. Silayukti 9B, Padang Bai, Manggis (East Bali)
Tel: +62 811 393515
Jalan Raya Jungut Batu
Tel: +62 (0)812 3902 0028
Skype: Legend Diving
E-mail: [email protected]
"Clean and fast boat with friendly and helpful crew. Great service customer, experienced and knowledgeable guide, friendly and professional staff. Good value for money.
Florence, Spain, January 2017
E-mail: [email protected]
"I fell in love with the reefs around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, Bali from my first dive there. As a marine biologist I've had the opportunity to dive some amazing and unique places - but something was just perfect about the strong currents and healthy reefs around Lembongan. I loved the Dive site Blue Corner so much that I decided to start up a dive resort / research centre by that name on Lembongan Island. Blue Corner is now our ' house reef 'so I can dive it every day!"
Andrew (Blue Corner Dive), 2011
Tel: +62 (0)81 353 136 861
E-mail: [email protected]
"Brand new good equipment, friendly and very helpful staff (the owners as well as the divemasters). They take you out on small groups to very rich unspoiled dive sites. They organise a local meal on the boat and are very aware of pollution. Also in for a good laugh. They make you feel very welcome in the diveshop and on the island.
They also operate good accommodation with the sweet name: secret garden; which is true.
Their diveshop does treat you very personally. As a dive instructor I really loved that. Good for the experienced divers, but also very personal to the non experienced (and the non experienced become experienced very soon !)
When I am back in Indonesia, I will definitely visit them again! "
Maartje Terwindt, 2009
Pondok Baruna Guesthouse
Nusa Lembongan island
Tel: +62 (0)81 239 00686
Fax: +62 (0)366 24486
E-mail: [email protected]
"I dove with World Diving on the island of Nusa Lembongan. The shop is well-run, with friendly staff. I particularly enjoyed diving with Komang, one of the DMs.
Most of the dives off Nusa Lembongan and the neighbouring islands are drift dives. The currents can be fierce at times. World Diving seemed to have a good stance on "safety first" while listening to what their customers want.
The one knock on the place is that it can be hard to get the DM to take you on three dives in a day if that's what you want. World Diving uses outrigger boats to get to the dive sites, and this normally takes an hour or so because the boats are pretty slow. "
Alex Frew McMillan
Mimpi Resort Tulamben
Tel: +62 363 41660
Fax: +62 363 41661
"DiveLite in Candidasa is the greatest dive company I have ever used in over 30-years of diving experience. Their master knows the spots and times and local sights...including sunfish! Great lunches too! Unbelievably inexpensive! I will go with them again and again and again. Highly, highly recommended.
c/o Candi Beach Resort & Spa
Mendira Beach, Sengkidu
Tel: +62 812 367 702 81
Offers the full range of PADI and SSI courses, from try dives to dive master level in German, English, Dutch, Bahasa Indonesia and other languages. Located inside the 4* Candi Beach Resort Spa, diving CANDIDASA offers daily trips to Bali's dive sites around Candidasa, Padang Bai, Amed, Tulamben, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
"I stayed in Candidasa and dived with diving CANDIDASA a couple of days. It's been great fun! The team is super friendly and offers very individual service, no mass-production as some of the Sanur- and Padang Bai-based dive centres. The equipment is also brand new (although I used my private gear). They offer trips to about 40 dive sites, ranging from macro to currents and manta rays - what else would you want? :) I already plan to come back later this year and dive with them again. Maybe I'll see you there then? "
Hotel Puri Bagus Candidasa
Jl. Raya Candidasa
"We are Orca Dive Club Bali, a 5 star PADI Dive Center managed by a German management. It is located in Candidasa village at the east
part of Bali. Strategically placed in the middle of the most beautiful and spectacular dive sites in Bali, Orca Dive Club Bali will be your best choice for your diving holiday in Bali."
Orca Dive Club Bali, 2011
Abang Karangasem 80852
Tel/Fax: +62 (0)363 23482
Email: [email protected]
Come to ECO-DIVE first and experience the wonder of the "morning of the world".
Imagine learning to dive on the black sand slope of a volcano towering majestically over the reef or a night dive on the wreck of Liberty. Experiences not to be missed!
Come dive and relax in this undeveloped and unspoiled corner of paradise. "
John Huxley of ECO-DIVE
"The Balinese's east coast diving best knowledge by far.
We have been diving there with them for over 10 years.
"Established since 1994, safe diving, huge local knowledge, friendly staff, skilled instructors, "muck diving" keenest eyed divemasters, the most experienced dive center around east Bali."
"Nice place to stay, the divecenter staff is friendly, helpful and experienced, diving is interesting and safe, many spots are located in front of Eco Dive, nice slope, 2 walls, a nice drift dive as well, and the staff knows every critter worth seeing. I've been a customer for 9 years in a row!
