Beginner Diving in Bali

While Indonesia has a firm reputation as a diving mecca, Bali often gets overlooked by divers. It’s almost too easy to get swept up in the island’s surfing, nightlife and incredible attractions, and forget that beneath the water, Bali is a diver’s paradise. The island has sites for all levels of diving, but we think the beginner diving in Bali is particularly good, thanks to the island’s varied beginner dive spots. Here are some of our favourite spots for beginner diving in Bali:

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island - part of Indonesia's oldest national park - is one of our top spots for beginner diving in Bali. Situated on Bali's northwest shore, the island is far from the bustling hubs of Seminyak, Kuta and Legian, making it ideal for anyone looking to escape the crowds, both in and out of the water.

The waters surrounding Menjangan Island are calm, with shallow reefs, an average visibility of 25 metres and an abundance of interesting shore dives.

For beginners, we recommend Coral Garden and POS 1. Coral Garden is between three and 30 metres deep, with large coral fans, sprawling table corals and plenty of colourful reef fish. POS 1 has a maximum depth of 28 metres, making it an easy dive site that can be accessed from the shore. Nevertheless, there is plenty for beginners to discover between ten and 15 metres and divers can expect to encounter healthy corals, sponges and all manner of creatures.


Tulamben, on the island's east coast, is a wonderful spot for beginner diving in Bali thanks to its calm and clear waters. Despite being a year-round diving destination, the best conditions for beginners (high visibility and easy shore entry) are from April to July, and October to November.

The USAT Liberty wreck is undoubtedly the area's most famous dive site and an amazing place for beginner divers to dip their toes into the exciting world of wreck diving. The 394 ft World War II Army Transport ship rests between five and 30 metres, only 25 metres from the shore. The ship's ghostly skeleton is encrusted with corals, fans and sponges, surrounded by colourful schools of fish, and if you're lucky you may spot the occasional barracuda or turtle swimming by.

Near the wreck, there's another great beginner dive site: Tulamben Coral Gardens. The shallow reef is between three and 15 metres, with healthy corals, sponges and sunken Balinese statues.

With so many easy dive sites, we highly recommend beginner diving in Bali. Not only is the diving varied, but there are plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and discover new types of diving, such as wreck diving.

If you're thinking about a diving holiday in Bali, our team at Original Diving can help create a custom itinerary for the trip of a lifetime.

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Emily C and Eleanor are our 'Beginner Diving in Bali' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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