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.
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.aquamarinediving.com May/june 2018 —