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 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
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
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.