Many dive centers in the area, not all of them open all year long. In Amed only 3 dive centers have a good knowledge of the East coast diving.
Given that prices are similar all around, the choice is Eco, in my opinion."
Max C. Cahn (Padi Master SDT,Cmas instructor L 2), 2009
"Safety first, simply the best.
Patrick Morera, 2009
"The very best place to dive East Bali is ECO~DIVE in Jemeluk Bay, Amed.
The Canadian owner, John, established since 1994 has a tremendous knowledge of the divesites and moreover of the culture and people there. His divecenter is involved in conservation projects, beach-cleaning, school renovation, etc...
He is a friend of Wally Siagan (Diving Bali) and has dicovered many new divesites during the 3 last years. This centre can organise dive tours all around Amed in uncrowded spots, but also in Tulamben and further in Gili Tepekong and Mimpang, near Candi Dasa. Safe diving***, as all divecenters in East Bali have no certified intructors and even divemasters.
Patrick Bunutan, 2008
"I usually use Eco-Dive Bali for renting cylinders and weights. Reasonable rates and decent people. The air is clean and the info top notch.
"I dove with ECO-Dive Bali which is situated near the Liberty wreck in the North of Bali. It was the most relaxed and fulfilling organisation i have ever seen. Ran by a Canadian with australian divemasters who know their skills and spots. Free accommodation and an inside of village-life with the local fisherman are just a few of the things I experienced. Small but professional are the keywords here. For me this was the best place to dive in Bali. I got the adress out of the Lonely Planet but this place really deserves more attention.
Roger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2006
Amed Scuba Dive Center
Tel: 0062- 81 80 55 37 926
"We are a young company operating since two years. We are experienced because we worked before for other dive schools here for a small income. Because we are Balinese and we have to start with all by our own with a little help from friends and former customers of mine, we need more time to build up everything but I am sure we will be successful in the future. We offer a very good service and our customers write very nice about us! Please help us to be successful as western companies."
Nyoman Sariana, Owner
"I had a great experience with Christine, one of the owners of this dive shop and her helpful, friendly local Balinese staff. I was on a limited schedule and budget and Christine was very helpful and patient in planning dives that would work within those constraints. One of my favorite dives in Bali was an early morning dive I did with Amed Scuba at the Liberty. We were the first ones in the water and were able to see an enormous amount. Equipment, concern for safety, and thorough knowledge of marine life were all top-notch."
Nadav Kurtz, 2010
"Amed Scuba Dive Center in Amed (Bali) is an excellent dive center. I would certainly dive with them again. We booked a trip here for one week, to visit different divesites around bali and we also visited temples, waterpalaces etc. The divecenter is led by a german biologist (Christine Sbick) who speaks english very well. We payed 500
euro each for the week, including everything (hotel, equipment, dives, everything) except dinner. Christine takes care of you extremely well. She even put fruits, candybars, tea and coffee in our room! We had a very good time with her.
We stayed at different accommodation s, because it was a roundtrip. The accommodation s were very good. Also you can rent a room at Amed Scuba Dive Centre itself. Very good value for money. "
Marije, Netherlands 2010
"I can realy recommand the Divemaster Nyoman Sariana! I dived twice with Amed Scuba now. It was a brilliant service and all the time we had a lot of fun! I am divemaster as well and I loved all the diving sites around Bali but my favorite is Gili Selang, lots of different corals, huge groups of fish, eagle ray, sharks.....I will dive with them again!"
"In July this year I took my first overseas trip .. destination Bali. My
ex-partner recommended that we take a diving experience with Nyoman who runs Amed Scuba Diving Center. I had never dived before and was extremely anxious. This anxiety was quickly alleviated by Nyoman with fun, laughter and so much knowledge of diving and the local area. He explained every detail in a way in which both the experienced and the novice could understand. I absolutely enjoyed my diving experience and so did my ex-partner who is an experienced diver. The fish, the coral and the diving areas that Nyoman took us to, were breathtaking and incredible. I gained memories that will not fade as we took in and shared the local area, culture and people with Nyoman. I really wanted to spread the word about Amed Scuba Dive Center. If a traveler would like to experience Bali Diving at its best, there really is no better place then to accomplish this then in the experienced hands of Nyoman. It would be so wonderful if so many other travelers could experience what myself and my ex-partner experienced."
Bali Dive Tours
"I have just completed my first land based 'dive safari' with Bali Dive Tours based in Amed,Bali. We did 4 dives a day for 6 days. There were no time limits on the dives and as the water was 28C+ we did a few dives of over 90 minutes.The diving is world class especially for macro and photography. But also the liberty wreck for big schools of fish and large fish.We paid 90 Euros a day for 4 dives.
