Tulamben, on the east coast, is most renowned for its incredible
wreck, the USAT Liberty. But all along the coast there are
shallow water reefs to discover, our top choice being the Tulamben
Coral Garden. This is a great spot for those learning to dive or
looking to polish their macro photography skills.
The shallow reef sits at depths of between three and 15 metres,
with sprawling table corals, sponges and sunken Balinese statues.
Keep your eyes peeled for colourful ribbon eels, banded coral
shrimp and anemone fish hiding within their anemone homes.
Padang Bai, another east coast hotspot, is one of our top
recommendations for coral diving in Bali. The coral reef at sites
like the Blue Lagoon, White Sand Beach and Tanjung Sari is in great
condition, with a diverse range of soft corals, hard corals and
The dive sites are teeming with reef fish such as clownfish and
napoleon wrasses, as well as species like green turtles and pharaoh
cuttlefish. At Tanjung Sari, it's also common to spot sharks
(nurse, blacktip reef and whitetip).
For night dives, we suggest heading to the Blue Lagoon where
flamboyant Spanish dancers and juvenile leopard sharks might make
Menjangan Island off Bali's northwest shore is the ultimate
location for coral diving in Bali. The island is part of one of
Indonesia's oldest national parks, so it's no surprise that this
underwater paradise is characterised by crystal clear waters,
vibrant coral gardens and an abundance of species.
Visibility at dive sites around the island can reach an
impressive 50 metres and over 110 species of coral have been
recorded here. Its waters are home to some spectacular wall dives,
our favourite being POS II Ranger Station (which is
suitable for beginners and great
fun for advanced divers). Expect to see gorgeous corals,
schooling jackfish and turtles, as well as eagle rays and reef
sharks near the ocean floor.
With so many incredible dive sites around the island, coral
diving in Bali is a wonderful adventure for families, couples or
solo travellers. If you're considering visiting Bali, why not let
our expert team help you plan the perfect