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Explore the best dive sites in Bali

Joe’s Gone Diving dives on the best dive sites of Bali. Experience scuba diving with the breathtaking mantas on Nusa Penida’s Manta Point or discover the beautiful reefs in Menjangan island. Explore the Liberty Wreck in Tulamben and enjoy the wonderful critters of Puri Jati. Click on the links below to find out more about each of the sites. There are over 100 dive spots in Bali, you can find a selection in this section. Joe's Gone Diving keeps exploring Bali for new dive opportunities.

Overview of the dive sites in Bali Indonesia

East Bali: Padang Bay & Candidasa

The dive sites around Padang Bay and Candidasa offer some great diving. For both dive locations we leave from Padang Bay where we go to by car (about 1 hour from Sanur). The Padang Bay dive sites are a short boat ride of just 5 minutes, to the Candidasa dive sites it is about 20 minutes. In Padang Bay you find 7 different dive sites which are appropriate for any level of diver. You find some great coral gardens teeming with marine life such as anemone fish, octopus and occasionally sharks and turtles, as well as some great muck diving sites with special critters such as frog fish, seahorses and once in a while the blue-ringed octopus.

The Candidasa dive sites Gili Mimpang and Gili Tepekong offer some amazing diving. You dive around pinnacles with some of the most breathtaking coral landscape in Bali. The currents can be strong and unpredictable there so it is only for the very experienced diver. Great for turtles, sharks and in season the sun fish (mola mola).

Nusa Penida / Manta Point

Manta Point Nusa Penida in Bali Indonesia Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan are small islands in the South East of Bali. Here you can enjoy impressive wall dives, often find sun fish (mola mola) in season and dive with manta rays on Manta Point or Manta Bay. The dives on the North-side of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan tend to be drift dives. We leave by speedboat from Sanur. The dive sites are about 45-60 minutes from Sanur.


The USAT Liberty wreck from WWII, located in the village of Tulamben, is one of the most famous dive spots in the world. The wreck is covered in corals and fans and is home to a variety of marine life. dive the USAT Liberty wreck in Tulamben BAli Indonesia >Next to the wreck there are 2 other dive sites in the Tulamben area, the drop off and the coral garden. We often combine these dives. These 3 sites are appropriate for any level of diver. A 10-minute drive further, you find another wreck, at Kubu. This has been sunk on purpose in 2012 and starts at about 20 metres depth. So plenty of dive sites to explore in the area.


BAtfish in Amed BAliAmed is a 2 hour drive from Sanur. There are plenty of different dive sites there, some accessible from the shore, others by boat. Amed’s dive sites have pretty corals and offer some great macro marine life such as leaf scorpion fish, pygmy seahorse and cuttlefish, as well as occasionally larger marine life such as turtles and if you are lucky white-tip and black-tip reefsharks.

Menjangan island

Wall diving on Menjam=ngan island Bali IndonesiaNorth-West Bali offers some great diving and is testament to the variety Bali has to offer. The spectacular reefs and walls of Menjangan National Marine Park are definitely worthwhile the trip. Marvel at the beautiful scenery and the abundant reef life there. It takes 4-5 hours to get there from Sanur, so we only dive in the north-west of Bali as part of dive safaris.

Muck-diving on Bali

pygmee seahorse on the muck diving sitres Bali indonesiaBali offers some great muck-diving locations. Muck diving is like a treasure hunt to spot critters. Usually there are not many corals, just some strange and amazing critters. Some great dive sites to spot them are: the Jetty in Padang Bay, Seraya close to Tulamben and Puri Jati all the way up north. Get ready for some spotting of the weird and wonderful.


Butterfly fish on the Sanur reefs Bali The dive locations around Sanur are close to our dive center. They are only a short distance away by boat and ideal if you don’t have that much time. The conditions can vary though, so it is not always possible to dive there. They are often used during our PADI Instructor Development courses as this is also the location where the PADI Instructor Exams take place. Once in a while they are used for other courses. You can find a variety of marine life here, from lion fish and sea horses to puffer fish and moray eels.

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