Drift Diving In Bali

Bali may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of diving in Indonesia, however, with dive sites scattered across the island’s coast, it’s a fantastic location to get below the waves. The dive sites in Bali are extremely varied, with great macro, muck, wreck and beginner sites to choose from. The drift diving in Bali is also wonderful, largely thanks to the Indonesian Throughflow, a major current that passes between Bali and Lombok. That being said, Bali’s top drift diving sites are by no means limited to the east coast, with some amazing spots in the northwest and even on neighbouring islands a short boat ride away. Keep reading to find out our favourite sites for drift diving in Bali...

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island, off Bali's northwest coast, is famed for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life. The island's relatively remote location means it is less hectic than Bali's more popular areas, so the dive sites tend to be less crowded.

There are a wide range of dive sites on the island, but as far as we're concerned, Bat Cave and Eels Garden are two of the best spots for drift diving in Bali. Bat Cave, named after the sleeping bats that live in the shallow caves near the dive's starting point, has a light current that brings you along a spectacular sea wall. Along the way, divers can spot nudibranchs, moray eels and octopus hiding within the soft and hard corals, as well as reef sharks, rays and schooling barracudas.

At Eels Garden, divers hop into the water close to the site, drifting along an impressive sea wall with gorgonian fans and beautiful corals, before arriving above it. The site lies in the channel between Menjangan and Bali, and on days when the current is drifting south, it's possible to dive along the entire channel.


Amed, on the east coast, is home to one of the most spectacular places for drift diving in Bali - Bunutan. With medium to strong currents, divers drift along 500 metres of beautiful reef, passing by countless reef fish sheltering in and around the coral. However, those looking out into the deep blue may also spot giant trevally, barracudas and black-tip reef sharks.

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan may be a bit of a wild card (it's not a part of Bali after all), but since it's only 30-40 minutes away by fast boat, we decided to include it in our list of the best drift diving in Bali.

The Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area, which includes Nusa Lembongan, is renowned for its fantastic drift diving. The islands are located between Bali and Lombok, right in the path of the Indonesian Throughflow.

Blue Corner is one of the island's most famous sites, with a steep, craggy slope that plunges to the ocean floor. While drifting along the drop-off, divers often spot large pelagics (such as the infamous mola mola) and passing reef sharks, alongside a plethora of colourful reef fish.

Drift diving in Bali is the perfect choice for anyone seeking adventure alongside the comforts of a world-class resort island. If you would like to spend your next diving holiday discovering Bali's underwater sites, our team can help you craft a tailor-made itinerary for your trip.

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