Bali & Lombok Diving Holidays: An Overview

Bali, just off the eastern tip of Java, and its neighbour Lombok, are among the best known of the 17,000-odd islands that make up Indonesia - the world's largest archipelago.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • One of the few places on earth where you can see the mola mola (sunfish).
  • World class wreck dive: USAT Liberty.
  • Lots of adventure on land to combine with a diving holiday.

Our Guide to Bali & Lombok Diving Holidays

These tropical, volcanic islands offer beautiful beaches and scenic landscapes of terraced hills, together with cultural attractions, all kinds of water and land-based activities and a number of top-quality hotels to choose from.

Bali is a predominantly Hindu island in the middle of the world's largest Muslim nation. The Balinese coast is home to excellent beach hotels offering a wide range of watersports, with the south coast particularly good for surfing and windsurfing and excellent diving in the east and north.

Combine a few days on the coast with a trip to the peaceful, scenic interior of Bali, and the hill town and picturesque terrace landscapes of Ubud; cultural capital of the island where you will find stunning (and reasonably priced) hotels and a host of cultural and adventure activities. We can help with both this and the diving.

Often overlooked from a diving perspective in favour of other Indonesian dive spots, Bali has a lot going for it. The diving in Bali is predominantly found in the far east of the island around Tulamben which offers excellent marine life and wreck diving; and in the north of the island. It would be wrong to claim that the dive sites around Bali are in the same league as the diving in somewhere like Sulawesi but when you combine the world-class hotels and land-based activities that are on offer, you are on to a winner. The fact that this is also one of the few places in the world that you are virtually guaranteed sightings of the Giant Mola Mola (Sunfish) at the right time of year is an added incentive to come.

Just 40 miles east of Bali and reached by a two-hour boat trip or a short flight is the island of Lombok. Here you can enjoy all kinds of watersports including excellent snorkelling and diving on the coral reefs of the nearby Gili Islands. The diving in Lombok is laid back and gentle and a great place to learn. Other activities include visits to the ruins of old royal water palaces and excursions to Mt Rinjani - Indonesia's second highest volcano - from whose slopes there are fantastic views. Lombok is very much a destination on the up. At present it is still far less developed than its more famous neighbour but for how long?

Top picks for Bali



East Bali

Choose from ocean suites, garden suites or pool suites with private pools; all are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views of the sea and surrounding hills.

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