Top 10 Reasons to Dive Bali, Indonesia | Sport Diver

Top 10 Reasons to Dive Bali, Indonesia

Bali's coral nurseries help repopulate reefs.

Bali's coral nurseries help repopulate reefs.

Brandon Cole

1. FROM SHORE TO SHIPWRECK Tulamben boasts inexpensive accommodations,a kicked-back diver’s lifestyle, and the famous USAT Liberty. Shore accessible, this former cargo ship was torpedoed during WWII. It measures about 400 feet long, and hosts a tornado of jacks, soft corals, lunker barracuda, and macro galore paradise-tulamben.com

2. ISLAND OF THE GODS Immerse yourself in Balinese spirituality while paying your respects to the predominant Hindu-Buddhist religion at serene temples such as moat-encircled Pura Taman Ayun and picturesque, lakeside Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. bali.com

3. MAGNIFICENT MUCK There’s plenty of magic in Bali’s black- sand slopes. Sites such as Seraya and Puri Jati deliver world-class muck diving for nudibranchs, harlequin shrimp, mimic octopuses, snake eels, frogfish and more. scubaseraya.com

4.GREEN-SCAPED PERFECTION An icon of any traveler's scrapbook, amazing photos of terraced rice paddies are yours for the taking at Jatiluwih, Pupuan and Tegalalang. baligoldentour.com/jatiluwih.php

5. NURTURING NURSERIES At almost 1,000 feet long, the Pemuteran Village marine protected area in northwest Bali is home to more than 60 coral nursery structures, which help to build reef resilience and aid in habitat restoration efforts. biorockbali.webs.com

6.AN INDONESIAN KEEPSAKE Ubud’s markets, galleries and workshops showcase the mastery of local artisans. Pick up perfect souvenirs, choosing from a staggering array of paintings, wood carvings, textiles, pottery and jewelry.

7.BIG, WEIRD FISH Bizarre and large — measuring up to 6 feet long — ocean sunfish can be encountered by advanced divers in the current-swept waters of Nusa Penida. Seasonal sightings are between July and mid-November, usually below 100 feet. scubali.com

8.INNER OM Relax, realign and rejuvenate after a long day of diving with an incomparable Balinese massage, herbal soak and complete wellness treatment. balispaguide.com

9.CORAL KINGDOM The small town of Padang Bai serves as a ferry port, but the big draw here is at depth, where divers discover schools of fish, sharks, roving pelagics and remarkable invertebrate diversity along sheer walls, rocky ridges and coral gardens. aquamarinediving.com

10.SYMPHONY OF THE SENSES Traditional dances, puppet shows and musical performances celebrate Bali’s colorful culture. Don’t miss the sunset Kecak Fire and Trance Dance show at Uluwatu Temple. Gamelan music is a great take-home souvenir. balitobali.com/bali-dance.html

DIVERS GUIDE TO BALI Average water temp- 70s to 80s; What to wear- 5 mm wetsuit to 1mm skin; Average viz- 30-100 feet; When to go- year-round.

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