We stayed in 3 different hotels all about 20 Euro for a double with breakfast in the 3 different locations. The hotels were basic and as we dived so much it was just a place to sleep. We were offered higher standard places but we were there to dive from dawn to night so it seems a waste to get a more expensive place. Shore dives-no boat dives. It is possible to boat dive sites for drift dives, but we wanted photo dives. Free pick up and drop off, A/C transport and private dive guides great value.
My first time with a private guide. It is fantastic, especially for photographers or macro/muck divers. I have paid more on other trips to have 20 divers on the boat and only 2 guides. Treat yourself to a 'safari' bali style."
Andrew Lovell (UK), 2011
Jl. Tirta Ening No. 2
Tel: +62 361 285725
E-mail: [email protected]
"Having heard so much about diving Bali, I travelled out last year. Bali diving is the best that I have had so far, and by far. The vis was fanastic, the diving great, the coral reefs so beautiful and alive. My greatest memory was having my first Manta encounter, (16ft wing span) I will be returning to Bali many times, and will always recommend that all divers should visit Bali at least once in their lives. All at Blue Dive were great to work with, and helped make my trip out there so worth while.
JL.Karang Sari 88
Tel: +62 (0) 361 283828
Fax: +62 (0) 361 283828
Mobile +62 (0) 812 399 1150
"I've been to Bali twice and had fantastic diving both times. What an amazing place, and some of the top diving in the world. I very highly recommend Widana Dive. I've dived with I Made Widana (the company owner) each time and the professional service is second to none. The cost is also very good.
Joe's Gone Diving
Ngurah Rai Bypass 44A
Tel: +62 (0)361 270 633
"Centrally located in Sanur, Joe's Gone Diving is a Dutch-owned PADI 5*
IDC dive center, managed by Jan and Mirjam. We arrange all your daily
scuba dive trips, dive safaris and PADI courses on Bali for you.
At Joe's, we like you to get the most out of this impressive dive destination and make your precious time off relaxing and fun. How? We always dive in small groups with experienced dive masters and instructors and have excellent facilities. We care about the environment and promote sustainable diving. "
Mirjam (Joe's Gone Diving), 2015
"Jan and Miriam run a great operation. Attentive, professional, great dive masters....and they have a really cool Beagle.
Bill from NYC, 2012
Jl. By Pass Ngurah rai no.46E
Tel: +62 361 270791
Fax: +62 361 287065
"I've been diving with Air Diving Academy for 6 years and recommend them highly. Their reliable service covers everything I could possibly need - they handle everything including trasnport, accommodation, meals, equipment, guides and of course all diving arrangements from the minute I come out of the terminal to the moment I check back on to my flight home. They're reliable, accommodating, flexible and able to put together excellent trips to a variety of sites all over the island that match my and my groups' interests.
British and Balinese owned diving centre. BSAC and Padi registered.
Jl. Sekarwaru No. 9
Tel: +62 361 270759
Fax: +62 361 270760
Owner-operated PADI Five Star Dive Centre. Open 7 am to 6 pm daily.
Jalan Danau Poso 46 Sanur
Tel: +62 (0) 361 288610
SMS or WhatsApp: +62 (0) 857 3929 2642
Blackberry PIN: 295EEAEE
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Bali Scuba
Serangan Marine Service / Serangan Dive Bali
Jl. Danau Tamblingan No. 59
"Their prices in comparison to other operators extremely competitive. Have dove with them already twice and would consider it again. They have 3 dive boats and capacity to handle large groups. They dive primarily around Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan. If you book both diving and accommodations with them, they will provide free airport pickup and drop-off. Their pricing on accommodations are extremely competitive"
Bali Hai Diving Adventures
Dive all year round in Bali, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. PADI five star dive resort. "Dive into the Paradise with Bali Hai Diving Adventures"
Bali Hai Diving Adventures
Bali Hai Cruise
Jl Wisata Tirta
Tel: +62 361 724 062
Fax: +62 361 724 062
Pygmy seahorse by Bali Hai Diving
Explore world class diving around Komodo National Park and discover the giant lizard Varanus Komodoensis
Jl. P. Buton No. 21 Sanglah
Tel: +62 361 224374
Mobile: +62 81 2466 1446
Jalan Rama No 6 Pesanggaran
Tel/Fax : +62 361 726 823
+62 361 766 753
Tasik Divers Bali offers you the chance to explore the best of "the Island of the Gods" with its guided land based scuba 12 or 7 night dive safari packages including temples and shrines, beaches, ethnic shopping as well as a wonderful depth of art and culture, giving you the best of Bali.
