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When to go

Bali’s dive cen­tres are open for busi­ness year-round. Rainy sea­son usu­ally runs from De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary and, dur­ing this time, run-off can re­duce vis­i­bil­ity off the north­ern beaches and storms can make for dif­fi­cult ocean cross­ings. The is­land’s dive sites are busiest in July and Au­gust, dur­ing the De­cem­ber hol­i­day pe­riod, at Chi­nese New Year and over the Le­baran hol­i­days fol­low­ing the month of Ra­mad­han.

How to get there

There are di­rect flights to Bali’s Den­pasar air­port from all over Asia and from ma­jor Aus­tralian cities. Most na­tion­al­i­ties can travel to In­done­sia visa-free for stays up to 30 days. You can also get to Bali by pub­lic ferry from Java, and by speed­boat or pub­lic ferry from Lom­bok.

Where to stay

You have three al­ter­na­tive strate­gies, de­pend­ing on your willling­ness to travel. Stay in the main tourist area in the south and do daily runs back and forth to the dive sites. This strat­egy will usu­ally in­volve spend­ing a few hours each day in a van or a speed­boat, or a com­bi­na­tion of both, but you will have a wide choice of restau­rants and nightlife. Non-div­ing mem­bers of your party will also have no short­age of other ac­tiv­i­ties. Pick one area and base your­self in a re­sort. All four main dive ar­eas have ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions for all tastes and bud­gets, but there is of­ten com­par­a­tively lit­tle to do out­side the re­sort. Do a dive sa­fari with a spe­cial­ist com­pany, tak­ing in a num­ber of ar­eas. Nightlife and din­ing op­tions are nec­es­sar­ily limited but this is the best way to get the full Bali div­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fur­ther info

The ‘Div­ing and Snorke­l­ing Guide to Bali’ by Si­mon Prid­more and Tim Rock is avail­able via Ama­zon on­line stores world­wide.

All images cour­tesy of Aqua­ma­rine Div­ing, www.aqua­marine­div­ May/june 2018 —

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