Why we love it
It’s no wonder that Bali is the ‘Island of Gods’ With its volcanoes, rice fields, black & white sand beaches, cliffs, temples there is a lot to see on land. But its underwater is fantastic too! During this week, you will discover the best sites of Bali and an extraodinary variety of marine life: mantas and mola mola in Nusa Penida, the Liberty Wreck in Tulamben, colorful corals in Amed, critters in Padang Bai and sharks in Gili Tepekong. After diving, relax in the pool of your brand new hotel or chill in the nearby cafes and restaurants
The dive center is a Project Aware Dive center and is Green Fins certified. The team conducts regular underwater clean ups. Use of reusable bottles and lunch boxes. All the waste is seperated in order to be recycled. They also work with the ocean sunfish project and the Coral Triangle Center.
Who is it for?
For advanced divers. If not advanced yet, you can do the course once there - ask us. Non-divers will have a lot to do: villages visits, cooking classes, massages, yoga courses, surf initiation or even competition level waves, cycling though rice fields, treks on volcanoes, temples… you have it all in Bali!
Prices and Dates
Trip can start any day of the year for a duration of 7 nights. If you want to stay more days, dive only in specific areas, or combine this trip with a liveaboard from Bali to Komodo or a liveaboard to Raja Ampat, contact us and we’ll customize this package for you.
DAY 1: arrival and transfer to Akaya Bali in Sanur
Transfer from Bali International airport (DPS) to Akaya Bali Hotel in Sanur, where you will sleep every night during your trip. Akaya Bali is a brand new hotel, lacted a short walk from the beach. It has a pool where you can relax after your dives and a Café offering offers delicious breakfast, lunch, snacks and light dinners. The dive shop you’ll be diving with every day is located right next to it.
DAYS 2 to 6: 11 dives to the best sites of Bali and Lombok
Your day will start at 7:30 where you’ll meet the staff at the dive shop and get your equipment ready for your dive trip. You’ll get to do a total of 11 dives in five different areas, discovering the best dive sites of Bali and Lombok.
2 dives in Tulamben: the US Liberty wreck
- You’ll get to dive on the US Liberty Wreck, and the Coral Garden and/or the Drop Off.
- All sites can be reached from the beach.
- The Liberty was torpedoed by the Japanese in World War II, and rests between 3 and 30 meters depth.
- Lots of coral has grown over the ship, attracting many shools of fish: bumphead parrotfish, moray, scorpionfish, angelfish, leaf fish to name a few.
2 dives in Padang Bai: drift and critters
- Padang Bai offers a variety of dive sites that will be chosen accordingly to your dive experience and your taste.
- You could do a drift diving or search for critters if that’s what you like.
- Expect to see some sting rays, sharks, lots of fish and good macro is often seen: ghost pipefish, pygmy sea horses, and many nudibranchs.
2 dives in Amed: black sand and another wreck
- Dive sites are either accesiible from the shore or with a short boat ride.
- Accessible through Amed beautiful volcanic black beach, you’ll dive on a fantastic coral garden. There is also a wreck in Amed: the Japanese wreck, lying between 2 ane 12 meters.
- You might see lots of fish again, some turtles, bumphead parrotfish, and some Ghost Pipefish of all colors.
2 dives in Gili Tepekong: mola mola, manta rays and sharks
- Gili Tepekong dive site is made of three small rock islands.
- In season, you’ll have good chances to see the mola mola and manta rays. Shark Point is another site where you can see some white tip reef sharks.
- Currents may be strong so this dive site is for advanced divers.
3 dives in Nusa Penida: more mantas and mola mola
- Nusa Penida, with its famous Crystal Bay and Manta Point dive sites offer some of the area finest diving.
- The marine life you’ll expect to see in season is the famous mola mola, or the Ocean Sunfish, and resident reef manta rays in their cleaning stations.
- Currents are often strong in Crystal Bay.
DAY 7: free day
Why not use this day to discover Ubud rice fields, or the nearby Bukit peninsula.
DAY 8: transfer back to the airport and going home, or pursue your trip with a liveaboard
The team will bring you back to Bali International Airport and you’ll fly back home.
You may want to do more diving, in which case the liveaboard from Bali to Komodo is a perfect trip to combine your week with. Departures and Arrival will be from Akaya Bali so you can relax and enjoy your morning by the pool before getting picked up to go to the liveaboard.
- Transfers from and to Bali International Airport
- 7 nights accommodation in a Deluxe room on a shared basis, with breakfast
- Every room has either a private verandah or a balcony, both with comfortable seating, hairdryer, essential beauty products, toiletries, free wiFi, satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, blackout curtains, coffee and tea maker with complimentary coffee and tea, free bottled water, minibar, refrigerator, electronic safety deposit box, and a smoke detector
- 11 guided dives by experienced divemasterd or instructors, in small groups
- Full set of equipment, tanks/weights, dive guide, insurance and safety kit
- Nautilus lifeline and dive computer when diving in Nusa Penida and Gili Tepekong
- Lunch, bottle water, soft drinks, fruit/snacks, towel on diving days
- Flights and nights before or after this program
- Nitrox, dive courses, rental of cameras or Go Pro
- Critters, wrecks, walls, coral, muck-diving, schooling fish, pelagics, you have all this in Bali!
- On the ‘big’ side, Manta rays, reef sharks, schooling jacks, octopus, cuttlefish, stingrays, bumphead parrotfish, barracudas, tuna, napoleon wrasse and wobbegong sharks - if you’re lucky - can be seen. Mola Mola from July to October can be spotted too.
- There is a good macro life too, with frogfish, many nudibranchs, leaf scorpionfish, pipefish, eels, mantis shrimp, pygmy and larger seahorses…
- Season: diving all year long. Mola Mola Season from mid-June to early October with most frequent sightings in July and August.
- Currents: can be strong in Nusa Penida
- Visibility: usually 25 meters(80 feet)
- Water Temperature: 23° to 29°C (73° to 84°F)
- Depth: deep and shallow dives
- Most of the sites are suitable for all levels, however there are deep dives and also very strong currents in some locations (Nusa Penida area), which is why it is required a minimum of experience and level.
- Dive sites: you will be taken diving to the best spots of East and South Bali, in Amed, Tulamben, Padang Bai and Nusa Penida.
- In case the conditions were not favorable for diving at the time you are there, the itinerary might be slightly modified by the dive shop.
- Operation created in 2011
- PADI Five Star Dive Center
- Maximum number of guests per guide: 4
- Courses from Bubblemaker to Divemaster and Specialties - ask us
- Languages spoken: English, German, Danish, Swedish, Indonesian
- Fast boat: with lots of shade, reaching Nusa Penida in 40 minutes
- Equipment Recommended: 3 to 5 mm long wetsuit, dive computer, surface marker buoy (SMB), and a whistle
- Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
- Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Denpasar (although there are others on Bali)
Visas, Flights & more!
- Many nationalities are eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. Others need to obtain a Visa on Arrival for 30 days at the major entry points to Indonesia. Visa on Arrival costs and usually can be extended for another 30 days.
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and have one full blank page
- Must be able to show an onward ticket that departs before your visa expires
- For official entry requirements for your nationality, consult Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration
How to get there
- Take an international flight to Bali.
- To lower your travel costs, from Europe, think of flying to Singapour, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, and then fly with a low cost company such as Air Asia.
- from the USA, the flights usually make a stop in Hong kong, Taiwan, Tokyo or Seoul.
- Make sure you have enough connection time between flights.
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard, a sweater or a light-weight jacket, some walking shoes, insect repellent, mask and snorkel, prescription medicine if you need.