Located just eight degrees from the equator, in the Java Sea, Bali is set between Islands of Lombok and Java in Indonesia. A veritable paradise island, diving in Indonesia doesn’t get much better than this. It is not just a place of lush paddy fields and gleaming temples, towering volcanoes and pretty villages, it is also has clear waters, wild beaches and wonderful marine life. Head under the surface of the water and you will be able to spot some of the world’s rarest marine species and enjoy fascinating wreck dives. You can explore coral reefs and dramatic dop-offs as well as amazing macro diving opportunities to spot the tiny critters often overlooks by other divers.
Bali’s weather is tropical all year round, with warm waters and glorious sunshine as well as a mix of shore and boat diving as well as deep dives. It has two main seasons; the dry season and the wet season. The dry season runs from May through to September and it brings with it dry southeast winds from Australia. The water can be a tad cooler between June and October, but the visibility can be between 30 and 40 meters (98 to 131ft). The wet season lasts from November to March, with March considered perhaps the worst month as visibility can be reduced by the rain washing land refuse into the sea. The best time for diving in this province of Indonesia is between the transition months when the season change, so book a trip around April or October and you will find calm seas and gentle winds.
The marine life of Bali is as diverse and varied as you had imagined, with a dazzling mix of big and macro creatures. Elegant manta rays glide through the waters year-round, there are reef sharks and bumphead parrotfish, and you can also spot everything from tuna and barracuda to the bottom-dwelling Wobbegong shark, that doesn’t look like a shark at all. From July to October another wonderful creature populates the waters, the huge mola-mola, also known as sunfish. They like cold, deep water so are more likely to be seen by experienced divers. Don’t miss the wonderful array of macro marine life, from tiny seahorses to nudibranch and frogfish, leaf scorpionfish to mantis shrimp.