Dive Into Bali's Water Wonderlands
When you’ve had enough massages to last a lifetime, drunk one too many beachside cocktails and finished exploring ancient temples, there is only one thing left to do - head underwater.
The beautiful, crystal-clear oceans of Bali offer travellers a whole new world to explore. From unique marine life, coral ecosystems and sunken pirate ships, here are our top snorkel spots for a breathtaking island seascape.
First time snorkeler? The beaches at Nusa Dua are one of the best places to start. Head to Tanjung Benoa beach South of Bali for a high-quality snorkel tour. The tour group will provide you with all your snorkeling essentials including a life jacket, glass mask, fins and snorkel gear. All you need to do is enjoy the stunning ocean and keep your eyes peeled for fish!
Blue Lagoon Beach
Get your snorkeling fix at Padangbai! With multiple sites to choose from you can spend your whole day exploring the underwater worlds of Bali. Start off at the secluded Blue Lagoon beach - a white, sandy beach home to an preserved coral garden that is home to a world of sea creatures including reef shark, stonefish, moray and blue ribbon eels, nudibranchs, rays, squids and octopuses, giant frogfish and cuttlefish. If you have plenty of time on your hands check out the white-sand bottomed dive site of Jepun nearby.
From the black sandy beaches and stunning view of Mount Agung Volcano, Amed is a unique spot to explore Bali’s natural beauty above and below the sea. The coastline is fringed with an abundant reef system and thanks to a limited number of tourists gracing these beaches, the marine ecosystem remains in pristine condition. So, if you want a quiet and relaxed snorkel experience, Amed is the perfect spot for you. Nearby beaches to checkout include: Jemeluk Bay, Lipah beach and Bunutan reef.
Menjangan Island is a little piece of secluded, uninhabited paradise making it the perfect destination for snorkeling. The majority of tourists exploring Menjangan come here to experience the diverse pockets of marine life and well-preserved coral reefs. There are seven different world-class diving sites off the islands coast with clear visibility anywhere from 15 to 50 metres. Plus, there are some really interesting dive sites including a 150 yr old shipwreck!
If one snorkeling area wasn’t enough, Napoleon Reef has multiple hotspots to explore underwater. You’ll definitely experience a Finding Nemo moment as Napoleon Reef is home to a large array of crustaceans, soft and hard corals, sponges and breathtaking cuttlefish.
We saved the best till last. Located near Agung volcano but buried deep underwater, lies a 125-metre-long USAT Liberty ship. What better way to experience Bali’s marine life than inside an abandoned ship featuring it’s very own magical marine garden. It’s not every day you get to say you visited an abandoned ship infested with rich sea life. Definitely one for the books!