Introduction to Bali

Bali is a very special destination with a rich heritage, strong culture and of course, world class scuba diving. The waters of Bali are part of the coral triangle, which is the global centre of marine biodiversity. This area boasts 76% of the worlds coral species, as well as at least 2200 species of reef fish.

Whilst geographically a small island, Bali has an extremely diverse range of diving, from tiny pygmy seahorses to the world famous military USAT Liberty wreck, the marine life around Bali is simply breathtaking. Beginners can enjoyed diving around Tulamben, Seraya, Amed, Padang Bai and Menjangan which have very light or no current at all. For advanced divers, with Bali offer thrilling drift dives around Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. However, please excise extra care and respect when diving at the more challenging dive sites as some of the dive sites in Bali are notoriously known or strong and down current.

Culture

The tapestry of life for the Balinese revolves around the many ceremonies associated with their family, village and major temples. Offerings made from palm leaf, flowers and foodstuffs are an art form associated with every ritual occasion in Bali. You will see daily offerings placed outside homes, offices and shops every morning and evening. The Balinese use two calendars (12 lunar months and 210 days) as the basis for determining the appropriate days for ceremonies and festivals. The significance of the above is that you will often encounter ceremonies while you are here in Bali – and if today is a good day to get married, you’ll see a lot of wedding ceremonies!

Music and artistry play a big part in Balinese life. From shadow puppet theatre, to the village gamelan set, every Balinese grows up with dance and drama in their lives. Sculptures in wood and stone are seen everywhere as are basketry and painting. Bamboo, which grows so readily on the island, is used in architecture and furniture and to make domestic tools, musical instruments and many ritual objects.

Generations of Balinese farmers have changed the island’s landscape, clearing forests, digging irrigation channels, and terracing hillsides so that they could grow rice.Bali is an island that has evolved and exists separately from the rest of the archipelago. Daily life as well as economical and political life is conducted very differently from other parts of the country.

Best Time to Dive Bali

Best Dive Season May to November
Temperature 28-30C
Water Temperature 24-29C

Best time to see the famous Mola Mola, Oceanic sunfish is from August to October. Monsoon from December to February resulted in heavy rain and poor visibility.

Resorts & Operators in Bali