B Hotel Denpasar
Jalan imam bonjol no. 58
Melky: +62 8194001142
Grace: +62 81999010884
Fax/tel: +62361 9003730
Jl. Danau Tamblingan X / 40-42
Tel: +62 361 774504
Fax: +62 361 778473
"Tauch Terminal is a great place to stay and a well-run dive operations. I would recommend it without hesitation to other divers. You can dive the Liberty wreck right from the shore, as well as a splendid dropoff on the right-hand edge of the bay (as you look at the water). Tauch Terminal has pleasantly decorated rooms, good food, a nice pool and friendly staff. As usual in Asia, ask for a discount and see what happens!
Alex Frew McMillan
"Had been dive in Bali with Tauch Terminal Bali. It was fantastic, have great resort, excellent dive service, complete dive facilities and great staff.
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Jl. Pelabuhan II
Tel 62 361 72 1212
Mobile: +62 81236297175
"We are dive operator based in Bali and provide diving and liveaboards throughout the Indonesian Archipelago, like Bali, Lombok, Borneo, Komodo, Nusa Tenggara, Alr, Raja Ampat, Ambon, Maumere, Sulawesi and others."
Danang of Diving Sea Safari, 2009
Bypass Ngurah Rai Simpang Siur No. 1,
Tel: +62 81 33 71 46 416 or +62 81 33 86 56 725
E-mail: [email protected]
"We do custom made dive and other activity holidays around Indonesia. We are based in Bali and arrange holidays for couples and small groups. This includes accommodation, transport, diving, other water sports, sightseeing and whatever else our guests want to experience.
Since we are both PADI dive instructors we can give PADI courses (in Dutch and English) up to Dive master along the way as well!"
Eelco & Joan (CV Bottles-Up), 2011
"If you want to move around Bali for diving or just to look at specific attractions, at a reasonable price, look no further then Joan and Eelco. They planned the trip from pick up to drop off and the drivers they use are pleasant and friendly. This is one of the most enjoyable holidays I have had. Quiet, good food at a reasonably good price. Nothing much else around, which was fine by me. Only downside is to get to the location. Great customised holiday."
Greg Wee, Singapore, August 2015
"I would like to recommend CV Bottles-Up, Joan and Eelco are very experienced divers and excellent instructors also their
knowledge about Bali and the Balinese is great. "
"Joan and Eelco are very experienced divers and excellent instructors also their knowledge about Bali and the Balinese is great. I would like to recommend CV Bottles-Up."
"Multilingual lessons, good structure, felt in good hands, trustworthy, highly recommended."
C. Keijer, 2011
"Would certainly go diving again with E and J. Great diving around Tulamben, and Flores was the best diving site I've ever been to.
Recommended for a good dive - and holiday experience. They know their ways around Bali and surroundings."
Bas (Holland), 2011
"Diving in Amed was great. Joan and Eelco are excellent dive instructors and there were plenty of beautiful fish and corals to see. Joan and Eelco are not only excellent dive instructors, they also know a lot about the history and culture of Bali and know how to arrange an excellent trip around the islands. Thanks for a lovely holiday."
"better than all the places I took a dive. Great Acc we went on a tour by boats motorcycles and hiking, Absolute value for my money. Eelco and I bcame friends. A perfect holiday, perfectly organised. and as we in Holland would say: GEZELLIG"
"E and J make custom diving holidays and they are good at it. You can tell them what you want to do and see and they will also suggest a few good tips! Beautiful diving, especially with a liveaboard. My next trip to Bali will definitely be with Eelco and Joan. "
Nathalie (The Netherlands), 2011
Tel: +62 (0)81 338 522 681
Tel: +62 (0)362 343 633 2
"I'm missing two important places: Alam Batu and Teluk Karang
Henner, September 2015
Bali Breizh Divers
"Bali Breizh Divers is a 5 star IDC dive resort based in Bali. The dive center has been open since 2010 and is managed by scuba lovers. Bali Breizh Divers welcomes you for day dives, diving safari, PADI course from DSD to Instructor in Internship. Bali Breizh has its own private boat for trip arround Manta, Nusa Penida, Crystal bay, Toya Pakeh and Lembongan. The price based on the dive side you choose. Start from USD.95/pax/day (for certified diver)
Ayuk, Owner of Bali Breizh Divers, March 2016
- Diving Bali: The Underwater Jewel of Southeast Asia
- by David Pickell (Author), Wally Siagian, 237 pages, Paperback, Periplus Action Guides, 2010
Dives range from a quiet, murky bay, guarded by an army of tiny spider crabs disguised as a meadow of seaweed to rich offshore pinnacles, wild with currents, swirling with great schools of fish and patrolled by sharks.
- Coral Reef Fishes, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
- by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Harper Collins, 400 Pages, Paperback
An excellent, comprehensive guide to reef fishes, which is small and light enough to pack regardless of amount of diving equipment. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to identify the fish they see whilst diving the tropics.
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